How to make your own grass

How To Make Your Own Grass for Your Model Railway This is a short but great tip for making your own super-realistic grass by modeller Stephen Fay.

The grass is always greener…

If you’re unhappy with the look of your ground cover and look enviously at the beautiful models of others or perhaps don’t want to spend a fortune on expensive static grass this tip is for you.

Over to Stephen:

how to make your own grass

The end result: handmade grass on Stephen’s layout.

“Teddy bear fur is available in many lengths and base colours,  I sourced mine through eBay.

To dye the fur I use a mixture of poster paints both green and yellow.  It’s best to test the green first to see how it dries on a piece of paper as you might want to darken it first.

The easiest way to apply the paint is with your hands wearing an old pair of washing-up gloves. Really work it into the fur,  do the largest area you can for consistency.

If there is any clumping of the paint once dry, this can be brushed out with a scrubbing brush.

I bought my teddy bear fur at the length I wanted it but it’s easily cut using men’s hair clippers. Once you’re happy with the colour it’s a good idea to singe the fur using a blow torch – this should be done very quickly and with supervision if needed.

To finish off, add various other scenics depending on the ground cover you wish to represent.”

You can see further photos of Stephen’s work on his Facebook page.

Alternatively, here’s a guide on the best static grass applicator and some tips on laying static grass.

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  1. Just wanted to say thank you and sharing. I dont do RR train modeling, but I use some of the techniques…when creating mixeed media artwork and surpisingly when planting Bonsai scenes. Be Well!!

    • Thanks Jim. I’m working on a post about the things that have changed that you might find useful. Watch this space! (If you join my free newsletter you’ll get updates by email so you know when – you can join here). Andy

  2. Hi,

    That is s great Idea.
    Alternatively we can use Party wigs which are pre painted and cut them to lengths i have used it on my layout and it works perfectly ok with the static grass applicator.

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