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DIY Plaster Planter Gift Idea for Spring

At the first sign of spring weather, we're ready to get outdoors and enjoy it! This little spring craft idea is a fun way to get started on your home garden even if it's super early in the season not as spring-like as you think it is.

Our planter project is also makes for quite the unique gift idea - we can't think of a better way to thank a lovely hostess than with flowers and this craft idea takes that notion to a new level.

Giving living flowers is a way to say thank you long after the party ends and will really show your hostess how much you appreciate all her gracious efforts. Creating a plaster cast planter and filling it with spring bulbs is easier than you may think and costs under $10 to create. I used a milk carton to create my mold but you can use any number of cardboard shapes and add any color paint to create a unique look. 


1 milk carton

1 box of Plaster of Paris


water as required

1 cardboard planter to fit the inside of the milk carton

1 spring bulb

moss cuttings to decorate the planter

craftng paint


Step 1:  Wash and dry the milk carton and then cut it to the size of planter you wish to make, adding an extra inch to the height so you can cut the sides to allow for a spill lip; cutting the sides also makes it easier for you to peel back the carton once the plaster dries.   

Step 2: Turn your carton upside down and pierce a whole in the center to match the whole in the cardboard planter. And then turn it around to begin filling it with Plaster of Paris. 

Step 3: Mix the Plaster of Paris according to the directions on the box and then pour into the milk carton mold, taking care to hold down the cardboard planter into position while you do so. Complete the process until you have a full milk carton. 

Step 4: While the Plaster of Paris hardens -- for my planter, the hardening took just under 10 minutes -- place a weight or simply use your hand to keep the cardboard planter in position. 

Step 5: Once hard, allow it to rest for an hour to set the mold and then gently remove the milk carton mold by pulling on the spill lips you created. When your planter is exposed, move it to a warm dry place for 24 hours.

Step 6: After 24 hours, decorate the planter as you wish, then allow it to dry for another 2 hours. I used gold spray paint to give my planter a shimmery look, but really any crafting paint will work. 

Step 7: With your décor dry, add the soil and bulb to the planter cover with a sheet of moss to give it a fresh green look and then deliver to your host. 

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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