Halloween decorations

This Halloween tree was one of Arlo’s favourite things this season. We made all of these Decorations together and used plaster of Paris for the first time.

You will need:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Silicone mould
  • Jug
  • Water
  • Wooden skewers
  • String
  • Paints
  • Pens

This one was a messy two part project but so much fun. Mixing the plaster of Paris with water was super simple and Arlo took the lead on this. I measured out exactly what we needed according to the pack instructions in to cups and he poured everything in to the jug to mix it together.

Tip: mixing in the jug makes it easier and quicker to pour in to the moulds

I placed our mould on to a baking tray as it was really wobbly and I didn’t want anything to spill out. At this stage I poked little wooden skewers through the pieces for holes and then I left it in a warm place to set.

Arlo enjoyed the demoulding process just as much as the making – check out the video for a speeded up version of events – our plaster seemed to set really quickly and was read to come out within two hours but I did find that the paint we used didn’t dry so we left them to one side in a warm place for another two days before attempting to decorate them.

Painting them and then stringing them up was a fairly simple process. The little black tree was from home bargains – it lights up in the dark and it made a fabulous centre piece for our Halloween window – we kept adding more and and more!

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