Make Your Own Plaster of Paris

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Need a small amount of plaster of Paris, but don't want to make a trip to the store to get it? That was the situation I found myself in this weekend. I searched the Internet and found this simple recipe. Put a 3 parts flour to 2 parts warm water in a container and mix until it is smooth. Use as you would plaster of Paris. It does not dry white as plaster of Paris does and does have minor cracks so it won't work in some applications.


I needed something to hide the look of a Styrofoam wreath before gluing seashells on and it worked great for this purpose. The off white color was perfect to go with the seashells. After placing the wreath on waxed paper I brushed the plaster of Paris on with a pastry brush. I then placed the whole thing in my oven with the light on and in 48 hours, it was dry. It turned out great.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

plaster covered Styrofoam and shell wreath

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May 10, 20100 found this helpful

Wow, that's a great and cheap plaster! Your craft did indeed come out nicely!

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May 11, 20100 found this helpful

I work in a Preschool and love finding easier ways of making crafts. Thank you for helping us save time and money! :) Thanks for sharing your tip!

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May 12, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing this great tip! I love your wreath... very pretty!

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