Create a fish pond filled with beautifully textured rock fish!


Rock Fish Pond:  Use a special technique to create scales for your fish and create a pond for play!

  • Rocks (clean, unpolished, uncoated)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Netting/ mesh (from veggie bags etc.)
  • Paint brushes
  • Small beads
  • Glue (white craft glue) or glue gun*
  • Thick paper
  • Elastics or a baggie clip
  • Scissors

*Low-temp, only for older children with direct adult supervision/ assistance

Fish Pond

  • Container
  • Glass gems
  • Rocks
  • Craft foam

We always find these items helpful too: (Crafts & activities for kids)

  • Smock
  • Craft tray




  • Don your smock.  Put your rock into your mesh baggie.  Close it with an elastic or bag clip on both ends.
  • Paint over your mesh (we made Koi fish, but go with whatever type of fish you may like) and your paint your thick paper allowing it to dry overnight.
  • Once dry, cut the elastic bands off carefully and remove the mesh which will leave a scale like appearance.
  • Glue your eyes onto your fish.
  • Cut out a tail and fins out of paper and the mesh that you used for painting your rock.  Glue them onto your fish.


  • Line your container (we used a pie plate) with your water gems.
  • You could make lily pads out of craft foam or use green gems for them.
  • Line your pond with rocks.
  • Play with your pond!

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Rock Fish Pond:  Use a special technique to create scales for your fish and create a pond for play!


Looking for a few more rock decorating ideas?  Check them out here:

Create with Rocks


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Create with rocks!


  • Using different materials to paint with and give the appearance of texture.
  • Re-purposing items for creating with.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct, adult supervision.  (We recommend a low temp glue gun only for older children.)
  • Small items such as beads and gems can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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