How to Get Started with Foam Crafting

Are you ready to dive into the wonderful world of foam crafting? Whether you’re a complete beginner or just looking to expand your crafting skills, foam is a versatile and fun material to work with.

In this guide, we’ll explore the fundamentals of foam crafting and get you started on your creative journey. From understanding the different types of foam to basic tools and techniques, we’ve got you covered.

What Is Foam Crafting?

Foam crafting uses foam materials to create various crafts, decorations and practical items. Foam can refer to a variety of materials that come in various sizes, colors and densities, making them suitable for a wide range of projects.

From simple and fun projects like foam masks and puppets to more intricate creations like cosplay costumes, foam crafting is a great hobby for all ages that offers endless possibilities for creativity.

A table full of party supplies including masks, confetti and beads.

Types of Foam for Crafting

Before starting your foam crafting journey, you must understand the different types of foam materials available for crafting. Here are some common types of foam used:

EVA Foam

EVA foam, or Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate foam, is one of the most popular choices for foam crafting. It’s available in various thicknesses and is similar to cross-poly foam. It’s known for its versatility. EVA foam is often used for creating cosplay armor, props and even simple accessories.

Other Closed-Cell Foam Options

In addition to EVA foam, we offer a range of closed-cell foam options, including Volara foam, Flotex foam and memory foam which are popular for smaller crafts due to their various forms and malleability.


Due to its water-resistant material, neoprene is popular for creating wetsuits, costumes and even gaming tables. At FoamOrder, we take pride in our extensive online collection of neoprene sheets, offering a diverse selection of colors, textures and thicknesses to suit your needs.

Foam Cubes

Foam cubes can be used to build large 3D models, foam pits for kids and many other uses. At FoamOrder, you can order our foam blocks in a variety of grades and sizes, including a mixture of scrap foam pieces.

Understanding the different types of foam available will help you choose the suitable materials for your specific project.

Essential Tools and Supplies

Now that you’re familiar with some of the types of foam used in crafting, it’s time to gather the essential tools and supplies you’ll need to get started. Here’s a list of must-have items:

Foam Cutting Knife

A sharp upholstery knife or craft blade is useful for cutting foam with precision. Make sure to have spare blades on hand, as foam can dull them quickly.

Cutting Mat

A cutting mat provides a safe and durable surface for cutting foam and protects your work area from damage.

Glue or Adhesive

Depending on your project, you may need our PRO-TACK Foam Adhesive or glue. For foam crafting, hot glue guns, craft glue and foam-safe adhesive are common choices.

Paints and Brushes

Acrylic paints and brushes are ideal for adding color and detail to your foam creations.

Ruler and Measuring Tape

Accurate measurements are crucial in foam crafting, so having a ruler and measuring tape on hand is essential.


Buttons, beads, sequins and other decorative elements can enhance the appearance of your foam projects.


When working with tools like utility knives and heat guns, it’s important to prioritize safety. Wear protective eyewear, and work in a well-ventilated area and follow our material guides to ensure your safety while crafting.

Having these tools and supplies at your disposal will make your foam crafting projects more efficient and enjoyable. Be sure to check out our accessories page for any materials you may need.

Basic Foam Crafting Techniques

Now that you have your tools and supplies ready, it’s time to explore some fundamental foam crafting techniques to help you get started:

Cutting Foam

Begin by practicing cutting foam using your foam-cutting knife or craft blade. Make straight cuts, curved cuts and intricate shapes to get comfortable with the process. Remember to use a cutting mat to protect your work surface.

Gluing Foam

Experiment with glue or adhesive to determine which works best for your project. If using adhesive, apply it sparingly and press the foam pieces together firmly.

Heat Shaping

If you’re working with EVA foam, a heat gun can be used to heat and shape the foam. This technique allows you to create curves, bends and complex shapes in your projects.

Painting and Decorating

Let your creativity shine by painting and decorating your foam creations. Acrylic paints work well on foam, and you can use brushes or even sponges to apply color and texture.

Fun Foam Crafting Ideas for Beginners

To kickstart your foam crafting journey, here are some exciting and beginner-friendly project ideas to inspire your creativity:

Foam Masks

Design and create your own foam masks for costume parties or imaginative play. You can decorate them with paint, feathers, glitter and other embellishments.

Foam Puppets

Craft colorful foam puppets that bring your storytelling to life. Design characters, cut them out and attach them to wooden sticks for hours of entertainment.

Foam Flowers

Construct vibrant foam flowers for home décor or as gifts that will never wilt.

Foam Bookmarks

Make personalized foam bookmarks with intricate designs. They’re a fantastic way to combine functionality and creativity.

Foam Coasters

Protect your surfaces in style by crafting foam coasters. You can paint them with intricate designs to match your home decor.

These beginner projects are an excellent opportunity to practice your foam crafting skills and let your imagination run wild.

A stack of three books, each with a homemade bookmark made of foam and ribbon.

Foam crafting is an exciting hobby that everyone can enjoy. At FoamOrder, we support your journey by providing the essential knowledge about foam types, the right tools and supplies and helping you master basic techniques. Our goal is to empower you to explore a wide array of engaging project ideas and, in turn, enable you to craft your very own foam masterpieces.

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