Friday, March 27, 2015
DIY Plaster Flowers
I know that I normally share a pottery creation on Fridays, but I often have comments saying that people wish they had access to a pottery studio or know how to make pottery. So, today I thought I would share a project that is (somewhat) like pottery but something you can do at home very inexpensively.
This particular project is to make these beautiful plaster flowers that dry hard and should be treated with care as you would with pottery. The good thing is the project costs are minimal and there is no kiln or wheel involved.
To make these I found some artificial flowers that has thick sturdy petals. I used some roses. Then I took all the other parts off the flowers (all the plastic pieces and stem, etc.) so that I just had the petals.
I mixed together the plaster in a bowl. You need 3 parts plaster to 1 part water typically, but for this craft you might want to make it just slightly thinner to easily coat all parts. It only takes a tiny bit more of water to thin it.
Peel apart the petal layers and start by coating the bottom later first. Place on a piece of wax paper. Continue with subsequent layers of petals and place them on top of each other to recreate the flower. Allow to dry completely before handling. I would allow at least 24 hours. If you move it before everything is dry the thin plaster covering the petals will crack, If you are patient, it will harden very nicely.
Once completely dry, you can paint as you wish or leave plain.