Polka Dot Plaster Vase

plaster textured vase

This is the first time I’ve ever worked with plaster of paris, but I’d wanted to try creating a plaster vase for a while now.  I’ve seen similar items at Anthro or West Elm, but just thought, “I’d like to give this a go before I buy something funky and artsy”.  Do you ever think like that?  I’m not necessarily thinking that I want to knock something off, just more of a creative adventure to see if I can create something I like with my own two hands.

Anyway, this turned out being very very simple and made me so happy that I’m going to try some other plaster variations on upcoming projects (get ready!).

textured plaster vase

plaster vase tutorial

ONE mix 1 1/2 cups plaster with 1 cup of water.  TWO create an underlying texture on a glass vessel.  I used an old candle (with wax removed) and some furniture foot pads (because I had a bunch on hand) to create a raised dot texture.  THREE roll the vase in the plaster until all glass and textured pieces are covered.

I let it dry for an hour and was done!  I could have spray painted this gold (surprise, surprise) but kind of liked the silky white natural look of the plaster.

plaster vase

It’s by no means perfect, but that is kind of the point.  Not only did I get to play with a new material, but I make something that is sculptural and interesting as well.  I’m happy with it!
My wheels are already turning with what my next plaster of paris project will be.  I can’t wait to dig in!

Have you ever attempted a plaster project?

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  1. says

    Awesome! I have been wanting to work with plaster for a while now. I’ve been hesitant because I can be quite messy, but this may just be the inspiration I needed to jump in!

  2. says

    I am totally impressed! What a super cool project! it was such a pleasure to meet you at Alt, Erin, after the Dwell / Furbish panel. I will look forward to crossing paths again soon!

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