STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Altered Art Springtime Shrine

You can easily create stunning mixed media art for your home - it all starts with a square of versatile STYROFOAM™ Brand foam. Carve it paint it decoupage it - STYROFOAM™ Brand foam does it all.
   Completion Time - 
2-3 hours
   Designer - 
Rebekah Meier

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Sheets: 36" x 12" x 1"; 36" x 12" x 1/2"
  • Egg, 2-1/2"
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: light teal; cream; black
  • Matte medium
  • Vintage ephemera digital images
  • Cream cardstock
  • Tissue paper: solid white; solid natural; cream/teal print
  • Natural beeswax
  • Spanish moss, small amount
  • Sticks or twigs, small bundle
  • Twine
  • White vintage buttons, three
  • Ink pads: watermark; brown
  • Large flourish rubber stamp

Tools

  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paintbrushes: medium flat; disposable sponge
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Detail scissors
  • Melting tool
  • Computer with color printer
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Paper glue
  • Newspaper
  • Optional: Cardboard box

Instructions

  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut foamegg in half lengthwise; set aside one half for future project.Measure and mark 12" square on 1"-thick foam sheet; cut out. Measureand mark 4-1/4" x 8-1/2" rectangle on 1/2"-thick foam sheet; cut out.
  • 2. Place foam rectangle with short edges at top and bottom.Mark center of top edge. Mark each side, 1-1/2" down from topedge. Connect points to create triangular "roof" for birdhouseshape; cut on lines. Draw line around inside edge of birdhouse,1/2" from foam edges; cut on lines to create birdhouse "frame."
  • 3. Tear tissue papers into small pieces and randomly adhereone layer of tissue to all foam pieces using matte medium. Usewhite and natural tissue pieces for foam half-egg; layer allthree tissues on birdhouse frame and foam square.
  • 4. Following manufacturer's instructions, print written letterpaper, alphabet and number strip from ephemera CD onto creamcardstock. Trim as desired. Using photo as a guide, adhereimages to foam square using matte medium; let dry.
  • 5. Use glue gun to glue birdhouse frame to center of foamsquare above number strip; birdhouse frame should be closer totop edge than bottom.
  • 6. Paint inside frame area, including edges, light teal. Usecosmetic sponge to lightly sponge edges of foam square lightteal. Let dry completely.
  • 7. Enlarge and print birdhouse image from CD to 4-1/4" wide.Trim and adhere image to top of birdhouse frame using paper glue.
  • 8. Paint tissue-covered half-egg cream; let dry. Place egg onnewspaper or inside cardboard box to protect work surface. Diptip of flat paintbrush into black paint and gently "throw"paint toward egg several times to create speckled look; let dry.
  • 9. Ink stamp with watermark ink; set aside, inked side up.Following manufacturer's instructions, melt beeswax ontoentire collage piece using hot melt tool. Using transfer pointof tool, hold beeswax against point, melting onto collage.Immediately impress rubber stamp into melted wax. Wait a fewseconds and remove stamp from collage.
  • 10. Melt more beeswax onto collage and immediately apply whitebuttons as shown; beeswax will act as adhesive.
  • 11. Tie small bunch of twigs together with twine and adhere toside of birdhouse frame with matte medium. Adhere moss insidebottom edge of frame with matte medium.
  • 12. Use cosmetic sponge and tea dye ink to ink edges ofcollage and stamped areas of beeswax to create aged look.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:[removed link][removed link][removed link]