DIY Decorative Greek or Roman Columns

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DIY Decorative Greek or Roman Columns
You can make faux Roman or Greek columns with standard building forms. (roman column image by javarman from

If you would like to add a little international flair to your home, try decorating a room with a country or period theme. When you theme decorate a room in your home, you use fixtures and furnishings that resemble those used in the other country or time period. If you would like to add an ancient Greek or Roman touch to a room in your own home, for instance, you can create light columns that can easily be removed or relocated if you change your mind.

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Things you need

  • Building form tubes of the same size
  • Building form tube 2 inches larger than others
  • Duct tape
  • White masking tape
  • Hand saw
  • Foam padding
  • White paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Strong bags
  • Sand

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    Line up two or more building forms end-to-end until they reach the desired height of the column. If you need to trim any of the building forms, use a hand saw. Wrap duct tape around the entire diameter of the form at the place where the forms meet.

  2. 2

    Cover the duct tape that you used to attach the forms with white masking tape. Use multiple layers of masking tape if the duct tape shows through.

  3. 3

    Wrap foam around both ends of each column and attach to the building forms with tape. Cut four equal-sized pieces from the larger building form tube. Slide the larger pieces of tube over the foam on the ends of the column, tape into place with duct tape and then cover with white masking tape.

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    Cut multiple strips of foam of the same width. Run one strip of foam down the length of the column from one end to the other and attach the foam to the column with duct tape. If the foam strip doesn't go all the way from one end to the other, place another strip at the end of the first to create one solid strip down the column.

  5. 5

    Place additional strips of foam as you did the first, all around the column to create ridges on the column. Space the strips at equal distances from each other. Once you have all of the strips in place, cover all of the duct tape with white masking tape.

  6. 6

    Use standard white paint to paint over the entire column. Cover the column with as many layers as it takes to make it appear uniformly white.

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    Create sandbags for each column by filling strong bags with sand. Tie the bags tightly to prevent spills.

  8. 8

    Lift the columns to a standing position and place them where you want them to be in the room. Place a sandbag inside the base of each column to steady the columns.

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