How To Make Fake Succulents

Since last year, this arrangement has been the simplest I’ve ever created. To begin, simply adhere to these easy guidelines.

Step 1: Insert foam, and fill in empty spaces with moss.

You’ll see that I didn’t use all of the desert foam in the container. Instead, I filled in the gaps with moss and angled the stems of my succulent plants into the foam.

This green Spanish moss was picked because it doesn’t compete with the vibrant artificial succulents.

Step 3: Insert faux succulent stems into foam bricks.

I used wire cutters to trim the stems of the succulents so that they were flush with the foam foundation. Try alternating hues (reds, greens, and blues) and styles for greater aesthetic appeal (cascading versus upright).

Based on the succulents and planter you select, the finished item will resemble this…

Here is how the succulent arrangement currently appears in my living room:

What is used to create artificial succulents?

Even though actual, living plants take more maintenance than “artificial plants,” people often prefer them. However, other individuals find it extremely difficult to manage live plants, so they choose to use artificial plants to spruce up their homes, offices, and rooms in general. Artificial plants do not wilt and do not require water.

What materials are synthetic plants constructed of? First, remember that actual, living plants are the source of creative inspiration for artificial plants. They are essentially dead replicas of actual plants.

Artificial plants can only be made with specific materials. The majority of artificial plants that individuals own today are often composed of plastic. For the majority of flowers and plants available on the market today, green plastic stems are frequently seen. In addition, plastic molds of berries and seeds can be colored and painted to make them appear to be “the real thing.”

Artificial plants and flowers may also contain materials like paper, silk, or even polyester in addition to plastic. Artificial plants may also be made of cotton or rayon, just like apparel.

Artificial plants and flowers are frequently held together by wires and glue, giving them a creative and generally relatively realistic appearance.

Some artificial plants and flowers look “nearly natural,” while others look so cheap and tacky that you’d think they came from a dollar store, depending on where you buy them and how much you spend for them. Of course, everyone has their own perception of what is beautiful.

In order to achieve specific looks and sensations for interior spaces, Foliage Design Systems of Memphis works with actual, live plants and flowers as well as some fake ones. To learn more about Foliage Design Systems’ services in the Memphis area, call 901-386-3791.

What substance is utilized to create fake plants?

The examples and point of view in this article might not fully capture what the topic entails. Improve this article and talk about the problem there. (2021 November)

Artificial plants are recreations of real plants that are utilized as home or office d├ęcor. Sometimes they are created for scientific objectives (the collection of glass flowers at Harvard University, for example, illustrates the flora of the United States). [1]

From mass-produced variations that may be easily distinguished from real plants by casual observation to intricately detailed botanical or aesthetic examples, artificial plants come in a wide range of varieties.

In the past, they have been made from a variety of materials, including as dyed shells and painted linen in ancient Egypt, gold and silver in Roman times, rice paper in China, silkworm cocoons in Italy, dyed feathers in South America, and wax.


[2] Nylon netting stretched across wire frames, powdered clay, and mass-produced injection plastic mouldings are examples of contemporary approaches. Since the 1970s, polyester has been the primary material used to create artificial flowers. Nowadays, the majority of artificial flowers on the market are made of polyester fabric. [3]

How are rocks adhered to one another to make imitation plants?

Important!! Decide how much gravel you’ll need and put it in a colander before you start cleaning it. After that, rinse it really carefully to remove all the debris. The gravel should then be allowed to dry after allowing all the water drain out.

I used a yard hose to clean mine, then I set the stone colander outside to dry. Then, to aid in their drying, I ran my hands through the stones, moving them about roughly every ten minutes.

Gather containers for planting

In my situation, I had to paint the potting containers’ exteriors. Depending on the kind of container or containers you’re using, this is optional. My herb and flower combo container plants allowed me to reuse the 1 pint plastic containers that were provided with our herbs.

Line container with paper towel

One paper towel folded into four pieces should go in the bottom of each planter. The adhesive drips will be caught by this. (I should have done this; I didn’t, but I subsequently realized it would have helped catch the glue drips.)

Add floral foam

Cut the floral foam brick into 1-inch slices, and then round off the foam slice’s edges with a knife so that it will fit into the planting container’s bottom.

Cut stems to size

Use the wire-cutting pliers to shorten the stems of each of the imitation succulents as necessary. Yours might already be brief enough. You can estimate how much to cut off if you hold the plant upright next to the planter. Don’t cut too much off. When you actually plant it into the gravel, you can always trim it a little bit more if necessary.

I just recently learnt about gravel glue and how it can be applied outdoors to gravel roads, rock beds, and stone walkways to keep the stones in place as well as for creative projects. For big outdoor spaces, there are many pre-made pebble binders available. They even offer similar mulch holding items that I would love to try. However, given their cost, I’m trying to fit them into the budget for the following year.

For this project, I created a homemade gravel glue that is both small-batch and incredibly inexpensive to produce. All you need is water and ordinary glue. You can use clear craft glue or regular white glue.

The typical blending percentages are either:

  • 1 part water to 1 part glue
  • 3 parts water to 1 part glue
  • 4 parts water to 1 part adhesive

Apply a single thick coat or a number of smaller ones. You can decide. I applied one thinner coat, then poured glue straight from the bottle over the top of the stone, and it worked fairly well.

Make the gravel glue

This tutorial can be downloaded from my resource collection, as I already indicated. The password is available at the bottom of this post.

  • 6 to 8 cups of pea gravel should be poured into a colander. Wash the gravel well. As stated before, set it aside and let it drain and dry.
  • In a clean bucket or container, combine a 14 oz bottle of glue with around 16 oz of water. Good stirring
  • Once the gravel has been thoroughly coated with the glue mixture, add it and stir.

Place stems into gravel

One or more of the imitation succulents should have the stem portion inserted into the gravel. Until it is fully inserted, firmly pressing it into the floral foam. Reminder: if the stem hasn’t been sufficiently pruned, remove the plant and do so. Reposition into the gravel after that.

Top off with gravel

With one hand holding the plant leaves out of the way, add more of the gravel mixture until you’re satisfied with how full it looks. Allow the glue to almost entirely dry, which takes an hour or so with craft glue in most circumstances.

Regarding glue drips: Even if you use the paper towel, some glue mixture may leak out from the bottom during the drying process if the planting container includes drain holes. While I was putting things together, I used a cookie sheet and aluminum foil to capture some of the drainage. I then set the pots on the concrete so they could finish drying and draining. In order to prevent the containers from sticking to the ground, I also shifted them roughly every 15 minutes. (I used more water than I mention here to thin down my glue mixture when I created these. I also skipped using paper towels to line my plants.)

Add more glue

By immediately squeezing glue from the bottle onto the top of the stone in the planter, you can add more adhesive to the gravel to finish it off. The second bottle of glue is intended for this purpose. The gravel will have more hold after completing this stage. As previously said, let the adhesive drain and dry.

Gravel glue won’t hold the gravel firmly because it is water soluble. However, it will keep it there for a very long period. The adhesive can be removed off the stone by soaking it in hot water if you ever wish to disassemble the planter and reuse the gravel. I believe it should work, however it would take some time and the stones would probably need to be cleansed often.

Additionally, most white glue dries clear; check the label to confirm this. However, if you are worried about that, you might want to try using transparent craft glue, which begins off clear and should also dry clear. Just make sure the label makes that clear.

What do you put in the fake plant’s bottom?

Artificial plants might not appear sturdy or appealing when they first arrive because starter pots are designed to serve as a firm platform and ensure that each plant is not unduly heavy.

Sand, mud, decorative slate, stones, or bark, as well as a planter larger than the initial pot, are the materials you’ll need to attach your faux potted plants. The following dimensions are often advised for the planter:

  • For plants that are up to 4 feet tall, the maximum diameter is 8 inches.
  • For every 4 feet of height (8′ tree = up to 24″ planter), the diameter should be 12″.

Here are a few easy steps to take while planting fake plants in a planter:

  • Depending on the height of your planter, remove the foliage. If your planter is deep, fill it up in advance.
  • In the center of the pot, put your silk plant. It will act as the base, so there’s no need to remove it from the beginning pot. Fill the area around the beginning pot with clay or sand if you like the plant’s height. Consider purchasing a wheeled planter if you need to move the silk plant regularly, or use polystyrene chunks in place of dirt or sand.
  • Select a decorative topping for the silk plant, such as artificial moss, bark, or beautiful stones.