Many of the landscaping pieces which can be purchased in retail stores starting in the spring have a plaster of Paris base. Many of these pieces can be very pricey. Even the smallest of pieces can begin to break the bank if you were to purchase several of them.
These plaster of Paris style garden figurines, statues, and bases are massed produced for very little with a high mark up cost. The styles of the garden features change with each season.
There are plastic molds which can be purchased in hobby and craft stores to make your own smaller garden decorations. You can purchase miniature, small, medium, and large molds in many of these craft stores.
You could also use the molds you find in the soap and candle making isle for smaller plaster of Paris items for your garden, yard or inside house plants. This will allow you to create different items for each season or even your moods.
Many of the premade yard art pieces are covered with a polyurethane to protect the pieces from the elements of the weather. The polyurethane will also help keep the colors bright and vibrant.
Materials Needed for Making Plaster of Paris Yard Art
Plastic Molds. The plastic molds will be used to make the shapes for your yard art pieces.
Plaster of Paris. You can purchase the plaster of Paris in arts and craft section of Walmart or any arts and craft store. The kind I used for the pieces I made was microwavable.
Small Bucket. You will need a small bucket to mix the water and plaster of Paris in.
Stirring stick or utensil. This will be needed to mix the water and plaster of Paris.
Paint, stain, mosaic pieces. (Optional) You do not necessarily have to decorate your pieces, but many do with eighter paint, stain or by adding the mosaic pieces into the plaster of Paris before it dries.
Paint brushes. (Optional) The Paint brushes will be used to paint or stain the molded pieces.
Polyurethane. The polyurethane should be used on any and all pieces to help protect them from further moisture.
Directions for Making Plaster of Paris Pieces for Yard Art
Mix the plaster of Paris according to the directions on the package. Usually, the mixture is two parts plaster of Paris to one part water. You will want to make sure the mixture is the consistency of pancake batter. Mix it in a small bucket with a paint stirrer or wooden spoon and rinse the items outside. You will not want to clog your drains.
Pour the wet plaster of Paris mixture into your mold until it comes to the top of the mold and smooth out. You will want to let it dry per the instructions on the container. If you are using the microwavable kind of plaster of Paris, follow the instructions on the container.
NOTE: The plaster of Paris lady bug took 3 days to dry with damp rainy weather. It is best to do this type of project when it isn’t damp or rainy for the plaster of Paris to dry faster.
Paint the piece with the paints you purchased. Let the paint dry. The paint for this lady bug was water color paint. This type of paint dries faster, even in damp weather.
Once the paint is dry, depending on which type of polyurethane purchased, spray or brush on let dry. Apply two more coats for extra protection and let dry between each application.
Place the pieces in your garden where it will be seen and compliment your garden or yard.
You have now created your first piece of yard art for less than the high-priced pieces of yard art purchased in retail stores. You have also learned a new craft and hobby. You can view the pictures of the steps of an example of making a garden art Lady Bug.