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Styrofoam® Basics
By FloraCraft®

Styrofoam® is a medium used in many crafting projects because it is light weight, and easy to work with.

Styrofoam® can be cut using a styro cutter or even an electric knife with adult supervision, or by

  1. Using a plastic serrated knife rubbed with a candle – use a sawing motion
  2. Using dental floss or string and stretching across
  3. Cookie cutters
  4. To cut a ball in half, use a rubber band to mark the diameter, cut along the rubber band.
  5. When cutting Styrofoam® place it on a nonstick surface, cutting board or towel

Styrofoam® acts like fine sandpaper when rubbed together, smoothing out along the cut edge.

Roll on a hard surface to round edges

To hold styro foam together or to glue on embellishments use

  1. Low temp glue gun
  2. Stryo glue
  3. White glue – for better tack glue both pieces, let dry for a moment and then press together.
  4. Toothpicks, chenille stems and even pins can be used to hold in pieces together.

Paint it:
Acrylic paint – brush into crevices with pouncing motion. Stencil brushes are good. You can hold round shapes stationary in a bowl or with a stick and placed in a scrap piece.
To make it smooth, use papier mache, plaster or joint compound first.

Cover Styrofoam® with:

  • Stucco and make patterns
  • Plaster
  • Modeling paste
  • Drywall compound
  • Air dry clay
  • Decoupage medium
  • Papier mache paints

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