Add some color to a room with plaster flower votive holders

Plaster crafts can get a bit messy, but the time it takes to clean up everything is worth it when the result is a unique, attractive project such as a plaster flower votive holder. The beauty of this craft is how customizable it is. If you are not a fan of daisies, select any other small, open-petal fake flower, such as delphinium. The tutorial uses pink glaze, but feel free to choose any pigment powder combination that suits your decor.
When mixing plaster of Paris, make sure it is not watery, as too much moisture means the plaster will crack when it dries. Choose the bowl in which you mix the plaster carefully, making sure it is deep enough to submerge the votive holder prior to painting it.
- 6-inch round wood slice
- 7 small fake daisy blossoms
- Wire cutters (not shown)
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Scrap newspaper or paper bag
- Plaster of Paris
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 medium-sized disposable bowls
- Measuring cup, 1/2 cup size
- Disposable gloves
- Wood craft sticks
- Triple-thick brush-on gloss glaze
- Pink pearl pigment powder
- Jungle green pigment powder
- 2 small bowls
- Flat artist's paintbrush
- Small votive candle
DIY Everywhere
1. Cut off seven daisy heads, leaving 1/2 inch of stem.
2. Arrange the blossoms equal distance from one another around the perimeter of the wood slice, with the stems resting on the top of the slice and pointing inward.
3. Hot glue the stems to the wood slice.
4. Place the newspaper flat on the work surface. Place the bowls on the newspaper, and put on the gloves.
5. Mix 1/2 cup plaster of Paris with 1/4 cup of water. Add additional plaster a little at a time until the mixture is not watery.
6. Hold the bottom of the wood slice in one hand. Turn over the wood slice and dip it, including the flowers, in the plaster (do not coat the bottom). Smooth out any lumps with a finger.
7. Set the wood slice in the other bowl. Use the stir stick to "paint" plaster on any missed areas, such as under the flower petals. Let the plaster dry.
8. Mix 2 tablespoons of glaze with 1 teaspoon of pink pigment. Stir thoroughly.
9. Paint all plaster-coated areas of the wood slice and flowers. Let the paint dry.
10. Mix 1 tablespoon of glaze with 1 teaspoon of green pigment. Stir thoroughly.
10. Paint the flowers' centers. Let the paint dry.
11. Place the votive in the center of the votive.