Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Wonderful World of Styrofoam

Several years ago I was exposed to the wonderful world of styrofoam.  Our church uses it to make signs, letters, etc for the walls.  It is wonderful amazing stuff.  Lightweight, easy to cut, & paintable.

You can buy a 4 x 8 sheet of styrofoam for around $6.00.  You need one of these to cut it with. 


It is a battery powered hot wire.  I remember the first time I saw one of these babies slicing through the styrofoam like butta’.  I loved it (which I think is weird).  You can also buy an electric version instead of having to use batteries.  Mine uses batteries really fast.

Here are a couple of examples of styrofoam usage in our church.


Can you believe those delicate, fancy letters are made from cheap inexpensive styrofoam?!



This is the logo for our church daycare.  Cute :)

Christmas 2007, Tom, Peyton & I made this fireplace for my office.


We constructed it from cardboard and duct tape, then I cut out the “stones” from the styrofoam, hot glued them to the cardboard, then painted them shades of gray.  Here are some pics of my other office decorations that year.

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Tom painted brown shipping paper to look like logs.  He & Peyton then put the paper up (with tacks) so my office looked like a log cabin. 

I’ve recycled the fireplace to use again this year. 


Tom cut the foam and hot glued it right to the previous “stones”.  I’m going for a more “formal” look for my office this year.

I remember so vividly Peyton helping me paint the fireplace.  I also remember hiding the hot wire tool from him.  I could only imagine the damage & torment he could have done with it.  Of course I am missing him, but I am so much better this year than last and I cannot even compare this year (the 3rd yr) to the first.  God is good and Heaven is getting closer every day.

Thanks for reading and I hope you find a cool use for styrofoam :)


Kelley said...

You guys are amazing with styrofoam. I never knew you could do so much with it. Your church walls are amazing! Love your fireplace!

Shelly said...

I loved the log cabin office and can't wait to see the "formal" christmas office.

Kay said...

Wow..who knew there was a cool toy to cut styrofoam! Love your little log cabin and fireplace. That is an amazing present right there. Love it. Makes me want to move to the mountains. : )

Dar said...

Fun post, Beck. Thanks!

Cortney said...

That is awesome!!! I love your office! I wish I could do that at my office!! I don't have a private office though! You both are so creative!

Mona said...

You crack me completely up!

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

We use styrofoam in our Sunday School classrooms and our Missions Conference decor. We have built boats, castles, doors, temples and all sorts of things. I will most definitely have to look into a cutter! That looks much better than a box or serrated knife!

Styrofoam said...

Really great uses of Styrofoam. Thanks for sharing.