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DIY Colored Plaster of Paris Mini Planters

Mini planters made of colored plaster! It's a clever and colorful DIY that you've gotta try! After some experimenting, I landed on something that actually works for creating colored plaster! It will tint plaster nearly any color you want without changing the consistency of the plaster.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: crafting, diy, mini planter, planter, plaster, plaster of paris
Yield: 40 planters or more
Author: Brittni
Cost: $15

Materials

  • plaster powder available on Amazon - also know as Plaster of Paris
  • powdered tempera paint - THIS IS THE SECRET INGREDIENT lots of options on Amazon, I used this brand but any will work
  • silicone shot glass molds this is exactly what I used, but there are loads more on Amazon
  • matte medium to seal the plaster
  • paint brush
  • sandpaper fine grit

Instructions

  • Once you have mixed together the colored plaster you'd like to use for this Plaster of Paris craft, you can get started with the mini planters.
  • Stir in water to the bowl, while stirring, until you reached a consistency similar to pancake batter (a little thicker than that is still fine though).
  • Plaster sets very quickly, so you'll need to work fast.
  • Pour mixture into silicone mold or scoop it in with a spoon.
  • Gently tap the filled molds on a flat surface to get out any air bubbles and then aside until hardened (1-2 hours should be fine).
  • Once they are completely hard to the touch, remove the mini planters from the mold one at a time.
  • Use a fine sandpaper to sand down the bottom of each planet, if there is any unevenness.
  • Then let the planters finish air drying for a full 24 hours, if possible.
  • Next, seal each mini planter with a matte medium, which basically creates a thin layer of plastic so they will no longer be soluble (important if you're going to put plants in them).
  • Wait for the matte medium to dry completely before planting succulents and cacti.
  • I found that small succulent cuttings are perfect for this size starter planter. And when the plant outgrows the container, you can replant it in a larger version.