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)

Step 1

Pour approximately 1/4-cup of gel glue into the bowl.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Tip

If the gel glue you're using is tinted blue, but dries clear, make the fake wine slightly more blue than you want when mixing.

Warning

Gel food coloring is recommended over liquid food coloring because of the dark wine color. Too much liquid coloring may dilute the glue to the point that it won't set properly.

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