When you walk into any craft store, you're likely to find sheets of craft foam in a rainbow of colours. Craft foam is a cheap, versatile material that lends itself to a multitude of uses. Foam sheets can be used for such things as home decor, costuming, children's crafts and toys.
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With the popularity of cosplaying (costume playing---dressing up as and pretending to be characters from favourite movies, TV shows and video games), costumiers have discovered that foam sheets can be used to create realistic armour at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. By using heat, embossing techniques and paint, these armour crafters can create everything from elf armour to medieval gauntlets.
Water Bottle Holders
A fun project for kids and adults alike is creating water bottle holders. With assorted colours of foam sheets, plastic lacing, scissors and glue, you can create dozens of personalised water bottle holders with decorations limited only by your imagination.
Craft foam sheets are a great material for creating door hangers. With a few sheets of foam, a pair of scissors and some glue, you can make door hangers from simplistic to sophisticated and bearing any message you wish. If you plan to make multiple door hangers, you can make a cardboard template to trace around on the craft foam; this will keep the size and shape of the door hangers consistent. Of course, you can also vary the size and shape according to the purpose of each hanger.
Similar to paper dolls, foam dolls are basic people shapes cut out of craft foam sheets. You can create clothes out of paper, fabric or foam, and your child will have fun for hours dressing their foam doll. A rolled piece of masking tape on the back of the clothing will keep it in place when the doll is dressed, and masking tape peels off of craft foam easily without damaging the surface.
Once you've created other projects with foam sheets, you'll likely have scraps of the craft foam leftover. While you can use these scraps for small decorations for other projects, you can also use them to make beads. Roll small strips of the foam tightly, making sure to leave a hole in the middle so you can string the beads later, and secure the ends with hot glue.
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