Sleek & Chic Floor Sculpture

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A fabulous piece like this would cost hundreds to buy but you can craft your own sculptural art for less than $50.  No one will believe you made it from STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam!

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Sheets, two 36" x 12" x 2"
Other Materials
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Iron Graphite Texture Fierro Medium by DecoArt
  • Metallic silver cardstock, 12" x 12", six sheets


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • T-square or ruler
  • Putty knife, 1"
  • Tablespoon measure
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Liquid paper glue or stick-flat paste
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Rubber brayer


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Refer to
    diagrams to cut foam sheets into appropriate pieces; you will
    use only one-third (12" square) of second sheet. Smooth cut
    edges with fingertips.
  • 2. Stir several tablespoons of black paint into texture medium so it
    appears black; mix well. Add more paint until pleased with color.
  • 3. Use putty knife to spread even coat of tinted texture
    medium onto 2" edges of all foam pieces; extend 1/4" onto flat surfaces
    (top and bottom) as well. Lay pieces flat and let dry completely.
  • 4. Cut following pieces from cardst ock to correspond to foam shapes:
    eleven 3" x 12" strips; eight 3" x 6" strips; one 6" x 12" piece.
  • 5. Use putty knife to spread thin, even coat of paste onto top
    of first 3" x 12" foam strip, or apply liquid glue. Center one
    3" x 12" card stock strip on pasted foam; smooth with fingers.
    If desired, roll cards tock with rubber brayer to ensure good contact.
  • 6. Repeat Step 5 to cover tops of all foam pieces with
    appropriate card stock pieces. Glue remaining card stock to
    bottoms of two 3" x 6" foam pieces. Let pieces dry completely.
  • 7. Refer to diagram to assemble sculpture. Use glue gun to
    glue first 3" x 12" foam piece to base; back edge of foam
    piece should rest 1" in front of back edge of base.
  • 8. Glue next 3" x 12" foam piece to top of first, overhanging
    front edge by about 1/4" and extending toward left. Continue
    adding foam pieces as shown, offsetting 3" x 12" pieces 1/4"
    forward or backward with each new addition. Note: These pieces
    are darker in diagram.
  • 9. Lighter pieces on diagram are 3" x 6" foam pieces. Save 3"
    x 6" pieces covered by cardstock on both front and back for
    upright pieces at bottom right and top left. Let dry completely.