Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login
Share your craft ideas for a share of the ad revenue. Click on Write For Us.

Cast Plaster Bugs

by Jane (follow)
5 to 10s (613)      Under 5s (590)      Any Age (404)      Over 10s (382)      Medium (246)      Paint (158)      Butterfly (26)      Plaster (13)      Bugs (9)      Dragonfly (1)     


plaster of paris animals, bugs, homemade plaster objects, kids craft


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



plaster cast creatures, butterfly, dragonfly, bug, plaster, kids craft
Cheap materials


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.



plaster cast creatures, butterfly, dragonfly, bug, plaster, kids craft
Plaster ready to pour


Pour the plaster into the molds



plaster cast creatures, butterfly, dragonfly, bug, plaster, kids craft
Plaster setting


Leave to dry for at least 24 hours, preferably longer



plaster cast bugs, butterfly, dragonfly, cheap kids craft
Ready to pop out of the molds


When dry, remove the plaster creatures from the molds.



plaster cast bugs, butterfly, dragonfly, cheap kids craft
The plaster creatures should pop easily out of the silicon baking molds. The silicone molds give a lovely smooth finish




plaster cast creatures, plaster animals, make your own plaster animals, ceramic bugs
Bugs ready to paint


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



plaster cast creatures, plaster animals, make your own plaster animals, ceramic bugs




plaster cast bugs, butterfly, dragonfly, cheap kids craft




plaster cast bugs, butterfly, dragonfly, cheap kids craft
Plenty of glitter




plaster cast bugs, butterfly, dragonfly, cheap kids craft
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
I like this Article - 12
[ print friendly ]
More Articles by Jane
These floating boats are very easy to make and provide lots of fun on a summer day
6 likes
These cast plaster heart charms are fun to make and would make a great gift for Mother's Day or ...
9 likes
Try making a printing stamp to make a big batch of cards easily
9 likes
Here's how to make an easy fairy toadstool birthday card with felt and buttons
6 likes
This Halloween bat mask is quick to make as no sewing is required
10 likes
Little helicopter fanatics will have fun making this collage helicopter picture with a bit of help f...
6 likes
view all articles by Jane
Articles by Jane on Other Hubs
Decorate some wooden dolly pegs to make some colourful markers for a vegetable bed or flower pot
5 likes
Here's how to create your own hand printed tea towel to brighten up your kitchen
8 likes
IPads are a great way to keep kids busy on long journeys or while waiting for appointments
1298 views
ID: 1591
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
Here’s how to make a beautiful hanging decoration from plaster of Paris
10 likes
Here's how to make a lovely Easter animal by decorating an egg
9 likes
Here's how to jazz up your fidget spinner with loom bands
9 likes
These cute skeleton gingerbread men are just the thing for Halloween
8 likes
This simple Frozen pinata is just the thing to complete a Frozen theme party
8 likes
A simple summer paper craft activity for kids
6 likes
Perfect for all Harry Potter fans, this easy to make bookmark is a great back to school craft
11 likes
Why should fingers have all the fun? This 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' birthday card uses toe print...
3 likes
Being old enough to draw is no barrier to creating fantastic greeting cards
3 likes
How to Sew Placemats: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Placemats are a great way to brighten up any...
1 like
Categories
Under 5s (590)
Any Age (404)
Over 10s (382)
Baby (12)
Links (1)
Easy (877)
Medium (246)
Hard (37)
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version