Plaster of paris flowers with dollar store stems for an easy DIY on a dime! Read on to see how to make these beautiful dipped flowers.
Hey there!! I’m so glad you stopped by today. Have you ever seen plaster cast flowers? They are absolutely stunning and so versatile for home decor projects and great gifts ideas! I’m sharing how to make these plaster of paris dipped flowers with dollar store floral to keep the simple DIY on a budget.
DIY Plaster Flowers
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What you need for plaster dipped flowers:
- Plaster of Paris (you can find this at your local hardware store or craft store)
- Flowers to dip Use faux stems that have stiffer petals and fuller heads as the weight of the plaster will not work well with flimsy ones. My favorite were white roses from the dollar tree. I only needed to dip them once and they have a beautiful shape.
- Wire cutters and hot glue (as needed).
- Plastic container, spoon and wax paper.
- Mask and gloves to be on the safe side. *Plaster of paris is calcium sulfate hemihydrate and when mixed with water can have an exothermic reaction. Please read your package carefully and take precautions.
Plaster of paris flower making:
- Step one: Prepare your workspace by laying out a couple of sheets of wax paper for drying. Remove the stems and leaves from your flowers. If the stem was holding the flower head together you may need a dot of hot glue to keep it together.
- Step two: Mix some cold water with your plaster powder using the recommended water/plaster ratio on the package. Stir until the lumps are out and it’s about yogurt consistency. Add a teaspoon or two more if it isn’t yogurt consistency.
- Step three: Dip your flower, twirling it around in the plaster to completely cover it. Shake off access plaster while you are holding it inside the container. Dip again if you need more coverage.
- Step four: Lay out the dipped flower to dry on wax paper. The plaster will take 10-15 minutes to completely harden so you have time to shape the petals if you like while it is drying. I’ve seen some beautiful larger flowers turned into votive candle holders. You may also want to separate petals on fuller flowers.
Q&A on how to make plaster flowers
I’ve gotten such a great response to this DIY and lots of good questions. Check out these additional tips and tricks on what you can do with plaster dipped flowers and how to fix some common problems.
“Can I tint the plaster with food coloring?” It probably wouldn’t mix well. I would use a water base craft paint to tint the plaster but only if your desire is a pastel color. Otherwise wait for the plaster to dry and then paint with your choice of acrylic colors.
“Can I plaster branches or bows?” You can dip just about anything (within reason) into plaster but keep in mind that smaller details will get lost with the plaster layers. It’s fun to try new things! I’ve dipped faux maple leaves and they turned out lovely.
“When you say remove stem and leaves, do you leave the plastic thingie attached to the flowers when you dip them? The part that holds it all together?” Yes. If the stem can be removed with leaving the receptacle intact then it’s ready to be dipped. Otherwise use a dot of hot glue in place of the plastic parts that keep the petals together.
“I tried this and my petals collapsed and stuck together. I would like to know how you shaped your roses?” First, what kind of flower are you using? I think the easiest flower to use is a faux rose that is blush, white, or cream so the color doesn’t bleed through. After a little practice I would try dipping poppies, daisies, or ranunculuses. Lilies, orchards, and other large flowers with fewer petals are the most difficult to keep shape. If your petals are sticking together try thinning the plaster. After one dip and a few minutes of drying dip a second time for full coverage. You can shape the petals with your gloved fingers on the wax paper as needed.
“I tried this and the plaster chipped off , what am I doing wrong?” Make sure to use the plaster quickly as it set pretty fast and also experiment with different consistencies. You can always do two thinner dips letting the flower dry in between.
“Hello, can you paint the flowers once dried? If so what type of paint would you suggest?” A water base craft paint like acrylic would be perfect for a project like this. You can protect the paint with a coat of polyurethane once it dries.
“Can plaster of paris get wet after it has dried? Is it waterproof for outdoor use?” Plaster of paris is porous so you would need a coat of resin or shallac to use it outside.
“I would love to do about a billion of these and make a focal point wall my question is what would I use to adhere them to said wall?” If you are attaching them individually, I would think a small finishing nail or a thumb tack would work right throw the middle of the flower. Otherwise, maybe hot glue them to a surface first like a piece of mdf and then hang that.
- Plaster of Paris
- Dollar store flowers
- Plastic container
- Wax paper
- Measuring cup
- Remove the stems and leaves from your flowers and lay out sheets of wax paper for drying.
- Mix cold water with your plaster powder (use the recommended water/plaster ratio on the package). Stir until the lumps are out and it’s yogurt consistency.
- Dip your flower, twirl it around, and completely cover it. Shake off access plaster while you are holding it inside the container. Dip again if you need more coverage.
- Lay it out to dry on the wax paper. Spread or shape the petals if needed.
The plaster of paris dries quickly so you can use them almost immediately.
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They will dry fairly quick and then you can use them! Style them in a bowl, glue them to the backing of a frame dipped flower art, or display one or two on a stack of books. You could also cover a lamp base, napkin rings, or vase!
They really look so romantic and delicate but they hold up very well!
Don’t you love a good dollar store DIY? If you are looking for more ideas. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Leave me a comment and let me know which one is your favorite or what you have been working on lately. I would love to hear from you!!
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