Well, well…look who’s crawled back to the blog from the land of the ill. It’s me! Seriously, between the girls and I, we just can’t break away from this cold! Add having to buy all new furniture for our basement so we look like adults and not college students who dragged our furniture home from the dump, and I have been out for the count. It’s good to be back with a project to share with you!
Hexagons seem to be all the rage these days, which you probably know by now. So when I was thinking of what to make for over my daughters bed, I thought it would be a cute idea. Then I needed to think of what to make them with. The idea of using a jigsaw to cut hexagons out of wood (in -30 degree weather none the less) intimidated me a bit too much, so I took a pass on that one. Then I received these FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheets in the mail and had a brilliant idea – make them out of foam!
Now before you go away thinking I am insane, let me explain a couple of things: First of all, I smoothed out the foam with Smooth Finish, which gives the foam a nice, smooth finish (hence the name). Also, I used the FloraCraft® StyroCutter® Plus to cut the hexagons out – no more electric breadknives (not that I used one- or have even seen one for that matter since I was a child) needed! The FloraCraft® StyroCutter® Plus gently melts through the foam to create your shapes. So this project ended up being a breeze with the right tools.
To start, you will need to print a hexagon shape. I google hexagon, printed one out as big as my printer would allow, cut it out, and traced it onto the FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheets. I was able to fit three hexagons on each sheet. (Note: I tried to freehand this first. I thought ahh, it’s just a hexagon, how hard can it be? Bad idea. Bad, bad, bad idea…. unless of course you want your wall art to look like a preschooler made it then by all means, go ahead.)
After tracing, it’s time to “cut” (or in fact melt) your way along the lines with the StyroCutter. I used a ruler as a guide, because I have a pretty shaky hand, which helped. Just don’t use a good one – buy a cheap dollar store one that you can toss or use only for this. It may melt slightly, and if it doesn’t melt, it will become encrusted with melted foam bits.
After the hexagons were cut, I took three and cut smaller hexagons out of the middle so that there were smaller hexagons and hexagon frames. To do this, I just cut down my template by measuring in 1.5″ from the outside.
After cutting each hexagon, I applied the smooth finish to the shapes. I applied two coats, then ran out, and discovered it is not available in Canada. That was a bit of a panic point. However, after I sanded them down and could’nt even tell the difference between the shapes that had two coats and the shapes that had one coat. Maybe I had put it on a bit thick. (Side note about the Smooth Finish – this stuff takes a while to dry – so make sure you factor in the drying time. I let mine dry overnight between coats.)
Once dry, it was time to paint. This stuff paints so well! I only had to use one coat of paint and had great coverage.
After painting, all that was left to do was hang. These are so lightweight that you could hang them any number of ways, but I used command strips. You could also stick a pushpin in the back and hang.
I am so impressed at the finished look – and to think it is just styrofoam! This is a project anyone can do with the right tools, so why not give it a try? Think how easy it would be to create cute monograms? I am in love with this tool – what would you make with it? (Psst – if you need ideas, make sure you check out the Make It Fun website! It’s full of amazing inspiration from some of your fave bloggers!)