Crafts & Model Making

Cut it, shape it, model it, paint it!  The versatility of Craftfoam is the reason why it’s the number one choice of material used by model makers, war gamers, flower arrangers and crafters alike.

Extruded polystyrene is well-established as a model making material and Craftfoam has quickly become the product of choice for making everything from model boats and railways to architectural models and model scenery for table top games such as Warhammer.

Craftfoam can be cut easily with a serrated knife, hacksaw or floral knife and its closed cell structure provides it with strength and rigidity, so that even when it is cut and carved it will hold its shape.  With a wide range of sheet sizes and thicknesses and the ability to easily glue pieces of Craftfoam together, it is possible to make almost any shape.  Once you have crafted your model, a realistic finish can be created using paints, pastes and resins.

Top tip for cutting Craftfoam

Our top tip is to use a little bit of candle wax from an old candle to make the cut easier and smoother and, if you need to cut a thick piece of craftfoam or several sheets, try using an old electric carving knife or something similar

The best way to paint Craftfoam

For the best results, paint Craftfoam with acrylic paints.  Some spray paints can be used with Craftfoam but check first that they are compatible with foam plastic and avoid using solvent-based paints unless you are sure they are suitable for use with foam plastics.  Our top tip for easy handling is to insert a floral pick or skewer into the foam shape to use as a handle.

How to glue Craftfoam

White craft glue is ideal for bonding Craftfoam and a low temperature glue gun can also be used.  Our top tip to improve the bond is to rub two pieces of Craftfoam together before gluing.

How to add special effects to Craftfoam?

The possibilities are endless with Craftfoam and there are lots of ways to create different textures and shapes to create truly extraordinary models.  For a smooth, rounded edge try ‘sanding’ the foam with another piece of Craftfoam.  You can also create different textures by using plaster, gesso, modelling paste or other coating materials.  Our top tip for creating a variety of fun shapes; use metal cookie / bakery cutters to cut shapes into thin sheets of Craftfoam, gently remove the shape from the cutter and sand.

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