Easy DIY Fake Dirt Make Faux Plants Real

DIY Fake Dirt Make Faux Plants look real

Today I’m sharing easy DIY fake dirt to make faux plants look real. This is an easy craft idea and a game-changer for faux plants. This is a very simple fast DIY for fake dirt with great results.

This craft idea is so much fun and is a game-changer and it’s a very simple fast DIY project that yields fantastic results. making your fake plants look authentic.  It takes six minutes to complete this dirt to add to your home.

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Why Make Fake Soil?

First things first, why do I bother making my fake dirt recipe when a cup of sand, coco powder, or a cup of coffee grounds mixed with white glue and Crayola Powder paint in the color brown will do the trick?

Simply put because this combination of kitty litter, white glue, and brown and black paint becomes a solid block.  This process is less messy and adds the most realistic look, to fake plants. 

Bonus:  Wipe the dirt with a dry rag or paper towel to keep it clean and dust free. 

Overall, making DIY fake dirt for fake plants can be a fun and cost-effective way to enhance the realism of your artificial plants and create a more natural-looking environment.

There are several reasons why someone might choose to make DIY fake dirt for their fake plants:

Why Make Fake Dirt? 

There are several reasons why you might want to make this kind of dirt instead of using alternatives like sand or a cup of coffee grounds fake dirt. 

Here are some of the reasons:

  1. Realism: Making your own fake dirt allows you to achieve a higher level of realism. By customizing the color and texture of the dirt mixture, you can create a more natural and authentic look for your faux plants. Sand or other generic materials may not provide the same level of realism and detail.
  2. Customization: DIY fake dirt gives you the freedom to customize the color and texture according to your preferences. You can match the dirt to the specific plant or arrangement, creating a cohesive and natural-looking display. This level of customization is often not possible with off-the-shelf options.
  3. Cost-effective: DIY fake dirt can be a cost-effective solution compared to buying pre-made options. The ingredients used to make fake dirt, such as non-clumping kitty litter, glue, and craft paint, are generally affordable and widely available. Making your own fake dirt allows you to save money while achieving a high-quality result.
  4. Consistency: When you make your own fake dirt, you can ensure consistency in color and texture throughout your display. This can be especially important if you have multiple faux plants or arrangements that need to have a cohesive look. Making your own fake dirt allows you to maintain control over the final outcome.

Overall, making your own fake dirt provides you with the opportunity to create a more realistic and customized look for your faux plants. 

How Fake Soil Can Be Used?

Fake soil, or DIY fake dirt, can be used in various ways to enhance the appearance and realism of faux plants, crafts, and other decorative projects. 

Here Uses For Fake Soil:

  1. Handmade Crafts: If you’re crafting handmade pieces such as miniature gardens and fairy houses fake dirt can help create a realistic look.
  2. Model Train Landscapes: If you’re into model trains or miniature landscapes, fake dirt can be used to create realistic ground coverings. By carefully applying fake soil around tracks, buildings, and landscape features, you can achieve a lifelike scene that adds depth and realism to your model train layout.
  3. Props and Stage Design: Fake soil is often used in theatrical productions, movie sets, or stage designs to create realistic landscapes. It can be applied to props, backdrops, or set pieces to enhance the authenticity of the scene.

Remember to use fake soil responsibly and keep it away from areas where it could be mistaken for real soil or ingested by children or pets. Enjoy the versatility of fake soil in your creative projects, and let your imagination guide you in finding new and exciting ways to use it.

How This Process Began

Why I Made The Dirt

Here’s how my fake dirt began, I ordered a faux Lavender plant and once I received it, I was not happy with the look of the dirt on the decorative pot.

The picture below shows the dirt and fake peat moss appearing as though there are fingerprints. 

Now, let’s dive into the steps of creating this DIY fake dirt for your faux plants.

fingerprints in store bought plant
showing the fingerprints in the peat moss

Supplies Needed:

  • Non-clumping kitty litter
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Black paint
  • Brown paint
  • Wooden stick or spoon
  • Plastic containers or a paper bowl
  • Water
  • Paper towel

Step-by-Step Instructions

Come Craft With Me

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Begin by gathering all the necessary supplies. Place a cookie sheet or paper plate on your work surface to keep it clean.

glue-and-kitty-litter
glue-and-kitty-litter
craft paint
paint in brown and black

Step 2:  Combine Ingredients

In a plastic container or paper bowl, combine a generous amount of non-clumping kitty litter. This will serve as the base for our faux dirt.

Step 3:  Making The Glue Mixture And Adding Paint

Add a dollop of Elmer’s glue to the kitty litter. The glue mixture will help bind the ingredients together and create a realistic texture.

Next, to achieve the desired color, mix in a small amount of brown paint. The paint will make the dirt a deep brown color. For added depth, add a small amount of black paint. 

Using a wooden stick or plastic spoon, thoroughly mix the ingredients together until the mixture of Elmer glue and paint is evenly distributed throughout the kitty litter. This gives you great results and resembles real dirt

If the mixture appears too dry, gradually add a bit of water while stirring until you achieve the desired consistency. Be careful not to add too much water, as it may make the dirt too messy.

white glue added to mixture
glue, brown and black paint added

Step 4:  It’s Time To Apply 

Once your fake dirt is ready, it’s time to apply it to your fake plants. Take a small amount of the mixture and spread it around the base of your faux plant. 

For this step, I suggest wearing rubber gloves to avoid the glue mixture sticking to your hands.

To create a more natural look add the dirt around the inside circle of the container reaching the edges.  Leave the dirt a bit heavier around the base of the plant to resemble soil on real plants.

spreading the soil
spreading the dirt using my fingers
adding the dirt
adding this to the container

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Step 5:  Clean The Pot

After applying the fake dirt, use a paper towel to clean up any excess or spills, giving your display a polished finish.

Let the dirt mixture dry overnight. As it dries, it will solidify, creating a block of realistic-looking dirt that will make your faux plants appear more lifelike.

Finished project
Finished fake dirt in the faux lavender plant

I share the best information on how I added fake dirt to a faux lavender plant a long time ago and the difference is amazing!  It was for a DIY knockoff challenge.

I hope you make this easy DIY fake dirt to make faux plants look real.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below so we can connect and answer any questions. 

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Easy DIY Fake Dirt Make Faux Plants Real

Today I'm sharing easy DIY fake dirt to make faux plants look real. This is an easy craft idea and a game-changer for faux plants. This is a very simple fast DIY for fake dirt with great results.
Prep Time3 minutes
Active Time3 minutes
Total Time6 minutes
Keyword: diy fake dirt, fake dirt
Yield: 2 plant tops
Author: Cloches & Lavender
Cost: 10

Equipment

  • 1 Bag of Non-clumping kitty litter
  • 1 Bottle of Elmer's Glue
  • 1 Wood stick or plastic spoon
  • 1 bottle of brown paint
  • 1 bottle of black paint
  • 1 plastic container or paper bowl
  • 1 paper towel
  • 1 sheet pan, newspaper

Materials

  • 1 stir stick wood or a plastic spoon
  • 1 paper bowl or plastic container
  • 1 pair thin rubber gloves

Notes

 
 

Supplies Needed:

 
    • Non-clumping kitty litter
    • Elmer’s glue
    • Black paint
    • Brown paint
    • Wooden stick or spoon
    • Plastic containers or a paper bowl
    • Water
    • Paper towel
 

Step-by-Step Instructions

Come Craft With Me

 

Step 1: Gather Supplies

 
Begin by gathering all the necessary supplies. Place a cookie sheet or paper plate on your work surface to keep it clean.
DIY Fake Dirt Make Faux Plants look real
supplies
 
brown paint and black paint
craft paint
 
white glue, kitty litter and paint added to DIY fake dirt for faux plants mixture
glue, brown and black paint added

 

Step 4:  It’s Time To Apply 

 
Once your fake dirt is ready, it’s time to apply it to your fake plants. Take a small amount of the mixture and spread it around the base of your faux plant. 
For this step, I suggest wearing rubber gloves to avoid the glue mixture sticking to your hands.
To create a more natural look add the dirt around the inside circle of the container reaching the edges.  Leave the dirt a bit heavier around the base of the plant to resemble soil on real plants.
adding the diy fake dirt to make plants real
adding the diy fake dirt

 

Step 5:  Clean The Pot

 
After applying the fake dirt, use a paper towel to clean up any excess or spills, giving your display a polished finish.
Let the dirt mixture dry overnight. As it dries, it will solidify, creating a block of realistic-looking dirt that will make your faux plants appear more life-like.
Finished project
Finished
 
 
 

31 thoughts on “Easy DIY Fake Dirt Make Faux Plants Real

  1. How unique! Never thought of making fake dirt, but I’m sure your idea will come in handy! Thanks!

  2. This is so clever, I will definitely be trying this. I have cat litter from a cat I had 10 years ago. I think I am a hoarder. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow !! I never knew cat litter gravel could be used for making something like fake dirt ! I have 6 cats so plenty of kitty litter here. I think your idea is really clever and unique.
    Dropping by from the Do it over designers blog hop.
    Have a fabulous week.
    Naush

  4. Fake dirt. Now I’ve seen everything! : ) I think I would have just gone outside and scooped some dirt out of my flower bed….I guess that may not have created the look you were going for?….
    Liberty

  5. What a grand idea for a lovely floral topiary style lavender brush.
    Great idea using kitty litter for the “dirt”.
    Hugs,
    Kippi

  6. You kill me with these easy and creative ideas, Cindy, dying right now this is so cool! I would never have thought of it. I love it! Pinning right now 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  7. this is pretty funny, but really needed. I’d just never thought about it before! and you were right, there were fingerprints in your purchased “dirt”. thanks for sharing it with us, Cindy!!

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