STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Antique Angel

Looking like a well-weathered piece of architectural detail who would guess that this angel with a faux rust finish is easily and inexpensively made from STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand foam?
   Completion Time - 
1-2 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George


  • Sheet, 18" x 12" x 1/2" )
Other Materials
  • Wire-edged metallic bronze ribbon, 1/2" x 1/2 yd.
  • Water-based acrylic primer
  • Water-based acrylic sealer (optional)
  • Faux finishes: iron; rust
  • (Note: Model shown used faux finishes from Modern Options)


  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil with dull point
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife and 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


  • 1. Use marker to trace pattern outlines onto foam sheet;details will be added later. Carefully cut along traced lineswith sharp utility knife or serrated knife. Wax the knifeblade first with an old candle for smooth, easy cutting. Note:When cutting around a tight curve, first make several cutsfrom traced line out to edge of foam sheet; continue cuttingalong curve, removing small foam sections one at a time. Sandrough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

  • 2. Use pencil tip and medium pressure to indent line thatseparates wings. Use pencil eraser or fingers to gently indentfoam in area inside crook of arm.

  • 3. Use stiff brush to apply one coat primer to front and edgesof angel. Let dry.

  • 4. Use disposable brush to apply two to three generous coatsof iron finish to all primed surfaces. Follow manufacturer'sinstructions for drying time.

  • 5. When dry, use disposable brush to apply one to three coatsof rust finish over iron finish. More coats result in more"rust"; apply as many as needed to achieve desired effect.Follow manufacturer's instructions for drying time.

  • 6. If desired, use disposable brush to apply one coat sealerto angel. Let dry completely. Note: Sealer will change colorof final finish; model pictured did not use sealer.

  • 7. Knot center of ribbon and glue knot to top center back ofangel. Tie ribbon ends in a bow as shown.