Wondering how to make fake boulders for landscaping and decorating the area around your home or office? There are lots of different rock varieties available and each of them have different properties. Some are more soluble in water and they tend to swell when dampened while some are not.
A few that come to mind are; sandstone, granite, and travertine, among many others. The texture and color of each type of rock can also be crucial factors to consider when trying to replicate its look in your landscaping project.
There is a huge range of rocks with varying degrees of waterproof properties that you can imitate. Most fake rocks are grayish-white or brown in color, but they can be as brightly colored as you want. There are some types of fake rocks that can even have a texture to them.
How to make fake rocks can also involve the use of non-natural materials. For instance, you can make fake stones out of plywood, plastic or cardboard. Although you can also purchase fake rocks from specialist retailers, it may be easiest to make your own.
The first thing you need to do when learning how to make fake rocks is to prepare the area where you are going to place your fake rock. This means that you need to prepare the ground sufficiently by removing any debris such as fallen leaves and dirt. Next, you should dig a hole about two to three feet deep, which is slightly larger than the rock you intend to place in the hole. The depth should be adjusted so that the fake stone does not sink into the sand or dirt when it is placed in the hole.
Once you have prepared the ground properly then you can begin placing the fake rock in the hole. Begin by lining the fake rock up with the surface it will be covering. You should also move the fake rock around to ensure that it is level. If necessary adjust the slope of the fake hill so that it lies flat against the ground.
Before starting to place the rocks remember that you will have to add some mortar if you want the fake rock to adhere to the ground properly. Mortar helps to hold the rock in place and allows it to stay in place when it is put into the ground. When learning how to make fake rocks, you should remember that you should not add too much mortar. Start with small amounts and build up the rock as you go along. It can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks before you will see any results.
Making something like a fake rock speaker can be a bit more challenging because it needs to be waterproof and also have enough interior space to house the speakers, crossover circuits and amplifier. Plastic rocks are usually the best option for speaker rocks as other materials are usually too porous and prone to water leaks and impact damage.
Fake boulders can also be made using paper machete and then painted to resemble a real rock. For a stronger option, try carving a rock shape out of foam, covering it with a fiberglass or wire mesh and using a concrete based coating to cover the shape.