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Bust Out this Kids' Craft for President's Day

With this project, your kids will learn how to make a miniature presidential bust. A bust is a 3D portrait made to honor historical figures. It is traditionally carved from marble. But for our project we will use one of my favorite materials: plaster gauze.



  • Small, empty potato chip canister
  • Plaster gauze
  • Tinfoil
  • Paint
  • Varnish (Gloss medium or Modge Podge)
  • Scissors
  • Brushes
  • Heavy duty tape


Step 1:

Protect your work area with a plastic tarp or garbage bag. Take the empty chips canister and set it down, open end down.

scrunch tin foil

Step 2:

Take a large ball of tinfoil and tape it to the top of the canister. Press it down to make a dome shape.

cutting gauze

Step 3:

Cut the plaster gauze with scissors into small strips, about 1 inch thick.

applying gauze

Step 4:

Using a small bowl of water, dip the plaster strips into the water and drape onto the canister. Cover the surface with two or three layers of strips.


Step 5:

Build up the different areas of the face by applying lumps of the gauze, gradually sculpting the shapes you want, such as a brow, or nose, or the curve of the head.


Step 6:

Let it dry, then paint on face details with acrylic paint. I like to use an image (from the internet) of the particular president I am making, as a reference.


Step 7:

When the paint is dry, apply a layer of varnish to make a shiny coating and to seal the paint. Now your presidential bust is ready for display.

About the Author

Wendy A. Gardner

Wendy Ann Gardner loves dogs, cats, chickens, and pets of all kind. One day she met a French Bulldog, which inspired her to create the Vicious French Bulldog plush toy, and the Naughty Naughty Pets were born. She formed her company, Scary Stories Inc., and began selling Dig Ivan Dig, Heedley Pecked Me in the Eye, and all the other mischievous characters in her line of unique plush...


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