How to Make Fake Wine Spills


A fake wine spill that fits in your pocket can be tossed anywhere--like a tabletop, a white couch or a rug--to fool your friends. You could even attach a wineglass on its side for a less portable, but more impressive looking spill. It's a classic prank for April Fool's Day or any day you want to pull some mischief.

The key to a realistic-looking fake wine spill is to use a clear base and pigment and then color the base a deep red wine color.

Things You'll Need

  • Small white bowl
  • Non-toxic clear gel glue (like Aleene's or Elmer's)
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Green gel food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plate or cookie sheet
  • Wine glass (optional)
  • Red wine (optional)
  • Pour approximately 1/4-cup of gel glue into the bowl.

  • Dip a toothpick into the red gel food coloring and mix it into the glue. Dip another into the blue gel food coloring and mix it in. Repeat, adding a smaller amount of green gel color, if necessary, until the glue becomes the desired, even color. Fake wine should be dark. Pour a few drops of red wine onto a white plate, if possible, as a reference color.

  • Pour the colored glue into a "spill" on a plate lined tightly with plastic wrap so there are no wrinkles. If desired, put a small amount of glue in a wine glass and set it on its side on the spill near the edge. You may need to use a lined cookie sheet if using a wine glass. Set in a cool, dry place for up to a week.

  • Peel the dried spill from the plastic once it's completely set. It's now ready for use.

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