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How to Make a Winter Wonderland out of EPS Foam

December 5, 2017

Tis the season to break out the decorations and adorn our homes and businesses with holiday decor. While there is always the option of purchasing decorations, did you know you can completely customize them with some simple DIY materials? EPS foam is amazingly versatile, easy to work with, and completely safe for everyone in your home. Aside from it’s most commonly used application of insulation, EPS is used in a multitude of decorations, crafts, movie props, and more. And now, you can make your own!

Here are just a few ideas for DIY holiday decor :

  • Ornaments
  • Wreaths
  • Snowmen
  • Stockings
  • Christmas trees
  • Letter cutouts
  • and more!

Today, we are going to get a little more in depth and build a Winter Wonderland village that can be displayed inside your home. Not only is it lightweight and easy to work with, but you will be able to completely customize the look you want!

What do you need to get started? 
Before you begin, you will want to pick up some Plasti-Fab EPS from your local Home Depot. Depending on the size of your project, you can purchase either PlastiSpan Insulation (sold in 4’x8′ sheets) or Handi-Pacs, sold in smaller packages as shown.

Some other tools to collect prior to starting your project include mask, gloves, safety glasses, utility knife, extra blades, paint, spray bottle of water, foam-safe glue (like a PL600), and a hot knife if needed.

Some Tips & Tricks of working with Plasti-Fab EPS:

  • Have a spray bottle of water or a can of static spray to help with the “static cling” of the foam.
  • To hide imperfections in the craft, use a water-based filler. When dry, use sandpaper to smooth surface. Sand in one direction using smooth strokes.
  • To affix two or more pieces together, use non-solvent based adhesives (such as white glue or non-solvent contact cement). Allow to dry completely
    before applying paints.
  • To produce a 3D effect, cut pieces in layers and glue together. Allow a few minutes for the glue to dry.
  • To create small holes (e.g. eyes), use a sharp skewer (or other pointed tools) to punch a hole through the foam.
  • Some products will dissolve the foam quickly (e.g., solvent-based adhesives, non-latex based paints, etc.). Always test products on a scrap piece of foam
    before applying it to your project.
  • Use a sharp blade. Dull blades may cause rough cuts or breakage.

Let’s get started!

 

  1. Determine the size of your project
  2. Layer the foam at various angles to create the look you want to achieve
  3. There are two ways you can connect your foam layers. If you are going to disassemble your creation to move it, simply use small wooden dowels between the layers, similar to that of a cake. If you do not have to take it apart, use the foam-safe adhesive to connect the layers, letting it dry thoroughly
  4. Now you begin to sculpt! Using either a hot knife or utility knife (depending on the look you want) begin cutting away the foam to make anything from stairs, to ice, and even “snowy village terrain.”
  5. And voila! It’s that easy. Paint areas you wish to have different colors, or leave it white to represent snow in your winter wonderland.

Learn more ways to use EPS in your projects on our web site https://www.plastifab.com/index.html

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