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Have you heard of Diwali? The biggest festival of lights celebrated throughout India in Autumn. My most beautiful childhood memories are made during this celebration with family. There are so many traditions associated with Diwali but one interesting tradition is ‘Fort making’. Children make miniature mud forts in the backyard and decorate them with a miniature garden in the front.
There is a similar miniature garden trend in America called ‘fairy gardens’. More I searched about it, more I found them enchanting.
Tiny houses, doors, fairies, ponds .. everything is magical!

If you are planning to make one for yourself, don’t forget to add this perfect little waterfall to your garden. It is made using hot glue. All you need is a hot glue gun, few glue sticks and a few rocks to make it. I have posted step by step picture tutorial below. These instructions were originally posted in my Facebook group by one of the group members (Sneha Chaurasia). I loved the idea and featured on my blog with her permission.

I still have to look into few things related to the application of this craft outdoors, like weather implications on hot glue, maintenance etc.
This waterfall model can make a great home decor indoors too.
So enjoy the tutorial:

Here is all you need to get started:

For Readers In India:
1. Hot Glue Gun
2. Glue Sticks

For Readers in USA:

3. Decorative rocks, flowers, and leaves
4. Adhesive tape
5. A mirror for base

So, grab these things and follow the picture tutorial below:











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Hope you enjoyed!

Material Used:

For Readers In India:
1. Hot Glue Gun
2. Glue Sticks

For Readers in USA:

3. Decorative rocks, flowers, and leaves
4. Adhesive tape
5. A mirror for base

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41 thoughts on “Hot Glue Waterfall

  1. This is nice. Have you seen how it weathers? I have made fairy houses using hot glue and it falls apart outside.

    Posted on April 23, 2017 at 5:20 am
    1. You are right, hot glue will not hold up outdoor ๐Ÿ™ May be some stronger glue will work?
      Btw concept of fairy houses and gardens was new to me.. I did a quick search and it’s the cutest thing ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted on May 5, 2017 at 5:45 am
      1. What about useing a clear caulking like what is used in the bathroom?

        Posted on January 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm
        1. I made one with clear caulking and it turned out great. I have it in my little garden

          Posted on February 4, 2018 at 7:33 am
          1. I would like to see yours made from clear caulking

            Posted on August 16, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    2. Hot glue is for inside. Unfortunately the heat outside makes the glue soft.

      Posted on June 23, 2017 at 6:35 am
    3. What about using clear chalking? Would that stand up to outdoors weather?

      Posted on September 16, 2017 at 9:21 am
      1. Silicone caulk should stand up to weathering. It is used for both indoor and outdoor applications. As well, you can mix it with a color or paint it.

        Posted on July 16, 2018 at 3:24 pm
  2. This is beautiful. I have a old water fountain meant for indoors, but it got stained from minerals. It is in a closet somewhere. I could take out the water pump and enjoy the pretty rocks that way. I love it.

    Posted on May 1, 2017 at 8:31 am
    1. That’s a great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for visiting!

      Posted on May 5, 2017 at 5:29 am
    2. I have an old table top water fall that I want to do this to as well,…i tried hot glue but it wasn’t clear enough and didn’t want to fill the pond w/ it. I have some clear silicone caulk as well and was wondering if it would work. Did u happen to make the waterfall w/ the caulk and tape too? Thanks for the info!

      Posted on August 12, 2018 at 9:28 am
  3. Instead of hot glue, look into clear or colored resin for your water look.

    Posted on May 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm
  4. Yes, I found glue gun falls apart outside…I started pouring 2 part clear epoxy over it…lasts longer but the water took on a very pale yellow tint…

    Posted on May 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm
  5. There is also “Quick Water” for Silks which you can use in fairy gardens for simulated water… its beautiful! I used it to fill a tea cup with a couple mini duckies swimming in it. It is adorable! I’m going to try and see if I get this Quick Water to semi-set maybe I can have it pour down for the waterfall… if not, then I’ll go hot glue.

    Posted on May 17, 2017 at 1:41 pm
  6. Substitute acrylic clear caulk for hot glue. Works great . Be sure to buy the exterior one. Also can be tinted using food color

    Posted on May 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  7. Try clear silicone that you would use to caulk bathtubs. Found at Fred’s or hardware stores.

    Posted on May 27, 2017 at 7:06 pm
  8. Looks super cool on my bookshelf! It came out awesome!

    Posted on June 20, 2017 at 7:21 am
  9. clear caulking for outdoors works for the rocks not sure for the water or falls.

    Posted on July 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm
  10. Daelene on, and others, CRYSTAL clear, caulking is the ticket. Clear caulking still has a hue to it. Hot glue that I’ve tried in the past will melt in the summer sun. In the shade, not so sure but the caulking is “IT!”

    Posted on July 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Posted on August 22, 2017 at 6:42 pm
  12. This is such a good idea! I plan on showing this to my husband and his train club buddies. They are currently working on 2 model train layouts. I think this would be a great idea for them to incorporate in them both.

    Posted on October 5, 2017 at 9:01 am
  13. Try the hot glue gun then use the monster glue sticks..

    Posted on October 28, 2017 at 11:03 am
  14. Use off hot glue waterfall in nature or tell me about its process

    Posted on February 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm
  15. I love this I’m going to start making mine as soon as I find a mirror

    Posted on July 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm
  16. beutiful waterfall and so easy thank you for posting!!!

    Posted on July 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm
  17. Iโ€™m so excited to get started on my project and loved your waterfall. I hope that it looks as good as your picture.
    Thank you so much and Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing other projects you have

    Posted on July 30, 2018 at 6:33 pm
    1. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ All the best with your project!

      Posted on August 19, 2018 at 11:06 pm
  18. My granddaughter is 5 and we have been looking on Pinterest for ideas to start her Fairy Garden. We came across your waterfall and she got REALLY excited about out project! I like the idea of using silicone caulk outside as mentioned in the comments! As the grandma that now has to help make her big ideas come to life, I certainly appreciate your detailed picture tutorial! Thanks so much!!! Weโ€™ll keep following!

    Posted on August 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    1. Thank you so much! All the best with your project.. glad I could help ๐Ÿ™‚

      Posted on August 19, 2018 at 11:04 pm
  19. this is so so so cool

    Posted on August 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm
  20. My Fairy Garden is in an old bathtub and it’s shaded, it gets some sun but not much. I wonder if the hot glue would hold up if it’s shaded?

    Posted on August 21, 2018 at 9:28 am
  21. Love the idea,but am working with a piece of wood.Can you help.

    Posted on August 25, 2018 at 11:23 am
  22. Very very cool idea. This has inspired me to get out my crafts again and start creating again. Thank you

    Posted on August 30, 2018 at 4:33 am