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Readi to Craft: Melted Crayon Art

Crayons are for more than just coloring in this edition of Readi to Craft, where we show you how to use Readi-Board foam board to create some melted crayon art. The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board

Crayons

Hair Dryer

Utility Knife

Ruler

Hot Glue Gun (with glue sticks)

String

Pencil

White Glue (Optional)

Acrylic Paint (Optional)

 

If you haven’t already, you should check out this week’s Test Tuesday. We tested the samples of foam board against the heat of a hair dryer and heat gun. Read it here!

 

Test Tuesday: Hair Dryer and Heat Gun

In this Test Tuesday we are testing at how heat affects foam board. This Test Tuesday also happens to be part of the preparation for the upcoming Readi to Craft video that will be released later in the week.

I began by using a hair dryer, as this would be the tool I use I for upcoming craft. Previous to applying heat I tested the dryer on my mat and determined that the hottest that hair dryer could get my self-healing cutting mat’s surface was 150°F. It took just over 2 minutes of concentrating the airflow on one point to get up to this temperature.

On all the samples, I applied heat from the hair drying for 30 seconds. On average the surface temperature of the foam board rose 47°F reaching an average surface temperate of 130°F.  However, none of the samples showed any sort of warping or damage at these temperatures which meant that that I could successfully complete my craft without the worry of damage my foam board.

I switched to a heat gun to continue my experiment. I applied heat on the samples until there was a noticeable change in each peice. The standard Readi-Board samples changed at about 210°F, with the white changing at a slightly lower temperature and the black at a slightly higher. There was only a few degrees’ variance between these. As you may expect the heavier paper and denser foam allowed the Adams Premium samples to better withstand the heat, averaging 240°F before damage was noticeable. The Readi-Grid sample reacted the same as the Adams Premium samples.

Readi Water Resistant sample showing signs of damage from heat gun.

The Readi Water Resistant sample began to change at about 215°F. I took two separate readings on the Readi-Erase sample. At approximately 200° the dry erase facer began to bubble and pull away from the foam, but it wasn’t until about 240° that the foam beneath began to see damaged.

Normal No Paper sample (on left) vs. No Paper sample damaged by heat gun (on right).

Without the paper facer to offer protection I noticed a slight change in the foam’s surface area when it reached 160°. The damage to the foam became very noticeable when the temperature reached 200°.

I DO NOT recommend using a heat gun with any of the foam board samples, nor to I recommend repeating this experiment. There were numerous safety precautions observed to complete these tests.

Hair dryers can vary on how much heat they produce. I would test the temperature for the particular hair dryer you intend on using. Based on the dryer I used and the environment I worked in, the hair dryer was perfectly fine when used on my foam board samples.

 

Readi to Craft: Flag Cut Out Art

In this Readi to Craft we’ll show you how to make some fabulous foam board flag art. The materials you will need are;

Red, White and Blue Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife and Extra Blades

Rubber Cement

White Glue

Ruler/Straight Edge

 

The template can be found below.

RTC Flag Cut Out Template

Test Tuesday: Puffy Paint

In this Test Tuesday we are testing puffy paint. Puffy paint is a dimensional paint typically used on fabric. I am using Tulip brand paint in turquoise, pink and white as well as a metallic black. I placed a line of each color on the samples and allowed them to dry for 72 hours.

All the samples worked well with the paint, there was no bleeding or other peculiar reactions. I did notice that the turquoise paint did appear dark against the red foam board samples.

When trying to peel some of the paint up, standard Readi-Board and Adams premium samples saw some paper damage. The paper surrounding the paint was peeled up as well as the line of paint. The Readi-Grid sample also pulled the paper up with the paint, but the effect wasn’t as dramatic.

Left to Right: Readi-Board, Adams Premium, Readi-Grid

The paint easily peeled off the No Paper sample, but it is very apparent where the paint was. You can see a line in the foam’s surface. It was slightly more difficult to get one edge of the paint off the Readi-Erase sample, but once that was done the paint removed easily. The Readi Water Resistant sample was by far the easiest to remove the paint from. The line came off quickly and easily.

Overall puffy paint is a great (and fun) way to add a little dimension to your foam board art.

Readi to Craft: String Art

Unwind with this edition of Readi to Craft. In this video we show you how to use Readi-Board foam board to make string art. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board
Hobby Knife and/or Utility Knife
Ruler
White Glue
Spray Adhesive
Stapler and Staples
Fabric
String/Thread
Pins

 

Template available below;

RTC String Art Star Template

Readi to Craft: Foam Board Frames

 

We’re dishing out some fantastic tips and tricks in this Readi to Craft. Create foam board frames to compliment any decor. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife and/or Utility Knife

Ruler

Other materials will vary depending on your chosen method of decorating.

Readi to Craft: Trinket Box

 

Contain your clutter by crafting your own trinket box. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Paper

Utility Knife and/or Hobby Knife

Hot Glue

White Glue

Sandpaper

Mod Podge

Soft Bristled Brush

Ruler

Tissue Paper

Clear Finish

Readi to Craft: Pinhole Camera

Want to safely watch a solar eclipse? This video will show you how to build a simple pinhole camera to do just that! The materials you will need are;
Black Readi-Board Foam Board

A Utility and/or Hobby Knife
Tape (Masking and duct are used in this video)
Ruler
Pencil
Pin/Needle
Sheet of White Paper
Glue (Optional)
Black Acrylic Paint (Optional)

Test Tuesday: Glue Stick

In this Test Tuesday we will be testing a glue stick. I am using an Elmer’s brand all-purpose glue stick. To prepare I cut my samples in half. I applied the glue to a 2” by 2” area, making sure to cover the surface with an even layer of adhesive. I allowed the samples to sit for approximately 90 minutes before attempting to pull the foam board pieces apart.

Continue reading “Test Tuesday: Glue Stick” »

Readi to Craft: Lighthouse

 

What type of house weighs the least? A lighthouse! In this Readi to Craft you’ll learn how to make your own foam board lighthouse.

The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Utility Knife (Optional)

Acrylic Paint

Polyurethane Varnish

Faux Tealight Candle

White Glue

Masking Tape

Ruler or Straight Edge

 

The template is available below;

RTC Lighthouse Template

Readi to Craft: Foam Board Spinner

Got fidgety hands? No problem! In this Readi to Craft we will show you how to keep those fingers busy with your own spinner. The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Utility Knife (Optional)

White Glue

Acrylic Paint

Mod Podge

Polyurethane Gloss

Drinking Straw

8 Washers

Bolt and Nut

Sandpaper

Strait Pin

Pencil

 

You can find the template below

RTC Foam Board Spinner Temlate.

Readi to Craft: Fairy Wings

Take flight with our foam board fairy wings! In this Readi to Craft we will show you step by step how create your own personal pair of wings. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board
Hobby Knife and/or Utility Knife
Hot Glue
Glue Stick
Mod Podge
Tissue Paper
Watercolor Paints
Elastic
Acrylic Paint

 

Download the template below,

RTC Fairy Wing Template

Readi to Craft: Memory Board

Create memories while keeping memories, by crafting your own memory board using Readi-Board. The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board
Hobby Knife
Scissors
Hot Glue
White Glue
Spray Adhesive
Batting
Fabric
Ribbon
Stapler and Staples
Upholstery or Thumb Tacks
Ruler
Straight Pins

Readi to Craft: Foam Board Printmaking

In this Readi to Craft we will show you a easy (and inexpensive!) method of printmaking. The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board
Hobby Knife
Ink Roller
Block Printing Ink
Blunt Drawing Utensil
Paper

Readi to Craft: Salt Painting

In this week’s Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to make a salt painting. This is a great activity for kids (and grown ups too)! The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board
White Glue
Salt
Watercolor Paints

Readi to Craft: Mounting Prints

In this Readi to Craft we will show you one method of mounting a printed out image onto foam board. The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board
Spray Adhesive
Hobby Knife
Scrap Piece of Foam Board (or Cardboard)
Something to mount

Readi to Craft: Tissue Paper Letters

Getting ready for that graduation open house? Need some decorations that will dazzle? Do it yourself and make these fun and festive tissue paper letters! The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board

Tissue Paper

Hobby Knife and/or Utility Knife

Spray Adhesive

Pencil with Eraser

Rubber Cement

Masking Tape (Optional)

 

Test Tuesday: Watercolor Pencil

In this week’s Test Tuesday we are testing watercolor pencils. I am using Crayola brand. Watercolor pencils look and apply color like regular colored pencils, but when water is applied over the lead the color will begin to run and bleed like watercolor paints.

I’ve included images of all the samples with the initial pencil coloring, this gives you an idea of how the pencils applied and how they looked prior to adding water. Even at this step it was obvious that this medium was not going to perform well on the No Paper, Readi-Erase, and Water Resistant samples.

Continue reading “Test Tuesday: Watercolor Pencil” »

Readi to Craft: Paint Organizer

Your craft drawer looking a little cluttered? In this Readi to Craft we will demonstrate how you can clean it up by creating a custom fit organizer. The materials you will need are;
Readi-Board Foam Board
Hobby Knife
Hot Glue
Paint
Clear Gloss

Readi to Craft: Pet Magnets

Join us! In this edition of Readi to craft we will be making some adorable pet magnets. The materials you will needs are:

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Glue

Acrylic Paint (or other coloring medium)

Clear Polyurethane Gloss

Magnets

You can access the print out with the drawings below.

RTC: Pet Magnet Templates

 

Readi to Craft: Faux Quilt

Want a beautiful wall hanging quilt but don’t have the knack for sewing? No problem with Readi-Board! In this edition of Readi to Craft we’ll show you how we created this faux quilt…no needle and thread required. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board
Fabric (My pattern required 3 different ones)
Hobby Knife
Hot Glue
Scissors or Fabric Sheers
Ribbon or Trim

Readi to Craft: Planter Box

In this Readi to Craft we will show you how we made this planter box. Believe it or not it is made out of foam board! The materials needed are:

Readi-Board Water Resistant Foam Board
Hot Glue (Sticks and Gun)
Hobby Knife (or Utility Knife)
Rope
Masking Tape

Be sure to check out our Test Tuesday: Water Resistance, the article can be found here.

Readi to Craft: Treasure Chest

Ahoy there! In this edition of Readi to Craft we will be teachin’ ye how to make your own treasure chest. The materials you’ll be needin’ are’;

Readi-Board Foam Board

White Glue

Hobby Knife

Acrylic Paint

Masking Tape

Small Clasp

2 Small Hinges

Hot Glue (and Glue Gun)

 

RTC Treasure Chest Template

Readi to Craft: Faux Wood

In this Readi to Craft we are going to show you how to make your foam board look like a piece of wood. Get your paints ready and craft along with us! The materials you need are:

Readi-Board foam board
Acrylic Paints (and Brushes)
Tape (for the back, I used masking tape)

Readi to Craft: Treasure Map

In this Readi to Craft we will be showing you how to make a fun treasure map. Perfect for treasure (scavenger) hunts. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Watercolor Paints

Hobby Knife

Markers (or other drawing utensils)

Coffee or Tea (Optional)

 

Test Tuesday: Graphite

 

In this Test Tuesday we are testing graphite, also known as your everyday common pencil. While the material that creates the mark in a pencil is often called lead, it is actually made of graphite. We tested 4 graphite pencils on each of our foam board samples. We used pencils ranging from an HB to 6B. You may be asking yourself right now, what in the world is a 6B pencil? I’ll explain.

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Introducing: Test Tuesday and Readi to Craft!

We are proud to announce our two new premium content series; Test Tuesday and Readi to Craft.

Ever wonder how well wood glue works on Readi-Board foam board? Have a project that needs a little more color but not sure what paints will do the job? Each week in Test Tuesday we will explore how materials ranging from glue to paint react with our foam board.

 

If you follow us on Twitter you’ve probably already seen some of the interesting things that can be created with foam board. With our Readi to Craft video series we will show you exactly how to make some of those crafts at home.

 

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