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Using Mod Podge on Styrofoam?

March 13, 2017

This is my first time using modge podge. I painted the mod podge onto my Stryofoam ball and sprinkled glitter on it. The whole color of the ball changed. Does the mod podge dry clear and the color that I had sprayed on the ball come thru?

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Any help would be appreciated as the craft store sells, but never teaches. Thank you.

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March 16, 20171 found this helpful
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I believe the problem may be that your first coat(s) of paint did not seal the Styrofoam properly so the coating was not sufficient to seal the color in.
Here is a suggestion on sealing Styrofoam with paint. Maybe try something like this before putting your Mod Podge and glitter coatings.

Styrofoam safe paints: You will have a hard time using a brush given the rough surface. You might need to use a cloth or something similar to work the paint into all the holes. Let it dry and repeat the process. It will get easier each time as it gets smoother. Water and Acrylic paints apparently work just fine here.

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January 13, 2021

I am using floral craft green Styrofoam for a lollipop stand. Green is the color of the party. It flakes so much, the Styrofoam sprays are kinda icky.

What can I use to seal it that will still allow me to stick lollipops into it, meaning that is won't harden the foam. Thanks so much!

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January 13, 20210 found this helpful

Try wrapping the block of foam in heavy duty aluminum foil...that should keep any "foam crumbs" from getting all over the place. Good luck.

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January 13, 20210 found this helpful

I'm not sure as I use this sometimes and I have not found anything to use because everything I tried made the foam too hard.
Maybe someone else will have some suggestions.

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Since you do not wish to cover up the green, maybe you could consider something like Saran wrap and glue or tape it closed on the bottom of the piece.

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January 13, 20210 found this helpful

Why not colorful tissue paper or wrapping paper. This can be the color of your choosing to match decor or party them and still soft enough to insert pops. By wrapping this and using a little tape or hot glue to seal your wrapping on , it can also become interchangeable by removing paper and saving foam until the next time.

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January 14, 20210 found this helpful

It might be better to get a chunk of regular styrofoam instead of the florist's foam. You could then paint it with acrylic paint. Be sure not to use regular spray paint, get the type that is specifically for craft foam. The regular kind will melt the styrofoam.

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Good luck and do let us know what you decide to do.

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January 19, 20210 found this helpful

Can you share a link of what you want it to look like? Floral foam is not good for most craft projects.

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August 26, 2019

I am wondering if you can use mod podge to stick beads to polysterene?

Using Mod Podge to Adhere Beads to Polysterene - Styrofoam bust
 

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

Simple craft glues can be used to glue beads to polystyrene with no problem at all. It normally takes 24 hours for the glue to dry.

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Therefore, you should have no problem at all if you want to use mod podge to glue the beads to your project.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

How heavy are the beads?If they're heavier, use a lighter gel type craft glue. If they are regular small ones, should be fine.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

I would try a few beads with the Modge Podge. If they stick, go ahead and finish the project. If not, buy a stronger glue.

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August 26, 20190 found this helpful

I would not use Mod Podge. Their website has no mention of being able to use it with polysterene.

You are best off to use a two component epoxies bond if you want something that is going to last. Be sure to do this an a well-ventilated area. This stuff is nasty. Wear gloves too, and eye protection.

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August 30, 20190 found this helpful

I have worked with Polysterene in assisted living facilities and after many trials (and errors) we found that better success (especially if you want the project to last (and look good) for some time it is best to use glue made for this use.

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Some glues will melt the Polysterene and some will hold items for a short time and later items just fall off.
The 2-part glues may work but I do not like working with them so I just buy the right glue to start with.

www.wikihow.com/Glue-Styrofoam

www.ehow.com/way_5188456_kind-glue-can-used-styrofoam_...

You can find correct glues at craft stores like Jo Ann's or Micheal's but many stores have craft supplies now also.
Here is an example of what you can get online.

www.google.com/search?q=Polystyrene+glue&client...

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