The following instructions are for making a face using plaster of Paris and a plastic mold. It is one of the easiest crafts to make; even the kids would have fun coloring in the facial features.
Measuring and Mixing: 2 to 3 minutes
Dry Time: 24 1/2 hours
Coloring Time: 1 hour (may vary)
Skill Level: Easy
Materials Needed For the Plaster of Paris Face
2 1/2 cups of Plaster of Paris – Quick Dry preferably for the instructions for this craft project
1 1/4 cups cold water
Plastic face mold
Picture hanger, pop tab and small nail or curved end of paper clip (optional)
Directions for Making the Plaster of Paris Face
Mix the plaster of Paris and water until the consistency of pancake batter without the lumps. Pour the wet plaster of Paris mixture into the face mold. If adding a hanger, now is the time to do so. Place it in the middle of the back of the face.
Let set for 30 minutes and remove. Let the plaster of Paris face set for 24 hours to finish hardening.
Adding Facial Coloring to the Plaster of Paris Face
Eyes – Use a black colored pencil to make a thin line around the eyes. Using the ridge around the eyes, slowly color in with the black marker until you have a thin line outlining the eyes. For the iris’, I did two circles leaving the centers open.
Eyebrows – Using the ridge for the eyebrows, use a black colored pencil in the same manner as I described for the outer area of the eyes.
Nostrils – Using the black colored pencil, I colored in the nostril areas with a thin line as a shadowing of the nose area.
Cheeks – With the red colored pencil, I made a few light marks on the cheek areas. I used my thumb to remove the pencil marks and blended it down to make them look like rouge was added to the cheeks for color.
Lips – Using the same red colored pencil, I filled in the lips to make them pop out more on the face. By doing this, the chin area shows up as well without adding any shading to that area of the plaster of Paris face.
NOTE: As of yet, I have not added any type of hair or hat to the plaster of Paris face. I haven’t decided if I want to one or the other or both.