What You Need to Know About Buying EVA Foam Sheets for Cosplay
What is EVA Foam?
EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) foam is a firm, high-density foam that is softer than standard polyethylene foams. Commonly used in items like yoga mats, sports gear and boat equipment, EVA foam is also the ultimate material for cosplayers of all levels of experience.
In contrast to bulky, heavy plastics that don’t hold their shape and are difficult to form, EVA foam is extremely versatile, easy to work with and helps cosplayers achieve a high-end, polished look for their costumes.
Easy to Cut, Form and Bond
Since EVA foam is a soft and sturdy material, it’s simple to cut with basic tools like scissors and box cutters. You can also use heat to mold and shape EVA foam.
Unlike heavier materials used for cosplay, EVA foam weighs about two pounds per cubic foot. That means you can build entire costumes including shields, armor, helmets and more without getting weighed down.
If you use polyurethane foams for cosplay, you might notice shades of yellow after prolonged exposure to UV rays. Because EVA foam is UV resistant, it maintains its integrity when outdoors.
Weapons and Accessories
No costume is complete without accessories. You can use thicker EVA foam to create rigid but lightweight swords, guns, tasers, hammers and more.
We recommend either two 0.25-inch-thick foam sheets if you are doing extensive layering, or one 0.5-inch thick foam sheet or fewer layers.
What Our Customers Are Saying
“I am currently using this as a replacement for the standard EVA foam cosplayers use. I needed something stiffer but still easily cut. This product is exactly what I’ve been needing. The shipment came in on time, a few minor pockets on some sheets, to be expected. Overall I may always decide to use this material in the future.”
—Greg Krueger, Krueger Cosplays