This casting project may take a day or two to complete, but the end product — a pretty holder for jewelry, coins or other collectibles — will make a lasting impression on whomever your child bestows it.
|Prep Time: Weekend Project|
|What you need:|
|An apple, a small acorn squash or an old baseball
2 to 3 10-inch wooden kabob sticks
Plastic bucket for mixing
2 lbs of plaster of Paris
Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
|Seasons: Christmas, Father’s day, Mother’s day, Year round|
|Materials: paints, plaster of paris|
|1.||First, prepare the mold by trimming the sides of the carton or tub so that they are about 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall.|
|2.||Next, partially insert the kabob sticks into the center of the object you plan to cast, evenly spacing them around the circumference (with hard objects, you may have to hammer starter holes with a small nail). Rub Vaseline on the portion of the apple or squash that will be submerged in plaster (skip this step if you’re using a baseball). Then rest the skewers on the sides of the mold.|
|3.||Use the bucket and stirrer to mix the plaster according to the package directions. Slowly pour the mixture between the object and the carton walls until one third of the object is submerged (no more, or the object will be hard to remove later). Gently tap the mold on a table to release air bubbles.|
|4.||After one hour, lift the object from the plaster. Carefully remove the mold and let the casting cure completely (about 24 hours). Then prime the plaster with shellac or spray matte, let it dry and the casting is ready to paint. For the best effect, use a contrasting color to accent the hollowed portion. Or sponge a darker hue on the top and sides once the base coat dries.|
Disney Father’s Day Printable:
Daddyland Coupon Book
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Download the template here: Daddyland Coupon Book
Help with the yard work and control of the remote control! Dad will feel like the King of Daddyland with these fun coupons.
Print out the coupons on regular paper. Cut out each coupon and the title page. Fold the title page along the dashed line with the printed part on the outside. Stack the coupons in alphabetical order and place them inside the folded title page. Staple the booklet at the top and bottom of the left side.