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Botanical Plaster Artwork

Create beautiful nature-inspired wall art plaques with these step-by-step instructions.

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    • Branching Out

      Twigs, leaves, branches, and other elements from nature make quite an impression in DIY maven Michele Beschen's plaster of Paris wall art. Learn how to make your own with our easy to follow step-by-step guide.

      What you'll need:

      Cutting board

      Duck cloth or muslin

      Moist earth clay

      Rolling pin

      Empty wooden frame

      Branches, leaves, and other nature objects

      Clay tools

      Plaster of Paris

      Wire hook for hanging

    • Step One

      On a cutting board covered with duck cloth, roll out clay to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut clay to size of frame, pressing it to the edges of the frame.

    • Step Two

      Press branches, leaves, and other objects found in nature (rocks and pods work well) into the clay. Use clay tools if needed to make deeper indentions.

    • Step Three

      Leave items in the clay, or remove them, leaving the indentation.

    • Step Four

      Mix plaster of Paris according to instructions, and pour a thin layer into the frame on top of the clay.

    • Step Five

      Let set for a few seconds; gently lift and lightly shake duck cloth to remove air bubbles if necessary. Add more plaster until level with edge of frame. Press a wire hook into plaster of Paris. Let plaster set for 30 minutes.

    • Step Six

      Turn over frame and remove clay cast. Let plaster dry overnight. Hang the plaque, and enjoy your nature-inspired work of art!

    • Conserve

      A spray of sticks forms the base of this piece. When surrounded by a bark-clad frame that is woodburned with the word "conserve," the plaque becomes a mantra for an eco-friendly lifestyle. Tip: The clay for each casting can be reused for future castings as long as it remains moist.

    • Upcycled Frames

      A cast-off cabinet door gets a new life as the frame for this plaster of Paris art project. Rethink old frames, door panels, or windows to serve as the frame for your project. If plaster leaks out of the frame, simply sand the excess away.

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      Framed Up

      Sticks play off the leaf impression of this plaque. To make the wood frame, notch the vertical sticks to hold the horizontal pieces; secure with wood glue.

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