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by Madeleine M Langlois MaddyLane Designs
Recycled Halloween Craft: "Plastered Mummy Style Vases"
Miy Halloween Craft Decoration; Curvaceous mummy-style plaster vases add instant
atmosphere to haunt seasonal décor themes. Recycled wine or various glass
bottles in assorted sizes and shapes are disguised with plastered cotton strips
giving them odd organic shapes with a rough textured finish.
Hands-on time: Less than two hours.
Total time: Add drying time of 6 to 10 hours.
Skill: This Miy Halloween craft decoration idea is easy to make it yourself.
Materials & tools:
•Empty and clean bottles in assorted sizes, shapes and styles (I recycled wine
•1 package of Plaster cotton strip, the 1-lb bag
•Bowl (I used a large stainless steel bowl) and water
•Paintbrush, 3 cm wide
•Autumn tree branches with leaves or without leaves
(Materials for this project are available at craft and at hardware stores.
Autumn branches with colourful leaves are added to the mummy style vase MIY
Halloween Craft Decoration, making these plastered vase arrangements terror-fic to
garnish a mantel, a hearth, a front-hall console, or even a bay window. You don't
need to drive yourself batty over this project because these bewitching vases are so
frightfully easy to make. Due to their minimalist styling statement, these vases can
be adapted to suit any décor all year round, even for the holidays by adding simple
sprigs of red berries.
Children can get in on the fun with this easy to do MIY Halloween Craft Decoration
Cover your work area with newspapers. Make sure that the bottles are clean - wash
them with soapy water and towel dry. It is not necessary to remove the labels; they
will get covered up with plaster strips.
To prepare the plaster strips, take the plastered cotton roll, unroll it and cut it in half.
Plan to use about half a pound of cotton plastered strip per bottle. You will need to
cut plastered strips in different widths and lengths.
Simply tear or rip the plastered cotton with your hands or cut them with scissors.
Approximately 20 to 25 strips are needed per bottle depending on the size of the
bottle that is being covered.
Fill the bowl with water and place it on your work area. Dip each strip of plaster one
at a time, into the water for a few seconds. Over the bowl, squeeze out any excess
water with your hands.
To apply the plaster strips, work on one area of the bottle at a time, starting from the
bottom up. Apply the damp plaster strips around the bottle, pressing them to the
surface with your hands. Overlap and pat the cotton strips down into place, continue
until the bottle is completely covered, like a mummy wrap. For curvaceous interest,
modify the shapes of the bottles by adding extra layers of plaster strips to specific
areas. Finish by applying smaller strips around the neck and the opening of the
bottle. Note that there is no need to do the underside of the bottle. Let the bottles
air dry for 6 to 10 hours (it's best to leave them to dry overnight). Drying time can
vary according to the thickness of the plaster strips.
The completed plastered vases don't need to be painted because they look great in
their natural textured and rough state. That said, they can also make quite a décor
impact in assorted seasonal colours such as in jet black or pumpkin orange - even
silver. To paint the vases simply apply one coat of acrylic paint using a soft bristle
brush and let dry.
Make the plastered vases look older or spookier by applying dabs of antiquing black
gel with a cloth; dab it on and wipe it off. Since plaster is porous at least one coat of
matte varnish is recommended.
Add a splash of colour and contrast with a few fall branches amid hues of golden
auburn to crimson red and sunburst oranges. For extra spookiness for Halloween
night or parties, simply replace the fall leaf branches with black barren branches
and cobwebs. Adorn your arrangement with colourful fall leaves, decorative gourds,
and mini pumpkins. For Halloween add spiders and weds.
•To set an authentic eerie Halloween scene, you can utilize the same concept as
above to transform other plain items such as, candle holders, vases that you no
longer like or use, cake stands, candy bowls, wine decanters, and buckets.
•For an outdoor décor alternative, make a grouping of plastered bottles or items in
assorted sizes and place them on the front porch or steps. Make extra mummy wrap
plaster bottles and use them as candle holders with black candles.
•Plastic juice containers and milk jugs have unusual shapes, they can also be use to
make really creepy vases with wider neck openings. Cut the top off with an X-acto
knife and proceed with the same steps as above.
•Halloween is a great time to recycle all sorts of items into scary decorations -
recycle tin cans in assorted sizes to make orange and black luminaries to illuminate
a pathway or a porch.
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published without permission. Thank you.
"Transform Bottles into Curvaceous mummy-style plaster vases "
"f o r t h e p u r e j o y o f m a k i n g t h i n g s S p o o k y f o r H a l l o w e e
|The curvaceous plastered vases
made with recycled bottles will look
fabulous displayed in a bay window or
on a mantel.
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