How to Make a Foam Mascot

People typically associate Styrofoam with low-grade packing foam — the stuff that squeaks when you pull it out of the box. However, Styrofoam comes in different grades, from low-grade foam found in packages to high-density foam that can be sculpted. When Styrofoam is used correctly it can rival balsawood in strength and durability. Since high-grade Styrofoam is durable and lightweight it is the perfect material for building a mascot. Bring your inanimate mascot to sporting events to lift the crowd and bring luck.

Things You'll Need

  • High-density Styrofoam block
  • Marker
  • Hack saw
  • Hot wire cutter
  • Floral knife
  • Art knife
  • Box cutter
  • Sandpaper
  • Low-temperature glue gun
  • Acrylic paint

Instructions

    • 1

      Sketch the mascot onto all sides of the Styrofoam block with a pencil or marker. Give yourself an idea of the general shape.

    • 2

      Make the first and largest cuts with a hack saw. The largest cuts will most likely involve the corners of the block.

    • 3

      Take smaller, medium-sized chunks off with a floral knife. Move from side to side after one or two cuts, rotating around the block. Take less than you think you need and return to that side if need be.

    • 4

      Cut into the block with an art knife or box cutter to make details. This is where you'll begin to see things such as a nose or a mouth. Replace the blade every eight cuts or so when it gets dull.

    • 5

      Smooth the foam with sandpaper. Start with coarse sandpaper and move to a fine-grit paper to give it a polished look.

    • 6

      Paint the mascot with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint dries as a plastic, dries quickly and will be permanent. Paint the figure's details, including a logo somewhere on the body.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a hot wire cutter to take off large chunks of foam. It is a tool specifically made for sculpting foam and is more accurate than a hack saw.
  • Use a rotary tool and sander bit to fine details.
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References

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