This is a guide to all the different types of foam I use in my crafts.  To keep it handy, feel free to Pin it! 🙂

 

floral Styrofoam

Floral Styrofoam has many uses and comes in green and white.

Pros:

  • Easy to cut
  • Great for use with faux flowers
  • Comes in different shapes
  • Great smothered in gravy

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Melts when hot glued
  • Not compatible with most spray paints

 

dry foam

Dry Foam is used to design faux or dried flowers.

 It is softer than Floral Styrofoam and comes in green, grey or brown.

Pros:

  • Comes in different shapes
  • Potty trained, for the most part
  • Very easy to cut with a sharp knife
  • Compatible with most spray paint
  • Doesn’t melt like Floral Styrofoam

Cons:

  • Can be expensive.
  • Leaves fine dust particles behind and hard to keep clean.

 

Polystyrene

Polystyrene… you know, the stuff that packing peanuts are made of!

Let’s think outside the box and the sky is the limit on using Polystyrene foam…

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Low calories
  • Recycle it to save the earth
  • Comes in a lot of different shapes
  • Can be baked and will shrink and harden

Cons:

  • Hard to cut
  • Does not play well with hot glue or most spray paints.

 

pool noodles

Yes, pool noodles!

 I think we, as crafters, have barely scratched the surface when it comes to these inexpensive gems!  

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Pretty to look at
  • Easy to cut and shape
  • Great to use in cemetery vases
  • Spray paint tolerant but I strongly suggest you test it first
  • Excellent to use as a wreath base IF used with a strong wire so it doesn’t lose it shape

Cons:

  • Will melt to a certain extent when exposed to hot glue

 

craft foam sheets

Meet the newest old thing in craft supplies!

I am SO EXCITED about using these and I have shunned them for years!  They look juvenile and in those bright colours, who can really take them seriously?!  Well, WE better take them seriously because they are a craft supply to be reckoned with!

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Spray paint tolerant
  • Can be cut with scissors, even dull ones!

Cons:

  • Be careful using with extremely hot glue as it may alter their shape

 

Foam Board

 

Foam Board:  Cardboard’s rich cousin!

Foam board has been around for years but didn’t get a lot of attention on the craft scene until dollar stores started selling it.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Gluten Free
  • Can be painted if sealed first
  • Can easily be cut with a sharp tool like an X-acto knife

Cons:

  • Except for that sealing part, I can’t think of any!

 

 

 

 

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