Foam is a great material to work with for DIY projects. It’s easy to access at hardware stores, it comes in many different shapes and sizes, and it’s lightweight and sturdy. In this blog post we’ll show you how to use rigid foam for various crafts, from letters and numbers to party decorations.
1. Foam Letters
- Foam Letters
Foam letters are an easy way to personalize a project and add visual interest. They’re also a great way to teach letter recognition, especially for young learners!
To make foam letters:
- Cut out letters using the pattern provided in this post or download it here (link).
- Paint the letters with your favorite colors. I did two coats of paint, but you could do up to three or four if you want them to be extra bright. Let dry between each coat of paint so that they don’t smear together when applying subsequent layers (this is especially important on small details like dots within your capital A!).
2. Foam Numbers
Foam numbers are another great way to create a fun and interesting classroom environment. They can be used for many purposes, including helping students learn their numbers.
- Have each student write their name on a foam number.
- Place the foam numbers around the room with each student’s name facing them (for example, if you have 10 students, place all of their names in front of them).
- You can then ask the kids questions about themselves or what they did over the weekend etc., and they must answer by pointing to their foam number that corresponds with their answer (i.e., if they say “I went bowling”), they would point to “bowling” on one of the foam numbers placed in front of them.”
3. Foam Tags
Foam tags are a fun way to make unique and personal gifts. They’re also reusable, so once the recipient is finished with their gift, they can put it back in the box and use again!
- What are foam tags? Foam tags are used as a means of decorating your home or office space. You can write on them with pens, markers or paint and then stick them to walls or furniture as you like.
- Coffee mugs (or other types of cups) decorated with pictures of family members/friends/pets etc.
- Blankets that say “Home Sweet Home” on them
4. Foam Party Decorations
- Foam Party Decorations
- Foam letters, numbers and shapes can be used to make invitations, signs, decorations and more.
- Foam pumpkins and ghosts are a cute way to decorate for Halloween or other holidays.
- Foam decor for a party is easy to make with a few craft supplies from the dollar store!
- Foam decorations for a classroom are perfect if you want your students to learn hands-on about physics in an engaging way. It’s also helpful for science fairs since it involves both art & science!
- Foam decorations for weddings look amazing when paired with flowers or flowers made out of recycled materials like paper plates! Plus they’re much cheaper than buying them at stores because there are so many ways you can customize them yourself using household items like pipe cleaners & stones (these could also be used within votive holders).
5. Fake Food Props
The final project is what we’re all here for: fake food props! These are great for photo shoots, parties and plays. You can even use them as toys. You may have seen the pre-made versions of this type of prop at stores like Target, but they’re usually expensive and low quality.
It’s much easier to make your own fake food using this foam board because it is cheap, sturdy and durable enough to hold up against being handled by kids or adults without breaking down over time. I recommend using a hot glue gun instead of super glue because it will be easier to remove if you ever need more space in your house later on (or if you accidentally put it somewhere).
Rigid foam is a great and versatile material for DIY projects, especially for crafting in the classroom.
It’s lightweight, easy to cut and paint, and comes in many different colors. It can also be used to make a variety of things from decorations for Halloween to giant structures that kids can play on. Here are some examples of the types of projects you can make with rigid foam:
- Themed bulletin boards
- Door hangers for classrooms
- Decorations for rooms or parties
We hope you enjoyed this post on DIY projects that use rigid foam. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please let us know in the comments below!