These dreary and cold winter days have me anxiously counting down the days until spring finally arrives. I can’t wait to start new projects in our yard and have fresh blooms all around! Since Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow which supposedly means more winter, I suppose I’ll have to add a little cheer to the inside of my house instead. The best part about this DIY plaster flowers wreath is these gorgeous petals will live on forever and don’t need pruning!
- Green Wire 12” Metal Wreath Form
- Plaster of Paris
- Rose Spray
- Gold Metallic Spray Paint
- Hot Glue
- Wire Cutters
- Disposable Container
- Parchment Paper
Begin by spray painting your metal wreath form in a well ventilated area. I chose to paint mine gold, but you could choose a different color depending upon where you’re hanging yours.
While the wreath is drying, mix the Plaster of Paris with a bit of water according to the directions on the package in a disposable plastic bowl. I find that it works best if there’s slightly more water than the plaster itself. Be sure to mix thoroughly to remove any lumps, and add water as needed.
Once you’ve mixed the plaster, snip off the rose heads from the rose spray using wire cutters. I left a little bit of the stem so they would be easier to hold onto.
Working quickly and efficiently, fully dip each rose into the plaster mix. Gently swirl the roses to ensure they are fully coated. To remove the excess plaster, remove the rose quickly, and then holding them close to the bottom of the bowl, give them a quick twirl. The plaster will fly everywhere, so definitely have some paper towels handy for quick clean up!
Give the flowers a glance and repeat the dipping and shaking if they need a bit more plaster in some spots. Once they’ve achieved the desired amount of plaster, set them to dry on wax or parchment paper. Depending on the amount of plaster on them they might take a little longer to dry. Most of mine were fully set in about 45 minutes. For those that were still a bit damp, I sped up the drying process by placing them in the microwave in 30-second intervals.
Arrange the DIY plaster flowers on the wreath form, and begin attaching them using a generous amount of hot glue. I mixed in a few of the leaves here and there for more added interest.
Could I have just added the flowers to the wreath as-is, no plaster? Sure, but I just love the ethereal and intricate effect the plaster adds to the petals, and this version will look feminine hanging in my master bathroom (sorry husband!). I think the next time I create a Plaster Flower Wreath I’ll add a bit of acrylic paint to the plaster to add a bit of whimsy to the flowers.