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Plaster Craft -Hearts with Shells & Seaglass

Here is something you could try this weekend. A quick and easy plaster craft!

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Shell and seaglass hearts that make cute little Valentines gifts. You can use them as paperweights!


easy plaster craft hearts
Having made the hearts, I think Plaster of Paris is my new best friend! There's a number of things I want to make. Ornaments and coasters being on top of my list.

plaster heart molds
Add plaster of paris to water, mix until thick but still pourable, then fill forms (found in the baking aisle of the grocery store) to desired height/thickness. That's it. I did pre-treat the forms with mold release spray, but I'm not sure if that was even necessary.

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Little air bubbles formed in the process. I tried my best to get rid of them by tapping the forms. The forms are soft, so it was a bit tricky.

plaster craft with shells
The plaster dries quickly, so I only had a few minutes to create my designs and set in the mussel shells and the tiny seaglass pieces. This was my first attempt doing a plaster craft and I can't say I thought this through. Just sprinkled on the seaglass, then had to run for a toothpick to help push down the pieces.

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An hour later, I peeled off the forms.

plaster hearts
I sanded the edges lightly, and done.

plaster paper weight
And here it is, the plaster shell heart, functioning as paperweight, sitting on top of receipts in our home office. Very useful!

Maybe you'll give this a try?

And with that, I wish you all a Happy Weekend!
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14 comments:

Low Tide High Style said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Kat :)

Wax Beach Artist said...

Cute! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

super cute idea! thanks for the tutorial :)
always nice to find a way to keep our beloved beach treasures in a form of art that will last

An Island Mom said...

I love the idea of using these as paperweights! Anyone living by the beach knows you can't have too many paperweights to hold down your papers with all the breezes usually coming off the ocean. I can't tell you how many times I've opened a window only to hear papers suddenly go airborne behind me.

Also, the heart shape works especially well with the mussel shells. Great idea.

Della said...

This is a nifty idea! I'm sure my hubby could use a cool handmade beachy paperweight at his office :D

Fembria-art said...

Witzige Idee. Mir würde es jedoch besser gefallen wenn man den Gips nicht mehr sehen kann. Vielleicht die Form mit Sand bestäuben und oben drauf die Fläche mit dem Glas oder Muscheln ganz ausfüllen, oder mit einer Innenform so gestalten das man hinten noch ein Licht intigrieren kann.....Nur ein paar spontane Ideen.
Danke dir Maya fürs Zeigen.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Andy, stimme voellig mit dir ueberein!!! Danke!!

Kathi said...

How am I EVER going to finish my dollhouse if you keep coming up with these great ideas???!
:D
Love this one!

sealaura said...

cute idea! but I better finish unpacking my boxes before I start crafting. I'm still hoping to make that heart made out of shells from your post last year. Have a happy weekend!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

That is a really cute idea. If you spray the shells gold or silver they would make great Christmas gifts!

Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

I love this idea. I have been dyeing to make something out of plaster of paris ever since I recently started buying it to make my own chalk paint. I am a new found fan of this stuff. Those hearts you made are adorable!

vicki said...

Maya- this is the cutest craft ever- makes me want to say "why didn't I think of that!". Love the use of the sea glass. You know- we use this stuff all the time to make tiny baby footprint molds---
Xo
Vicki
Ps- no I have not dropped off the face of the earth- ( but very nearly!) lol!!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Well well-anothernew project to try out. This is so sweet.

Lili said...

Very clever Maya...the shell one reminds me of angel wings! ~Lili