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Plaster Balloon Creature

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Create weird and wacky creatures with just plaster and some balloons! Create a whole family to sit on your shelf.

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  • Step 1Blow up your balloons and then deflate them. This will stretch them so that they will be easier to push and squish into interesting shapes.
  • Step 2Prepare your plaster according to the included instructions. Check out our Plaster of Paris Tips for more information.
  • Step 3Insert the end of a funnel into your balloon and then carefully pour some plaster into the funnel.
  • If the plaster is not flowing through the funnel smoothly, use a bamboo skewer to help push the plaster through.
  • Step 5Leave the neck of the balloon free from plaster and then set aside to begin setting for a few minutes.
  • Sit the balloons where they will not fall over, like in a cup or bowl. You may also like to tie a knot in the top of your balloon.
  • Step 7Once the plaster feels thick but still squishy enough to shape, push and poke the balloon until you are happy with its shape.
  • Step 8Set aside to dry completely.
  • Step 9Once set, carefully cut and peel the balloon off the plaster.
  • Step 10Once the plaster shapes are completely dry, paint them and then set them aside to dry.
  • Step 11Add wiggle eyes and collage materials to personalise each plaster creature!

Materials used in this activity

Balloons - Coloured
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Product Code: 10003 Pack of 100
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Mini Patty Pans - Metallic
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Product Code: 10778 Pack of 100
EACH $16.49 (inc GST) $14.99 (ex GST)
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Product Code: 10814 Tub of 560
EACH $14.29 (inc GST) $12.99 (ex GST)
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Pom Pom Clever Tub
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Product Code: 12296 Pack of 300
EACH $21.99 (inc GST) $19.99 (ex GST)
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Plaster of Paris
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Product Code: 12357 1.8kg Pack
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5 or more $8.79 (inc GST) $7.99 (ex GST)          
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CleverPatch Acrylic Paint Tubes - 75ml
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Product Code: 17335 Set of 12 colours
EACH $31.57 (inc GST) $28.70 (ex GST)
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