Botanical Plaster Artwork
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:
Duck cloth or muslin
Moist earth clay
Empty wooden frame
Branches, leaves, and other nature objects
Plaster of Paris
Wire hook for hanging
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.
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.
Leave items in the clay, or remove them, leaving the indentation.
Mix plaster of Paris according to instructions, and pour a thin layer into the frame on top of the clay.
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.
Turn over frame and remove clay cast. Let plaster dry overnight. Hang the plaque, and enjoy your nature-inspired work of art!
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.
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.
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.