My plaster flowers in my black and white vignette where a big hit! And I am not surprised. Seeing them again through the eye of my camera made me realize just how fun they were. And how many uses they have.
Well since I had some free time on my hand yesterday I decided to go dip some more. This time I choose fake white buttercup flowers I had bought eons ago. Look how lovely and romantic they look serving as a paperweight.
And yes you all want to know how I did it, don’t you? Well even if you are not in the slightest bit interested in doing this yourself I am still going to tell you how to do it. It is my blog, and I love to teach!
Get some general craft plaster. You can buy it in little tubs and is generally used to make small plaster figurines. Get yourself an old margarine or yoghurt cup. It has to be big enough to dip the flower in, but not so big that you waste a lot of plaster. Ignore the instructions on the tub with the plaster. Mix some plaster with water. Go easy, you don’t need a lot, mix it until it is slightly thicker than milk but not nearly as thick as yoghurt.
Dip. You can dip anything in there. I have dipped fake flowers (obviously) but also pinecones and little branches (and little pinecones on branches). Make sure you have prepared some contraption to hang your flowers. If you lay them down to dry they will dry up flat on one side.
See this was my highly technical set up. As you can see I have dipped red roses too. I had some plaster left after the dipping of the buttercups and was looking around what else to dip (it is addicting, be warned! Hide the dog because you will be tempted to dip him too).
The first dip will mainly stiffen the flower and help keep its shape. Let dry (this goes pretty fast) and dip again (and maybe repeat this a few times). You will have to make a new batch of plaster mixture each time because your old one will have become rock solid while your flowers (or dog) were drying. But if you have used a flexible plastic cup you can get that layer of plaster out and reuse your cup. When you have a fairly good coverage you can put the final touches on with a little brush, getting into the center and making sure all is nicely covered and looking a bit sculpted.
And then play with them. Put them in a small vase like I did or use them as part of a table decoration like I showed you in my last How to stage a vignette post. Or you can use them to embellish a little box. Like this for example:
and sprinkled them with some matching glitter and made a colorful box to show them of. I think you can probably color the plaster too with some food coloring, but I haven’t tried that yet.
— This Giveaway is Closed —
Now for the giveaway. In honor of so many of you lovely people finding my blog lately I decided to give these boxes away. If you would like to have one of them just leave me a comment and tell me which one you like best, the white one or the colored one.
You do not have to become a follower, tweet or Facebook this or otherwise jump through any hoops in order to enter. If you want to, you can do all of that of course, go ahead and shout this to the world, and make my day! But it is not necessary, commenting is enough. This is my gift to you my friends, I do not expect any favors in return.
Anyone from anywhere can enter until Friday 26 February, and I will draw the winners during the weekend.
And I promise those boxes will not be empty when I send them off to you….