Store bought artificial aquarium plants are crazy expensive, low quality, and are very boring. Here is a way you can add a cheap, personalized, touch of colour to your aquarium!
Step 1: Gather Materials
For this project you will need:
- Artificial plants (make sure there are no exposed metal wires or glitter decorations. Only use plants made from nothing but silk and plastic)
- Silicone (must be 100% silicone, no additives or colour)
- Aquarium gravel (about a handful)
- Something to cap your silicone once you are done (I used a screw)
- A plastic cup
Step 2: Make a Base
The toughest part of making your own aquarium plants is making base. Here is my preferred method!
First, bend the base of the plant so that it can be stuck into something. Then, squeeze a bit of silicone into your cup. Once that is done, add a handful of gravel. Mix your silicone and gravel together until you get a lumpy, pasty texture. Place the plant in the middle of the cup and cover it with some of the mixture. Cap your silicone and wait 24 hours for the silicone to cure.
Step 3: Remove Plant
Once the silicone is cured, remove it from your cup by slicing down the side of the cup and unraveling it from around the silicone lump. Once you have removed it, you can cut away any stray strings of silicone that you think will come off in your aquarium. Once this was done, I let it dry for another 24 hours.
Step 4: You're Done!
Once your base has cured, you're done! I made this plant for my goldfish tank. The plant cost less than $4 to make, a third of the price of a store bought plant, and is completely original!
Thank you for reading through my instructables! if you have any questions please ask in the comments!