Styrofoam comes in every shape and size now. Slabs, disks, blocks and balls are only some of the variations you’ll find at a craft store. Look around for Styrofoam letters and you can make an interesting décor piece that can serve as a table centerpiece at a party or as a cute flower arrangement in a girl’s room. If you have trouble finding the letters, or you already have Styrofoam and don’t want to pay for them, you can always cut the monogram yourself.
You’ll find it easiest to cut Styrofoam if you use a serrated knife. You’ll get a smooth, clean cut if you first slice an old candle with the knife. The transference of the wax to the knife allows you to cut the Styrofoam with ease and precision. Cut thick, large letters to create a centerpiece or slightly smaller ones to make a flower arrangement. Cut one letter, two or more, to create the design you want.
Paint or otherwise decorate the Styrofoam letters. Use tempera paints, if you’re going to paint it, since it’s one of the few paints that won’t melt Styrofoam. The block monogram letters can also be covered in glitter, scraps of fabric or paper, or even bejeweled with fake jewels or sequin. If you’re looking for something much simpler use the letters as-is without even painting them. The white color of the Styrofoam is beautiful without embellishments.
Glue the letters together or stand them separately. Make a hole in the top of each letter or just one of the letters. These are decisions you’ll make to create the exact arrangement you want. Add fake flowers to the hole and use hot glue to hold them in place. Additional flowers and leaves can be attached to the letters, too, around the bottom or elsewhere. You’ll create one design when you use a few flowers that stick straight up but a different arrangement when you select vine-type flowers and leaves that can spill out an down the letters of the monogram.
There are lots of different ways you can turn the Styrofoam letters into décor pieces. Place a metal cap on each letter – or a couple of letters – to make a candle holder design. Instead of flowers you can decorate the letters with tiny things like Christmas presents, miniature toys, fake candies or other accents.
The flower or other arrangement doesn’t necessarily have to be a monogram. Spell out the word “BATH”, “LOVE”, “PEACE” or another word to make a block arrangement with a different theme!