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I was just about to place my order for 100 fence finials when I saw the total with shipping and realized my fence budget was about to be destroyed. I started to look for alternatives. Unable to find any that looked good and kept the price down I decided to make my own. For $2.00 I bought two sheets of craft foam and made about 40 finials.

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12x18x3mm craft foam sheet
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marker or pen

Each finial will need the follow pieces cut from foam.
(2) triangles
(1) 1.5" x 1.5" square
(1) 1" x 3" strip ( I made mine 3" + 1/16")
Sizes are based on 1/2" pvc used for the fence.

I made a template out of thin plastic but cardboard will work just as well. The triangle is 2" at the bottom and 3" tall. At this size you should get 36 finials from one full sheet. Adjust the size and shape to fit your haunt. Make it wavy, serrated what ever floats your boat.

Trace the template across the bottom then flip it over and trace a second row


Cut out the triangles match in pairs then cut one of the pair in half length wise.


Glue the two halves to each side of the triangle creating a spear shape. Cut out a 1.5" square for each spear and glue it to the bottom.


Cut out a 1" x 3" strip and glue it to the PVC top


Glue the spear to the top of the PVC/foam strip

Paint it with the fence and apply faux rust.
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Great idea!
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They look excellent AND THEY ARE SAFE! Great job!
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Nice finials and you can't beat the price. Thanks for sharing.
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Those look great- do you have to use hot glue or will another glue work? Never worked with craft foam.
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That's awesome. Where did you find 2 black sheets of craft foam for $2? At my local dollar store they only have white.
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Those look great- do you have to use hot glue or will another glue work? Never worked with craft foam.
I know they make foam glue that would work. Not sure about other types.
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That's awesome. Where did you find 2 black sheets of craft foam for $2? At my local dollar store they only have white.
I bought mine at Hobby Lobby its a chain craft store. The sheets were .99 each. Even if you used white you can paint when you paint the fence.
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Very good idea and safe also. I'm curious to see how long they will hold up to the weather elements?
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I was thinking the same thing, Im going to mock up a few and put them out for the spring storms.

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