The creativity is endless with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Follow these suggestions to
create most anything at all. For the best results, be sure you're using STYROFOAM
brand from Dow.
- Cut with a serrated knife, hacksaw, floral knife or X-acto® knife. Wax the knife
blade with an old candle for easier, smoother cuts.
- Use an old electric knife to cut thicker pieces or several pieces stacked together.
- Try dental floss for slicing through sheets. Stand the sheet on its side, hold one
end of the floss at the bottom of the board, and pull the the floss through the
- Consider an electric or battery-powered cutting tool, such as the Styrocutter®
or Styrocutter® Plus.
- Paint with an acrylic craft paint. Solvent-based paints may damage the foam (see
paint manufacturer's instructions for details). Use a brush with stiff bristles
for the best coverage.
- Place small shapes in a zip-top plastic bag, add paint, seal the bag, and rotate
shape until it's completely covered. Remove from bag with pick and let dry.
- Use spray paint with caution; read the label carefully to determine whether or not
it's safe for STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
- Hint: Insert a floral pick or wood skewer into your foam shape
to use as a handle while painting. When done, insert the handle into a block of
STYROFOAM Brand Foam while paint dries.
- Low-temperature glue guns set fast and hold tight.
- Hot glue guns bond instantly but may melt a small portion of the foam.
- White craft glue is a tried and true favorite; allow it to dry overnight.
- Hint: For a snug bond between two pieces, gently rub them together
before gluing; insert toothpicks or florist's picks between the pieces to hold them
together while the glue dries.
- Sand foam with another piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to smooth and round edges.
- Cut out larger pieces first (see "Cutting" above) and then sand to the final shape.
- Shape it with your fingers
- Carve it with a knife
- Roll it on a table
- Texture it with tools
- Flatten with a rolling pin
- Cover foam shapes with plaster, wallboard compound, gesso, modeling paste or other
- Smooth it or stucco it, swirl it or sculpt it
- Press metal cookie cutters into a 1/2" thick sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Gently
remove the shape from the cutter and "sand" rough edges with another piece of foam.
- Dip shape in paint and stamp out greeting cards and wrapping paper.
- Hang painted shape on Christmas tree, garland or wreath.
Dividing Balls & Eggs into Two Equal Halves:
- Wrap a thick rubber band around the center of the ball or egg. Decide which edge
of the rubber band will run exactly along the center line (for example, choose the
right side.) Use a tape measure to see if the measurements on either side of the
right edge of the rubber band are the same.
- Adjust the rubber band until both sides are identical.
- Run a very sharp pencil along the right edge of the rubber band to mark the center
Dividing Balls & Eggs into Quarters:
- Move the rubber band so it bisects the two halves you just marked.
- Repeat above instructions, starting with the second bullet point.