4 DIY Kids’ Craft Projects Using Packing Foam

When you open a box and see all of that leftover packing foam, do you hate just throwing it away? After all, it seems like it should still be useful for something. Fortunately, it’s an ideal material for kids’ craft projects. It’s versatile, comes in many shapes and sizes, free and easy to work with. Here are four DIY kids’ craft projects using packing foam.

 

Decorative Foam Nameplate

All you need for this is a one to two-inch thick piece of foam board, some sequins and scrapbooking embellishments, floral pins and potentially some glue. The floral pins allow your child to fasten the sequins to the foam to create the letters of their name. They can also be used to attach embellishments, which are great way to make this nameplate even more personalized. If your child wishes, he or she can even use glue to add glitter for a fun sparkle.

 

Fun Foam Shapes

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Fun Foam Shapes

Those thin sheets of polyethylene foam are bursting at the seams with untapped creative potential. PE foams are thin, flexible and soft enough to cut easily, yet durable. Consider having your children draw shapes of their favorite things on the foam sheet, cut them out and color them in. These shapes can then be used for other craft purposes, like scrapbooking, wall decor or added to paintings or drawings for a 3-D look.

 

Packing Peanut Jewelry

Packing peanuts are popular among kids for their fun shape and texture, so this next project should be a big hit. Have your kids pick out different colors of tempera paint and use them to paint the packing peanuts. A thin brush can be used to add detail to larger peanuts. Afterward, they should be allowed to dry on waxed paper. Cut a piece of yarn of appropriate length for a bracelet, necklace or crown, making sure to leave an extra half inch. String the yarn through a large-eyed needle and begin pulling it length-wise through each peanut. Tie both ends of the yarn together to complete the project.

 

Foam Journal

If your child likes to write in a journal, they’ll love this unique way of customizing it. All they need is two sheets of foam, scissors, glue, notebook paper and any little accessories they like. This is a great use for the aforementioned foam cutouts. Have them cut the foam sheets to be slightly larger than the notebook paper for a more book-like appearance. Using foam cutouts, stickers, glitter, sequins, rhinestones or any other little add-ons, have them decorate the cover of the journal with any design that appeals to them.

Next, sandwich the paper between each cover and mark where the paper’s holes are. Remove the covers and use a hole punch over the marks. Ribbon, jute twine, yarn or plastic cord can be laced through the holes to bind the journal together.

Next, sandwich the paper between each cover and mark where the paper’s holes are. Remove the covers and use a hole punch over the marks. Ribbon, jute twine, yarn or plastic cord can be laced through the holes to bind the journal together.

The next time you’re faced with a trash bag full of packing foam, don’t throw it out. Instead, give it to your kids for some fun and inexpensive craft projects. It’s a great way to repurpose materials while stimulating your children’s creativity.

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