These deeply adorable plaster plant pots were kind of a happy accident. After making a few plain white ones in various shapes and sizes, we thought it might be interesting to see what would happen if we threw some acrylic paint in our molds before we started pouring the plaster. Here’s what we got!(we got a little excited about this one and removed the mold before it was fully dry and it cracked! Super glue for the win.)Here’s some progress shots of our found materials and process. You can see here that for round pots we used cups from various places like Dickeys, ProStop, and your everyday plastic kid holiday cups.To keep the inner cup from “floating” up out of the plaster, you’ll need to either hold it still with your hands or put something heavy inside like a few rocks! At this stage in the process our plaster had already hardened enough that the inner cup wasn’t going anywhere.We recommend a shallow tin or box to place your cups in before you start pouring plaster. It can be unwieldy while you pour or overflow if you accidentally get too much! The tin we used is pictured here: If you want a square pot, milk cartons are a great solution!! Go diving through your recyclables and see what you can come up with. You’d be surprised what cool shapes you may have lying around. Just make sure you have a sturdy cup for the inside because the heat and pressure from the drying plaster can make your mold buckle. We tried using a toilet paper tube for the center of one of our first ones and it totally disintegrated and made a big mess. The pot survived but… like I said, not recommended. And definitely go for materials made of plastic or paper that you don’t mind throwing away after their first use. Even after spraying the inside and outsides with cooking spray, sometimes you still have to rip your molds to get your plaster pots out.For a marbled look we poured a bit of paint in a small disposable cup and mixed with a little water so it was runny. We poured this into our mold and rolled the paint around til we were satisfied with the application. The paint will do whatever it wants, so keep in mind your results will vary. We mixed up our Plaster of Paris in a big gallon sized ziplock bag and cut the corner to pour. The smaller of a hole you cut the more control you’ll have, but if your plaster starts drying it could clog! So just know you gotta go fast and cross your fingers you end up with something cool! Just remember: if you hate it, you can always spray paint it silver like Brenna did! (see photos at the top)Here’s a shot of the plaster oozing over the edge. You’ll notice in the photos at the top that the green marbled pot has a jagged broken edge- this is why! Cause we had to break the overflowing edge to get it out!
Embrace messiness! It happens 🙂 And don’t forget a spill tray! Ta-da! Here’s our 3 finished pots. Make sure to read the directions for your plaster carefully! And give it the full 20-30 (or as noted on box) minutes to harden! If you start peeling it out early you risk cracking and breaking your pots! And remember not to use your body/hands as a mold since plaster gets really hot when it hardens!Later on we’ll be sharing a tutorial for how we made our own geometric molds out of cardboard and tape! So keep an eye out for that 😀