I did two different versions of this, both with EPS foam (the type made of compressed foam beads). The main version is easily done by someone with a serrated knife and the second was sculpted with a hot knife.
Step 1: Supplies
-Small amount of EPS foam
-Appropriate glue for foam
-3/4 inch PVC pipe (I used a piece approximately 13 inches long)
-White spray paint (Suitable for painting plastic)
-Red spray paint
-Mod Podge sealer/glue (I used the gloss version)
-Plastic Christmas Tree ornament (Bought a bunch at Dollar Tree for 50% off after Xmas- you never know when you'll need a round object for a craft)
-Glue suitable for attaching the Christmas ornament to the PVC pipe
-Saw or PVC pipe cutter
-Knife for cutting/shaping foam (Hot Wire cutting tool optional)
-Clear spray or brush-able sealant
-Latex gloves for spray painting
Step 2: The Base
I started by cutting a piece of foam (2 inch thick) approximately 12 inches long and 8 inches wide. I then cut a smaller piece which was glued to the top. I placed a couple small lengths of wood skewer through the two pieces to add a little extra stability.
After the glue cures, take your knife and start carving. Carve your basic shapes, blend the two pieces together, and break up all the smooth areas (before I forget, make sure you remove any film that is attached to the foam). This will basically give you a nice snowy looking area, BUT, it does have a little bit of a cottage cheese look due to the beads. Some of this will be smoothed with the Mod Podge, but if you don't want to see the beads, use a hot knife or hot wire sculpting tool. There is a picture in a later step that will show you the different looks you can obtain. After the carving, the base is about 3 and a half inches high.
***Save a handful of the foam bits created by the cutting for later.
Step 3: Making the Candy Cane
Next, take your ornament, glue it to the top of the PVC pipe, and let dry.
Step 4: Assemble the Pieces
Step 5: Final Products
Both were give a couple generous coats of the Mod Podge. I then sprayed the entire project with a clear spray sealer.
The craft was then personalized by printing out a caption, placing it on poster board, and then gluing the sign onto the candy cane.
One extra idea, and one I will try in the future, would be to use some very light blues in some of the areas on the base to give an "icy" look and break up all the white. I think that would add a lot of interest.