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Cheap DIY Ground Scatter

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade/Accessories' started by kagemusha, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. kagemusha A Fixture

    I have been doing this for years....but thought it would come in handy for others...and fits nicely into this new section.
    It involves some simple basic ingredients from any Supermarket and a pet shop....plus acrylic ink and oil paints of suitable colours....and a small pot to mix them in.

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    The ground spices were 69p each....and the bird sand is £2.25 for a 2kg box from Pets at Home.
    Inks and oil paint most of us will already have.

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  2. kagemusha A Fixture

    So...why do we need inks/oils...when the spices are already a natural colour...well...the reason is that over time they will fade to almost white in the open air!

    Next stage...mix your chosen blend in a suitable size pot.


    Now add either the ink or chosen thinned oil colour...you should thin the oil paint to an ink consistency to allow it to mix easily with the spices.


    Once thoroughly mixed...simply spread it out on some paper towel to dry out.

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    In the pictures above you can see two distinct colours....the darker one is the oil paint...the lighter one is the acrylic ink. I have done this because no ground scatter is one colour overall....and once it has all dried out I will mix the two together to create a natural blend of colours as in the picture below.....


    And there you have it....a simple and cheap solution to DIY ground scatter.

  3. valiant A Fixture

    Useful tips, Ron - Ive also used flaked chilli for autumn scatter, being in the red/orange colour range - but you have to crush them a bit more to disguise the seeds!(y)
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  4. kagemusha A Fixture


    Nice one mate....just remember...all dried herbs/spices will fade out over time if not pre coloured :eek:


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  5. Ronaldo Well-Known Member

    I prefer Italian seasoning its already mixed :D
    Joking aside it works well , you can also add a little Earl Grey tea leaves to the mix for larger fragments
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  6. John Bowery A Fixture

    A spray coat of Testors Dullcote should stop the fading. I do this on fall time dried tree leaves crushed into bits, otherwise over time they dis-intergrate and disappear.
  7. theBaron A Fixture

    I've got a jar full of used tea leaves for things like this, too. I have both the very fine leaves from tea bags, and also used loose tea. A bit of root-work from a shrub in the garden, some white glue, and old tea leaves sprinkled on-instant shrub!

    harrytheheid and OldTaff like this.

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