Tacky Sphere
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Tacky Sphere

Decorative orbs are a timeless classic, and are easily made with STYROFOAM™ brand foam. The decorative coverings are endless, from naturals like moss and seashells to the upholstery nails shown here.
Designed by Kathleen George for The Dow Chemical Company
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Ball: 5-inch
  • Upholstery Nails: Bronze Plated (we used 275 large)
  • Acrylic Craft Paint: Bronze
  • Paintbrush
  • Chopstick or Skewer
  • Glass or Cup

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Insert chopstick or skewer into foam ball and use as a handle while painting.

Step: 2

Paint STYROFOAM brand foam ball with bronze. Place chopstick or skewer in glass while paint dries.

Step: 3

When ball is completely dry, insert upholstery nails into ball until surface is completely covered.


Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.

Paint STYROFOAM brand foam with an acrylic craft paint, or foam-safe spray paint. If using spray paint, read the label carefully to be sure it’s safe for STYROFOAM brand foam.