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About: Custom Fishing Rod Builder from North Carolina. I love too make things, build things, fix things, etc. Check out my Social Media pages for more information.

You can make almost everything out of foam. You can use these steps to make your own ideas come to life. It's easy, somewhat fast and it's cheap. Think about it... Go to your local decor store pick a piece of art and compare the price to make it or the price to buy. But then again if you make it, it becomes priceless.

Step 1: Find the Piece of Foam; Gather Supplies

You get foam from hardware stores, superstores, craft stores, etc.

Supplies I used were...
Crafting Foam or Styrofoam, tho crafting foam works easier
Type of Hand saw for cutting foam into shape
Sanding tools
Mod podge
Wood glue/ Elmer's glue
Gesso
Plaster of Paris
Popsicle sticks (mixing)
1" brush or sponge brush
Paint

Step 2: Mark'n'Cut

Mark your creation on the StryoFoam n then cut it out

Step 3: Sand'N'Coat, Sand 'N'Coat, Then Sand'N'Coat

After cutting out what you are going to make sand it as smooth as you can. Mix gesso, wood glue, and plaster of Paris together. Spread the mixture over your creations and let dry. After drying, sand again and recoat, repeat this step till desired smoothness.

Step 4: Paint

Paint your creation and coat with mod podge to seal and protect. If sealed probably you can spray paint the piece and have no problems.

Step 5: Put on Display

After all steps are complete, put your new beautiful piece of art on display for all to admire your creativity and money saving skills

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    19 Discussions

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    ABCass1

    4 years ago

    Thank you sir!

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    ABCass1

    4 years ago

    Thank you very much

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    darklotus

    4 years ago on Introduction

    This looks great!

    Affordable, impressive and something that's very do-able - I love it.

    Thanks for posting this!

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    ABCass1

    4 years ago

    Thanks cheese queen for the advice, but if you read step 1 I state where you can get foam and how crafting foam works easier than styrofoam

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    Cheese Queen

    4 years ago on Introduction

    For larger or more complex projects, consider using a sheet of insulating foam from a big box hardware store.

    It comes in 4'x8' sheets and up to 3" thick. Very dense and smooth grained-much easier to shape with a rasp, file or knife. (Actual white styrofoam, while cheap, isn't much good for carving unfortunately; will always try to break at the little "beads" its made of.)

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    ABCass1

    4 years ago

    For the bevel I cut a rough angle with the handsaw, then sand before the coat of PoP, wood glue, and gesso. I would sand and shape bare foam then coat with mixture

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    MercuryCrest

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Any tips on getting that nice bevel around the edges? You mentioned using a handsaw...did you just cut it on an angle?

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    ABCass1

    4 years ago

    Sand'n'coat, after coating the foam u must sand the higher and rough edges. Using course sand paper to more fine sand paper, it's a process but it's well worth it

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    Is there a technique for getting this super smooth and looking like real metal?

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    MikeyWalnuts

    4 years ago on Introduction

    This is absolutely great! Now to figure out what I want to carve out for my living room...

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    ABCass1

    4 years ago

    Thank you

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    fatmansat

    4 years ago

    very nice job

    Hmm! You may have just given me the key to creating a certain project my spouse has dreamed up. I'd never considered using foam. Thanks! :)

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    ABCass1

    4 years ago

    I used a standard plastic spoon to scoop the already mixed PoP, and I would squeeze the wood glue and gesso into the same bowl, if you and it to be more thin than thick add more gesso and wood glue to the PoP. Depending on the size of your piece, you are going to have to play the portions.

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    Kiteman

    4 years ago on Introduction

    In stepn 3, you said "Mix gesso, wood glue, and plaster of Paris together."

    What proportions did you use?