The Advantages of Sculpting With Polystyrene

Giant polystyrene carved tiger in workshop.

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Here at Spur Creative, we’re experts in crafting spectacular sculptures and models for all of your decorative or display needs. We offer a range of services to suit your requirements, but it’s fair to say that we are big fans of using polystyrene in our creative projects. The reason for that? Well…

Polystyrene is something that we all come across on a daily basis – not necessarily in the sculpture form of a retail display in a shop window or at a specific event, but also in the more basic forms of the packaging in your recent online order, or protection, like in the inside of your bike helmet.

On top of the fact that it's available and easily accessible in a variety of forms, ranging in expansion and density, it has a series of other benefits that make it the perfect choice for sculpting and bringing your prop design idea to life.


As shown by the multitude of uses of polystyrene that we’ve already talked about, it is a very versatile material. Not only it's available in different forms, but it also is malleable and easy to cut, shape, sculpt and coat – it’s a propmaker’s dream!

It is possible for our creative professionals to create replica sculptures without any problem, as well as curved walls and irregular shapes, giving you limitless options for your project ideas and prop designs.

Fast turnaround

By coming to a professional and dedicated team like us here at Spur Creative, you’re not only guaranteeing the highest quality results, but also a fast turnaround. Thanks to our expertise, your polystyrene-based props and retail displays can be created in very little time. There is no better way to make a visual tweak to a shop window.

But that certainly doesn’t mean we’re skimping on the finer details – we know just how important detail and lifelike details are, and that’s why we make sure all of our projects and sculptures have the wow factor that everyone is looking for.


The beauty of using polystyrene for sculptures, models, and other props is that there is no limit to its size. However big or small your design is, it’s possible with using polystyrene. From handheld sculptures to grand retail displays or giant props, using polystyrene enables us to produce high-quality props at any scale. Have a look at some of our recent projects and see our polystyrene sculptures for yourself!


It's a relatively inexpensive material, which is one reason why it’s so widely used. When it comes to using other materials, the amount or time-scale may render a bill that you cannot work with, which is where using polystyrene comes in as the money-saving alternative.

Plus, not only it's cheap to buy, but it’s also durable and performs well for decorative purposes – particularly when it’s teamed with the right coating and finish. This means you’re really getting the most for your money.


As we mentioned already, polystyrene is very versatile; not only in how we can work with it but also in how it can be used. Part of this is down to the fact that it is so lightweight. Being a lightweight material means that it is suitable to manipulate and move around however you want it – for example, if you want your shop window to have a floating polystyrene prop, you can!

Being lightweight means that it’s easy to transport and manoeuvre too. This makes the job easier for that van driver who is taking the sculptures from event to event, as well as for the shop assistant that has to experiment with their set-up in the shop window. Most of the time, one or two people can move even the biggest of polystyrene sculptures quite easily.


On top of being beneficial to you and your budget, using polystyrene is beneficial to the environment too! As a recyclable product, any waste involved whilst crafting up your spectacular project can be recycled. Leftovers can be reformed into reusable polystyrene, either for new creative designs or one of the material’s many other uses…

If you’d like to hear more about polystyrene carving here at Spur Creative, head over to our services page where you can find out more, or get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.