I decided to try my hand at plaster casting gnomes and I have to say making these plaster gnomes with latex molds was a blast!
Plaster Gnomes with Latex Molds
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we love making something new and different all the time. And when I saw some adorable plaster gnomes – and then ran across a latex mold to make something similar, I knew what I had to do. So, I grabbed the mold and learned how to make plaster gnomes with latex molds.
So crazy easy, this is a no-fail gnome project that anyone can do with limited ability. Just dive right in and you’ll see just how easy it is to make gnomes from plaster – so let’s get started.
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Tips to Make DIY Garden Gnomes
- Start by grabbing the latex molds for the gnomes you want to make. I used:
- If you plan to display your gnomes outside or in a window with direct sunlight, I definitely recommend sealing them with a UV sealant like this here. This particular sealant will keep the color from fading and you won’t have to redo them.
- If you choose to make several gnomes with this method, take care to allow them to cure completely before painting them. If you paint them too early, the paint will trap some of the moisture in the plaster and make them brittle. So, just let them dry, per the directions on your specific plaster.
How Do I Make this Plaster Gnomes with Latex Molds?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making an easy crafts playlist on YouTube, here is our plaster gnomes video tutorial.
- Plaster (any craft plaster)
- Paint (acrylic or spray paint)
- UV Sealant
- Inspect your latex mold to make sure there is no lint inside or any holes to patch, then test-fit your mold into a cup to make sure it will fit.
- Cut a piece of cardboard large enough to cover the opening of your cup or jar, with a hole in the center of the cardboard that is wide enough for the gnome part of the mold to fit through it. Fit the cardboard onto the mold then fit the mold into the designated cup or jar.
- Mix a batch of your plaster. Mine was a 2-to-1, plaster to water mixture. Mix well until the plaster is like a soupy pancake mix. Take care to fold more than stir in order to keep the number of bubbles reduced.
- Fill your mold almost full, but not completely full, then gently drop your mold, while covering the opening so that it doesn't splash out. This is intended to reduce the number of bubbles, so you might want to drop it a couple of times.
- Finish filling your mold and then add a little extra. Use the craft stick, moving it horizontally across the opening of the mold and scraping away the excess plaster, to make a flat bottom on your gnome.
- Allow the plaster to set per the directions on your plaster packaging, then remove the latex mold. Allow the plaster to cure per the plaster packaging before proceeding.
- Once fully cured, paint your gnomes as desired. Be sure to paint two coats to ensure adequate cover, and I like to paint the bare plaster on the beards with a coat of white, to make sure that the color really pops. Allow the paint to dry fully.
- Add a coat of UV sealant to the gnomes then display!
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- No-Sew Bee Gnome Pattern – One of my favorite patterns, this fun no-sew bee gnome with DIY wings is SO CUTE!
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