The children were very sweet and helpful.
Here then, is our creation.
Note: This recipe is for two 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" frames.
You'll need: plaster of paris, a frame, a thin piece of plastic, and seasonal treasures (think acorns, pinecones, leaves, dried flowers, rosehips, holly berries, pods, sunflower heads, etc.)
Helpful hints: As soon as you pour your plaster into your frames, clean out the tub you are using with paper towels. That way you clan use it again the next time you make the plaster. You can also store your plastic sheets in the tub or bowl.
And do not wash the plaster down the sink! It will clog your pipes.
First, find a frame for your plaque. Somewhere around the 4"x5" size.
Cut yourself a piece of plastic large enough to cover the bottom and sides of your box. Grocery bags work well - you can save your plastic for your next plaque project.
Mix the plaster. For this project, we used two cups of mix and one cup of cold water.
Pour the plaster into your frame. Make it about an inch thick. You can shake your frame gently back and forth to make the plaster flat and even in the frame.
When your plaster begins to set, place bits of straw into the top of your plaque, about 3/4 to 1 inch away from the edge.
Select your favorite items, and place them into your plaster. If your plaster isn't setting yet, just set them on it lightly. If it's starting to get firm, then press them into it.
When it starts to form solidly, gently twist your straws and lift them out to remove them.
Let your plaque dry in its frame.
String it with raffia, twine, jute, or ribbon when it's completely dry.