DIY Styrofoam Wall Art
The one thing blogging does for me personally is get some those unfinished projects completed. I have this space over my bed that used to have 3 really cool bird pictures on it. I got sick of them there and moved them to my living room. After I did that, I was left with this bare wall for a couple months until I could decide what I wanted there.
I really wanted something up there that would bring some color and I wanted something more than a picture. I searched Pinterest and found this pin that I liked.The pin that I found used “Styrofoam” brand Styrofoam and I knew I didn’t want to use that because of the cost. I happened to be at Menard’s ( MI hardware store) and saw a piece of styrofoam 14″ x 8′ long for 1.38! That was my styrofoam solution. I bought it and then headed to the fabric store. I found some fabric that matched my color scheme. I bought a 1/2 yd of 3 printed fabrics and 2 solid to match the colors of my bedroom.
My son needed me to take him to Elk Rapids tonight, which is a 40 min. drive from my house. It is too far not to stay and wait for him to finish so I decided I’d grab my supply’s and find a picnic table by the water and get to work. But before I show you how I did it, let me show you some pictures of my scenery while working.
I sat at the Elk Rapids marina. It was very cloudy tonight, but it didn’t hinder the beauty. I watched people fish and boat and even someone getting their senior pictures taken by the water. I wonder what people thought of me sitting there with pieces of styrofoam and fabric and then chasing them when the wind picked up.. hehe… That’s the beauty of being 50!
I found the nearest picnic table and got to work. Oh wait, I need to show you what I ended up making.
( the color of this picture does not do it justice. One day soon, I’m gonna get a better camera AND take some photography classes.)
To adhere the fabric to the styrofoam, I sprayed the fabric and the edges of the styrofoam. I found that easier than spraying the base of the styrofoam. I used adhesive spray. I found the print fabric to be much more forgiving with the spray showing through. (The spray did show through in a couple places on the solid colors). After you spray the glue, go around and wrap it like you would a present. Side note: One negative thing about not working in your home is that you have no where to clean up. My hands were a mess from the spray glue. I sure hope when my husband gets in my van there is no spray adhesive on my steering wheel. 🙂
Once all the pieces were covered I laid them all out to find an arrangement that would work for the size of my wall. I then started hot gluing them together. It’s very important that you place the hot glue on the fabric. If the glue touches the styrofoam it will not adhere. I had a few Making Memory tulle flowers that I glued in place as well as some fun ribbon. To hang the art on the wall I placed self adhesive velcro tape down the back side on the edges of the fabric and stuck it to the wall. It’s very light and went up easily.
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