Create a fish pond filled with beautifully textured rock fish! Materials 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: Smock Craft tray Directions Fish 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. Pond 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! Pin it for later: Looking for a few more rock decorating ideas? Check them out here: From top left to right: Mice Rocks (Fireflies & Mud Pies for I Heart Crafty Things): http://iheartcraftythings.com/easy-painted-mouse-rocks.html Garden Markers (Adventures in a Box): http://www.adventure-in-a-box.com/how-to-make-garden-markers-by-painting-stones-art-tuesday/ Flamingo Puzzle (hello, Wonderful): http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/MAKE-A-FLAMINGO-ROCK-PUZZLE Rock Painting Techniques (Color Made Happy): https://colormadehappy.com/2017/07/diy-galaxy-painted-rocks/ Tea Cakes (Craft Train): https://www.thecrafttrain.com/rock-cakes-for-pretend-play/ Funny Face Rocks (Craft Train): https://www.thecrafttrain.com/funny-face-rock-puzzle/ People Rocks (Craft Train): https://www.thecrafttrain.com/fluffy-pet-rocks/ Photo Holders (Buggy & Buddy): http://buggyandbuddy.com/painted-rock-photo-holder-craft-kids/ Minions (Non-Toy Gifts): http://nontoygifts.com/minions-jail-craft-painted-rocks/ Rock Clock (Danya Banya): https://www.danyabanya.com/hickory-dickory-dock-rock-clock-nursery-rhyme-kids-activity/ Rock Cacti (The Best Ideas for Kids): https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/pet-cactus-rocks/ Kandinsky Inspired Rocks (Arty Crafty Kids): http://www.artycraftykids.com/art/kandinsky-inspired-rock-art/ Rock Balancing (Rhythms of Play): http://rhythmsofplay.com/rock-balancing-stone-stacking-art-steam-activity/ Sticker Rocks (Fireflies & Mud Pies): http://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/mess-free-sticker-rocks/ Rock Rings (Red Ted Art): http://www.redtedart.com/diy-stone-ring/ Campfire (Ideas in a Box): https://boxofideas.uk/easy-miniature-campfire-craft-for-kids-using-rocks-and-sticks/ Rock Snails (Kids Craft Room): http://kidscraftroom.com/shake-painting-cute-snail-rock-craft/ Purpose 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. Please like & share: 14 Responses Cindy deRosier September 6, 2017 I’m the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your cool fish pond! You can see it here: https://funfamilycrafts.com/rock-fish-pond/ If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we’d love for you to submit them. Thanks for a great project idea! Reply Bonnie Scorer September 22, 2017 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- Reply Koibids February 26, 2018 What a fantastic koi art, I like these. Reply Bonnie Scorer March 1, 2018 Thanks so much! I’ll pass that along to the kids! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.