How to Make Fake Water for Crafts

Updated July 20, 2017

Incorporating real water into a craft project is often not feasible. Luckily, several materials are available to create pretend water. Need to add a pond or river to a diorama your child is making for school? Want to make an artificial flower look more natural by adding dew drops?

Dismantle an old make-up compact, removing the small mirror by gently prying and lifting off the plastic casing.

Hot-glue the mirror, reflective side up, to the base of your project.

Glue crumpled pieces of green construction paper around the edge of the mirror to suggest vegetation around a pond.

Tear a strip of blue tissue paper the required length and width of your river.

Crumple the tissue paper to resemble moving water.

Attach the crumpled tissue paper to the base of your project with white glue.

Lay a strip of clear cellophane over the tissue paper and attach with white glue along the edges. This creates a reflective surface over the textured blue tissue paper.

Plug in a glue gun and allow it to begin heating.

Unplug the gun once the glue begins to seep out. This will allow you to work with the gun at a lower temperature, in turn allowing the glue dots to set more quickly and form more circular dots of "dew."

Apply dots of glue to the outside edges of the petals of an artificial flower, working quickly while the glue is still warm enough to extrude. If the glue gun cools too quickly, plug it back in to reheat.

Things You'll Need

  • Old make-up compact
  • Green construction paper
  • Blue tissue paper
  • Clear cellophane
  • White glue
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun
  • Artificial flower
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