Making a Modroc Bowl for Christmas

Modroc Christmas Bowls - inside painted
Modroc is Plaster of Paris impregnated gauze which is easy to use and shape, and is great for making sculptures - it's basically the same stuff as they use when they put a cast on a broken bone. It sets quickly, and dries hard. The kids have used it in the past to make sculptures by wrapping it around wire, this time they decided to make bowls.

Modroc Christmas Bowls - we used

Modroc Christmas Bowls - cut strips

Modroc Christmas Bowl - apply wet strips to the balloon

The kids used balloons to get their shape. They simply cut strips of the modroc, dipped it into water, and then smoothed it over their balloons to make the bowl shape. The modroc clings well to the balloon, as long as you only build up one layer at a time, and let each layer dry before adding the next. The layers only take 30 mins or so to dry before it is firm enough to add the next. The kids chose to do two layers for their bowls, with the bigger bowl using up the whole packet, while the smaller one had about a third left over (they were using 6cm x 2m rolls to give you an idea of how far it goes). My daughter added a foot to her bowl, as we thought that it may be a little unstable due to its shape.

Modroc Christmas Bowls - one added a foot for stability

Modroc Christmas Bowls - leave to sry between layers

Modroc Christmas Bowls - dry and unpainted

Once the bowls were dry, the lifted easily off the balloons. The kids then painted them with gold and silver inside, then added a glitter layer. It was then useful to place them back on the balloons to paint the outside.  The dried modroc is easy to cut with scissors, if you decide you want to trim your creation in any way. Once the bowls were completed the kids filled them with Christmas Pot Pourri made out of pine cones, bark, cinnamon sticks, seed heads, star anise and dried orange slices. Please check out our Drying Orange Slices and Peel tutorial to see how it easy this is to do!

Modroc Christmas Bowls - we used balloons to hold for painting

Modroc Christmas Bowls completed

Modroc Christmas Bowls filled with Winter Pot Pourri

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  • Reply mama zen

    How lovely and Christmasy !! I want to give it a go but preferably without the kids around as they would be far too messy!! #TwinklyTuesday
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    December 1, 2015 at 7:22 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s not as messy as you would think – but its certainly a great craft for us adults too!

      December 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    This is great! i loved the Pot pouris and drying the oranges so this is a great way to put them altogether! i’ve pinned it too :) #TwinklyTuesday
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    December 1, 2015 at 11:10 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is such an easy and fun activity – they kids love making things from Modroc :)

      December 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar

    I’m really loving this craft! We’ve never done anything like this, but I want to give it a try. #MMWBH
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    November 26, 2015 at 12:56 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Its such a great material to work with Erin – the imagination is the limit as you can use it in so many different ways :)

      November 29, 2015 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Rebecca U

    this is lovely, such a nice idea #MMWBH
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    November 25, 2015 at 9:45 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids really enjoy crafting with Modroc, its a great material to play around with :)

      November 25, 2015 at 11:51 am

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