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Making Wall Art out of Styrofoam

March 12, 2009

A while back I received a promotional package in the mail from Dow Chemical with all the supplies needed to make modular wall decor like that pictured above.

The box included:

The instructions were as such:

‘Cover foam with coordinating sheets of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper; thick white craft glue works great.’ Hmm. This left me scratching my head as I considered the Aqua and the Tacky. Why use the thick craft glue? Won’t that make the paper ripple? It always has in the past when I’ve used it to glue paper. And I’ve used clear liquid glues before when gluing paper with good results, so I decided to use the Aqua (hey, I figured it was included in the box for a reason!) to glue the paper to the Styrofoam.

Next, I used the Tacky Glue to glue on the grosgrain ribbon around the perimeter of the foam squares. I overlapped the ribbon at one corner and pinned it into place just until it dried.

As the glue dried, it was obvious that the Aqua was going to ripple the paper a bit but not as bad as if I had used the Tacky. The glue also discolored the white areas here and there on the paper. The ribbon, however, glued up great.

I then attached one of the accompanying hangers to the back of the foam.

Summing up:

First the good part: The project was very easy to do and it could be a great way to add color to your walls. Although I didn’t have to buy any of the supplies, its cost shouldn’t be that outrageous. The accompanying brochure suggested that–at most–the supplies should set you back no more than 50 bucks. The squares are very light weight, which means they could be held up on a wall with just a straight pin, which means no big holes in the walls, which is good for renters.

Now the bad part: The rippling of the paper still bugged me. If I did the project again, I’d experiment with different types of adhesives, possibly trying a spray adhesive, PVA or even sticky-back tape. Assuming the nails of the picture hanger would actually stay put in the Styrofoam would be naive. I’d put a few drops of the Tacky Glue on the nail heads and hope for the best. Also, the Styrofoam measured 15/16″ thick and the ribbon 7/8″, which left 1/16″ of the Styrofoam showing.

Ultimately, the promotional materials included in the package provide some fabulous pictures that could inspire all of us to give this project a shot–with a little tweaking here and there.

Another option is mounting photos or even fabric on the Styrofoam.

For more information about Styrofoam and other projects using it, visit craft.dow.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2010 10:56 am

    Dear, your work n idea is great to decor wall…. as well as home.. i really like it, i would like to see some more options.

    I also handicrafts related i make some metal handicrafts products like as candle holders, lanterns, wall decor iron. vases, hanging.

    i am going to launch my website on march 8


    • Your Hostess permalink*
      March 8, 2010 10:58 am

      Thanks Zaki. And good luck with the website!

  2. naruto-1 permalink
    January 27, 2010 12:14 am

    cooooooooooooooL Thankssssssss ^_^

  3. Ruben Reyes permalink
    January 12, 2010 12:15 am

    Very Nice Work!…

  4. Shachi permalink
    August 14, 2009 4:34 am


    I loved this write-up… I love the picture of the wall art with golden sunflowers.
    Can u tell me where I can find such pictures if I want to print them and try your project myself…

    Great work!!

    • Your Hostess permalink*
      August 14, 2009 7:31 am

      The sunflowers are actually photographs. The picture itself is from Dow. I have no clue as to where they found them. Sorry! Lately I’ve been all about creating original artwork. If you have a digital camera, you could easily replicate the flower images. Just a thought…..

      Glad you like the project!!!!!


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