Add fake grass to art projects, dioramas and other models to give the realistic appearance of a green landscape. Making fake grass may appear daunting at first, but is actually quite easy. You can make it using several different methods, which include green construction paper, dried moss and even shredded coconut.
Things You'll Need
- Green construction paper
- Cutting board
- Paper shredder
- Green or brown paint
- Paper towel
- Soft cloth
- Clear varnish spray
- Shredded coconut
- Green food coloring
Cut several sheets of green construction paper into longs strips or strands, each a few millimeters in width. To accurately cut the paper, place it onto a cutting board and mark out the strips using a pencil and ruler. Cut the paper into strands of your desired grass size using scissors. Alternatively, if you wish to create longer strands, shred green construction paper using a paper shredder.
Collect the strands and scrunch them together to give the crinkled appearance of grass.
Paint the base of whatever your grass will be placed on green or brown and apply the crinkled paper to the surface using glue.
Wash the moss under warm running water to get rid of any insects that may be present. Place the moss on a flat surface and dry it using a paper towel or soft cloth.
Mold and reshape the moss into your desired shape. Lay it out flat or bunch it together to give a bundled, fuller appearance. Place the moss onto a tray and leave it out in the sun for a few days to dry completely.
Spray clear varnish to the moss to help preserve it and place it in your desired location. If the moss is not at your preferred shade of green, paint it using green spray or liquid-based paint.
Pour shredded coconut into a bowl.
Place the coconut into a bow. Add a few drops of green food coloring. Stir the coconut together with the food coloring using a spoon.
Place the dyed coconut onto a plate and allow it to dry for about ten minutes.
Apply glue to the surface where the fake grass will be applied. Place the green coconut onto the surface and allow it to dry completely.
Tips & Warnings
- You can purchase moss at most nurseries or garden centers.
- Artificial grass can make a great floor for a doghouse or cat playground.
- Try using green craft foam instead of construction paper.