Beach Art for Yard and Patio
Why not turn pockets of beach sand and shells into works-of-art for gifts, patio sculptures, home decor, picture frames, or kid-friendly stepping stones in the garden? Bring the beach home with you, and craft scenes into permanent patio displays and planters with shells and sand. Plaster-casting decor is the perfect choice for home, patio, and garden.
If you want something even more solid you can use concrete poured into the same plaster molds (it is more-than-double the weight of plaster-cast items). Concrete works great for garden stepping stones, platforms, or birdbath bases, while light-weight plaster castings are ideal for wall art, and home decor (as pictured above).
Garden Stepping Stones
Following the Better Homes and Gardens online tutorial for a “Kids’ Creative Stepping-Stone” just add sand, shells, and beach rocks to their What-You-Need supplies section. Children’s hand-and-foot prints can also be combined within the stepping stone designs, and then dated for remembrance garden walks.
Larger crafting outlet stores carry ready-to-make stepping stone mixing kits, or use your own concrete to pour into a variety of the plastic forms available. Add your beach shells on top of wet concrete, allow to dry, and you will end up with a personalized, beach art walkway (painted or not).
Plaster Casting Sculptures & Decor
Another source worth checking for an array of plaster-casting craft and concrete-ready plastic molds or forms, plus accessories, for finishing various home and garden projects is PlasterCrafters online. Some of their molds are approved for candy making and other projects like pourable soaps, however the majority of form-shaped plastic molds are for picture frames, stepping stones, and garden art.
This step-by-step video shows us an “Easy Plaster Casting Project”. Just watch and see how simple it is to make plaster castings for gifts, or home and garden decor projects like wall art to hang, or sculptures to prop, as well as decorative steps. Because it turns white when dry, you can either paint your projects, or add colorants at the mixing stage to match home and garden color themes.
When making natural wall art as pictured above, there’s no need for a plastic mold, instead dig a shallow hole in the dirt or sand (maybe a child’s sand box) and pour in colored plaster. Add shells, coral, rocks, marbles, or pieces of brightly-colored tiles, and then allow it to dry completely.
You can even paint with acrylic or spray paints once the plaster has dried. After the paint has dried, carefully dig away the sand (or dirt) under and around the plaster casting. Then gently lift it out and display against patio or garden walls. Or why not use them as decorative stepping stones, leaving them right where you’ve planted and decorated them?