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Casting plaster of Paris in a silicone baking mold is surprisingly easy. The casting process is a fun activity in itself. Children can also enjoy decorating the items once they have dried.

Decorating plaster creatures would be a great activity for a birthday party. If you're having a theme, you could choose a silicone baking mold to match your theme and make up your plaster items in advance, ready to paint. A big bag of plaster costs just a few dollars from a discount craft shop so each creature costs very little. The silicone mold is not damaged in the process and can be washed and reused.

Time: 10 minutes to make the plaster creatures, at least 24 hours to air dry, 20 minutes to decorate
Age: Any Age
Level: Medium

Materials
(makes about 3 medium sized creatures)
1/2 cup craft plaster of Paris
1/4 cup water
Disposable plastic cup or tub and spoon
Silicone baking mold
Acrylic paint and brushes
Glitter



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Method
Make up the plaster according to the manufacturer's instructions. We used 1/2 cup of plaster and added it to 1/4 cup of water, stirring well until we had no lumps. Be careful not to get plaster on to your skin and make sure you don't inhale any plaster dust. Don't wash plaster down the sink as it can harden in the pipework. It may be easier to prepare it in a disposable plastic cup or tub which you can just throw away afterwards.



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Plaster ready to pour


Pour the plaster into the molds



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Plaster setting


Leave to dry for at least 24 hours, preferably longer



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Ready to pop out of the molds


When dry, remove the plaster creatures from the molds.



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The plaster creatures should pop easily out of the silicon baking molds. The silicone molds give a lovely smooth finish




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Bugs ready to paint


Paint with acrylic paint. You could add glitter or stick on googly eyes or other gems and embellishments.



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Plenty of glitter




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Fingerpainting spots onto the dragonfly


You could also varnish your finished creatures.

Categories
#Medium
#Under 5s
#5 to 10s
#Over 10s
#Any age
#Bugs
#Butterfly
#Dragonfly
#Plaster
#Silicon Mold
#Paint
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