Marbled Spheres


I have always loved simple décor, but I also love the pushing-the-envelope decorating  style where adding that little extra touch just makes a project. These marbled spheres fill both of my décor passions. They are a simple, classic shape, but the paint application takes them over the top.

marbled smoothfoam ballsI chose Smoothfoam because of its strength and ability to stand up to a lot of wear and tear, plus it takes paint beautifully. It’s also a very quick project – you can complete it in less than an hour – and most of that time is waiting for paint to dry.

Here’s how I did it:

Three 4″ Smoothfoam balls
Golden Gel Medium
Krylon Spray Paint – colors of your choice
Gold paint pen
3 wooden skewers
Foam brush
Fine sand paper
Plastic container (6″ deep)
Glass jar

1.  Sand the seams of the balls to remove any raised areas and brush away residue.

2.  Insert a skewer into the pilot hole of each ball to use as a handle. Coat them with gel medium and place them in a glass jar to dry (like flowers in a vase).

spray paint on water

3.  Fill a plastic container with water to within 1″ of the top. Spray one or more paints onto the water surface. Working quickly, dip the ball into the water, turning to coat all areas. Put it back in the glass jar to dry. Repeat with the remaining balls, spraying more paint into the water each time. If the entire surface isn’t covered after the drying time, remove any water drops and repeat the painting process.

marbleize smoothfoam ball

4.  When you are satisfied with your results, use the paint pen to draw lines and dots onto the surface and allow to dry.

paint pen on smoothfoam ball


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