Fugal gifts to make using dollar store ice trays
So much fun seeing what ice trays the dollar stores come out with every holiday. There are pumpkins during the fall, Easter eggs and bunnies for Spring and I have even seen flamingos and flowers during the summer. This Christmas they had little penguins.
You don’t have to use them just for ice though, you can also use them for plaster molds too. If you do use them for other things like melt and pour soap or plaster make sure you don’t use them for ice afterwards. Buy two sets and with a sharpie write on one food and the other crafts.
Plaster of Paris
Assorted colors of paints. I recommend watercolors if doing this with children, much easier to clean up.
button magnets (optional, not for children under 6 though)
Twine (optional, this is only if you are making ornaments instead of magnets)
Fine tip paintbrushes.
Mod podge or watered down school glue.
Ice tray of what ever shape you choose (I picked penguins)
Step 1- I always wipe a little olive oil down in any mold I am using. I use a little cotton ball. Then I mix up plaster (follow instructions, don’t add too much water) then pour plaster into molds.
Step 2- Before the plaster dried I added some magnets.
I just press them down into the wet plaster.
Step 3- let them dry over night. If your plaster is too wet and you try to pop them out before completely dry they will break. Ice trays are nice to use as molds but some have lots of detail and cracks so they don’t pop out so easily.
Step 4- After they have dried you can coat your pieces with some watered down school glue or Mod podge to seal the plaster. This will make it easier to paint. Once painted I also add another layer of Mod Podge to protect the paint.
Step 5-Now for the fun part…painting. Whoops, forgot something extra, make sure to dab a little glue around magnet area to make sure the magnet stays in place.
Step 6- After you have finished painting you can add little felt hats and scarfs or tiny pom pom ear muffs. Happy crafting everyone.
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