The end of October marks the spookiest occasion of the year – Halloween. And whilst the night of frights is not native to Australian shores, there is a still a bit of fun to be had when you throw Foamex into the mix.
Creating Halloween props (or props for any occasion) add to the sense of fun and can theme an otherwise empty space just how you want it. Tombstones, axes, coffins and more can all be created from Styroboard XPS.
Last year, we brought you these great images of a graveyard set being modelled from Styroboard XPS, but why limit your imagination.
Here are some great tips on how to get started with your Styroboard XPS Halloween prop designs:
- Decide on the shape. Using a permanent marker you can draw an outline of the shape onto the foam, this will be very important if you want a clean and convincing prop. Some popular and easy shapes for Halloween are tombstones, coffins, swords and axes.
- Start with big cuts. Get straight into it and cut to the outline. Remember your prop could be robust and 3D, so make sure you consider its shape from each side. Use a serrated knife or a hotwire tool (if you have it!). A great trick is to rub the blade of the knife with wax before cutting, it will give you a smoother cut.
- Texture time! Once you have managed to get the overall shape down for your prop, you may want to start adding texture. Use smaller tools for this, there are some great techniques on how to achieve different textures from wood grain to stone, metal and everywhere in between.
- When you have finished your shape it’s time to bring it to life with some paint, but don’t rush in with the brush – the foam will just eat it all up. Think twice about a spray can too, the solvent will melt the foam. You need to coat your prop first and foremost to protect it. This will mean your Halloween prop might still be around next year too. A primer will do or even some Gesso, which you can pick up from your local hardware or craft store. Once that has dried it’s time to get painting, you can find plenty of tips on how to get the right effect and colour all over the net.
Foamex have a great range of polystyrene products that are perfect for the creation of props for any occasion. Highly versatile and extremely manageable, Styroboard extruded polystyrene (XPS) is ideal for creating customised props. Styroboard XPS props and sets are lightweight and reusable, so why not start building your ideal Halloween prop set now that you can add to year after year.