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I had a pretty slow week last week, so I dug into my craft stash to see what I could new project I could create. I found a pretty full container of Plaster of ParisPlaster of Paris left over from a project that didn’t go the way I planned. So I decided to make a centerpiece in anticipation of spending more time outdoors. The weather has been a complete tease lately. We had an 80 degree day last week which was Mother Nature’s way of saying, “April Fool’s!” This week, we’re back down in the 40’s and 50’s. At least our deck furniture is back outside and I was able to complete part of this project while enjoying the sunshine.
I’m still in love with cement DIY projects and this Plaster of Paris centerpiece certainly mimics that look. You could definitely use cement in the place of Plaster of Paris if that’s what you have on hand. I added small stones to give this centerpiece texture and color and dropped them on top while the Plaster of Paris was still wet. As the centerpiece dried, some of the stones fell off. It still gave it such a cool texture that I didn’t mind the gaps between the stones. In fact, I started plucking more stones out by hand!
- Plaster of Paris
- Cardboard box
- Duct tape
- Chinese soup containers, or other small, disposable bowls
- Measuring cup + water
- Large, plastic bowl, for mixing
- Small river rocks
- White sand
- Small plants or candles
- Cut the flaps off of a cardboard box (mine was 10″ L x 7″ W x 1.5″ H) and duct tape any open spaces at the corners and bottom of box.
- Next, prepare your Plaster of Paris in a large, plastic container. Pour out about a cup of Plaster of Paris at a time, mixing with a little water until desired consistency is achieved.
- Pour a little of the Plaster of Paris in the bottom of the cardboard box. Then, position small, disposable bowls inside.
- Pour more Plaster of Paris in the box until it reaches the top of the bowls.
- As Plaster of Paris begins to set, start dropping small river rocks onto the top of the centerpiece, avoiding the spaces made with the bowls.
- Allow Plaster of Paris to dry completely. Then, remove excess river rocks (save for other projects by rinsing them off in warm water).
- Add sand to the middle of each round space. Then, display candles or small plants.
I can’t wait to put this centerpiece out on our deck table during the Summer! It definitely has an outdoor feel to it. It’s kind of beachy! Eventually, I’ll give it a clear coat to protect it. For now, my biggest decision is whether to use it to display some small plants or candles!