How to Make Artificial Rocks

    by Contributing Writer

    An artificial rock is often a better option than using an actual rock because it is not as heavy and can be moved around easily. The shape and size is also easy to customize when you craft your own rock. Artificial rocks are frequently used in place of real rocks in miniature villages, model train displays and on the theater stage. They also come in handy for school dioramas, parade floats and even Christmas displays.

    Things You'll Need

    • White glue
    • Water
    • Construction paper
    • Copy paper
    • Paint
    • Paintbrush

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    Mix together equal parts white glue and water in a deep bowl.

    Crumple a piece of construction paper into a ball, or cut a piece of craft foam into roughly the desired shape and size. This will form the core of the artificial rock.

    Tear construction paper into enough strips to cover the core of the artificial rock. The strips can be the same width, though differing widths and lengths will not affect the outcome. You can cut out these strips, but tearing will work just the same and is faster.

    Soak the construction paper strips in the glue and water mixture. Get the glue on both sides and make sure that it has saturated the construction paper. Construction paper is thicker than normal copy paper and will have to sit in the glue and water mixture longer than thin paper.

    Wrap the core with a single layer of the saturated construction paper strips. Apply two layers of the strips of construction paper, allowing them to dry between layers.

    Wait for the construction paper to dry completely.

    Apply a second layer of soaked construction paper strips and let them dry completely.

    Tear strips of white copy paper just as you did with the construction paper. The construction paper helped create a stiffer form but the white copy paper will smooth the rock.

    Soak the copy paper strips in the glue and water mixture then wrap the artificial rock until you can no longer see the construction paper.

    Allow the artificial rock to dry completely.

    Paint the rock using at least two colors. The rock can be any color you would like. Use a small brush to create veins or gently shake a loaded paint brush above the artificial rock to create speckles.

    • Use copy paper in the desired base color of the rock to minimize the amount of painting required.
    • Don't apply additional strips of paper over a layer that is still damp.

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