This DIY craft project involves using plaster in molds to create a cute “Bug Party” Tic Tac Toe game! Creating with plaster is easy to do and the results are quick and rewarding!
About a month ago, I purchased a silicone mold. A bug mold. Bees, butterflies, dragonflies and ladybugs. And lots of ideas immediately popped into my head. You can use these molds for so many different things from candy to soap to plaster and so much more.
My first project with this mold involves plaster. I have been experimenting with plaster all summer, creating my own molds with wet sand for my Plaster Casting with Sand Tutorial and even using real leaves for Plaster Casted Leaves. So I pulled out my plaster again to see what I could come up with.
For this project I used:
One Silicone Mold (Any silicone mold will work for this project)
Plaster of Paris
Clear spray varnish
Plastic cups (for mixing plaster)
I began by making my little plaster bugs. I added about a cup of powdered plaster to a disposable plastic cup and enough water to make it the consistency of yogurt. I then poured the plaster into each of the bug molds and allowed it to dry.
I allowed them to dry for about and hour and then removed them from the mold. The little bugs easily popped out of the silicone mold. Aren’t they cute! Plaster clean up is easy. Just toss away the cup that you used for mixing and wipe off the spoon with a paper towel. Do not rinse plaster down your kitchen drain.
I decided to create a plaster leaf for the Tic Tac Toe board. In order to get it the proper size, I lined up the bugs in Tac Tac Toe-fashion on a piece of cardboard and drew the leaf around them. I then cut the cardboard leaf out to use as a template.
I then took a bag of craft sand and added enough water to it to make it pack easily. I placed the cardboard template in a cookie sheet and packed the sand around the outside edges to create a mold for the Tic Tac Toe board. I removed the card board template and touched up the edges of the sand mold with my fingers to create a good leaf shape.
I then made up another batch of plaster to yogurt consistency and poured it into the leaf mold. (It took several cups of plaster for this size leaf- I just made them up one after the other and dumped them into the mold). Because of the size, I wanted the leaf to be about 1/2″ thick for strength. Allow the leaf to dry overnight before lifting it out of the mold.
The base is complete. Pretty cool huh? To add a bit of structural support and make it more finished, I glued a piece of cardboard to the bottom that is slightly smaller around than the outline of the leaf and then glued a piece of green felt over that.
Then a did a little bug painting with my acrylic paints. This is the fun part.
And of course the leaf needed some color. I used different shades of green to create the look of veins.
I drew the Tic Tac Toe lines on lightly with a ruler and a white pencil and then filled in the lines with dark green paint. My final step was to coat all the plaster pieces with clear acrylic varnish.
And there you have it! An instant Bug Party Tic Tac Toe game! I’ve got the perfect coffee table to set this on.
And the silicone bug mold can be used over and over again. I have several more buggy projects in my head that you just might see in the future!
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