How to Make Fake Water With Clear Glue

Whether you have got a DIY project or you want to make something interesting to attract your guests, in both cases, fake water can play a significant role. Yes, if you want, you can surely use real water, but that can ruin the mobility. With real water, you won’t be able to move your project from one place to another. In some cases, your project’s material may also not allow you to use real water. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use its illusion. You simply use your regular glue to create an illusion of water and accomplish your project with a breeze. Wanna learn how to do that? In this article, I am going to show you how to make fake water with clear glue.

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Some people struggle to make this water illusion on their projects. It is because they don’t have all the needed products around them, and that creates a great hassle. Maybe you are also one of them and looking for the simplest way. Well, you are welcome here because I have chosen to show you the simplest technique for this project. All you need is PVA glue and color; there is nothing special. Sounds great, right? So, let’s get started.

How to Make Fake Water With Clear Glue

Step 1: Paint

The first thing you have to do is paint the section where you want to show the water illusion. For my project, I have created a black section where I would like to show some water into AC colored water because it is SC. So, for that, I have chosen Tamiya Dark green. This color is saying it to be C green, but this actually slightly inland, so if I had to pay a little more concentration while applying in the sea area. There are several types of expensive paints out there. You can easily choose one from there to acquire your desired color. You can craft your project with anything you like, really. But as I have said before, I am going to accomplish the process in an expensive way and with readily available products, so I am going to use the Tamiya Dark Green paint.

Applying the Paint

However, you have to start coloring the river or sea area and make sure that it looks a nice even color. In order to end to the edges, I will recommend you to use a thin brush. Once you apply the first coat, let the color dry properly. And after that, apply the second coat with the brushstrokes in a different direction so that you can get better coverage. It won’t be a matter if it looks a bit uneven because, in the end, these brushstrokes will hide.

Step 2: Applying the PVA

Now it is time to add some glossy water coat on it, and for this, I am going to use PVA. It does level itself quite a bit. For applying the PVA, you are gonna need a fan brush. So, take put the fan brush into PVA glue and start applying a thick layer on the river or sea area of your project. The thick layer will not only help you to create the illusion properly; it will also help you to fill the gap (if any). My project does have a gap along the wall, so I am pushing the glue inside to fill the gaps. If you don’t have any gaps, then you can ignore this process.

Applying the PVA

The PVA glue may look milky when you are applying once it dries up, it will provide you a clear water-like texture. I was required to do three coats to acquire my desired look on the surface. Even after applying it properly, some lines will still be visible. But don’t worry, you will be able to hide them by putting some ripples.

You may check the following products to make your fake water:


Washable School White Liquid Glue

Elmers Clear Liquid School Glue

Darice Washable Glue


Amazon Basics All Purpose Washable School White Liquid Glue
Elmers Clear Liquid School Glue, Slime Glue, & Craft Glue
Darice, Age Clear, 1 Gallon Jug –Bulk Crafting, Perfect for Making Slime


Great for Making Slime

Great for bonding materials

Ideal Glue for Slime Making





Compatible Material

Paper, Wood, Ceramics, Fabric

Wood, Ceramic, Paper, Fabric

Wood, Paper


Step 3: Ripple

In this step, I am going to use a thicker white glue. It is a PVA white glue, but it is formulated to be tackier. You can get it from all sorts of places. Applying the ripples is really simple. First, you have to decide from where the wind will be blown and put the ripples in that way. Make sure that the ripples don’t blob, and for that, I will recommend you to use a little amount of it. You can also use a toothpick to spread the ripples more evenly. Once you complete the process, your fake water illusion will be ready. You may need to apply more coats, so apply that if needed.

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