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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Prevent scratches, rust and water stains on display surfaces

Polyethylene (PE) Foam sheet.

Polyethylene (PE) foam sheets are spongy and non-abrasive. You can save and up-cycle the foam you get as protective packaging or purchase it from electronic component or packaging supply stores.

Cut the foam to exactly fit the base of your container.

Cut the foam to exactly fit the base of your vase. I also use this under concrete, stone or metal cans or containers.

Smooth the foam.

Smooth the foam flat over the surface. The foam will stick and create a crush proof layer between the vase and the surface that you want to protect.

The foam is almost invisible.

The foam is almost invisible and if you look carefully it looks like sandblasted glass

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