Styrofoam Tips & Tricks

Styrofoam Tips & Tricks

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: The Dow Chemical Company
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Tips discuss the use of the following materials:

  • Styrofoam brand foam
  • A low-temperature glue gun, StyroGlue or white craft glue
  • A StyroSaw, StyroCutter or StyroCutter Plus
  • A serrated or electric knife or cookie cutters
  • A hot-wire cutting tool from FloraCraft
  • Candle wax
  • Toothpicks


PAINT IT! Most spray paint and acrylic paint will work well on Styrofoam brand foam. For a smooth surface, apply paper mache, plaster or joint compound as a coating before painting. For easier handling when painting, insert a toothpick or skewer into the foam shape to use as a handle.

GLUE IT! Want a fast, sure bond? Use a low-temperature glue gun, StyroGlue or white craft glue. For a better bond between two pieces, insert toothpicks to hold them together while the glue dries. For instant tack, glue both surfaces and allow to dry slightly before pressing together.

CUT IT! Styrofoam brand foam cuts easily with the StyroSaw, StyroCutter , StyroCutter Plus, a serrated knife, or cookie cutters. Wax the knife blades with an old candle for easier, smoother cuts. To cut a thick piece of foam, or several sheets stacked together, use an electric knife. Cut intricate shapes and cut-outs in Styrofoam brand foam with the electric StyroCutter Plus, a hot-wire cutting tool from FloraCraft that heats in less than a minute (adult supervision required). Complete use and safety information provided with the tool.

TEXTURE IT! Cover Styrofoam brand foam shapes with stucco and make patterns like swirls or petals. Try using plaster, gesso, air-dry clay, modeling paste, drywall joint compound, paper clay, decoupage or paste for various textures and effects. For outdoor use, tile grout works great!

SAND IT! Styrofoam brand foam acts like fine sandpaper when rubbed together. For smooth, rounded edges, rub two pieces of Styrofoam brand foam together. To shape larger pieces, cut out the basic shape and then sand the final details into the shape.