3 Creative Cement And Plaster Crafts
Many DIY enthusiasts love using cement and plaster of Paris because of their versatility. When in their liquid form, both materials can easily be poured into a wide variety of molds, which makes them perfect to use for making impressive decorations and home accents. If you haven't worked with cement or plaster before, these 3 creative craft ideas are a great place to start! All of these amazing designs are perfect for beginners and advanced hobbyists alike. From stunning candle holders to a chic homemade clock, these crafts will add that little extra something to your home that's been missing. Break out of your usual mold and give them a try!
1. Teddy Bear Gift Basket
- cement mix
- old teddy bear
- playground ball
- hot glue gun
- paint brush
- acrylic paint
1.1 Combine the cement mix and water according to the instructions on the packaging, then dip an old teddy bear into the cement, covering it completely. Once the teddy bear is covered, let the cement dry.
1.2 Wrap some rope around ½ of the playground ball, then use tape and the hot glue gun to secure it in place. Coat the rope with cement, then let it dry.
1.3 Make a tight spiral out of some additional rope and secure it in place using a hot glue gun.
1.4 Brush cement on both sides of the rope spiral to make it into a thick plate, then let it dry.
1.5 Cut the playground ball so that it deflates and remove the pieces from inside the bowl. Coat the inside of the bowl with cement and let it dry.
1.6 Once all of the cement has dried, choose your favorite colors and paint the plate, bowl, and teddy bear with acrylic paint. Let the paint dry, then place the teddy bear on top of the plate and position the bowl directly in front of the bear. Fill the bowl with a few treats, and you've made really a sweet gift basket!
2. Chic Cement Clock
- springform pan
- cement mix
- hot glue gun
- gold acrylic paint
- clock mechanism
2.1 Combine the cement mix and water according to the instructions on the packaging, then cover the bottom of a springform pan with it. Cut a straw into small segments and place 1 segment in the middle of the wet cement. Once the cement has dried, remove the straw and take the cement out of the springform pan.
2.2 Cut the straws into even smaller segments, paint them gold, and glue them around the edge of the cement circle to mark the different times on a clock. Attach a clock mechanism to the cement circle so that the hands are on the side with the straws. Use a hot glue gun to glue a thick rope around the clock, leaving a loop at the top so that you can hang it up. This chic cement clock is guaranteed to be the highlight of any room!
3. Melting Candle Holders
- plaster of Paris mix
- PVC pipes of various sizes
- glasses of various sizes
- masking tape
- black & gold acrylic paint
- tea lights
3.1 Saw the PVC pipes into various sizes. Make 1 cut down the entire length of each pipe, then tape the pipe back together using masking tape. Combine the plaster of Paris mix with water according to the instructions on the packaging and fill the tubes with it.
3.2 Press a small glass into each of the plaster-filled tubes to make a shallow well, secure it in place with masking tape, and let the plaster dry.
3.3 Once the plaster has dried, remove the glass, pull the masking tape off of the PVC pipes, and remove the molds. Drip some additional plaster around the top edge of the plaster cylinder to look like candle wax, then let the plaster dry.
3.4 Paint your new candle holders with black and gold acrylic paint. Once the paint has dried, place tea lights in the wells.
These amazing ideas using cement and plaster are sure to help you make some amazing accents for your home. They're also great jumping off points for even more fun crafts, so feel free to let your imagination run wild and come up with some ideas of your own!