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How to Attach Fabric to Styrofoam

Updated February 21, 2017

Crafters can create many charming projects using fabric and styrofoam. The combination works exceptionally well for wreathes and ornaments. When deciding how to attach fabric to styrofoam, remember that styrofoam is plastic and all plastics are non-porous. Therefore, if you use an adhesive to attach the fabric, make sure it is suitable for use with non-porous materials.

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  1. Insert push pins through the fabric and into the styrofoam. If you do not want the pins to be noticeable, use pins that coordinate with your fabric. If you are covering a wreath, place the pins in the back of the wreath where they are not visible.

  2. Cut a small piece of fabric and place it on top of the styrofoam. Place a knitting needle in the centre of the fabric and push, creating a small hole in the styrofoam. The fabric will remain in the hole. Repeat several times for a cheerful display of fabrics. Cover a styrofoam ball using this method to create an adorable Christmas ornament.

  3. Spread a thin layer of hot glue on the fabric. Allow the hot glue to cool for four or five seconds and then place it on the styrofoam. The thinner the layer of hot glue, the less likely you are to see it through the fabric.

  4. Warning

    Do not use adhesives that contain solvents on styrofoam. The solvent will break down the styrofoam, causing it to release toxins.

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Things You'll Need

  • Push pins
  • Knitting needle
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks

About the Author

Margie English

Margie English, a freelance writer based in Alabama, has been writing education-related articles since 2001. Her work appears in various online publications. She has a master's degree in education and taught English for seven years before starting her writing career.

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