STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Architectural Finials

Lightweight decorative finials look like stone or heavy-duty cast plaster but they're made with assorted shapes STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand foam. Stone finish and brushed metallic paints finish the faux look.
   Completion Time - 
2 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Balls: 5"; 1-1/2"; four 1"
  • Block, 12" x 6" x 1"
  • Cones: 12" x 4"; 6" x 3"
  • Cube, 5"
  • Disc, 6" x 1"
  • Eggs: 5"; 4"
Other Materials
  • Brushed-metallic satin-finish spray paint: platinum
  • Stone-texture spray paints: light tan; light brown
  • Pre-mixed lightweight acrylic spackling

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Firm paintbrush, 1"
  • Putty knife, 1"
  • Disposable bowl
  • Measuring cup and spoon
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

General -
  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut foamblock in half, creating two 6" squares. Cut remaining foamshapes as indicated below; use glue gun to assemble pieces andlet dry completely before and after painting. Refer to photo throughout.Tall Finial -

  • 2. Cut equal corners, about 1-1/4"-deep, from 5" foam cube tocreate octagon-shaped piece; glue to 6" foam square base. Glue1" foam balls to base corners.

  • 3. Cut four sides from tip of 12" foam cone to create 1"-tallpyramid shape; smooth side with fingertips.

  • 4. Cut 1-1/2"-thick horizontal slice from center of 5" foamegg; glue to top of octagon. Twist cone base firmly againsttop of egg slice; glue to secure.Short Finial -

  • 5. For shorter finial, cut 5" foam ball in half; reserve onehalf for future use. Cut narrow slice from rounded top ofhalf-ball. Glue half-ball to foam disc base.

  • 6. Cut 1-1/2"-thick horizontal slice from bottom of 6" foamcone. Firmly twist bottom of this piece against top ofhalf-ball until snug; glue to secure.

  • 7. Cut narrow slices from tip and base of 4" foam egg. Centerand glue top portion of 6" cone to narrow end of egg; theywill not fit precisely. Make four straight, slightly diagonalcuts down sides of cone/egg to form pyramid shape with roundedbottom; tip of cone should be about 5/8" square. Glue pyramidshape to previously assembled pieces as shown.

  • 8. Glue 1-1/2" foam ball to tip of cone.Painting -

  • 9. For each finial, mix 1 c. spackle with 1 T. water in smallbowl until smooth and easy to spread.

  • 10. Using firm paintbrush, spread thin, even coat of spackleonto surface of each finial, covering top and sides only.

  • 11. Use putty knife to smooth surface of spackle. Dippaintbrush in clean water to lightly smooth edges where excessspackle tends to accumulate. Let dry completely.

  • 12. When dry, sand any imperfections. If needed, apply secondlight coat of spackle; let dry.

  • 13. Spray paint finials with desired metallic- or stone-finishpaint. Let dry completely.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Rectangle wall SculptureFaux-Stone ClockBronze Finial Trio