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I took an art class in high school where we did this 3 step sculpture project. We molded what we wanted out of red clay, coated it in melted butter (yes, melted butter), poured some Plaster of Paris overtop and let it dry. Once it dried we were able to remove the mold from the clay, and after coating the inside again with melted butter, poured more plaster inside and that would eventually be our sculpture. Sounds exhausting and time consuming but it was super fun.
Needless to say when I graduated and moved out I thought I would do another one with all the free time I had on my hands. Yeeeeah….I got as far as buying an 8lb container of Plaster of Paris. Fast forward 13 or so years, I’m finally cracking that bad boy open and putting some of it to use!
I heart all things owls, and for Christmas my mom found this awesome owl shaped silicone ice tray for me. Let me tell you though, it’s definitely not limited to making cute ice cubes for your fave bevies. It works GREAT for making some owl shaped magnets!
Mix 1 cup Plaster of Paris with 1/2 cup cold water, combine until nice and smooth. Pour into your mold and gently tap to eliminate any air bubbles. The plaster usually sets within 20-30 minutes, but because the mold is so deep, it’ll take closer to an hour. When I noticed the plaster starting to set I placed some magnets I picked up at the Dollar Tree directly on the back and just let them sink themselves down a bit to set in. If you find they’ve sunk too deep just hold a knife overtop to lift it out. Let your plaster set completely and then gently push the owls out of the mold.
It will be hard for them to fully dry in the mold as there is limited space for the plaster to breathe. Taking them out and laying them out in the open will help dry them right out. Once they are dried you can leave them as is, or paint them to your hearts content! I used Martha Stewarts Vintage Decor Paint in Pear to add some color to mine.
Use them to spruce up a bedroom, your office, or gift them to a teacher or friend! Next on the list, making some lego men shaped magnets!
Find the materials to make your own here: