Faux Globe Pallet Art

January 30th, 2015 | Home Decor, Learn How, Wall Decor

Since the holidays I’ve been on a sign making binge. I keep telling myself I’m preparing for my office makeover, but  seriously its all I can think about. I think it might be too much Instagram seeing all those inspiring ideas.

However, I realize not everyone is equipped with tools, or maybe you’re just too intimidated to pick them up (don’t worry, it took me long enough to find my brave).

Today I wanted to share an alternative idea, FOAM!

faux-globe-sign

I’ve really been diggin’ all these painted globe projects I’ve been seeing all over pinterest, but finding one you want to repurpose is a challenge, and then stomaching the thought of painting is too much for me.

Isn’t this a fun alternative?! The base of my project is still wood, I figure it is easy enough to have them cut that part at the Home Depot for you (my sign is made from 1×6 spruce) but the other pieces that give the sign dimension are all made fromMake It: Fun® Foam. However, I’ve seen some really great signs like this Deer Head Pallet Art from Lolly Jane made entirely from Make It: Fun® Foam.

How to cut sign pieces from Make It: Fun® Foam

Making a painted sign with foam

  • Start with a FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet. Trace the pattern piece onto the foam with a marker.
  • Plug in the FloraCraft® StyroCutter® Plus so it can get up to temp.
  • Smoothly glide the StyroCutter® Plus wand along the traced line. Don’t force it, let the cutter do the work for you. Once the wand is hot it will slide though like butter. Seriously I had to recut this piece above because it melted a giant hole in it when I snapped the photo, eeek. 

The beauty of using the StyroCutter® Plus verses a knife is it melts the edge as you go, so there is no after mess.

apply smooth finish to styrofoam for easy painting

To make the foam paintable I used Smooth Finish. Apply it just as you would putty to a wall, and allow to dry, give a light sanding between coats. The picture above is after the first layer. I added two additional layers, and then sanded smooth to finish. For the ball of the globe I used the same method.

DIY globe artwork

To adhere the ball and the base to the wood I used a low temp hot glue gun.

  • To create the ring of the globe I used the inside of an embroidery hoop, two small pieces of dowel and wood beads, also hot glued to the frame.
  • Melt knotches into the ball with the StyroCutter® where the dowel pieces will meet, so the ball will lay flush to the wood.
  • To create the arrows, cut the front and back piece from foam, and repeat above steps. The stick of the arrows are made from dollar store pencils.

Add a little paint, and ta-daa…

Adventure Globe Sign made with Styrofoam

This sign will be a great reminder that adventure is all around us, maybe just Around the Corner. That book title was not intentional at all, ironic eh?

Use a foam ball to make a faux globe

Don’t you think this is a great alternative for globe artwork?! I’m really happy how it turned out.

DIY globe artwork made with foam!

Did you know I have used this technique before? The ‘F’ on my gallery wall is also made using Make It: Fun® Foam!

Hanging a gallery wall made easy

Thanks for stopping in today!

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