DIY- Paper and Plaster Garden Picks

Hope you all enjoy this re-post of mine. I remember doing this craft for a trip up north to Our Little Red House. It was wildflower season up there and I wanted to display these picks surrounded by natural flowers. Got up there, did a bunch of home repairs and painting, was exhausted and on the day we packed up to leave I forgot to get shots of these picks. We headed down to Cherry creek to look for flowers and I ended up not really finding any on the ground, guess we were just too tired to walk the whole creek. I stuck the picks in some grass for my photo. Then hopped back into our truck and off we drove back to the city, looking forward to long hot showers. Roughing it really makes you appreciate warm water. Anyway, it was still a fun project and I at least got one nature shot in, even if it was only grass.

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The Sunflowers are in bloom everywhere up north at the little red house and all those flowers inspired me to create something for our garden back in the city.

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My grandma on my father’s side introduced me to plaster crafting many years ago. She had a whole separate shed and garage shop full of molds and plaster that she would pour and later paint. I remember her garden area with her huge trees, which included a banana tree, and grapes everywhere. I loved visiting grandma’s house and loading up with boxes of plaster art to take home and paint.

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Before you make your own plaster flowers you should either visit a florist shop if in the city or walk around in the country taking in all the details of those wild flowers everywhere. There are also several books on flowers that you can look through to get color ideas.

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If you are out exploring nature, take some watercolors and a bottle of water and paper with you. This would be a great time to try out watercolors. Water coloring is perfect for children too since it isn’t as messy as some other paints. The trick to water coloring for any of you new painters is that you start light then go in dark later for more details. Water coloring can be difficult because mistakes can’t be painted over like other paint medias…so take your time, or not and just have fun with it.

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Supplies needed for garden picks:

  • Wooden Skewers
  • Watercolor paints
  • Brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Plaster of paris
  • Mod podge
  • Assorted scrapbook papers.
  • Plastic molds in round shapes.

Step 1- The fun part, shopping for pretty paper.
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Step 2- After you have done your research and have decided on what type of flower you are going to make, you can start drawing out you petal shapes on to cardboard to a make a template. Use your template to trace onto your pretty paper so all your petals are the same size. You can also just use a plain piece of white cardstock and color your petals.

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Step 3- Find your plaster molds either on line, at hobby stores or in my case I used an old toy package for the mold. I went to a dollar store for some birthday prizes once and the packaging had a nice circular shape so I put it away later to use for a plaster mold. The ladybug mold was a candy mold I bought second hand in a grab bag of mismatched items.
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Step 4- Mix plaster and pour into molds. Make sure to follow directions on package, sometimes when in a hurry I add too much water. You can fix this mistake by adding more plaster to your water but be quick; plaster starts to thicken right away.

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Pick out the skewers you will be using. If you like, you can cut the skewers into different sizes so you will have a variety of sizes to display in your pots.

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When the plaster starts to harden a bit stick in wooden skewers making sure the pointy side is up. This will make your garden picks easy to poke into the dirt. Let it dry over night or a few hours before taking out of molds.

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Once your plaster has dried you can seal it by painting over each piece with watered down Elmer’s glue or Mod Podge. Sealing your plaster with an over coat of glue will make it easier to paint. It is especially important to do this if you have any children with sensory issues that are sometimes associated with Autism spectrum disorders. The chalky texture of plaster might bother them.

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I usually use acrylics when painting craft projects and forget sometimes how fun watercolors can be. I love seeing the different patterns watercolors produce when drying, and they aren’t as messy as other paints, although I tend to be a little messy with all my art since I love mixing colors.

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After everything dries you can start gluing on your paper petals.

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Bring your paper flowers inside if you have a lot of rain in your area. Put your flowers in pots around your house to add a little spring to those Fall and Winter rainy and snowy days…happy crafting.

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Special not: Use this craft when working with children for fine motor skills, sensory play (dirt in garden, and gluing down petals) speech lessons (following directions and big and small petals). You can also work in some pretend time play lessons with the bugs and flowers in your gardens. Use plastic spoons as molds for bugs if you can’t find a ladybug mold. Use finger-paints instead of brushes or sponges for another fun way to work in some tactile sensory play. Even if you may not think your child is interested, we should always introduce new things to them, remember to include everyone, no mater what level they may be at.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. I never understood what thay,Mosdge podge was for now i see a lady sent me some with other stuff in a R A K package random act of kindness all art stuff!,

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    1. How sweet, I love decoupaging and used water down elmer’s glue when I was a little girl (a cheap version) . I love grab bags of art supplies. I have a basket full of craft supplies right now that I am donating to a little country library for the kids up north. It is so important to pass on kindness whenever we can.

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      1. Yes it is we use to Penpal in planner groups I was in and mail things back and forth! I donated books to my local library at times they sell them they have carts in the front. Have a blessed day love your blog glad I found it i found it from Kates love hers to and her books

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      2. I just found Kate’s blog a couple of days ago…I love her stories about her family and her homemaking adventures.. I love making things and just living simple and being frugal. Thanks for checking out my blog, since it is all new to me I am just now discovering how to “like” and find other blogs…the blogging world is huge I am discovering. I need to read one of Kate’s books.

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      3. There great,the Writing with babies is free right now I’ve read her blog for a while it’s my favorite I’ve had to be thrifty and frugal my entire life and honestly it’s a happy life I’ve been happier with less money at the age of 52 I now see this. Others that think money makes you happy are blind. I loved with a boyfriend yeats,ago he sued a hospital his,wife died of a brain anyerism I told him I’m not happy and neither are you he was miserable a gentlemen but drank beer everyday I loved there four four years the last four months I slept in the guest room. I worked the entire time also it took me 15 minutes put my stuff in my car and adios. My family and others thought I was crazy because I had it made so to speak. Yes i could go in a,store and throw any thing I wanted in a,shopping cart but I have always been much happier with less when I look back. My favorite book of Kate is Homemade Housewife this far! I READ Blogging W/Babies last night in one sitting. She s a great writer and gives great advice for it and Blogging I love that she’s honest, funny and let’s us into her life. She s became a,great friend and I pray for her and her family daily! Blessed day you have a,great blog going to by the way!,stick with it you’ll build your audience in time! I blogged for year s on WordPress the freebie and purchased an entire domain March of this year! Blogging is huge! Have a blessed day,and look forward to your post! I just want to live a simple happy life these days! Keep sharing I love all yiu shared reaf,several and i read them daily.

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      4. Thank you, I also think life is much better when you live with less, you learn what is really important which is health and happiness. Everyone should have the opportunity to live life everyday and mean really live it. There are so many gifts we are given everyday just in nature alone, if only others could see this, maybe our planet and this world would be so much happier and content and at peace.

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  2. What exactly do you use the modge on and is it water down elders glue well just like it!? Lol

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    1. I have used mod podge for cards, wood frames, furniture and glass plates. Elmer’s glue watered down works too but not as well, I usually use those to cover my plaster projects. I will be working on a dresser project soon using Mod Podge. The dresser belongs to my daughter and it is looking a little beat up so instead of her buying a new one from Ikea ( can get expensive) I told her I was going to try to make her dresser look pretty.

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  3. MarDean Perdue says:

    I know some grandkids that are going to have fun. Thank you for all the cute ideas.

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    1. Thanks, this had grandma all over it. I do miss her crazy plaster crafts.

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  4. efge63 says:

    Νice!!!!!!!!!!! We really need to look at the world in a positive way!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. Awww…thank you so much for your sweet comment and you’re welcome.

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      1. efge63 says:

        🤗🤗💞🤗🤗

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  5. I am honestly so amazed everytime I visit your blog. These are wonderful 🙂

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  6. I love these flowerd for sure.
    Im making these for
    Inside and outsider. Im confused what do you do with the mold use it i the flower? Let me know these i love # love the blog!

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    1. Thank you, you will have fun making these. Okay, the mold is anything that is a circle shape. You can go to the dollar store and look in the toy section for any plastic packaging that can be used as a circle mold. Or check the ice cube sections at the stores. The dollar store sells little plastic ice cube trays and sometimes they have round shapes. Buy plaster of Paris at Walmart or Home depot, even Michael’s probably has some. Read the instructions on mixing plaster. It is just water and the plaster mix, but if you add too much water the plaster won’t dry very well. Oh, and buy wooden skewers, they sell those by the package at Walmart as well, usually in the kitchen area. You know the long sticks that you make kebabs on. I hope I got that right. When the plaster is first poured and if you hadn’t added too much water then the stick pocked in the middle of your mold will dry in and stay in place but you have to make sure to do this while the mold is still wet. After everything has dried then pop out of your molds and make paper petals to glue on. You can also use recycled plastic milk jugs to make petals with to glue on. Hope this helps, have a wonderful weekend.

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      1. Tbks6 was great thanks for taking the time go give me great directions! You have a great weekend as well!

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      2. You’re welcome, have a wonderful holiday weekend as well.

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  7. kathyscrafts1 says:

    SUPER NICE!!!!!!

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  8. krc says:

    creative and pretty, love it!
    🌼
    i stopped by your About page.
    will comment here about it.
    💟
    i went to Home Depot just yesterday to go buy more paint.
    that store had made ither small hardwares struggle for business since its opening.
    cant believe there isnt one in ur parts, as theres only one here.
    🌻
    love that thrift store’s Mall name!
    🙆

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    1. So sweet, always enjoy your comments and so pretty. Thank you, hope you make a bunch of these little flowers to put all over your home. At least you don’t have to worry about watering them and best thing of all, is the fact that they never die.

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