Craft Ideas Using Plaster of Paris?

This is a page about craft ideas for plaster of paris. Plaster of Paris can be used for tons of fun crafts. You can make everything from paintable sculptures and ornaments, to stepping stones and handprints of your kids. Here are a bunch of ways to use your leftover Plaster of Paris.

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July 12, 2007

Any ideas for crafts using Plaster of Paris? I have a container left over from a sculpture mold project. I am doing a slumber party this fall for my 7 year old daughter. Maybe we could make a craft with the party guests from Plaster of Paris?

Deena from Glendale, AZ


July 12, 20070 found this helpful
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Make a pinata

Blow up balloons
Tape balloons together into pinata shape
Coat strips of newspaper in plaster of paris and cover the balloon. If you are really good with the strips you can make a loop in the top to hang the pinata from.
If the girls do this the first night they can paint them the next day, depending on how many layers and how fast the plaster dries.
Finally, cut a hole in the top and fill with candy.

Then Smash! and eat candy!

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By julia (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful
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I would say that using those rubber candy molds would be a fun project. You can get some at the Dollar Tree stores and then pour in plaster and let the plaster dry in the molds and then push them out and voila you have litter shapes or even "critters" depending on what molds you've used. They can then even paint them later if they want.

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful
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You could also make handprints for the girls to paint and take home. Just pour the plaster into a deep styrofoam plate have them hold their hand in it until it sets up and they can paint them when they're dry. lI'd put a layer of plastic wrap over the plaster so no one gets too messy. Just like "baby" foot and hand prints.

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By Marcia (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful
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I have a couple of ideas. One is sort of the same version as one above.
First, making lady bugs. I mix the plaster of paris and put in plastic spoons. Let harden and slip off the spoon mold. Paint with red paint, let dry. Taking pencils with erasers, dip eraser end of pencil in black paint and make the spots. I would also if wanted spray some shiny shellac after paint dries.
Second, this is a version of one above. I go to Michaels or Joans crafts. Get some candy molds. The craft store also has some Faster Plaster and used to have molds. I would use the regular plaster of paris in these and make magnets.

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful
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You could line paper plates with plastic and make stepping stones. Have handy lots of glass beads, marbles, bottle caps, plastic letters, plastic animals, and so on to decorate the tops. Concrete would be even better, but plaster will be enjoyable as a decoration, not stepped on, for a good long time.

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July 18, 20070 found this helpful
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Adding to the plastic spoon craft, you can also make pins by sticking in a safety pin while it sets. Then, paint, decorate, personalize accordingly.

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July 23, 20070 found this helpful
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If you have some interesting molds you could make sand sculptures.
Moisten the sand a little and press the mold into the sand, then pour the plaster of paris into the mold shape and let dry.
When it is dry gently pull out the sculpture and gently brush off the excess sand.
Something different and something that all the mess is outside.
You could add glitter to the sand for some sparkle

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August 25, 20080 found this helpful
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You could make chalk by making the plaster and add food coloring, then pour into a toilet paper tube, let dry then enjoy!

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I am hosting a bday party and was thinking of using regular Dixie waxed paper bowls as a mold for a plaster of Paris memento craft for the kids. Would the finished project release OK from the paper bowl or would the waxed paper plate stick to the project?

Any helpful info is welcomed and appreciated by this newbie plaster of Paris craft mom.


April 16, 20190 found this helpful
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UPDATE: I tried and it worked beautifully! So the answer is YES.. Waxed paper bowls work beautifully!

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April 16, 20191 found this helpful
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Projects easily separated from the bowls

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May 23, 2012

There was a fad about 30 years ago where people made small plaster of Paris slabs and transferred pictures from magazine pages or snapshots to the slab. I would like to know how to do this.

By R.C.


May 28, 20120 found this helpful

Don't know if this will help but maybe one of these processes will work

12 Different ways to Transfer Images

Jackie, Va. Beach, VA USA

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September 15, 2013

I'm looking for somewhere to make or purchase a Christmas tree ornament that I could paint or have made to look like a relative that plays bball. It doesn't need to be perfect, or to look like him exactly, but his jersey number has to be correct. Any leads on where to find this?

By Carroll

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