36 Unique Crafts Using Plaster of Paris
Alright, you want to know how to make plaster crafts for fun and profit. Start with a simple and quick plaster of paris project and see how easy it is to make really awesome works of art. Soon you'll be ready to try your hand using molds to make decorator figurines for yourself or as gifts.You'll find that you can inexpensively make beautiful figurines that look like fine ceramics.
Consider these pluses for using plaster of paris: plaster dries quickly so you can get on with painting and finishing the project, you don't need to bake the project in a kiln, and you can buy plaster of paris at a lumber or hardware store, where the price is much cheaper than buying it at a craft store.
To find the directions for making the pretty bird shown above, go to CRAFTS FOR ALL SEASONS
1. Plaster Eggs to Decorate
There are so many possible ways to decorate these plaster eggs. Consider adding a bit of wet plaster to slightly roughen the surface, let dry, circle egg with a bit of lace and add a jewelry fixing. Or, after painting the egg, spray with gloss spray for an enamel look. Find the tutorial for making the plaster eggs at My Kid Craft.
2. Plaster Dipped Flower Votives
The tutorial that you'll find at DESIGN MOM gives you all the information that you need to prepare silk flowers to make beautiful flower votives. These votives could be spray painted if color is desired.
3. Recycle Mold Bugs
The kids will have a blast painting bugs that have been made using the plastic food trays, that we buy certain pasta or cookies in, as molds. The instructions for this craft project is found at Paint a Sign.
4. Nature Impressions
Before mixing the plaster, be sure you have collected the stones, leaves, twigs, shells, marbles, or whatever you want to use in your impressions project. Directions for this outdoor craft project can be found at Art Club Blog.
5. Thumb Tacks
This is a great idea, especially if you are looking for a unique or humorous gift to give to a friend or office mate. You'll find a great tutorial for this "thumb" tack craft at DREAM A LITTLE BIGGER.
6. Wispy Ghosts
I'll certainly want to make a few of these ghosts, to make a Halloween centerpiece, this year. I love the idea that they are lighted. Go to the Ashbee Design site for the tutorial.
7. Faux Porcelain Frame
Imagine how appreciated a beautiful faux porcelain frame like this would be. Make and gift a frame like this by finding the easy to follow instructions at SUZY'S SITCOM.
8. Polka Dot Plaster Easter Eggs
Change the cheap looking plastic Easter eggs into real decorator items by going to Positively Splendid for the tutorial to make them. Imagine all the different looks you can get by using this method.
9. Cupcake Candle Holders
These cupcake candle holders would be so cute used to decorate for a baby shower or for a kid's birthday party. You'll find the instructions for making cupcake candle holders at the Songbird site.
10. Bug Tic Tac Toe
The kids will have so much fun playing tic tac toe with this leaf and bugs set. You'll find the tutorial for making this project at Susy’s Sitcom.
11. Memo Clip Holder
You'll find all sorts of ways to use this little memo clip holder. In the kitchen it could hold a recipe card, in the living room it could hold photos, etc. To see how to make this little memo clip holder, go to the ARTMIND site.
12. Plaster of Paris Gourds, Leaves and Pumpkins
13. Plaster Leaf Prints
I love so many of the projects that "that artist woman" shares on her blog, and I especially love this one. Find great, step-by-step instructions to make these leaf prints at that artist woman.
Be sure to make a set of these, or a plaque, each year while the kids are little. A great remembrance of days gone by. Go to Beauty & Bedlam for the instructions.
15. Hearts and Shells
Even the teenagers will love making these items to remember the good times at the beach. Make them while on vacation, or make them when you get home and re-experience the fun. Go to Completely Coastal for the directions.
16. Letter or Number Sculpture
Talk about an easy and inexpensive way to decorate a bedroom or playroom! All you need is some imagination and you'll find it hard to quit making the sculptures. Make them to hang on the wall or to set on a shelf or dresser. Make the letters thicker by stacking the molds. Beautiful!! Go to first palette for the instructions.
Although this topiary is made using skull forms, which is great for Halloween, use a suitable mold for the sort of topiary that you wish to display. Go to paper, plate, and plane for the instructions.
18. Molds Tutorial
This site gives a nice tutorial on using small molds to make plaster projects. Think of using these to make pins, magnets or tree ornaments. Go to craftideas.info for the tutorial.
19. Chunky Beads
Big, chunky jewelry is the "in" thing right now, so have lots of fun making your own. Find the instructions at first palette.
20. Maple Leaf Garland
Learn how to make a beautiful plaster leaf garland by finding the instructions on the sweet something design site.
21. Recipe Card Holder
This would be a great gift for Mom, Grandma or anyone who loves to cook. Imagine how proud the little ones will be to see you use this useful gift from them. Go to homecooking memories to see how to make them.
22. Free Form Sculpture
Imagine all the interesting free form sculptures you and your class can make using the instructions available at first palette. This is such a cool project!
23. Contemporary Hands
These hands are definitely a decorator's dream. To make this elegant and unique arrangement, go to Martha Stewart.
24. Hanukkah Menorah
You'll find a very nice, step-by-step tutorial on how to make these beautiful candles by visiting the kveller site.
25. Faux Cement Candlesticks
By going to Brown Paper Packages you'll find the tutorial on how to make plain, ordinary candlesticks into beautiful, unique decorative pieces. Easy and outstanding.
26. Beetle Magnets
Make a Tic-Tac-Toe games using beetles you have made using the directions found at Deceptively Educational. Wouldn't this make a great project?
27. Air Fresheners
Make useful air fresheners for your home, gifts or to sell. Find the directions at AllFreeCrafts.com.
28. Plaster Ghost
Whether you need a bunch of these to use as place cards on a holiday table, or just to group a bunch together for a centerpiece, either way you can't find an easier or more outstanding Halloween decoration. Find the instructions at my Momma told me.
29. How to Make a Plaster Bird
30. Plaster Roses
You won't have a safe silk flower in your home once you find out how much fun it is to stiffen them with plaster. You'll find a great tutorial for making plaster roses at Songbird.
31. Nature Plaque
On the site, ordinary life magic you'll find pictures of children making this plaque. Very easy project to follow.
32. Creative Figures
Although the instructions given on the site, creative. are written in a foreign language, you'll easily be able to figure out how to make these really cute and creative figures.
33. Plaster Letters
I like the elegant look of these plaster letters. They can either be made to hang on the wall or let them lean on the mantle. Go to POPPYTALK for the instructions.
34. Sand Casting
Find out how easy it is to do this project of making a cast in sand. Susy’s Sitcom explains how to do sand casting in their tutorial.
35. Plaster Masks
You can make your mask as scary as you want by following the instructions on the SOPHIE’S WORLD site.
36. Plaster Dipped Flower Wreath
I think this is an outstanding project and plan on making a wreath for my home. The directions to follow for this project can be found at SaltTree.
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