Do crafts with foam sheets and open up a whole world of possibilities. Here are some ideas and tips to get you started. It’s easy, inexpensive, and lots of fun!
Looking for a great rainy day project for the kids? Or just want to turn some leftover trinkets into unique creations? Arts and crafts with foam is the answer.
Foam products are inexpensive and easy to work with. You can combine foam with virtually anything to make clever crafts. Think of all the odds and ends around your house or workshop that can enhance your next foam sheet project.
All that’s needed to go from trash to art is a strong adhesive for gluing them together and a little imagination. Look for buttons, coins, or other odds and ends left over from other projects. Pieces that can be disassembled from toys or electronics also work. Virtually anything with a flat surface can be glued to a foam sheet.
- Cut freeform designs from foam sheets to create animal shapes, flowers, or whatever image you want. Glue these shapes to small wooden blocks to create stamps. You can even use toothpicks or cloth and glue them to the foam for added texture. Put a small amount of poster paint on a plate and dip the stamps into them. Now press onto white paper for a fun design.
- Get your kids interested in gardening by cutting out plant shapes to match what’s in your garden. Paint them or glue pictures to the foam. Imagine carrots, tomatoes, and more glued to a popsicle stick. Let dry and then insert into the soil. A simple craft that doesn’t require much in the way of materials and can be educational as well.
- Picture your next party with coasters that your kids have made out of colorful cutouts made from foam sheets. Stay with some basic foam sheet colors and cut out a round shape a little larger than the glasses that will sit on them. Next, cut a small shape of interest like a ladybug and glue it to the round coaster shape. Then continue to cut out small details like wings and black dots for eyes and glue them to the ladybug until you have a finished product you’re happy with. Let the glue dry then test them out.
Whatever project you decide on, you will need the right glue. Make sure to choose a glue that is compatible with foam and that doesn’t have a strong smell.
Loctite Stik’n Seal Indoor Adhesive is a great all-purpose adhesive that will bond almost anything to foamboard. It’s solvent-free and low odor so you’ll love working with it. Stik’n Seal’s thick consistency means it will not run. It’s so easy to use!