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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    • Bonnie Scorer

      Thank you SO much for featuring our son’s rock fish pond Cindy and Amanda! We would love to submit more. Please let me know how that process normally works. Thanks so much, Bonnie-


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