Have you ever thought about making decorative finials? You can!

You know how one thing leads to another? That’s what’s happened here on Crafts ‘n Coffee this week. While preparing Tuesday’s tutorial for the Button, Twig & Twine Deco Cubes, I came across a few more projects to share. Like these DIY Finials. Why would you make your own finials? Because you can make then any size and shape you want, and then finish them in the colors and style of your choice. It’s custom décor that fits your home – and your budget, perfectly.

Love the lines on these Architectural Finials. The price is right, too, because they're a DIY project. CraftsnCoffee.com

Architectural Finials by Kathleen George

Basic shapes of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam offer so many options to build your own finials. It’s almost like building a block tower, but with a lot more variety. Discs or a 1” sheet cut to size make great bases. And then you start stacking cubes, cones, balls, even eggs to shape your finial. Designer Kathleen George used a serrated knife to trim the sides on her cones and cubes to create different shapes. (No hammers, saws or power tools.)

Look how you can turn basic Styrofoam shapes into custom finials! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll build your finials with basic shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

After you’ve built your shape, think about how you’d like to finish it. Kathleen brushed on acrylic paint to finish these Bronze Finials.

DIY these fun finials with Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Bronze Finials by Kathleen George.

For the Architectural Finials below, Kathleen first covered her finials with a light coat of spackling. Then, she painted the gray finial (center) and light tan finial (right) with Make It Stone! from Krylon. The tall finial on the left is painted with Krylon Brushed Metallic spray paint. (Always read the label carefully to be sure the spray paint you use is foam-safe.)

I like the strong, clean lines on these DIY finials. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The finial on the left is finished with a metallic paint, and the other two are painted with a stone-like finish.

You’ll find links to the step-by-step tutorials above, so click on through for all of the details.

Where would you display your finials?

And don’t forget, today is the last day to enter the “Burlap & Bling” giveaway, and win a few of the favorite products from the SNAP Conference.

Happy crafting.



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14 Responses to Have you ever thought about making decorative finials? You can!

  1. Gale Masterson says:

    I’ve made mine by covering them with drywall mud to cover the holes on foam. They honestly look like stone. Loved making them!!

  2. CraftyB says:

    Wow, those finials look so real and so much easier with Styrofoam! They would look great on the mantle.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, and yes, they would look fabulous on a mantel. And when you DIY your own, you can make them the exact size you need for wherever you display them. Bonus! Sharon

  3. Lynn Jackson says:

    Well who knew! What a great idea this is.

  4. Angie Dyer says:

    These look like expensive pieces of art work you would find at boutiques! And to think you created them!

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Angie, So glad you like the finials. And to be clear, I didn’t create them — Kathleen George did. She really works creative magic! Sharon

  5. LisaM6 says:

    Those are so realistic. The gold ones remind me of my parents front porch. Too funny I was just thinking about the old house. 🙂 What a great idea!

    • Sharon says:

      Amazing what you can do with a few basic shapes, isn’t it? What style was your parent’s house? Was it a big, wraparound porch? Sharon

  6. What an ingenious idea!!! I love it!! Will be giving this a go! TFS!

  7. Katiria says:

    those are so cool! I have never seen that before

    • Sharon says:

      Why, thank you. Amazing, aren’t they? Kathleen recently created several similar pieces for the NAMTA Show (which I believe is for retailers of art supplies) and they were really neat. It’s all very do-able. Sharon

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