STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Old World Globes in Bowl

General crafters have always relied on STYROFOAM™ Brand foam but did you know it also works great for paper projects? Grab your favorite papers and start now!
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Mary Lynn Maloney


  • Balls: 4", two; 3", three
  • Hollow Half-Ball, 10"*
  • *If you cannot find a 10", hollow half-ball in your local craft store,
  • you can purchase one online at and
Other Materials
  • Lightweight spackling compound, wallboard compound or plaster
  • Paper, 18" x 24" sheets: blue/green/rust/metallic handmade, one;
  • various map-print, three
  • Matte-finish paper adhesive or découpage medium
  • Textured fibers to match papers, 2 yds.
  • Metallic copper paint pen


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Ruler
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Disposable gloves, several pair
  • Waxed paper
  • Large, plastic bowl
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue


Note: Drying time is significant, so plan accordingly.
  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut thinslice from rounded bottom of foam half-ball so it will restflat on work surface.
  • 2. Put on disposable gloves and cover work surface with waxedpaper. Use hands to spread thin, even layer of spacklingcompound or plaster over inside and approximately halfway downoutside of bowl; let dry. Turn bowl over and apply toremaining areas; let dry.
  • 3. In same way as bowl, cover foam balls with plaster orspackling compound; let dry on waxed paper.
  • 4. When dry, very lightly sand balls and bowl with finesandpaper; wipe clean.
  • 5. Cover work surface with clean sheet of waxed paper. Inplastic bowl, mix two parts paper adhesive to one part water.Note: If using découpage medium, do not dilute with water.
  • 6. Tear several strips from handmade paper, varying size asdesired. Put on gloves. Dip one paper strip at a time intoglue/water mixture and then press to foam bowl. Use fingers tosmooth additional glue mixture over paper strip.
  • 7. Continue applying paper strips until inside of bowl iscompletely covered, as well as rim and upper half of outsideof bowl. Let dry. Turn bowl over and repeat to cover remainingareas; let dry.
  • 8. Repeat Step 6 to completely cover foam balls with mappaper. For variety, cover each larger foam ball in a differentprint, and then repeat same print on one or two smaller balls.Let dry on waxed paper.
  • 9. Tear several narrow strips of map paper and apply aroundupper edge of bowl in same way as before; let dry. Use paintpen to add random highlights around bowl rim; let dry.
  • 10. Apply thin line of fabric glue around circumference ofeach ball. Adhere fiber to glue line; trim excess. Let dry.Place balls in bowl.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Celestial BallsFaux Leather SpheresPhoto Cubes