The creativity is endless with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Follow these suggestions to
create most anything at all. For the best results, be sure you're using STYROFOAM
brand from Dow.
- Cut with a serrated knife, hacksaw, floral knife or X-acto® knife. Wax the knife
blade with an old candle for easier, smoother cuts.
- Use an old electric knife to cut thicker pieces or several pieces stacked together.
- Try dental floss for slicing through sheets. Stand the sheet on its side, hold one
end of the floss at the bottom of the board, and pull the the floss through the
- Consider an electric or battery-powered cutting tool, such as the Styrocutter®
or Styrocutter® Plus.
- Paint with an acrylic craft paint. Solvent-based paints may damage the foam (see
paint manufacturer's instructions for details). Use a brush with stiff bristles
for the best coverage.
- Place small shapes in a zip-top plastic bag, add paint, seal the bag, and rotate
shape until it's completely covered. Remove from bag with pick and let dry.
- Use spray paint with caution; read the label carefully to determine whether or not
it's safe for STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
- Hint: Insert a floral pick or wood skewer into your foam shape
to use as a handle while painting. When done, insert the handle into a block of
STYROFOAM Brand Foam while paint dries.
- Low-temperature glue guns set fast and hold tight.
- Hot glue guns bond instantly but may melt a small portion of the foam.
- White craft glue is a tried and true favorite; allow it to dry overnight.
- Hint: For a snug bond between two pieces, gently rub them together
before gluing; insert toothpicks or florist's picks between the pieces to hold them
together while the glue dries.
- Sand foam with another piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to smooth and round edges.
- Cut out larger pieces first (see "Cutting" above) and then sand to the final shape.
- Shape it with your fingers
- Carve it with a knife
- Roll it on a table
- Texture it with tools
- Flatten with a rolling pin
- Cover foam shapes with plaster, wallboard compound, gesso, modeling paste or other
- Smooth it or stucco it, swirl it or sculpt it
- Press metal cookie cutters into a 1/2" thick sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Gently
remove the shape from the cutter and "sand" rough edges with another piece of foam.
- Dip shape in paint and stamp out greeting cards and wrapping paper.
- Hang painted shape on Christmas tree, garland or wreath.
Dividing Balls & Eggs into Two Equal Halves:
- Wrap a thick rubber band around the center of the ball or egg. Decide which edge
of the rubber band will run exactly along the center line (for example, choose the
right side.) Use a tape measure to see if the measurements on either side of the
right edge of the rubber band are the same.
- Adjust the rubber band until both sides are identical.
- Run a very sharp pencil along the right edge of the rubber band to mark the center
Dividing Balls & Eggs into Quarters:
- Move the rubber band so it bisects the two halves you just marked.
- Repeat above instructions, starting with the second bullet point.
Foam Selection Guide
Foam Facts: Choose the Right Foam for Your Project
Genuine STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam
- Craft Projects - STYROFOAM Brand Foam is an ideal base for many
creative craft and floral projects. From Christmas ornaments to topiaries, you'll
find that STYROFOAM Brand Foam adapts to endless techniques, like painting, shaping
and decoupaging. Use where you’d like a high-performance product that is versatile,
creative, lightweight and long lasting.
- Floral Arrangements - STYROFOAM Brand Foam holds even the thickest
silk flower stems firmly in place, with a grip that never shifts. Use it when arranging
thick stemmed or heavy flowers, such as silk sunflowers or poinsettia bushes, or
when it’s imperative that your flowers remain in place. Wire more delicate stems
onto floral picks for easier insertion. Use a serrated knife to trim the foam to
fit your container. Adhesive-backed floral arrangers make it even easier.
Dry Floral Foam
- Select dry floral foam if you are arranging silk or dried flowers with delicate
Wet Floral Foam
- Use a floral foam that states "for fresh flowers" and "water absorbing"
when arranging fresh flowers.
(Note: Today, Dow does not make a dry or wet floral foam.)
Our Top Tips for Crafting with Kids
STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam is perfect for young crafters - it's inexpensive, readily
available and easily adapts to kids' wildest whims. We offer the following suggestions
to be sure that you and your children - whether you're working with one or a wired
group of 20, have a fun and rewarding crafting experience:
- Have an adult on the job to supervise.
- Select a project that is age appropriate to avoid frustration (yours and the child's).
- Consider the child's interests when selecting the craft project. Another good guideline
is to find a project related to a popular trend or figure.
- Review the instructions ahead of time and if possible, create a sample. Double-check
the accuracy of the materials list, measurements and step-by-step instructions.
Kids will find a model extremely helpful when creating their own projects.
- Anticipate trouble areas and questions.
- Make sure you have enough materials and time to complete the project.
- Prepare ahead - pre-cut ribbons, pour paint into smaller containers and pre-cut
the STYROFOAM Brand Foam as needed. Create a mini kit with all materials for each
child, and have a "kit" set out for each child before beginning the project.
- Create a safe and organized work area. Cover the work surface and floor with newspapers,
plastic or an old sheet or tablecloth. Have enough chairs for all of the children.
Remove from the area any objects that are fragile or valuable. You'll find this
advance prep makes clean up easier, too.
- Just in case, be sure you have handy a roll of paper towels or old rags to wipe
- Let your child wear one of your old T-shirts to protect his or her clothes - make
it fun and pretend it's an artist's smock.
- Store the glue upside-down in a tin can or plastic cup so the glue will already
be at the tip and will squeeze out more easily.
- Use thick, tacky glue for a safe, strong bond.
- Keep down costs by using materials you have on hand, buttons, yarn, string, fabric
scraps, paper, tin foil, etc. Start a stash of fun materials for future rainy day
- Plan group craft activities for when your child has friends over - this will help
keep them busy and feed their imaginations (and keep them distracted from the TV
and computer games).
- Write names on paper bags ahead of time, and use the bags to store the finished
projects and for children to carry home their projects.
- Take photos so the kids will remember the fun they had.
Our Most Popular Shapes & Sizes
With more than 50 shapes and sizes readily available, you can easily find the STYROFOAM™
Brand Foam you need for your craft project.
Here are the most commonly found shapes:
- Balls – 1" to 10" in diameter
- Blocks – 1" x 12" x 18"; 1" x 7" x 12"; 2” x 4” x 8”; and 2" x 12" x 8"
- Cones – 6" tall x 3" base; 9" and 12" tall x 4" base; and 18" tall x 5" base
- Cubes – 3", 5" and 8"
- Discs – 4" to 12" in diameter
- Eggs – 2-1/2" to 6" long
- Memorial Vase Inserts
- Sheets – ½" x 12" x 36"; 1" x 12" x 18"; and 1" x 12" x 36"; 2" x 12" x 36"; and 4" x 12" x 36"
- Solid Hearts – 6" and 12" across
- Wreath Rings – 12" in diameter
To learn how you can create your own original foam form, please go to
Our Most Popular Kits
Easy-to-use kits from FloraCraft make learning fun and educational. Look for these
kits at your local discount chain or craft store, or order online from
styrofoam-chenille.com or thecraftplace.com.
Solar System Kit - Handy kit contains materials and instructions
to build a scale model solar system. Available painted and unpainted.
Molecule Kit - Contains materials to create at least 16 different
molecule models and includes 63 balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and 60 Tinsel Tex
stems. Instructions and Periodic Table of Elements included.
DNA Kit - Build your own DNA model, beginning with the basic sugar-phosphate
combination and working up to the double-helix. Kit includes balls of STYROFOAM
Brand Foam, rods, chenille stems, wire and a display stand.
Project Brick Kit – Bring to brings to life pyramids, igloos, forts,
mission churches, temples, and other memorable landmarks. The kit contains 300,
1” x 2” building blocks. The tan bricks can be painted any color with acrylic craft
Diorama Kit – Assemble lightweight display box for a school project,
or use as a shadowbox to display dimensional keepsakes.