STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Bronze Finial Trio

Use leftover pieces of STYROFOAMâ„¢ to create these intriguing accents. The look is rich warm and contemporary and the faux-finish technique is easy to do.
   Completion Time - 
1-2 hours per set
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Small Finial -
  • Sheet, 3" x 3" x 1"
  • Cone, 6" x 3"
  • Ball, 2-1/2"
  • Medium Finial -
  • Egg, 4-1/2"
  • Tall Finial -
  • Cones, one each size: 12" x 4", 6" x 3" (use medium
  • finial cone)
  • Balls, one each size: 3", 2", 1-1/2"
Other Materials
  • Small Finial -
  • Wooden bead, 5/8"
  • Medium Finial -
  • Wooden beads: round, 1/2", four; oval, 3/4", one
  • Tall Finial -
  • Wooden beads: teardrop, 3/4"; string, 1/4" x 1/2 yd.
  • General Materials:
  • Water-based acrylic primer
  • Bronze faux finish
  • (Note: Model shown used faux finishes from Modern Options)

Tools

  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife with several new blades or serrated
  • knife
  • Old candle
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Stiff-bristled paintbrush
  • Disposable sponge brush
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

Small Finial -
  • 1. Use utility knife or serrated knife to trim 1/4" frombottom of 3" foam square base; cut corners from base. Waxknife blade with old candle first for easier cutting.

  • 2. Draw a line around bottom of cone, 2-1/2" from base; cut on line.

  • 3. Using photo as guide, glue 2-1/2" cone section to base;glue ball to cone. Glue and push bead into top of ball. Let dry.

  • 4. Use stiff brush to apply one coat primer to finial. Letdry. Use disposable brush to apply two to three generous coatsbronze finish. Follow manufacturer’‘s instructions for dryingtime. Note: Paint all finials at once after assembly, if desired.Medium Finial -

  • 1. Use utility knife or serrated knife to trim 1/4" frombottom of 3" foam square base. Wax knife blade with old candlefirst for easier cutting.

  • 2. Draw lines around cone, 1" from top and 3-1/2" from top.Cut cone on lines; set aside 2-1/2" section. Note: Save restof 6" cone for tall finial base.

  • 3. Holding egg narrow-end up, measure and mark egg into eightequal vertical segments. Cut a v-shaped notch along each line,3/8" wide and 3/8" deep. Cut small slice from base of egg tomake bottom flat.

  • 4. Using photo as guide, glue cone section to base; glue eggto cone. Glue and push oval bead into top of egg, and roundbeads into base corners.

  • 5. Use stiff brush to apply one coat primer to finial. Letdry. Use disposable brush to apply two to three generous coatsbronze finish. Follow manufacturer’‘s instructions for dryingtime. Note: Paint all finials at once after assembly, if desired.Tall Finial -

  • 1. Use utility knife or serrated knife to cut a 1"-thick slicefrom top of remaining medium-finial cone for base. Wax knifeblade with old candle first for easier cutting.

  • 2. Measure and mark 3" ball into eight equal verticalsegments. Cut a v-shaped notch along each line, 3/8" wide and3/8" deep. Cut small slice from top and bottom of each foam ball.

  • 3. Draw line around 12" cone, 5-1/2" from tip; cut on line.

  • 4. Using photo as guide, glue balls to base; glue cone tip toballs. Glue and push teardrop bead into top of cone; glue beadstring around bottom of cone and base.

  • 5. Use stiff brush to apply one coat primer to finial. Letdry. Use disposable brush to apply two to three generous coatsbronze finish. Follow manufacturer’‘s instructions for drying time.