Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
What Can You Do With Plaster of Paris?
So you want to know how to make plaster crafts for fun or for profit. Start with a simple project and see how easy it is to make awesome artwork. Soon, you'll be ready to try your hand at using molds for figurine creation. You'll find that you can make beautiful figurines that look like fine ceramics inexpensively.
Consider the advantages of 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.
- 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.
Now, let's get started with the projects. To make the pretty bird above, go to Crafts For All Seasons.
1. Plaster Eggs
There are so many possible ways to decorate these plaster eggs.
- Consider adding a bit of wet plaster to slightly roughen the surface, let it dry, add a strip of lace around the widest part, and attach a jewelry fixing.
- Or, after painting the egg, spray it with gloss spray paint for an enamel look.
2. Plaster-Dipped Flower Votives
Prepare silk flowers to make these beautiful flower votives. They could be spray painted if you want to add some color to them.
3. Upcycled Bugs
The kids will have a blast painting bugs made from plastic food trays used as molds.
4. Nature Impressions
Before mixing the plaster, be sure you've already collected the stones, leaves, twigs, shells, marbles, or whatever you want to use in your impressions project.
5. Thumb Tacks
These thumb tacks are a great idea, especially if you are looking for a unique or humorous gift to give to a friend.
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.
7. Faux Porcelain Frame
Imagine how appreciated a beautiful faux porcelain frame like this would be. Make a frame like this to give as a gift.
8. Polka Dot Easter Eggs
Change the cheap looking plastic Easter eggs into real decorator items. Imagine all the different looks you can get by using this method!
9. Cupcake Candle Holders
These cupcake candle holders would be so cute as baby shower or birthday party decorations.
10. Bug Tic-Tac-Toe
The kids will have so much fun playing tic-tac-toe with this leaf and bugs set.
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 or memories.
12. Gourds, Leaves, and Pumpkins
13. Leaf Prints
I love so many of the projects on this blog, and I especially love this leaf print project.
Be sure to make a set of these footprints or a plaque each year while the kids are little. It's a great way to remember days gone by.
15. Hearts and Shells
Even teenagers will love making these shell hearts to remember the good times at the beach. Make them while on vacation, or make them when you get home to re-experience the fun.
16. Bird Sculpture
Make and paint these beautiful birds to keep or to give as gifts. An outstanding project.
This topiary is made using skull forms, which is great for Halloween. You can change the mold to create the sort of topiary you wish to display during another part of the year.
18. Molds Tutorial
Learn how to use small molds to make plaster projects. Think of using these to make pins, magnets, or tree ornaments.
19. Chunky Beads
Big chunky jewelry is trendy right now, so have lots of fun making your own pieces.
20. Maple Leaf Garland
Learn how to make a beautiful plaster leaf garland to use in your home.
21. Recipe Card Holder
This recipe card holder 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 using this practical gift from them.
22. Free-Form Sculpture
Imagine all the interesting free-form sculptures you and your class can make!
23. Contemporary Hands
These modern hands are definitely a decorator's dream. Make this elegant and unique arrangement and put together a breathtaking centerpiece.
24. Leaf Casting
You'll find a very nice step-by-step tutorial to make these plaster leaf castings at Handmadeology.
25. Faux Cement Candlesticks
Brown Paper Packages shares how to make ordinary candlesticks into unique decorative pieces. Easy and outstanding.
26. Beetle Magnets
Make a tic-tac-toe game using beetles you make at Deceptively Educational. Wouldn't this make a great project?
27. Air Fresheners
Make useful air fresheners for your home, gifts, or to sell.
28. Mini Pastel Planters
Find out how these cute mini planters get their pastel color. You'll be able to use the information to color other plaster projects.
29. How to Make Plaster of Paris Letters
30. Plaster Roses
You won't have a safe silk flower in your home once you find out how fun it is to stiffen them with plaster.
31. Homemade Air Fresheners
Making homemade air fresheners is actually quite easy. And don't forget to check out the information on coloring plaster found above in project #28.
32. Creative Figures
Create these really cute and creative figures. Would you make this for yourself?
33. Plaster Letters
I like the elegant look of these plaster letters. They can either be made to hang on the wall or lean on the mantle.
34. Sand Casting
Find out how easy it is to do this sand casting project and create these beautiful pieces.
Make beautiful heart ornaments and think of many ways to use them.
36. Plaster-Dipped Flowers and Fruit
I think these plaster-dipped flowers and fruit are an outstanding project.
37. Embossed Venetian Plaster
I wish I could imagine a way to do this directly on a wall. Find the tutorial for this embossed Venetian plaster at craftberry bush.
38. Doily Tea Light Bowl
What a beautiful way to use a doily. It's definitely a project I'll be doing soon.
39. Snowman Ornaments
Use these little snowman ornaments to decorate packages or to make a garland.
40. Halloween Treat Containers
Peat pots dipped in Plaster of Paris are the foundation of these cute Halloween treat containers.
41. Rainbow Sand Casting
When making garden stepping stones, consider finishing some with this rainbow sand casting method.
Questions & Answers
Question: Is plaster of Paris fruit wall plaques very popular today?
Answer: I think fruit wall plaques are a retro style so they would be popular for that type of decor. I think plaster-covered fruit in a bowl (like project #36 above) is a more modern style.
© 2013 Loraine Brummer
Have You Ever Tried Making Plaster Crafts? - or leave a comment
Rosemarie Whitley on April 26, 2020:
I am a 11 year old that found the plaster of pairs kit under my kitchen counter my mom told me it was to mold her stomach when she was pregnant with my brother and i asked her can i make something and she said sure just dont let i dry on your skin so I put it around a balloon then when it was dry i poped it and then used it as a boll for my moms car keys and stuff like that in it thank you for reading but i dont have a picture so sorry about that
Mrs. augustina. on August 12, 2019:
I thank you very much for your teaching .its a great joy to learn more...thanks again...I'm from Ceylon. Colombo.
Karoro Aziz from New York, US on December 10, 2017:
Its a beautiful writing and i love it..........please write like this more to explore how we can do better thing .love you Loraine Brummer.....thanks very much.
maria fernandes from Figueira da Foz Portugal on July 30, 2017:
What a collection! Who knew?Thank you for sharing! I think I will try one or two of these ideas just to see how it goes!
Margarida Borges from Lyon, France on September 22, 2016:
Nature impression and topiary are of great inspiration. You can do a lot of different works base on them.
chickie99 on February 17, 2013:
always used plaster in making mountains for model railroading
kimbesa from USA on February 14, 2013:
This takes me back to crafting in days gone by! I might have to make the pretty bird, and the ghosts. Thanks!
Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on January 10, 2013:
@ArtzeeChris LM: What a great idea. It sounds cute and also scary looking. Thanks for sharing it with us.
ArtzeeChris LM on January 09, 2013:
There are some really cool ideas here. My son and I made plaster spider eggs for Halloween using balloons. You poured wet plaster into a balloon, blew up the balloon with a pump, tied it off, then you swish the plaster around the balloon to cover the entire inside of the balloon. When the plaster dries, you use an exato blade to gently cut the balloon off from the plaster and you have a huge egg. Then you break the egg open just a little bit and put led lights inside so it glows and then hot glue plastic spiders on the egg like their emerging from the egg. My sons loved it!
hongrosaonline101 on January 09, 2013:
Very nice one