Artificial turf turns a plain diorama or model into a realistic looking scene. Using store-bought grasses from hobby or craft stores or making your own from kitchen supplies helps you finish your model, project or cake with little effort.
Static grass is a store-bought option found at hobby shops. Before packaging, the manufacturer charges green flocking with a static charge. The charge remains on the flocking when you apply it to your project. To apply static grass to a model or diorama, apply craft glue to the surface where you want it. Use a paintbrush to smooth the glue around. Sprinkle the static grass onto the glued area, then turn the model on its side and shake the excess back into the original container for future use. The static charge in the flock gives it realistic movement, making it the closest to real grass.
Moss is a natural option. Use dried Spanish moss from your local craft store. Apply glue to the diorama and then press the moss against it. Paint the top of the moss with green spray paint. If you prefer to use fresh moss from your backyard, collect different mosses from rocks or trees. Wash the moss under running water to remove bacteria and insects. Place the moss flat and leave it in the sun to dry for three to four days. Before using glue to attach the moss to your model, spray the surface with a craft sealant to keep it from moulding.
Use outdoor artificial turf. Purchase turf from your local home improvement store. Since it is artificial, the turf will not mould or rot. The price of turf is reasonable, allowing you to buy enough for even large products at little cost. Use scissors to cut the turf, apply glue to the back and secure in place.
Although less realistic, green felt is an option for creating grass. Purchase felt at the local craft store. Inexpensive like artificial turf, felt allows you to create large swathes of grass for little money. Felt also offers many colour choices. Use glue to attach it, or if covering wooden bases, wrap the felt around and staple it to the underside of the base.
If you need an edible grass option, use food found in your kitchen. Fill a piping bag with frosting tinted green and squeeze small tufts of frosting onto the surface, such as a display board for a large cake or on top of cookies. Use coloured coconut for texture. Mix shaved coconut with green food colouring. Once you achieve the desired green, sprinkle the coconut grass on the surface of your cake or food display.
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