How To Make Plaster Columns


Pillars and columns are popular home-decor items. They can add class and a Roman charm to almost any room. However, pillars and columns can be quite expensive, ranging anywhere from $20 to more than $1,000. In many cases, it is more cost effective to make columns at home out of plaster. Plaster columns can be decorated to look as though they have a variety of different finishes. Making your own plaster columns is easier than it sounds.

Things You'll Need

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Mixing tool
  • Mold release spray or cooking spray
  • Plaster mold(s) in the shape of columns
  • Nail file or sandpaper
  • Read the instructions on the package of the plaster of Paris. Add the amount of water to the bucket that is specified in those instructions, then the designated amount of plaster. Stir with the mixing tool until thoroughly blended.

  • Spray the plaster mold(s) with mold-release spray or cooking spray.

  • Pour the plaster of Paris into the plater mold(s) and allow to dry.

  • Once dry, turn the plaster mold over and press it gently until the hardened plaster piece pops out.

  • Use a nail file or sandpaper to smooth any rough spots on the plaster column.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit column image by Irina Kodentseva from
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • How to Build a Pillar Column

    Pillar columns are both decorative and useful, and can be purchased in a variety of styles and designs from a home decorating...

  • How to Build a Fence With Stucco Pillars

    When you're building a fence around your yard, there are many different types from which to choose. Ideally, the fence will complement...

  • Homemade Venetian Plaster

    Venetian plaster first made an appearance in Ancient Rome. According to The Learning Channel, the plastering technique earned its name from its...

  • How to Paint a Plaster Column

    Plaster columns can be made to look like alabaster or marble or granite, but simple paint is sometimes the best way to...

  • Decorating Ideas With Interior Columns

    Just one well-placed interior column in your home will create a sense of drama and atmosphere. Columns date back to early Egyptian...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!