While I normally prefer to repurpose and recycle materials from around the house, there are a few craft supplies that I just love – foam (styrofoam/polystyrene) balls are one of them, simply because of their versatility. The list of kid-friendly craft projects that use foam balls as a base is endless – check out a few of my favourite ideas on my Pinterest board.
I’ve also picked three of our recent foam ball crafting sessions to share with you. Each one involved the creation of a “new friend”, as my assistant calls them. Given how versatile polystyrene is, I let her choose an animal to make and then hoped that we had the right coloured paints, pom-poms etc.
Introducing the latest members of the Strong residence:
What we used:
- Polystyrene foam balls
- Non-toxic, water-based acrylic paint
- Googly eyes
- Coloured felt sheets (for penguin’s beak and feet and rabbit ears)
- Icy pole/popsicle sticks (for rabbit’s feet)
- Toothpicks (to stick the rabbit ears onto)
- Black paper (for penguin wings and rabbit’s mouth)
- Black raffia (for rabbit’s whiskers)
- Pom-poms (for rabbit and caterpillar noses and for rabbit’s tail)
- Pipe cleaners (for caterpillar’s legs & antennae)
- Sheer black knee-high stocking/pantyhose
- Craft glue
- Paint brush
- Paint the foam balls black, leaving a white circle at the front for the belly.
- Cut out feet and a triangle beak from yellow felt and wings from black felt or paper.
- When paint is dry, glue on eyes, beak, feet & wings.
- Paint the foam ball pink (we used DecoArt Americana Multi Surface Acrylic Paint)
- Cut out rabbit ears from pink felt and stick onto toothpicks, then either paint the centre of the ear with white paint or stick on a smaller piece of white felt. Insert the toothpicks into the foam ball.
- Cut off the ends of an icy pole/popsicle stick, paint white, and glue onto the bottom of the foam ball.
- Cut a length of black raffia and snip the ends a few times to create whiskers. Glue a white pom-pom onto the centre of the raffia.
- Cut out the rabbit’s mouth from black paper.
- Glue on the googly eyes, nose & whiskers, mouth, and a white pom-pom for a fluffy tail.
- Insert polystyrene balls into stocking and tie the end. We used a slightly smaller ball for the head.
- Cut a length of black pipe cleaner for each ball, glue onto the bottom of the caterpillar, and shape into legs.
- Insert two small lengths of coloured pipe cleaner for the caterpillar’s antennae.
- Glue on googly eyes and a pom-pom nose.
- Decorate the body – you can use any stickers or embellishments you have! We were in a painting mood so just painted some orange spots all over the body.