How to Get Creative With Crushed Styrofoam

Make these fun fluffy blooms with crushed styrofoam colored with inks and sprays. Special thanks to Holly Young on YouTube for her how to video for making your flower fluff.

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How to Get Creative With Crushed Styrofoam
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To start our canvas choose scrapbook paper for the inside, brick stencil and Mud Texture Paste. Cut your paper the size to fit the inside and stencil your bricks on the paper.

To start our canvas choose scrapbook paper for the inside, brick stencil and Mud Texture Paste. Cut your paper the size to fit the inside and stencil your bricks on the paper.

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Put a coat of texture paste on the sides to cover the staples, then stencil your bricks on the sides and back of your canvas. Set aside to dry completely. Now to make our blossoms

Put a coat of texture paste on the sides to cover the staples, then stencil your bricks on the sides and back of your canvas. Set aside to dry completely. Now to make our blossoms

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Take two pieces of styrofoam and rub together to get your particles, choose your color inks and mix with stir stick. Do not dry with heat gun because that will melt the styrofoam. It dries very fast.

Take two pieces of styrofoam and rub together to get your particles, choose your color inks and mix with stir stick. Do not dry with heat gun because that will melt the styrofoam. It dries very fast.

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Here are some colors I made. I used assorted sprays and inks.

Here are some colors I made. I used assorted sprays and inks.

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Here are some more colors I made.

Here are some more colors I made.

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Take some floral wire stems and using Aileens Tacky Glue or adhesive of choice add to the tip of the wire.

Take some floral wire stems and using Aileens Tacky Glue or adhesive of choice add to the tip of the wire.

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Sorry about the photo here. This is the wire with the tacky glue on it. Start rolling the fibers on the wire gently pressing them with your fingers and then add more fibers for fullness.

Sorry about the photo here. This is the wire with the tacky glue on it. Start rolling the fibers on the wire gently pressing them with your fingers and then add more fibers for fullness.

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Allow to dry in a piece of styrofoam.

Allow to dry in a piece of styrofoam.

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Don't toss those leftovers, put together to create a multi-colored blossom.

Don't toss those leftovers, put together to create a multi-colored blossom.

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To create cracks in your brick covered canvas, use archival ink in black and this stamp is Andy Skinner's mixed media stamp.

To create cracks in your brick covered canvas, use archival ink in black and this stamp is Andy Skinner's mixed media stamp.

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Randomly spritz your brick background with different tones of sprays, I used Art Anthology Warm and French Toast.

Randomly spritz your brick background with different tones of sprays, I used Art Anthology Warm and French Toast.

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Edge the sides of the canvas with black soot DI

Edge the sides of the canvas with black soot DI

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And the canvas is coming together, now really looking like a brick planter in a garden.

And the canvas is coming together, now really looking like a brick planter in a garden.

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Give a couple coats to your chipboard pieces of white gesso and use a sponge to provide more texture once dried.

Give a couple coats to your chipboard pieces of white gesso and use a sponge to provide more texture once dried.

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Using Art Anthology Metal Effects paint your pieces and once dry smudge the tops with black soot DI to create a more pewter look.

Using Art Anthology Metal Effects paint your pieces and once dry smudge the tops with black soot DI to create a more pewter look.

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I added flat side pearls to my gate and paint the entire piece with Metal Effects Silver and smudged with black soot DI. Glue your reindeer moss to the inside of the canvas and attach your gate.

I added flat side pearls to my gate and paint the entire piece with Metal Effects Silver and smudged with black soot DI. Glue your reindeer moss to the inside of the canvas and attach your gate.

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Let's start adding our stems here and there. Also add some moss to the high sides of the canvas for eye appeal and interest. Add your flowers inside the moss also.

Let's start adding our stems here and there. Also add some moss to the high sides of the canvas for eye appeal and interest. Add your flowers inside the moss also.

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I had this teeny tiny terracotta pot so I adhered it to the canvas, filled it with the moss and added some of my blooms

I had this teeny tiny terracotta pot so I adhered it to the canvas, filled it with the moss and added some of my blooms

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Added an IDEAOOGY piece to the bottom and wire.

Added an IDEAOOGY piece to the bottom and wire.

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I know there is alot of steps to this project, but it really wasn't hard at all, Just depends on how much you want to add to your piece.

I know there is alot of steps to this project, but it really wasn't hard at all, Just depends on how much you want to add to your piece.

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The Clock was hung with ball chain and a IDEAOLOGY token for interest.

The Clock was hung with ball chain and a IDEAOLOGY token for interest.

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