I’m an enormous fan of sculptural white artwork and objects, I discover myself drawn to them like a moth to a flame. Over time I’ve spotlighted favorites, like how a lot I like botanical bas aid or that point I made these clay jewellery holders. I even discover myself sculpting ceramic bowls to appear to be ripples in sand.
I set my thoughts on giving slightly nook of our residence a glow up, particularly the wall above the household’s laptop computer desk. I wished so as to add a number of artwork prints but additionally one thing attention-grabbing and dimensional. In my seek for one thing past simply framed artwork, I spied this shadow box botanical art at Pottery Barn and thought I’d make myself a far cheaper DIY model.
My model turned out very comparable, however I used fake boxwood branches as an alternative to create my art work.
The method was fairly easy, there’s just a few issues it’s worthwhile to recreate this artwork mission: a set of 8” shadow boxes, boxwood (or comparable) fake botanical stems, plaster of paris, white spray paint or white spray primer, mixing bucket, and a scorching glue gun.
As soon as the shadow containers arrived (2 day supply on Amazon) I went to Michaels searching for botanicals that might match inside my frames. I settled on one $5 boxwood stem, introduced it residence and clipped it into three elements.
I dipped the stems in plaster of paris and let it dry on wax paper. A bit tip on dipping, be sure you gently shake the stem for about 60 seconds in order a lot of the surplus drips again into your bucket of plaster. You might have to repeat this two or thrice to get full protection.
Subsequent layer the dipped stems on one sheet of wax paper and attempt to make it as unfold out and flat as doable. As soon as the plaster units for about ten minutes, transfer the stems to a second piece of wax paper to completely dry. I allowed mine to dry a full 24 hours till they had been stiff.
Watch out when transferring them, they plaster will break off for those who’re too tough with them. As soon as the plaster was dry I moved the stems to small items of cardboard then spray painted them with white primer to present them a matte end, and likewise to fill in any gaps the place the plaster didn’t connect, so the stems can be white throughout.
One other tip: if there are gaps within the spray painted plaster stems, spray a small quantity of the spray paint into its cap and contact up the plaster dipped stem with the paint on the comb.
As soon as the spray paint was dry I used scorching glue to connect the plaster coated painted stems to the again of the shadow field, then fastidiously reassembled them. I’m posting a video on Instagram so you may see the method there too.
This was my ultimate association with the set, one on the shelf and one held on the wall. I added an additional plaster dipped boxwood stem as sculptural artwork on the shelf.
I like their look they usually value me solely $30 for the pair, so much lower than Pottery Barn’s price ticket which is $79 every!