STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Falling Leaves Wall Art

Give a blank wall a dramatic makeover with lightweight nature-inspired art you create. Rich metallics and earthy naturals fit any decor. It all starts with STYROFOAM Brand foam.
   Completion Time - 
2-4 hours
   Designer - 
Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Sheet, 36" x 12" x 1"
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: light olive green; dark olive
  • green; burnt sienna; raw sienna; black; white
  • Metallic acrylic paints: bronze; pearl white; champagne
  • Brushed metal-finish spray paints: dusty terra cotta; champagne
  • Wooden strip, 24" x 1" x 1/4"
  • All-purpose joint compound
  • Silk leaves and ferns

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • T-square
  • Soft paintbrush, 1" wide
  • Putty knife, 2-1/2" wide
  • Disposable palettes, two
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Craft pins, 1/2"
  • Soft rag
  • Natural sponge
  • Sandpaper: fine; medium
  • Utility knife or small hand saw
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Hook-and-loop tape picture hanger tabs

Instructions

  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Refer todiagram to measure and mark 10 blocks onto foam sheet. Cut out pieces.

  • 2. Use putty knife to apply smooth coat of joint compound tofront and sides of each foam block; let set according tomanufacturer's directions.

  • 3. Gently smooth any imperfections in blocks with a damp rag,rinsing rag frequently. Let blocks dry completely. If desired,sand dried compound for smoother finish.

  • 4. Thin light olive green and burnt sienna paints with water on onepalette to create washes. Squeeze remaining paints onto second palette.

  • 5. Brush light olive green wash across front and sides offirst foam block. Quickly dip brush into dark olive greenpaint from second palette, dip brush into water, and thenapply along sides and front edge of block. Note: If green washis too dry and darker shade leaves a sharp edge, use dampsponge to re-moisten and blend paints.

  • 6. Repeat Step 5 to basecoat each foam block, half with thelight olive green wash and dark olive green paint and halfwith the burnt sienna wash and raw sienna paint. This creates"shining light" effect at center of each block.

  • 7. To complete painting, mix and place tones from light todark on each block, working from lighter center to darkeredges. Keep a damp, natural sponge on hand to wipe away excesspaint or errors in placement. Adding and wiping away colors adds interest;each block should be a little different. Let dry completely.

  • 8. Dip dry brush tip into metallic paint and stroke off onpaper towel until very little paint remains. "Dry brush" paintover surface of each block to highlight and add dimension. Reload brushand remove paint as needed to achieve desired look. Let dry completely.

  • 9. Spray paint silk leaves several times. Glue and pin leavesto centers of several foam blocks. Let dry.

  • 10. Paint wooden strip desired shade; let dry. Dry brushmetallic highlights, if desired, and let dry.

  • 11. Refer to photo to arrange leaf blocks in pleasing structure.Use glue gun to adhere any overlapping blocks to one another.

  • 12. Cut wooden strip into pieces long enough to connect blocks that needsupport in desired arrangement. Hot glue strips to backs of foam blocks.

  • 13. Attach hook-and-loop hangers to back of arrangement. Peelaway liners and press to wall.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Rectangle Wall SculptureTextured Art TriptychTwig Wall Art