If your hastily-drawn Dungeon Master paper map just isn’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to invest in your own map terrain pieces. It’s up to you what kind of terrain you’ll need in your game, but this dry flower foam tutorial is adaptable to most situations you and your merry band of players could find yourselves in.
What you’ll need:
- Dry Flower foam
- Acrylic paint
- Exacto knife
- Box cutter
- Tape measure
- Cut your flower foam in half lengthwise. You don’t need the extra height, and it will give you twice as much area for building terrain pieces.
- Measure your terrain pieces using your own map’s scale. (In our map, one inch equals five feet.) Cut through the foam using the box cutter.
- Use the exacto knife to add texture.
- Paint the foam. (This is where it’s important that you use dry flower foam. Wet flower foam is much more sensitive and will dent easily and soak up paint.)
- When your paint has dried, measure and paint your grid onto the terrain.
- To make trees, bushes, and houses, carve the foam into the shape you want using the boxcutter. Make sure your pieces adhere to your map’s scale.