Quick Tip: How to Wire Styrofoam Balls Without A Glue Gun For Gumpaste Flowers


wire styfrofoam balls without glue

I don’t know about you, but I hate having to get equipment out then wait for it to be ready.

I don’t have time for that.

So I don’t bother using the hot glue gun to attach wires to styrofoam balls anymore, I just do the bendy thing to anchor the wire and it works fine.

And that’s the technical term, “the bendy thing.”

I should call it a technique and claim to have invented it, maybe I could give it my name. “Kara’s bendy thing wire technique method.” Yeah, that’s it.

Anyway, here’s what I do:


styrofoam ball and wire

Start with your average styrofoam ball and a heavy wire (This also works with styrofoam cones if you’re so inclined.)


styrofoam ball and wire

 Poke the wire through the ball until about 1/2″ sticks out the top.


styrofoam ball and wire

Bend the part that’s sticking out the top all the way down to anchor it.



styrofoam ball and wire

That isn’t going anywhere.


styrofoam ball and wire

Now turn it over, and at the base where you inserted the wire, bend it at a 90 degree angle.



styrofoam ball and wire

Now bend it back onto itself so that it makes a decent-sized loop to keep the bottom in place.


styrofoam ball and wire

Bend the wire so that it’s once again straight up and down the way that you inserted it into the ball in the first place. The little loop will be anchoring the wire against the base.


styrofoam ball and wire

Press the loop into the styrofoam.


styrofoam ball and wire

Now that end isn’t going anywhere either.


styrofoam ball and wire

And there you have it, no hot glue needed.

Once you cover the wires with gumpaste or wafer paper or whatever you plan on making the flowers out of, it will be completely covered and will also help to anchor the wire into place.


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