So you want to add some faux brick to your home? Maybe it’s a feature wall in the living room or a throwback accent in the kitchen. Whatever your reasons may be, we’re here to show you how to do it. We can teach you how to create fake bricks for walls with your own two hands and an assortment of simple tools and materials. This process is one of our favorite ways to make a big statement without spending too much money or time doing so. It’s not as hard as you might think—all it takes is patience, attention to detail, and some good old-fashioned DIY creativity. So come on down from that high horse and let’s get started making some fake bricks for walls.
Get the right materials.
- Get the right materials. You will need a bucket, a large bucket, a trowel, and a mold. The mold can be made of plastic or concrete but you should make sure that it is thick enough to hold the weight of your bricks.
- Get red mud and water from local suppliers or buy them from online stores. If you are in a hurry to get started building then getting many small buckets is better than waiting for large quantities of mud shipped from distant locations. You should also try to find out if there are other construction companies building similar structures nearby so that they may be able to sell their excess supplies at discounted prices or even donate them free of charge.
- Once everything arrives we recommend starting by mixing up some red mud with water until it reaches an ideal consistency for molding into bricks (this will depend entirely on how much pressure needs applying). After this step has been completed simply pour each mixture into its corresponding mold before allowing them all sit overnight so that they dry without cracking apart during transportation back home tomorrow morning.
Mix up red mud and water in a large bucket.
Now that you’ve gathered the proper materials, it’s time to mix up some red mud. Red mud is a mixture of clay and sand that can be used as the base for your bricks. You’ll want to use a ratio of one part red mud to one part water in order to create an extremely runny consistency—like pancake batter. Start with adding a small amount of water at first, then slowly add more until you reach your desired consistency.
Pour the mud into your mold.
A: Pour the mud into your mold.
B: You can use a trowel to smooth the top of the brick.
C: You can use a paintbrush to smooth the top of the brick.
D: You can use a paper towel to smooth the top of the brick.
Shape the top of the brick with a trowel.
- Use a trowel to smooth the top of your brick.
- Use a trowel to smooth the edges of your brick.
- Use a trowel to smooth the bottom of your brick.
- If you want texture on either side or on all sides, use a rubber grout float (which has a flat surface) with varying degrees of texture on it, and rub it back and forth against one side or both sides until they are textured enough for your liking. You can also do this using an electric sander but be careful not to make too much dust or damage your work area.
Let the brick dry, then remove it from the mold.
Let the brick dry for at least 24 hours. After that time, you can hammer the brick free from the mold and remove excess mud with a knife. If necessary, you should use a level to make sure that your bricks are even when placed in a circular formation. Finally, apply grout between each brick with a grout bag or trowel to create an authentic appearance on your wall.
Create multiple bricks at once with a custom mold like this.
Did you know that it’s possible to create multiple bricks at once with a custom mold like this?
Molded bricks are the most versatile option for building fake brick walls and can even be painted to match any home decor.
If you want to create bricks in the same color, size, shape, or texture as an existing brick wall on your property (such as an old building), then molded bricks are the way to go. Or maybe you’re looking for something different—like if your dream home has purple-and-yellow striped wallpaper on every wall? You could use a custom mold to replicate this pattern onto your faux stone walls.
Brick has been in vogue for thousands of years, but now you can make your own
You can use a mold to make your own brick, or you can try using red mud. For example, if you are building a house and want to avoid the expense of buying bricks from a store, then you may want to try making your own. This will save money and help you get exactly what you need for the project.
If you do not have an already existing mold that was made by someone else and bought somewhere else, then it might be difficult for you to actually make these bricks yourself. However, there are many people who have been able to use standard molds that they purchased online or made themselves out of wood or plasterboard so that they could create their own personal products using this material (which is still very durable) instead of having them professionally manufactured by experts who specialize in doing things like this all day long without fail every single day without fail.
We hope that this guide has given you all the information you need to start exploring brick’s unique aesthetic. Whether you want to recreate an Old World plastered brick wall in your home, or simply want to add a bit of rustic charm to an outdoor space, fake bricks are a wonderful way of achieving it. Since they’re so easy to make and inexpensive as well, why not try creating some yourself.