Craft foam comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Take a trip to your local craft store and you'll find craft foam sheets and cutouts in pre-made shapes and themes. You can buy foam with an adhesive backing or without, depending on the type of project you want to make. Craft foam is colourful, flexible and inexpensive, making it the ideal medium for an afternoon of crafting time with kids.
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Brooches and Magnets
Craft foam sheets can make layered brooches or magnets to give as gifts. Kids use cookie cutters to trace a pattern onto the back of the foam, then glue pieces together for layers. They might cut a circle and then add smaller shapes for a face, or cut out flower petals with a circle for the centre and leaves on the side. Markers or craft paint can add a festive embellishment to the top of the project, and then kids just have to glue a pin backing or a magnet to the back of the design for displaying and wearing.
Creative Storage Solutions
To spice up a desk or shelf, craft foam shapes can turn ordinary containers into fabulous storage solutions. Kids can attach pre-cut craft foam shapes to boxes and jars and then use them to hold crayons, paper clips, pencils or scissors. Their entire craft storage area can become a tribute to their creative skills when even the storage containers have original style.
Books and Journals
One sheet of craft foam cut in half can become the front and back covers for a book. Kids can cut paper to fit inside the covers and then punch holes through all of the layers of the book and tie ribbon or yarn through the holes to secure the pages of the book together. Then they decorate the book cover using craft paint, markers or other shapes cut out of craft foam. These can become DIY journals or colouring books, great for birthday party gifts or road trip entertainment.
At Christmas, craft foam makes a ready-made ornament base. Kids can cut shapes out of craft foam to make it resemble a wreath, a Christmas tree, a stocking or a snow man. Then they use markers and glitter glue to decorate the ornaments. When they punch a hole in the top and add a loop of ribbon, the ornaments are ready for display. These ornaments can also go on top of holiday gift packages for a handmade add-on. Kids should be sure to write their names and the year on the back of each ornament so they will remember their crafty creativity later.
On Valentine's Day craft foam makes a little purse or pouch to carry Valentine cards. Kids cut out two large heart shapes from pink or red foam, then glue them together only on the bottom 2/3 of the hearts, leaving the "humps" on the top unglued. When the glue dries, kids punch holes on either side of the top and add a ribbon handle, then decorate the front and back of the pouch using more craft foam or markers. When they get cards on Valentine's Day they can slide them inside the pocket of their craft foam purse.
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