polystyrene craft

Polystyrene wall art for perfect for autumn display!

birch twig wall artMother Nature knows best! When Autumn comes, she brings out the beautiful colours of the change of season. A great way to enjoy the season and these colours is to bring it inside your home through an autumn inspired wall art. Get your tools, gather your materials and start crafting.

One of a kind wall art

If your wall looks too dull or boring, why not dress it up? No, you don’t have to paint or replace the wallpaper –you can do better than that with a one of a kind wall art. With Autumn here enjoy the earthly beauty in a wall art. It can make a beautiful focal point of any room, be it your bedroom or your living room to awe your guests.

Ready to go crafting? Read on.

Here are the materials you will need:

  • 12 x 12 Polystyrene board
  • Bark sheets from any tree
  • Twigs of different thickness
  • Acrylic craft paint – black and brown
  • Paint brush
  • Heavy duty scissorsor secateurs
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • Velcro hangers
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Old candle
  • Knife

Once you have gathered this, you’re ready to make your very own version of Autumn wall art.

Instructions:

  1. Paint the edges of the foam sheet with colour black. Include the top edge of the foam sheets too.
  2. Using heavy duty scissors or secateurs cut the bark sheets of a tree to 30cm by 30cm.
  3. Attach the bark sheets to the front of polystyrene board. Use your glue gun and stick. Use weights such as a heavy book to hold the bark while the glue hardens.
  4. Paint the front of the remaining board with colour brown.
  5. Cut twigs to 30cm long. Again, using a glue gun, glue the twigs to your foam square until the entire surface is covered. Let it dry and trim uneven edges.
  6. Use Velcro hangers to hang your wall art.

You can use one30cm by 30cm polystyrene board or use 3 boards for better interior design results. Congratulations for successfully bringing the outdoors in!

Need polystyrene for your next art project? Contact Polystyrene Central for your needs. We offer top quality polystyrene boards. We even deliver it to you. Ring us now for a free quote.

Photo credits to http://craftsncoffee.com

3 Polystyrene arts and crafts mistakes you should avoid

styrene shapesHave you been using polystyrene for your projects? Great, means you are making beautiful pieces that you can use as decor and gifts. Polystyrene makes the perfect DIY material because of its versatility and durability.

Are you new to Polystyrene arts and crafts?

You will never find a material that is so soft to use and can be turned into almost any shape and yet, can last for a very long time. Polystyrene can also be made into just anything because of its properties such as being lightweight, tough and can be painted on any colour that you want. However, polystyrene, no matter how tough and durable they are, can also get damage quite easily if especially when you don’t take extra precautions.

Polystyrene arts and crafts mistakes

When using polystyrene, you need to be careful. Yes, you can bend them all you want, shape them into any shape imaginable, glue them together to create that perfect look but remember, one mistake from you can ruin your entire project. You don’t want to start from scratch again, do you?

Here are some common mistakes you should avoid at all cost:

  • Not using the right paint or glue for polystyrene
  • Not having enough knowledge on how to use glue gun
  • Don’t know how to sand polystyrene

Not using the right paint for polystyrene

You can paint polystyrene but remember to use the right paint; some paints will melt away your polystyrene. Use only acrylic based paint, nothing else. For more information on paint read this article. Glues are the same, be careful what you choose if in doubt test a small amount on a scrap before using on your project. Here is some more information on the correct glue to use.

Not having enough knowledge on how to use glue gun

There will be instances on which you are required to glue polystyrene together. Make sure you know how to use a glue gun properly. Remember to use the right heat so you’ll not end up melting your entire project. Read the instructions carefully.

Don’t know how to sand polystyrene

Sanding your polystyrene arts can give your project a polish, brand new look. For smooth round edges, sand it with another piece of polystyrene. For larger polystyrene, cut it first and then sand to the final shape.

3 Polystyrene arts and crafts mistakes you should avoid

By taking notes of these 3 common mistakes, you’ll be able to create a beautiful art out from polystyrene. For your polystyrene supplies, contact Polystyrene Central. We offer large range of polystyrene to cover your entire needs. Ring us on 0429 970 189 and we’ll come to you.