Make your very own modern room divider.
- 1 sheet of 60” X 40” X 3/16”, (152.4 cm X 101.6 cm X 5 mm) thick foam board
- Ball-bearing chain
- Fifteen pieces @ 10” (25.4 cm)
- Five pieces @ 25” (63.5 cm)
- 20 chain link couplings
- Pencil, utility knife, cutting mat, metal ruler, awl & hammer, sandpaper, sanding sponge.
- To make stencils for room divider shapes: with a pencil, draw 4 different sized rectangles onto craft paper. In our case, the measurements are:
1. 16” X 11” (41 cm X 28 cm) – cut 3 pieces of foam board
2. 16” X 7 ¾” (41 cm X 20 cm) – cut 3 pieces of foam board
3. 11” X 9 ½” (28 cm X 24 cm) – cut 1 piece of foam board
4. 9 ½” X 7 ¾” (24 cm X 20 cm) – cut 1 piece of foam board
Draw inner rectangle (to be cut out of inside of each original shape) 1” (2.5 cm) from any outside corner (as pieces can be turned around and/or flipped over to achieve desired angle). Once the stencils are cut out, trace the shapes out on foam board. Refer to the above for the exact number of pieces that need cutting.
- Cut out each piece of foam board using a very sharp utility knife at 90 degree angles first. You’ll go back to round the corners later. To help create clean lines, use the metal ruler to help guide the utility knife along the foam board. Put some muscle into it to prevent the ruler from shifting and to ensure the knife cuts right through the heavy board. Any rough edges and sharp corners should be sanded down.
- On a clean work surface, lay all the pieces backwards from how they will hang. On back side of cut-outs, measure and mark with pencil ½” (1.5 cm) down and 2” (5 cm) in from each side. For cutout #’s 1 and 3, mark another point ½” (1.5 cm) down and equal distance between previous two marks. There will be 6” (15.5 cm) between each mark. Repeat these measurements and marks ½” (1.5 cm) from bottom side on all pieces EXCEPT for the two that will hang on bottom of room divider.
- Pierce holes at each marked point using 3/8” (1 cm) awl and hammer. Place the cutting mat under the foam board, and be sure to pierce all the holes from the same side, as tool will slightly damage the surrounding surface. This means that there will be a “good side” and a “not-so-good side”.
- Loop each length of chain through each hole on each piece of foam board, until they are all linked together. Close the chain pieces together with chain link couplings.
- Hang the room divider from a curtain rod from the ceiling or cup hooks.
- Find other shape inspirations for templates from various household items. A box or a lid works great as a template when drawing a primary shape. Adjoining shapes can be created by altering the primary shape. But make sure each piece is the same height as the piece beside it and that the lengths match in each row, to ensure an even room divider.
- Changing the utility knife blade as it becomes blunt eases the cutting process.
- Inner curves are more easily cut out using the utility knife in a saw-like motion. It may be difficult to cut right through both surfaces. If necessary, try to at least mark through to the back surface with the tip of the utility knife, flip the foam board over, and use markings are guides to complete the curved cuts.
- Because cut-outs may not all be exact, check to make sure each piece’s top and bottom marks match those of the piece(s) it will attach to by laying them directly beside one another. This will help ensure that the pieces all hang straight down.
Foam board, Utility knife, Cutting mat, Metal ruler –
Opus Framing & Art Supplies
Ball-bearing chain, chain link couplings –
Sanding sponge –
IRLY Building Centres
Making Memories size-adjustable hole punch –
Michaels Craft Store