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Colorful Stencil Wall Art

By: Colette George for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

In only six easy steps you can create this beautiful colorful stencil wall art. Using decorative papers and spray paint this wall art can brighten up any room.


  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Sheets, 1" x 12" x 36", three
  • Decorative papers, 12" x 12", eight coordinating sheets
  • Foam-safe spray paint, gray
  • Sawtooth hangers with nails, eight, OR poster putty
  • Bird stencil
  • Serrated knife
  • Sharp pencil
  • Ruler or T-square
  • Disposable paintbrush
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Repositionable spray adhesive
  • Old newspapers



  1. Measure and mark three 10" squares on each foam sheet. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin; cut out squares on lines.
  2. Use disposable paintbrush to spread thin layer of white glue across first foam square. Center a 12" paper square on top of foam and carefully smooth paper with fingers to prevent bubbles and wrinkles. Repeat to cover each square with a different paper.
  3. Working on one side at a time, fold down excess paper at edges of foam square to create crisp "hospital" corners; glue to secure. If needed, pin paper in place till glue dries.
  4. Cover work area with newspaper. Following manufacturer's directions, spray back of stencil with repositionable adhesive. Apply stencil to paper-covered foam square.
  5. Use additional newspaper to mask off, or cover, visible areas of paper beyond stencil edges. Spray paint open areas of stencil gray; carefully peel away stencil. Repeat on each square. Let dry completely.
  6. Use glue gun to secure ends of sawtooth hanger to top center back of each foam square. Apply glue to nail ends and insert into holes in hangers. Let dry completely. Squares may also be hung using poster putty.


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where can you get the pattern for the humming bird?

Love the look of the project with the birds! I wonder if you could use foam board for this project instead of covering plain styrofoam with paper - it already has the paper attached to the foam. Put 2 layers together and wrap the edges with ribbon or velvet for a finished look. Probably a lot neater to work with than plain styrofoam. Has anyone tried this idea?

I actually was planning to do this with my 6 six grandchildren (all are my daughters kids) but I'm going to use the primed and stretched canvases you can buy in the dollar store. This is going to e their gift to their parents for Christmas.

Love this idea- will be working on a slight variation of this in just a few ) Thank you for sharing. Tracey httpwww.bonanzle.comboothsinspired


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