How to Make Plaster of Paris Plaques

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How to Make Plaster of Paris Plaques
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You can use plaster of Paris to create a wide variety of different craft projects. Plaques made from plaster of Paris can show hand and foot prints, be gifts or awards or just serve as an artistic addition to a table top or wall.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Food colouring (optional)
  • Small square baking pan or mould
  • Non-stick spray
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Mix the plaster of Paris in a bowl and add water per the manufacturer's instructions. Stir until the mixture is smooth and the consistency of pancake batter. If you wish for your plaque to be a colour other than white, add food colouring.

  2. 2

    Spray the pan or mould you will be using with a non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the plaster from sticking to the mould as it hardens.

  3. 3

    Pour the plaster of Paris into the baking pan or mould 1/4 inch thick.

  4. 4

    Allow the pan to sit to dry and harden. Some plasters only take 20 minutes to dry and others take a couple of hours.

  5. 5

    Add embellishments to your plaque just before the plaster has completely dried if desired. For example if you have used a 20 minute drying plaster, then you would add embellishments when the plaster has dried for 15 minutes. Embellishments can be stamping the plaster with a hand or foot or using marbles or rocks to decorate it. If you notice water seeping through the impressions, wait another two minutes before trying again.

  6. 6

    Remove the plaque from the baking dish or mould after it has completely dried. Lay a folded towel on a flat surface to catch the plaque coming out of the mould and keep it from breaking.

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