I just love it when I am wandering through the aisles at Jo-Ann and I come across a crafting supply I’ve never seen before. That happened a few months ago when I stumbled upon this package:
This stuff is called Rigid Wrap, and it is a plaster-coated cloth activated with warm water that helps you create your own plaster projects quickly and easily. Since I had a 40% coupon in my purse, I immediately popped the package into my buggy, without really having in mind a particular project to make with it. Fast forward to last week, as I was putting together my Easter vignette. I was looking for a way to make cheap plastic eggs look a bit less – ahem – cheap so that I could use them as ornaments to hang on my tree when I remembered the package of Rigid Wrap sitting in my craft closet. That was it!
- Small plastic Easter eggs
- Twine or ribbon
- Embroidery needle
- Rigid Wrap
- Ice pick, or other very sharp object (optional)
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Paper towels
- Acrylic paint
- Circle foam pouncers (I used these from Martha Stewart) or sponges cut into circle shapes
- Optional: Clear acrylic spray
Tie the loose ends of your twine into a knot so that it is concealed on the inside of your egg. You now have a loop for hanging your egg ornaments!
Fill a medium-sized bowl about halfway full with warm water. Working with one triangle at a time, dip the Rigid Wrap piece into the bowl of water, using your fingers to rub and activate the plaster on the piece. Allow as much of the water to drip off the Rigid Wrap piece as possible before placing the piece on your egg, smoothing the surface of the piece so that it lies flat against the surface of the egg. You will find as you smooth the Rigid Wrap, the plaster coating will become creamier, creating a smooth surface.
Continue in this way, layering more Rigid Wrap pieces on your egg, overlapping the edges of each piece as you work. You will need to apply 1-2 layers per egg. Allow each egg to dry completely, which, depending on your humidity level, could be anywhere from a few hours to overnight.
Allow the paint to dry completely before spraying them with a light coat of your acrylic spray, if desired. I actually skipped that step here, since I was going for a more “rustic” look for my eggs.
Once the plaster is dry, carefully slip the egg molds out from the center of each half. Note: In order to do this, it might be necessary to make a small snip at the raw edge of your plaster with your scissors to loosen the plaster a bit from your egg. And don’t worry: your plastic eggs will clean up with a bit of soap and water.
Once your eggs are completely dry, finish them using the same sanding and painting method detailed above.