40 Unique Crafts Using Plaster of Paris

Updated on October 11, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly 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.

14. Footprints

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. 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 these sculptures. Make them to hang on the wall or to set on a shelf or dresser. You can also make the letters thicker by stacking the molds. Beautiful!

17. Topiary

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. Plaster Ghost

Whether you need a bunch of ghosts to use as place cards or to group together for a centerpiece, you can't find an easier or more outstanding Halloween decoration.

29. Plaster Bird

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. Nature Plaque

This nature plaque is a very easy project to follow. I hope you try this craft!

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.

35. Hearts

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.

Questions & Answers

  • Is plaster of Paris fruit wall plaques very popular today?

    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

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    • Charles Karoro profile image

      Karoro Aziz 

      11 months ago from New York, US

      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.

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      maria fernandes 

      15 months ago from Figueira da Foz Portugal

      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!

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      Margarida Borges 

      2 years ago from Lyon, France

      Nature impression and topiary are of great inspiration. You can do a lot of different works base on them.

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      chickie99 

      5 years ago

      always used plaster in making mountains for model railroading

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      kimbesa 

      5 years ago from USA

      This takes me back to crafting in days gone by! I might have to make the pretty bird, and the ghosts. Thanks!

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      Loraine Brummer 

      5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @ArtzeeChris LM: What a great idea. It sounds cute and also scary looking. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 

      5 years ago

      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!

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      hongrosaonline101 

      5 years ago

      Very nice one

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