What To Do With Styrofoam Squares

I have alot of styrofoam squares & I would like to make some very contemporary artwork for my walls..can anyone give me some pointers & if I can possibly use mode podge to place magazine photos, etc., on them but make them look contemporary & not like just a picture glued to the styrofoam squares or if anyone has any other ideas, please help me!!

Thank you

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  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 30, 2018
    First, I would scour magazines and websites for artwork that you like and use those as "models" to copy for yours. Then pick ones that have shapes like the styrofoam you have. Arrange them to your liking, paint them, glue them, whatever you like! (try the paint first, it may disintegrate the styrofoam). Art is meant to be a personal expression and FUN to do---- have fun with it and let your creativity run wild. BTW, if you want to decoupage anything on the squares, make your own mod podge. It is simple to do and SO much cheaper --- mix equal parts water and clear Elmer's Glue.

    • Zoeysmom Zoeysmom on Mar 30, 2018
      ty so much for this...i have been very sick with my new diagnosis of leukemia & have also been just looking at my styrofoam squares & just wondering what to do so you have really given me some good ideas...thanks so much!!

  • Barb Barb on Mar 30, 2018
    I just love Fiddledd224 Answer. I would like to add you can also make 3D images in a picture frame or in a keepsake frame rather because it is deeper .Find a seen you like and using a copy in 3 different sizes glue it to the foam . Place each one on top of the other and make it pop out then place it in the frame and hang it on the wall. Good luck I would love to see what you do with it when you make a choice from all the comments you will get .

    • Zoeysmom Zoeysmom on Mar 30, 2018
      ty Barb..that really sounds interesting...i certainly hope i can do it...

  • perhaps you can carve them to look like Legos and then spray paint and make a "sculpture"

    • Zoeysmom Zoeysmom on Mar 30, 2018
      well i never thought of that...ty Elizabeth...i am not a good carver...my hands will not let me do too much since I got diagnosed with leukemia...but these responses are really very helpful..ty so much

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Mar 30, 2018
    Cut to the shape you want. Then cover each one with a mixture of 1/2 each, white glue and water. This will cover and fill in tiny holes, cut edges and absorbent sides. Then you should be able to paint the shapes with any paint without dissolving the styrofoam. Best wishes ☺️

    • Zoeysmom Zoeysmom on Mar 31, 2018
      ty Jewell...i thought about that & worried that i might dissolve the styrofoam but what I would really like would be to cover the squares with either magazine pages, cloth or something that I can make it look decopaged or very contemporary for my bedroom walls which are a warm gray (my son had the house painted when he first bought it a little over a year ago & I believe it is a heather gray) but i am not sure.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Mar 31, 2018
    Dear Rgibbs...I am here for you. I hope you find peace and happiness with your artwork - it can be so therapeutic! Please let me know if there are certain art supplies or craft materials you need and I will see if I can help you get them...
    And post a photo of your finished project...can't wait to see it!
    Take care and focus on getting well!

    Donna (Fiddle DD) 🎨

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Mar 31, 2018
    Rgibbs320, that sounds so interesting! The glue and water is an inexpensive decoupage medium. I’ve seen blocks done with newspaper pages. I think that you can order certain pages like the day you were born. You might like that. I would like colored comic strips!
    Just coat the styrofoam, let it rest about three minutes, then put on the first layer of paper. You might want to tear magazine photos and ads into smaller pieces and slightly overlap the pieces. Whatever pattern you use, you paint from 3-7 layers of thinned glue, letting each layer dry in between. You can end with a couple of layers of spray polyurethane, just for the shine. Cloth follows the very same plan.
    Happy Easter! ☺️✊�🎑🎑☺️☺️

    • Zoeysmom Zoeysmom on Mar 31, 2018
      Thank you Jewel...that is exactly what I am looking for...did not realize I could make decoupage medium with glue & water...guess I am really out of the loop...but thank you so much for this...that is something i know i can do & i could make it very contemporary with magazine pages...i certainly have a lot of them...but i know some use actual fabric & cover the styrofoam but i am not sure how that will turn out...but ty so much for this info

  • Melanie Czoka Melanie Czoka on Mar 31, 2018
    Such a cool idea! Whatever you do, I suggest painting it with a clear matte poly when your done. It would make it easier to clean.