Candle Plates are big selling items these days, but they're pretty
easy to make on your own. You can make them as plain or as creative as
you like with pebbles, glass beads, broken dishes, or whatever suits
your fancy. For this project we'll be using leaves, twigs and acorns,
but you could just as easily use glass beads in a pentacle design.
* plaster of paris
* disposable plastic bowl
* bottom of a milk carton or cardboard container the shape you
want, at least 1 inch deep for the mold
* wooden spoon
* items to decorate
* ceramic paint and acrylic (optional)
1. Line the table with many layers of newspaper. This is a messy
project, and oh so fun!
2. Gather all the items you wish to put on your candle plate and
play with the design, figuring out what you want to go where. Plaster
sets up pretty fast, and you'll have to move quickly. For this
project, we'll be lining the edges of the plate with the twigs, laying
the leaves in the center, and placing the acorns randomly in the
corners and edges. You want the center to remain level because this is
where you'll place the candle.
3. Mix the plaster according to the directions on the box, and pour
into the mold, at least a 1/2 deep.
4. Place the items into the plaster, being sure to leave the center
free for the candle.
5. Once the plaster dries, peel the carton away and brush off any
loose particles. Paint and seal with acrylic if desired.