Readi-Board Blog

Readi to Craft: Comic Exclamation

 

This Readi to Craft is coming in with a BANG! In this DIY video we’re showing you how to create a comic style exclamation sign using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Rubber Cement/Tape

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Straight Edge

Spray Adhesive

White Glue

 

The template used in the video can be found below;

RTC Comic Boom Template

 

If you’d prefer to have a smaller sign (and print less pages) the template below is the one for you;

RTC Smaller Comic Boom Template

Readi to Craft: Nautical Stars

 

We’re helping you make the perfect, patriotic, party décor in this Readi to Craft. To make these eye-catching nautical stars you will need;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Rubber cement can be used)

White Glue

Straight pins, or a sheet of paper

 

The template can be found below;

RTC Nautical Star Template

 

Readi to Craft: Faux Tin Tile

Your weekend boredom will be foiled in this Readi to Craft. We’re showing you how to create simple and easy faux tin tiles using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Utility Knife/Hobby Knife

Glue (I used Tacky, White, Hot Glue and Glue Stick)

Aluminum Foil

Tape

Shoe Polish

Mod Podge (Optional but Recommended)

Readi to Craft: Reversible Flip Flop Sign

Flip flop these flips flops to change up your summer décor. In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to make a reversible flip flop sign using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Rubber Cement

Decorative Paper

Spray Adhesive

Hot Glue

Ribbon (with wire recommended)

Buttons (Optional)

White Glue

Ribbon (1 inch wide and 3/8 inch wide)

Letter Stickers (Optional)

 

The template can be found below;

Flip Flop Template

Test Tuesday: Suggestions

Afraid of how that adhesive will affect your art? Panicked that paint might pollute your project? Let us test out those mystery materials. We’re looking for ideas for our Test Tuesday series. If there is anything you’d like us to test let us know!

Readi to Craft: Marquee Letter

 

This Readi to Craft is a real show stopper. In this step by step video we’ll show you how to create a light up marquee letter using Readi-Board Foam board. The material you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Poster Board

Hobby Knife

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

Ruler

Decorative Paper (Optional, I chose glitter)

Spray Adhesive

String Lights (LED are recommended)

Straight Pins

White Glue or Hot Glue

Readi to Craft: Pour Painting

We’re making a mess in this week’s Readi to Craft. In this video we’ll show you two ways to create mesmerizing pour paintings using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

White Glue

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Hobby Knife

Artists’ Acrylics

Flood Floetrol

Silicone Oil

Containers to Mix Paint

Cardstock

Popsicle Sticks

Thumbtacks

 

The template can be found below;

RTC Quartrefoil Template

 

Test Tuesday: Floetrol

In preparation for our next Readi to Craft video we are using this Test Tuesday to test Flood Floetrol. Floetrol is paint additive for latex and acrylic based paints. It is commonly used for interior and exterior home projects to eliminate brush or roller marks and achieve a more even finish.

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Readi to Craft: Readi-Tiger

A tiger’s stripes might help it blend in, but this tiger will definitely stand out! In this Readi to Craft we are showing you how to create this ferocious foam board cat. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Repositionable Spray Adhesive or Rubber Cement

Hobby Knife

Acrylic Paint

White Glue

Straight Pins (Optional)

 

The template can be found below;

RTC Tiger Template

 

To learn more about these beautiful creatures visit here.

Readi to Craft: Mother’s Day Memory Board

Mom will certainly remember this gift. In this video we’ll show you how to make a Mother’s Day memory board using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

White Glue or Tacky Glue

Hobby Knife

Thin Batting

Spray Adhesive (Optional)

Fabric

Rotary Cutter or Scissors

Stapler (With plenty of staples!)

Ribbon

String

Hot Glue

Mini Clothespins

Faux Flowers (Optional)

Scrapbooking Paper (Optional)

Repositionable Spray Adhesive or Rubber Cement

 

The MOM template can be found below;

Readi to Craft: MOM Template

Readi to Craft: Derby Decor

You’ll want to make a run for the craft store after watching this Readi to Craft. In this video we’re show you how to make derby décor using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

For the Rose Garland;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Crepe Paper (2 rolls of red, one of green)

White Glue

Hobby Knife/ Utility knife

Ruler

Hot Glue

Ribbon

 

For the Jockey Silks;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

Acrylic Paint

 

The silks template can be found below;

RTC Jockey Silks Template

Readi to Craft: Medical Decorations

Let us cure your craft craving with this Readi to Craft. In this video we’re showing you how to create medical themed decorations using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are below:

Readi-Board Foam Board

Ruler

Hobby Knife

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

Masking Tape

White Glue

Permanent Marker

Acrylic Paint

The template for the syringe can be found below;

RTC Syringe Template

Readi to Craft: Dressing Screen

You won’t want to hide this Readi to Craft. In this step by step video we’re showing you how to create a beautiful dressing screen or room divider using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Ruler

White Glue

Masking Tape

Mod Podge (Or Foam Primer)

Spray Paint

Clear Protective Finish (Optional)

Straight Pins

3/8″ Wide Ribbon

Fabric (With scissors or a rotary cutter to cut it)

Decorative Ribbon

Hinges (It may be necessary to buy additional screws for the hinges)

Readi to Craft: Flower Letter Decor

 

You don’t need a green thumb to create this floral décor. In this Readi to Craft we’ll show you how to create your own flower letter. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Ruler

White Glue

Pins

Acrylic Paint

Faux Flowers

Scissors (Optional)

Hot Glue Moss

 

The template is available below;

Ampersand Template

Readi to Craft: Easter Face in a Hole

We’re hatching some fun in this Readi to Craft. In this video we’re showing you how to make an Easter themed face in a hole. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board foam board

Hobby knife/ Utility knife

Ruler

Acrylic paint

Chisel tip permanent marker

Clear coat (optional)

Readi to Craft: Faux Stained Glass Shamrock

 

You won’t need luck to create this faux stained glass shamrock, but you will need the following materials;

 

Black Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

White Glue

Tissue Paper

Mod Podge

Watercolor Paints

String or Ribbon

 

The template can be found below;

Faux Stained Glass Shamrock Template

Readi to Craft: Cosplay Sword

We’re forging some fun in this Readi to Craft. In this video we will show you how to make a cosplay prop sword. The materials we used are;

Readi-Board Foam Board (Approximately 6 were used for this video)

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

White Glue

Drawing Utensil (I used a permanent marker)

Wooden Dowel (Optional)

Straight Pins

Sandpaper (At least one course and one fine)

Dust Mask

Mod Podge

Acrylic Paint (I used black, pink, metallic pink, and black glitter)

Masking Tape

Metallic Spray Paint (I used silver)

Clear Finish (I used polycrylic)

Glitter (I used two varieties of holographic silver and a black)

Plastic Gems (One included a chain)

Eye Pin

Variety of Ribbons

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Imagine being thrust into your spouse’s job on virtually a moment’s notice. Unless you both worked in the same office or profession, you’d probably have no idea where to begin.

Also imagine that your spouse wasn’t just another corporate cog, but the owner of a company with more than 70 employees. Then add the most painful detail: You’re in this position because your spouse has just died.

Now imagine thriving in that situation. Sound improbable? Lilo Adams would tell you otherwise.

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Test Tuesday; Tacky Glue

In this week’s Test Tuesday we are going to test a crafting cult favorite, Tack Glue. The adhesive goes on white and is thicker than typical white glue. It dries clear, and in my opinion, is more flexible when dry as compared to white glue.

The bond worked well on all the standard Readi-Board, Adams Premium and Readi-Grid samples. Most often the paper facers pulled away from the foam. On occasion (as with the red Premium sample) that paper as actually damaged.

The No Paper sample bonded well. I did notice that after peeling the two halves apart, it was apparent where the glue had been applied. The Readi-Erase and the Readi Water Resistant samples offered the weakest bond using Tacky Glue. You can see in the images how the adhesive could be removed in a thin sheet. (This dried layer of adhesive was flexible and much less brittle than the layer of white glue in that previous Test Tuesday).

Readi to Craft: Tack Art

Stick around for this Readi to Craft. We’re showing you how to take simple materials and make striking décor. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Thumb Tacks

Utility Knife/Hobby Knife

Adhesive (Optional)

Acrylic Paint (Optional)

Readi to Craft: Valentines Heart

We love crafting! In this Readi to Craft we’re going to spread the love by creating a foam board valentines card holder. The material you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board (I used pink and red)

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Ruler

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

White Glue

Straight Pins

Decorating Media (I used marker and glitter)

 

The template can be found below;

Readi to Craft: Valentines Heart

Readi to Craft: Mosaic Utensil Holder

Don’t throw away those old CDs, it’s time to make them shine in this week’s Readi to Craft. In this video we’ll show you how to create this mosaic utensil holder. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Utility Knife/ Hobby Knife

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive (Optional)

Straight Edge/Ruler

Masking Tape

White Glue

Acrylic Paint

Polyurethane Gloss (Optional)

CDs

Scissors

Puffy Paint

Paper Towel

Cotton Swabs

 

The template can be found below;

Mosaic Utensil Holder Template

Readi to Craft: Glowing Pyramid

Light up your afternoon with a little Readi to Craft! In this video we’ll show you how to create a glowing pyramid lamp. The materials you will need are below;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Utility Knife/Hobby Knife

Ruler or Straight Edge

Repositionable Spray Adhesive or Rubber Cement

White Glue

Tissue Paper

Mod Podge

Strand of Lights

Masking Tape

Clear Tape (Optional)

 

The template can be found below:

RTC_GlowingPyramidTemplate

Readi to Craft: Spoon Flower

We’re growing some fun in this Readi to Craft. Find out how we turned Readi-Board foam board and spoons into this spectacular wall art. The materials you will need are below;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Plastic Spoons

Mirror

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Thumbtack

String

Hot Glue

Mod Podge

Spray Paint

White Glue (Optional)

Test Tuesday: Epoxy Cement

In this edition of Test Tuesday, we are testing epoxy cement. I am using Elmer’s Super Fast Epoxy Cement. This is a 2-part product that you must mix before applying to clean, dry surfaces.  I applied a thin, even layer across half of my foam board sample pieces. Per the directions I allowed my samples to dry overnight.

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Readi to Craft: Ring Box

In this Readi to Craft we’re making a ring box as pretty as the rings inside it! The materials you will need are below;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Template

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Rubber Cement

Ruler or Straight Edge

Masking Tape

White Glue

Acrylic Paint (I used black, blue and glitter)

Clear Polyurethane

Scissors

Batting

Fabric

Straight Pins

Hot Glue

Tassels and Button for Lid (Optional)

 

The template can be found below;

Ring Box Template

Readi to Craft: Glue Drawing

Stick around for this edition of Readi to Craft! We’re using Readi-Board foam board to create colorful glue drawings. The materials you will need are below;

Readi-Board Foam Board

White Glue (or similar glue that dries clear)

Pastels

Cotton Swaps (optional but very helpful)

Spray Fixative or Hairspray (Optional)

Test Tuesday: Pastels

In this Test Tuesday we are testing pastels. Pastels are an art medium most often in the form of a stick, made of pure powdered pigment and a binder. The exact pigments and binders will vary between manufacturers and individual sticks. I am using Prismacolor brand Nupastel, firm pastel color sticks.

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Readi to Craft: String Spinner

We’re turning foam board into fun in this edition of Readi to Craft. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

String

Something to Decorate With (I used markers)

Polyurethane Clear Coat (Optional)

Readi to Craft: Gingerbread House

In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to make a gingerbread house that looks good enough to eat. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Ruler

Hot Glue

Acrylic Paint

Sponge

Faux Whipped Cream (or Faux Frosting)

Piping Bag(s)

Various Candies

White Glue

Sugar

Readi to Craft: Christmas Ornament

Are you readi to decorate that tree? In this edition of Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to create your own foam board ornaments. The materials you will need are below;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Rubber Cement

White Glue

Ruler or Straight Edge

Pencil

Small Brush

Glitter

Ribbon or String

 

The template can be found below;

RTC_ChristmasOrnamentTemplate

Readi to Craft: Winter Twig Wreath

Branch out with your holiday decor with this edition of Readi to Craft. The materials you will need are:

Readi-Board Foam Board

Sticks

Ruler

Masking Tape

Utility Knife/Hobby Knife

String

Thumbtack

Hot Glue

White Glue

Small Paintbrush

Glitter

White Acrylic Paint

Ribbon/Decorative Chord

Faux Gems

Readi to Craft: Deer Head

We think you should take a shot at this week’s Readi to Craft. In this doe it yourself video we’ll how you how to make a foam board deer head. The materials you will need are;
Readi-Board Foam Board
Utility Knife/Hobby Knife
Ruler
Spray Adhesive
White Glue
Decorative Paper/Wrapping Paper
Sandpaper

Link to the original template is below:
Original Template and Instructions

Link to the enlarged template is below:

RTC Deer Head Template (Enlarged)

 

Readi to Craft: Advent Calendar

 

What is better than getting a treat? Getting an entire month’s worth! In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to make your own advent calendar. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

White Glue

Straight Pins

Wrapping Paper (or other decorative paper)

Spray Adhesive

Marker (or number stickers)

Glitter Paint (Optional)

Small Gifts and Treats.

 

The measurement of the pieces you will need can be found in the print out below;

RTC Advent Calendar Template

Test Tuesday: Foam Coat

In this week’s Test Tuesday, I am testing Hot Wire Foam Factory’s All Purpose Foam Coat. The product is designed to adhere to polystyrene foams. It is used to achieve a variety of effects such as wood, stone and metal, as well as create a weather and fire resistance surface.

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Readi to Craft: Autumn Sign

Don’t just rake those leaves, craft with them! In this Readi to Craft we’re making this sign using real fallen leaves. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

White Glue

Rubber Cement

Mod Podge

Acrylic Paint

Leaves

Clothes Iron

Rags or Fabric

Test Tuesday: Gouache

In this edition of Test Tuesday, we are testing gouache paints. Gouache is a watermedia, similar to watercolor paint. However, unlike water color paints, gouache is less transparent. Often gouache is considered a midpoint between watercolor paints and acrylic paints in terms of opacity.

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Readi to Craft: Monogram Leaf Sign

You won’t beleaf how easy it is to make this fabulous fall sign! The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Rubber Cement

Masking Tape

Sandpaper

Acrylic Paint

Polyurethane Finish

White Glue

Hot Glue

Ribbon

Jute Rope

String

 

The leaf shape template can be found below;

RTC Leaf Sign Template

Test Tuesday: Polyurethane Spray

In this edition of Test Tuesday we are experimenting with polyurethane spray. I am using Varathane brand water based polyurethane spray in a satin finish. I applied two coats of the product.

The spray polyurethane gave all the samples a nice semi-matte finish. The No Paper sample seemed to take the longest to dry completely. The foam was not damaged with this finish because we chose a water based product.

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Readi to Craft: Lantern

Let us illuminate the way to make a foam board lantern in this edition of Readi to Craft. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Hot Glue

White Glue

Rubber Cement

Tissue Paper

Mod Podge

Acrylic Paint

Sponge

Ribbon

Faux Tea Light Candle

Masking Tape

 

The template can be found below:

RTC Lantern Pattern

Test Tuesday: Foam Primer

In this Test Tuesday, we are testing foam primer, as well as a couple other methods of protecting foam board from spray paint damage. For my spray paint, I am using Touch ‘N Tone all-purpose household spray paint in black. For my foam primer, I am using Krylon Craft Foam Primer in white. I am using matte Mod Podge and Elmer’s Glue-All Multi-Purpose white glue.

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Test Tuesday: Spray Paint

In this Test Tuesday we are testing spray paint. I am using Touch ‘N Tone all-purpose household spray paint in black. Keep in mind that different manufacturers of spray paint will use different formulas and the results of this Test Tuesday may not reflect the results achieved with different brands. It is a good idea to always test any new medium on a scrap piece of foam before applying it to your projects.

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Readi to Craft: Pumpkin

Say goodbye to summer and hello to fall with this week’s Readi to Craft. In this video we’ll show you how to make this festive foam board pumpkin. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Acrylic Paint

Hot Glue

Rope

Polyurethane Gloss (Optional)

Sandpaper (Optional)

 

The template can be found below;

RTC Pumpkin Template

Test Tuesday: Hot Glue

In this Test Tuesday, we are working with hot glue. I am using a Surebonder Essentials (LT-160) low temperature glue gun. It is a 10W glue gun that reaches 250°F.

I cut my 4” by 4” samples in half. After pressing the two halves of the samples together I added a circle of glue to the outside. This will allow me to peel back the paper face after the glue has dried, and see if the foam beneath was damaged due to the heat.

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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!

 

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

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.

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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