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Diorama Water Effects

Making water, waterfalls, ponds, rivers, moats and other water effects is one of the most dramatic parts of diorama making. It can really add something special to a diorama. Here I have put together all my various tutorials on how to do it!


Waterfall in a diorama

A Waterfall in a diorama

Actually pretty easy to make a great looking waterfall if you know the right tools and techniques. I show you how to make this waterfall using just a tube a caulk you can buy at the hardware store. I have it right here: Make a waterfall in a diorama


NEW: Easy waterfalls and diorama water with Elmer's Clear glue gels

In this tutorial I make Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth. But the real thing about this is the various water effects you can make with the new Elmer's Clear Glue Gels. We make a Waterfall, brook, fountain and pond. Easy Water effects Diorama


The Harbour Diorama

It is a great little water scene and the largest diorama Frank has made so far. And he shows us a new (and brilliant) water making technique. He achieves a great frothy wave effect. The Harbour Diorama


A Waterfall for Will!

Frank knows that I love dioramas, waterfalls and mountains. So he made a diorama with waterfalls and mountains! Thanks Frank! It came out terrific.:)A Waterfall for Will


Storm The Castle Diorama Part 7: Use a sheet of plastic to make water

This tutorial is perfect for making large areas of water for big dioramas such as ocean scenes, large river layouts and more. And it is inexpensive to do. I use a sheet of clear plastic and I show you how to do it right here. Storm The Castle Diorama Part 7


Realistic water is a product to make very easy diorama water - you pour it and let it dry!

Use Woodland Scenics Realistic Water


The English Water Mill Diorama

Here is another great diorama made by Frank. This one has a great layout and a great look. And it has water effects. But the big thing about this one is that Frank has figured out a very inexpensive way to make great looking water in a diorama. Check it out here: The English Water Mill Diorama.


The Terrarium/Diorama (With waterfall)

This is a wonderful project that is both a diorama and a terrarium. You have got to see this one. . Check it out here


How to make a Whirlpool diorama

This is a wonderful little project made by a web visitor. It has a ship being pulled into a whirlpool. Easy and effective technique! How to make a whirlpool in a diorama.


Water effects tips and techniques

Here is a nice tutorial on water effects submitted by a web visitor (Cristi). He shows us step by step how to make some nice effects and also shows us some experiments and alternate techniques. Water effects tips and techniques


Make a Dolphin Diorama This is a beautiful diorama made and submitted by a web visitor. It uses some easy yet fantastic water effects. Check out the diorama and see how to make one here: The Dolphin Diorama


Inexpensive way to make water in a diorama

These pictures and this tutorial was submitted by a web visitor (Ryan) He gives us some tips on how to inexpensively make water in a diorama. He uses caulk and paint. And in this naval scene diorama he even adds the water spouts for dropped bombs! Water in a naval diorama


The Battle of Thermopylae (300) diorama

where the 300 Spartans made their last stand. I have also transformed it into a tutorial that shows all the basics of how to make a diorama. This also includes information about how to make the water effects along with a video. The Battle of Thermopylae Diorama


Medieval Castle Diorama A Video of my six foot Medieval Castle Diorama - This video shows my diorama which has a working waterfall and lights in both the castle and the evil mountain. Medieval Castle Diorama Video


Controlling a real waterfall

If you want a real waterfall in your diorama here is a nice tip for you that will help control the water so you don't get a lot of splashing. Controlling a diorama waterfall


A terrarium waterfall

How to make a terrarium waterfall from scratch

I show you how to make a small waterfall that you can put in your terrarium. This is a complete tutorial that even includes a how to video How to make a terrarium waterfall While this tutorial is technically for a terrarium it is actually a small diorama unto itself. It shows you how to use a little pump to make a real waterfall.


Boat Mill Diorama

An amazing Boat Mill diorama -

A Boat mill is a Mill that floats on a river. This is a terrific diorama with some amazing water work (submitted by a web visitor: Vic) See pictures of this diorama here: The Boat Mill Diorama


Make a foam based diorama with a river
This is a great diorama submitted by a web visitor. It shows all the steps taken to make this wonderful scene from the past on the Mississippi River. The Diorama


( You can also watch the video just below, or check out the pumps and waterfalls you can buy)


Video on how to Make water Effects in a diorama:

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Simple Fountains

Simple Fountains

What's more soothing than the sound of moving water? Redirecting a stream to run through your home or office may not be practical, but tiny, reliable electric pumps make it possible for you to create a small, indoor tabletop fountain; install a spouting sculpture in your backyard; or even build a full-size waterfall on your property.

This new paperback edition of Simple Fountains gives you illustrated, precise, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for building 20 aesthetically interesting waterworks at a fraction of the cost you'd pay for those found in upscale catalogs. Using readily available materials (Adkins even includes hints for finding suitable recyclable materials) and simple crafting techniques, you will learn to custom-design your own water-filled masterpiece.In this beautifully designed, inspiring book, Adkins reviews the types of materials you can use for your fountain, including wood, bamboo, ceramic, stone, and copper. She discusses accessories such as flowers, shells, bonsai trees, sculpture, and fish. And she recommends specific products that will make you happier with the finished product (small magnet-driven fountain pumps, for example, tend to be the quietest on the market). Even if you consider yourself non-crafty, Adkins's can-do attitude will give you the confidence to build a beautiful fountain for any corner of your office, home, or garden.


Submersible fountain pump

Submersible Fountain Pump For Creating Your Own Indoor Fountain-Pumps Water Up To 34 inches

Fountain pumps for indoor use are great for dish gardens and other small container type water features. This terrific and compact little indoor pump will amaze you with its high quality and power. It's less than 2-1/2 inches long but it can pump water to a maximum height of 34 inches and a maximum flow of 120 gallons per hour. It is designed with a built-in adjustable flow control. and it is furnished with a variety of fittings plus 3 feet of clear tubing, a set of instructions and a limited warranty. The pump has a set of rubber suctions cups on the bottom to keep it in place and it comes with a 6 foot black cord. Overall measurements are 2-1/4" long, 1-3/4" wide and 2" high. For hundreds more craft, art and hobby products be sure to visit our National Artcraft Storefront. We have the creative component you need


Indoor Fountain Pump

It's Easy To Create An Indoor Fountain With This Compact, Reliable Pump

Make your own indoor dish garden, tabletop fountain or other small water feature using this reliable little pump. It raises a column of water up to 24 inches and pumps 70 GPH. Simple in construction and low in cost, it is fully submersible and requires no lubrication and almost no maintainence except for an occasional cleaning. Included with the pump is 2 feet of flexible tubing to attach to the outlet. The pump features a built-in flow control, a 4-1/2 foot, two prong cord and it only uses 6 watts of energy. It measures 2-1/8" long X 2" wide X 1-1/2" high and carries a 1 year manufacturers warranty. Suitable for use in small indoor designs as well as small aquariums, this sturdy pump will provide years of service. For hundreds more craft, art and hobby products including other fountain pumps for indoor or outdoor use please visit our National Artcraft Storefront. We have the creative component you need.



Will's Book on Diorama Making

Will's Book

How to Make Fantasy and Medieval Dioramas

This books shows you how to make fantasy and medieval dioramas using many commonly available tools and materials. There are over 100 pictures and illustrations showing you how to make great dioramas in fantasy and medieval styles. Chapters include basics, water effects, terrain tips and special effects like electricity and small motors. Tutorials include how to use foam, plaster of paris and paper mache to make great looking dioramas.