Supplies Needed:

  • Rappit Plaster Cloth
  • Scissors
  • Water bucket
  • Styrofoam cone
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Activ-Wire Mesh
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Sealant

Step 1


Prepare the plaster cloth by cutting it into 1” x 3” strips.

Step 2


Apply a coat of plaster gauze over the styrofoam cone armatures.

Dip one of the plaster gauze strips into the warm water and allow the excess water to drip off.
Lay the wet plaster gauze strip over the styrofoam cone.

Smooth the wet plaster over the gauze with fingertips.

Continue to apply the plaster gauze until the entire cone is covered.

Step 3


Create a pointed tip on top of the cone by adding additional plaster gauze.

Step 4


Allow the plaster gauze to dry.
*The gauze will begin to lighten in color and become hard as the plaster cures.

Step 5


Apply a coat of plaster gauze to the bottom of the styrofoam cone.

Step 6

Second Coat

Inspect the first coating of plaster gauze and layer on a second coat.

Step 7


Divide the cone into 3 equal parts using a pencil.
Sections include: hat, face, and shoulders.

Step 8


Cut two pointed shapes with an added hinge out of the wire mesh to create the elf’s ears.

Attach the wire mesh shapes onto the sides of the cone armature with wet plaster gauze.

Cover the wire mesh ears completely with the wet plaster gauze.

Step 9


If desired added hat, face or clothing features may be added onto to the cone form using additional plaster gauze.

Step 10


Once the plaster gauze has fully dried, sand any rough areas with sandpaper.

Step 11


The sculpture can be painted using watercolor, tempera or acrylic paint.

Step 12


The sculpture can be left in its natural plaster finish or a coat of sealant can be applied.