Tall, green grass evokes the feeling of a lush prairie or meadow in springtime. You can make clusters of fake, tall, green grass for many projects, including Easter decorations, theatre sets and table centrepieces. Fake green grass is produced easily and can be made to any desired length using styrofoam, paint, wire and paper.
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Things you need
- 2-inch thick styrofoam sheet
- Sharp knife
- Brown paint
- Green roll paper
- Scissors or craft knife
- Craft wire
- Wire cutters
- Craft glue
Purchase green paper that comes on a roll so you know that you will have enough length to cut long blades of grass. Buy at least two shades of green to mimic the natural colour variations in grass.
Round the corners and edges of a 2-inch thick styrofoam sheet, using a sharp knife and sandpaper, so it has a more natural, hill-like shape.
Paint the styrofoam with brown paint to mimic soil. Use paint on rather than spray paint, as spray paint will melt the styrofoam.
Fold the green paper in half and cut a stockpile of thin strips of paper to your desired grass length, using scissors or a craft knife. Fold the paper so you have a series of pairs of identical blades. Keep the pairs together as you cut. Cut the pairs of strips at slightly varying lengths to mimic the growth variation of natural grass. Hold the pairs tightly and cut the bottoms of the strips flat and the tops with a point.
Cut lengths of craft wire for each pair of strips, using a wire cutter. Cut the wires 1.5 inches longer than the strips.
Paint one side of one strip with craft glue, using a flat artist's brush. Place the wire down the centre, on top of the glue, so the extra length protrudes from the bottom of the strip. Place the other strip directly on top of the wire and glued strip and smooth it down. Continue to glue all the strips together with wires inside.
Affix the grass blades, one by one, by inserting the protruding wire into the styrofoam. Make shallow slits in the foam where the bottoms of the grass blades hit the styrofoam surface, using a sharp knife. Cut the slits the same width as the grass blades. Push the bottoms of the grass blades into the slits.
Bend some of the grass blades slightly, this way and that, to add to the natural appearance of grass.