Styrofoam Heads Garden Pots-Cute and Unique


These are so fun to make and very cute in the garden. First you find yourself a styrofoam head that you use for wigs to sit on. I usually pick mine up at garage sales or 2nd hand stores. I don't pay mote than $3.00 for one.
Do a little surgery by cutting off the top of the head and then carve out a hole large enough to plant a groundcover in.
Next spray paint the face and hand paint the eyes and lips. Add your own personal touch with costume jewelry.
They are so cute you can even start naming your family. This young lady looks like a Miss Daisy.
You can add a stake and give your buddy a home.

Suggested materials:

  • Styrofoam heads
  • Costume jewellery

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16 questions
  • Johanna
    on Jun 13, 2016

    Very creative. How do the heads hold up outdoors?

  • Porland1624
    on Jun 13, 2016

    Went you water the plants how they drainig the water did you put soil inside?

    • PattieJune
      on Jun 13, 2016

      Just poke 5-6 holes in the bottom about the size of a pencil. **

    • Porland1624
      on Jun 13, 2016

      Thank you Pattie

    • Teri
      on Jun 13, 2016

      I have had some outside for years and they are still as strong as ever. When I water them I just mist their head with the hose. No holes and no problems.

  • D. K
    on Jun 13, 2016

    What do you use to spray the color of the head?

  • Susan Veldez
    on Jun 13, 2016

    The surface of "Miss Daisy's" face looks bumpy. Did you texturize it with something first before you painted it?

    • Annette Hodge Steadham
      on Jun 13, 2016

      If you don't use Styrofoam spray paint, regular spray paint partially melts the Styrofoam making it look bumpy and textured. It's your choice.

    • Terri Berger
      on Jun 13, 2016

      I personally prefer the bumpy/textured look!

    • Susan Veldez
      on Jun 13, 2016

      Ok, thank you. These are so fun. My friends and I are going to have to make some. Love that pitted look the best.

    • Fan6291390
      on Jun 14, 2016

      There are spray paints made for plastic; Design Master and Krylon make them. As long as you apply the paint with light, even sweeping strokes, you can get the desired color that you want.

    • Gwen Nicholson
      on Jun 19, 2016

      If you want a fantastic weatherproof surface on these polystyrene heads use paverpol and Paverplast. This will give a smooth surface....If you add paversand (available in fine and coarse) you can get amazing textures...you will cover all the dents and ripples and it will dry as had as a rock. Information on paversand can be obtained at www.paverpol.com where the suppliers in your country will be listed Gwen Nicholson - New Zealand Importer

  • Karen Rousseau Becker
    on Jun 13, 2016

    Are the heads sprayed with textured paint or do you put sand in the paint? Also do you think this would work on a dolls head (rubber)? I would like a child's face to go along with my "family"

    • Alyce Lenzen
      on Jun 13, 2016

      They actually make a paint for styrofoam. Regular spray paint will sometimes "dissolve " the styrofoam. You can get it in most craft stores- Michaels, Hobby Lobby etc.

    • Karen Rousseau Becker
      on Jun 13, 2016

      Thanks Alyce. Appreciate the help. Will be looking for heads lol

    • Terri Berger
      on Jun 13, 2016

      Me too! Very cute idea!

    • Janet Beerman
      on Jun 13, 2016

      Seems to me that you could glue sand onto the surface of the styrofoam with a waterproof glue. Then paint, if desired.

    • Barbara Ault
      on Jun 13, 2016

      Regular spray paint "pits" the styrofoam and makes it look stone. A water based primer will seal it.

    • Joanna
      on Jun 14, 2016

      how do you keep it from blowing over, it must be fairly light.

    • Teri
      on Jun 16, 2016

      They are on a stake and stuck into the ground. My stakes are metal.

    • Gwen Nicholson
      on Jun 19, 2016

      If you want a fantastic weatherproof surface on these polystyrene heads use paverpol and Paverplast. This will give a smooth surface....If you add paversand (available in fine and coarse) you can get amazing textures...you will cover all the dents and ripples and it will dry as had as a rock. Information on paversand can be obtained at www.paverpol.com where the suppliers in your country will be listed (Gwen Nicholson NZ Importer)

  • Patty
    on Jun 13, 2016

    Where do you find styrofoam paint?

    • Kathy Eovino
      on Jun 14, 2016

      A florist supply store should have it.

    • Thalia Kottke
      on Jun 14, 2016

      Michaels Stores carry DesignMaster paint made to paint Styrofoam.

    • Dougal
      on Jun 14, 2016

      You can use rubnbuff , that works really well and doesn't melt the polystyrene

    • Teri
      on Jun 14, 2016

      All of these are made with regular spray paint. It doesn't melt them. The bumpy ones are ones that have been out into the woods for years and I just re-sprayed them. The heads had the rough texture and didn't change at all with the matte spray paint.

    • Penny Buxkler
      on Jun 26, 2016

      Love creating these.

      , I spray painted this head but held the can of paint about 3 feet from the head and it didn t bump up Then I put foundation makeup on her then eye makeup and lipstick, This girl got spray painted too close and got bumps on one side I used foundation makeup and eye makeup blush and lipstick She has asparagus fern as her Mohawk I ll be used PVC pipe to show them off in my front yard
    • Teri
      on Jun 26, 2016

      I just love how they all have their own personality. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jj
    on Jun 13, 2016

    how do you make the nose

    • Becky
      on Jun 14, 2016

      There already on the head. Just decorate the head

  • Patty
    on Jun 14, 2016

    Where do you find rubnbuff? Lol

  • Marcia Kellam Brown
    on Jun 14, 2016

    What did you use for the stake?

    • Teri
      on Jun 15, 2016

      I had some metal stakes I found at a garage sale. Not sure what they were from. A wooden dowel would work too just wouldn't last as long as a metal stake.

    • Mary Ellen
      on Jun 19, 2016

      You could buy 3/4 inch copper or pvc pipe at a hardware store. Most will cut it for you to a length you like.

    • Mary Ellen
      on Jun 19, 2016

      By the way, Teri, it's a super cute idea; thanks so much for sharing!

  • Mar4293929
    on Jun 14, 2016

    I just found one of these heades in it's old head box.looks tocome from the 70's.now i know what to do with it.o now my question what kind of paint did you use in the frist picture looks textered?

    • Teri
      on Jun 15, 2016

      No texture paint. I use regular spray paint and it works just fine. Someone said it melts the styrofoam, but it doesn't. I have always used just regular spray paint for years. The texture look in the first picture was the way the styrofoam head was. I picked it up at a garage sale and was in bad shape.

    • Jennie Lee
      on Jun 18, 2016

      I had styrofoam melt once, from spray paint. Maybe the type of paint was different. I'd suggest trying the paint on the extra foam you discarded, first. I have a cement hanging planter that looks like a renaissance lady's head. I put asparagus fern it it. Her name is Flora.

    • Susan Lind
      on Jun 19, 2016

      I paint the foam balls at christmas time. I sprayed directly on one of ,y balls and it melted immediately, so I seal them first with acrylic, I would use a skin tone acrylic and do the eyes and then when I'm finished I would give it a couple coats of clear spray.

    • Janice Van Cleve Rasmussen
      on Jul 19, 2016

      The heads are a harder, more solid styrofoam than , for instance, the balls. I've had that kind of styro melt as well. Had some melt from the sealer....

  • Linda Rae
    on Jun 18, 2016

    No question ----I made one of these a couple of years ago, her name is Blossom!!!

  • Kensinger Leilani
    on Jun 18, 2016

    How well do they hold up outside?

    • UpState
      on Jun 19, 2016

      Just keep raccoons away from them. They're little devils. They love to tear styrofoam; don't seem to eat it; but rip it up. Maybe a heavy coat of polyurethane may deter the little (or huge) rodents to save the heads from mangalation !

    • Teri
      on Jun 21, 2016

      I have had some of these out for 4 years. I have re-painted their eyes and lips and sometimes spray painted their heads. They seem to take our winters well with all the rain and sometime snow.

    • Kwj6385987
      on Jul 8, 2016

      A lot of the plant holders are made of styrofoam, I have purchased many & they have held up for years. I do suggest spraying polyurethane or paint.

  • Dreamin of Home
    on Jun 21, 2016

    How did you achieve the texture? Surely not just a paint???

    • Teri
      on Jun 21, 2016

      I didn't do anything but spray painted the heads. I guess it's just the way the head was when I painted it to look texture.

    • Judy
      on Jun 21, 2016

      That's what spray paint does to Styrofoam.

    • Dreamin of Home
      on Jul 1, 2016

      thanks! gotta give this a try

  • Kip3217449
    on Jul 11, 2016

    Where do you get the Styrofoam heads?

    • WENDY
      on Jul 11, 2016

      craft stores

    • Teri
      on Jul 15, 2016

      I pick them up at garage sales or 2nd hand stores when I see them. You can get them at beauty salon supply store but they run usually $4 and up.

    • Janice Van Cleve Rasmussen
      on Jul 19, 2016

      Hmmmmm...I wonder what became of the one I had MANY years ago to hold a wig 🤔

    • Janice Van Cleve Rasmussen
      on Jul 19, 2016

      I was freaked out at first, but they kind of grow on you as your imagination kicks in ! ☺️. Thrift stores, here I come !!! 😆

    • Teri
      on Jul 20, 2016

      Once you make one the family starts to grow. lol

    • Jackie
      on Jul 23, 2016

      She definately is in dire need of a chemical peel!!! LOL Seriously tho, I Love This! I look forward to trying this in the near future.

    • Teri
      on Jul 24, 2016

      lol that's for sure. Definitely and someone to teach her how to wear make-up.

    • Tink Landrum
      on Jul 28, 2016

      You can also order them online from Walmart. I believe I paid $3.00 for mine.

    • Jeannie Oldham
      on Aug 30, 2016

      You can get cheaply from Beauty Supply stores such as Sally's

  • Vicki
    on Mar 27, 2017

    hi there they are looking great-wot paint do you use as it looks like a spray but if enamel based will eat into polystroyn..here one i did but ca only use indoor..

    • Teri
      on Mar 9, 2018

      Vicki it is that time of year again where I start making my people heads. I use regular spray paint on them. The trick is a many lite coats so it doesn't eat away the polystyrene. Have fun!


  • Toye
    on Apr 16, 2018

    Do you treat them with something so they stand up to the weather?

    • Teri
      on Apr 16, 2018

      I don't they stay out all year long in the rain, snow, and anything else that comes along. I have repainted the face before just to bring them back to life again.

    • Toye
      on Apr 17, 2018

      I like that answer, thanks.

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  • Kelly Lindsay
    on Apr 5, 2019

    Styrofoam heads are on E-bay - for about $3.00 dollars each.

    • Candace
      on Jun 23, 2019

      Thank You Kelly!! I just ordered a male and a female head on ebay. Can't wait til they arrive!!

  • Candace
    on Jun 23, 2019

    I also wanted to know what kind of paint to use, but I googled painting styrofoam and got my answers that way. It seems a good primer coat is the key, then you can use any kind of paint - "enamel" spray or metallic or granite, etc. Gonna give it a try!

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