Using Foam Boards for Your Craft Projects- 3 Step Process

There are many favorable properties of foam board, including versatility, its lightweight yet sturdy construction, etc. that make the material a desired choice for craft projects. One of the most attractive features of the material is that it is very convenient to work with. The material can be easily cut and glued, which makes it a great choice for arts and crafts projects. Writing and drawing on foam boards is also easy to achieve.

If you are considering foam boards for your craft projects, here is a simple and easy 3 step process that you need to follow. 

Pick the right foam board
Today the market is flooded with a variety of foam board types. Because of its extensive usage, manufacturers have created a wide variety to meet your particular needs. Depending on what your project demands and how you plan to use the end product, you need to choose the material type wisely. The thicker the material, the more durable it is and can withstand more handling. For instance, it is more suitable to be hung directly on walls. A thinner board might be suitable if you don't plan to transport or handle your project too much, or if you plan to secure it in a frame. 

Cut the desired shape

Once you have purchased the material, the next step is to cut it into the desired shape. Foam board is convenient to work with but when it comes to cutting the material, you need to be very careful. Even a little ignorance can damage the material and create unsightly edges. Make sure to use the right cutting tools to get a neat finish. Get a Sooper Edge or Big Blue straight edge, and a sharp craft knife such as an Olfa L1 with a snap off blade. Do not use a dull blade as it will give a torn or worn-out look to your project. Using a sharp blade knife will give a clean, elegant and polished look to your craft project. 

Apply paint

Painting your foam board is easy and convenient. You should use only water based paints on foam board. Try not to add too much water to the paint, as it might get too wet and the outer layers may not handle it well. Next, add matte or gloss medium to make the paint slightly thinner as needed. Allow each layer of paint to dry before applying the next layer. Following this process will help you get a smooth finish. Once your project is finished, lighten up your living area or bedroom with your adorable and handmade work of art!

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