Over the years, I’ve tried dozens and dozens of crafting methods. From sewing to working with clay to making my own Christmas ornaments it seems I’ve tried it all. Each time I try a new technique, or work with a material I haven’t used before, it’s so fun and exciting. Suddenly, a whole new world opens up and I’m able to envision all sorts of new things I can create. That’s what happened the day I was introduced to foam board.
If you’ve never seen foam board, it’s a slab of foam pressed between two pieces of paper. You can purchase it in various thicknesses and it’s really inexpensive. Although it’s not appropriate for making outside décor it’s ideal for creating inside pieces that can be simplistic and sweet or elegant and eye-catching. With a few craft supplies – and sometimes none at all – you can make a huge variety of new things for your home.
Use a sharp knife to cut the foam board into the shapes and pieces you want. Make a box shape by using five pieces of the board: one for the bottom, two for the long sides, and two pieces for the short sides. Cut the pieces according to how long, tall and wide you want the box to be. These can be painted and otherwise decorated or used as-is to hold all sorts of things. Make large ones to hold fake trees and smaller versions to hold fake houseplants. Make a long one to set on the mantle or a much smaller one to use as a napkin holder. Make a trough-like arrangement that can hold stuffed animals, dry supplies in the bathroom or even spices in the kitchen.
Cut the foam board into two or three same-size circles and glue wooden dowels between them, as you stack them, to make various stands. Make a stand to hold spices, medications, cosmetics and similar things. Make a much taller version, using long, wide-diameter dowels, and you’ll have a place to set lightweight picture frames, statuettes and collectibles. Use one circle of thick foam board and glue four large-diameter wooden pegs to one side. This makes a cute footstool or even a plant stand.
Cut the foam board into a large circle, square, diamond, oval, star shape – most any shape. Decorate these by covering them with fabric or contact paper or even painting them. Use craft supplies like glitter, metallic or colored tape, fake jewels, roping, painted wooden shapes or similar items to make the design you want. Make a small shape, cover it with felt, then use it as a trivet for hot dishes. Make a much larger version, embellish it with dimensional items, and you’ve got a spectacular medallion or other décor piece for above the mantle, an interior door or to mount to the side of a bookcase or other furniture. Mount dimensional things to make assorted wall hangings or groups. Dried or artificial flowers, mirrors, wrought iron pieces and picture frames are only a few of the choices you have.
It’s fun to work with foam board and turn it into impressive designs for your home. Cut a piece of fabric that features a large cartoon character, glue it to the foam board, then cut the foam board to that shape. This makes an adorable 3-d wall hanging for a child’s room. Cut it to the shape of a tepee and you can make an authentic-looking wall tepee with leather from a craft store. There are no ends to the creations you can make, and if you’re like me, you’ll think of even more!