Monday, June 18, 2018

Plaster Cloth Flower Design on Milk Carton Vase

A Craft Room De-Stash Challenge

Every month a group of talented bloggers are challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! I must admit that I keep a stockpile of empty containers like soda cans, glass jars and different types of boxes and cartons. I love recycling stuff and I never know when I might need one of these items for a project.   This month, for the De-stash Challenge, I'm making a vase out of a milk carton and covering it with plaster cloth - something I also keep in my stash. Besides strengthening the milk carton, plaster cloth is a fun way to add dimension by creating a flower design on the front of the vase.

Materials Used:
Plaster Cloth
Milk Carton
Craft knife/scissors
Paint brushes
Acrylic paint
Outdoor varnish sealer

To get started, cut off the top of a clean milk carton.

Then, place plaster cloth at the edge of the carton (it just happens to be the same height of the carton).  Wet a large paint brush with water and saturate the plaster cloth, smoothing out completely, especially around the edges.
Continue wrapping, wetting and smoothing out the plaster cloth around the carton until it is completely covered. Cut off excess cloth and let dry.
Stuff the carton with plastic bags or newspaper to hold shape while it is drying.
Cut smaller strips of plaster cloth to cover edges .  .  .
wet, as before, smoothing the edges down. And let dry completely.

For the flower stems, cut narrow strips of plaster cloth and .  .  .
lightly dampen with water, twisting and shaping into a stem down on the carton. Make sure the stem cloth adheres to the cloth on the carton by pressing down. Paint on a clear drying glue if it lifts up.

Continue making and designing stems for the flower.


To make the flower, hand cut out small petals (five for each flower stem).

Wet, shape, and mold the petals to flower stems, smoothing out as desired.
Let dry overnight.

You can either paint the flowers and stems or leave as is. It's quite the shabby chic look!
Plaster cloth should be sealed with a waterproof or outdoor varnish since it could be activated with water.

I love this shabby chic look for a vase!

Just perfect to hold pretty flowers!

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  1. What a fun project! I had no idea plaster cloth existed and can think of a couple fun projects that would make good use of it instead of standard papier mache.

  2. This is really cute! You've inspired me to save my milk cartons for a few projects so thank you.

  3. This is so pretty. It looks so high end, who would know its prior life was a milk carton.

  4. I've never heard of plaster cloth - what a great craft supply to have on hand! You always come up with the best projects! FYI - when I click on your link from the party it is not taking me to this page.

  5. I have never heard of plaster cloth either but it may certainly come in handy one day. Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial. The vase is very pretty.

  6. Gail I love that you were able to up-cycle the cartons and make them look so stylish. The only thing that I have ever done with them is make houses for the kids when they were little.

  7. I can remember that we were crafting a lot with plaster cloth when we were little. We've made masks from our faces and decorated them and recreated the shapes of our hands. I even have seen pregnant women take the shape of their baby belly shortly before giving birth.

  8. This is such a cute upcycle! We go through so much Almond milk I should start crafting with the containers, too! 😊

  9. This is a great craft! I have never heard of plaster cloth but you can bet I'll be looking for some now. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Summer Time Fun Linky. Pinned.

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