DIY Mid-Century Wall Sculpture

Posted by Meghan Quinones

I was so inspired by the Mid-Century wall sculpture featured in the 10 Mid-Century Modern DIYs for Your Home that I decided to try it myself! Since we've had bloggers coming into our studio to film lessons, I have been coming up with different backdrop ideas. When I saw the Mid-Century Wall Sculpture, I knew it would make a perfect backdrop!

Instead of going with the vintage vibe, I wanted my wall sculptures to be bright and colorful so I ended up going with a coral paint color. These were super easy to make! There are only a few steps that anyone can do. You can make whip these up in minutes and completely transform a wall!

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 Inch Smooth Foam Balls
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • E6000 Glue (or Hot Glue Gun and Glue)
  • Spray Paint
  • Sandpaper

Let's get crafty!

Rub the back of your styrofoam ball (the side with a hole cut in it) on your sandpaper, flattening it. I stopped when the back had a smooth space the size of a nickel.

Spray paint your styrofoam ball. Unlike regular styrofoam, you can actually spray paint Smooth Foam without it melting. Score!

Begin adding your skewers along the middle seam in your foam ball. After I added a couple of skewers I realized I needed to make sure they were secure in my ball. I pulled my skewers out and added glue to the ends and then pushed them inside of my ball.

Continue filling in your foam ball with your skewers, spacing them about 1/8 inch apart. Once you have all of your skewers in, it's time to add some paint! With your skewers now upright, it's so much easier to spray paint all of the sides. I let my skewers dry a bit, then I flipped my sculpture over to spray the back of my skewers. Once again, let your paint dry. When you paint is dry, add a piece of foam mounting tape to the back of your scultupe and arrange it to your liking on your wall!