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How to Make a 3D Plaster Pretzel: fun craft for kids and families

Are you ready to embark on a fun and creative craft project? In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps to create a whimsical 3D plaster pretzel, a super fun project we made in our Combination classes (Pink Painters, Amber Artists, Crimson Creators, Blue Brushes, and Intro to the Arts) this last week. This delightful craft is perfect for adding a touch of charm to your home decor or for a fun craft with kids and families. So, let's grab our materials and get started!

In class this week we made 3D plaster pretzels
We made 3D plaster pretzels in class this week!
Materials Needed:
  • Tin foil (2-foot long piece)

  • Masking tape

  • Plaster Craft

  • Cup of cool water (or warm water for faster drying)

  • Scissors

  • Acrylic paint

  • Paintbrushes

  • Protective surface (like newspaper or a plastic tablecloth)

  • Optional: gloves

Cut 2 feet of tin foil, scrunch it into a long "snake" form, and fold it into a pretzel shape
Steps 1 and 2: Prepare the tin foil base and shape the pretzel
Step 1: Prepare the Tin Foil Base

Cut a 2-foot long piece of tin foil and lay it flat on your work surface. Take one end of the tin foil and scrunch it up into a long, thin "snake" shape, making sure to scrunch it along the length of the foil. This will be the foundation for your pretzel shape. If you would like a different form than a pretzel, like an apple or popsicle, you would create that form instead with your tin foil.

Secure loose parts of the pretzel with masking tape
Step 3: Secure with masking tape

Step 2: Shape the Pretzel

Take the scrunched-up tin foil and fold it to create a loose knot shape, resembling a pretzel. Play around with the shape until you're satisfied with the design. The tin foil will provide the structure for your plaster pretzel.

Step 3: Secure with Masking Tape

To keep the tin foil pretzel form in place, use masking tape to secure any loose or overlapping parts. Focus on taping where the pieces of tin foil cross or where the form feels loose. This will ensure that your pretzel holds its shape during the plastering process.

Wrap plaster craft pieces tightly around the tin foil form
Step 4: Apply Plaster Craft
Step 4: Apply Plaster Craft

Cut the Plaster Craft into smaller pieces, around 3-5 inches long. Dip each piece one at a time in a cool cup of water (or warm water if you want faster drying). Starting at one end of the pretzel, begin tightly wrapping the wet plaster pieces around the tin foil forms (including the taped parts). Continue wrapping, covering as much of the tin foil as possible, until the entire pretzel shape is covered with plaster. Use gloves for sensitive hands, as sometimes the plaster can irritate skin as it dries.

Step 5: Let it Dry

Allow the plaster pretzel to dry for at least 24 hours. The plaster will turn hard, like plastic. Find a safe and flat surface to place it, ensuring it won't be disturbed. The drying time may vary based on the thickness of the plaster, humidity, and temperature. It's essential to let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Paint your pretzel with these whimsical colors from our store!
Let the plaster wrap dry and then paint the pretzel with acrylic paint
Steps 5 and 6: Let it dry and paint the pretzel

Step 6: Paint the Pretzel

Once the plaster pretzel is completely dry, it's time to bring it to life with color! Use acrylic paint and paintbrushes to apply your desired colors to the pretzel. Get creative with patterns, shading, and highlighting to make your pretzel look even more delicious. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly before displaying your masterpiece.

These paint brushes are perfect for painting your pretzel!

1. use tin foil and tape to shape pretzel, 2. wrap plaster craft pieces around tin foil form, 3. after plaster is dry paint over it with acrylic paint
How to make a 3D plaster pretzel

Congratulations! You've successfully crafted a delightful 3D plaster pretzel. This fun and easy project can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. From molding the tin foil base to wrapping it with plaster and adding a touch of color, your pretzel creation will surely bring smiles to those who see it. So, gather your materials, let your imagination run wild, and enjoy the satisfaction of completing this unique and charming craft!

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