Making a Fake Rock: Decorative Artificial Rocks

Learn a Recipe to Make Your Own Garden or Pond Rocks to Beautify Your Property

Artificial waterfall

Fake rocks are a great enhancement for beautifying your garden or pond. These decorative rocks are lighter and less expensive than trying to buy natural stones of the same size or shape. To make the hardscape ornaments at home, follow these steps.

Materials for Making Fake Rocks:

  • Chicken wire
  • Water
  • Portland cement
  • Sand
  • Bucket
  • Color stain
  • Rubber gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Wire cutters

Follow These Steps:

  1. Cover the work area with newspaper. Making artificial rocks involves mixing cement which can be messy so cover the surface with newspaper. Decide if you want to do a sample fake rock to start or try several at once.
  2. Mold the rocks. Start with small pieces of chicken wire. Bend and mold them into a shape for the rock. Experiment with this step to create rocks and boulders in a variety of sizes and shapes. Remember that most rocks are not perfectly round or square so focus on making your products asymmetrical and more natural looking. For larger rocks you might want to try for a flat bottom just so the rock will stay where you put it but this isn't required.
  3. Mix the cement. Follow the instructions on your package of Portland cement. Use a bucket to create the cement mixture. Some Portland cement mixes require that you add sand, for others the sand is optional. If you can, adding the sand helps the rocks natural looking appearance. Mix with water and add in some color stain if you want rocks that are any color other than the white/gray of the cement. Stir until the mix is well blended.
  4. Wear rubber gloves to add cement to the chicken wire frames. Take the chicken wire frames you started. Lay them securely onto your work surface so you can apply the cement. Use your hands to grab cement then shape and mold it around the chicken wire. Cover the chicken wire completely on all sides and make edges that look like natural rocks. Remember that there are few square corners in nature.
  5. Set the rocks aside to dry. Again follow the instructions for the Portland cement. Depending upon the type you purchase, your rocks may be baked in the oven or set aside in the sun to dry for a few days.
  6. Once the garden rocks are dry, place them in your garden. The dry rocks can be placed in the water of your pond or set in the soil of your garden. Pile the dirt up the sides so they appear to be set into the soil for a more natural look.

Be creative and make rocks of any size, shape and color you can think of. This is a great project for including your children, as well.  Learning to make a decorative rock of your own will definitely become a topic of discussion with your friends.


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