A Styrofoam cube is not an expensive thing but it really becomes a good deal when you see the cute Halloween character you can make from it. In fact, there are many different characters you can create to decorate your yard when you start with Styrofoam blocks. The main pieces of the outdoor character are a cube and a dowel. The dowel should be long but not really large in diameter. First, decorate the cube, then use the dowel to stand the new character outside.
Make a jack-o-lantern by painting the cube orange. Use tempera paint because it doesn’t melt Styrofoam like some other paint types can. Draw the face on it with a permanent marker or black paint. Poke a hole in the center of the bottom and glue the stick in it.
Make a ghost when you simply paint a face on the white Styrofoam cube. Or, cover the cube with a small piece of white material and tie a black bow around the bottom of the cube. Allow some of the white fabric to hang below the cube and cut it in a jagged manner – or not. Draw the face on with a marker or paint. Or, cut felt shapes and glue them on with any waterproof adhesive.
If you want to make a witch you can paint the cube green or cover it with green material. Draw on the eyes, nose and mouth or make them from cheap craft supplies. You can use wiggly eyes, bead eyes or even felt. The mouth can be made from a red pipe cleaner, red felt or a plastic-covered wire. After the face is finished you can attach a store-bought, black hat or make one from craft foam. To do this, twist a piece into a cone shape and trim it straight. Cut a large donut shape from the foam and glue or tape the cone around the hole in the middle.
Tie a piece of beige cloth around the Styrofoam block then glue a bandana around the lower area of the block. Draw on a face or make it from other supplies. Glue some raffia on the head and allow it to stick out in the area of the bangs. Glue a straw hat on and you’ve got a cute Halloween scarecrow.
Styrofoam cubes aren’t expensive so go ahead and make several characters for your yard. You can use them year after year to decorate along the sidewalk, around the porch or next to the driveway.