Readi-Board Blog

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: Cornice Board

Dress up your décor with this easy DIY cornice board. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Duct Tape

Batting

Fabric (Amount will vary between projects)

White Glue (Optional)

Stapler and Staples

Readi to Craft: Flying Pig

We’ll stop crafting when pigs fly! In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to use Readi-Board to create this practically perfect pig sign. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Rubber Cement (Or Tape for the Template)

Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Standard Spray Adhesive

Fabric and/or Decorative Paper

White Glue

Rope, Chord, or Ribbon

Hot Glue

The template for the pig can be found below;

Test Tuesday: Glazing Liquid

In this Test Tuesday, we are testing glazing liquid. I am using Golden brand glazing liquid in a satin finish. Glazing Liquid is used as a slow-drying extender for acrylic paints. I applied a thin layer of the glaze to my sample pieces and allowed them to dry overnight. I did not note how long the product takes to dry, as this will vary depending on environmental conditions.

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Readi to Craft: Heart and Pompom Garland

You’re going to love this Readi to Craft. We’re showing you how to create a heart and pompom garland using Readi-Board. The materials you will need are;

Heart and Pompom Garland

Readi-Board

Yarn

Tape (Masking or Scotch)

White Glue (Optional)

Paperclip (Optional)

Readi to Craft: Candy Heart Wreath

We have a sweet new craft for you to try. In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how we made this candy heart wreath. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Hot Glue

Candy Hearts

Clear Polycrylic (Optional)

Ribbon (I used a smaller and a larger)

Readi to Craft: Embroidery Bouquet

Get your needles readi. In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to create a beautiful button bouquet! The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Fabric (Lightweight works best)

Thin Batting (optional)

Spray Adhesive (optional)

Stapler and Staples

White Glue

Embroidery Thread (and appropriate needles)

T-Pin

A Variety of Buttons

Ribbon (Optional)

Readi to Craft: Yarn Monogram

Yarn is great for making cozy sweaters, but it’s also great for creating this cute monogram. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife

Yarn

Hot Glue

Additional Decoration (Optional, I chose some flowers)

Readi to Craft: Foam Board Brownie

This brownie looks good enough to eat, and there was no baking required. Learn how to make a faux brownie using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Adhesive (White Glue or Spray Adhesive)

Hobby Knife

Acrylic Paint

Foam Coat or Glue with Corn Starch

Matte Finish Polyurethane Varnish

Readi to Craft: Light Up Tree

Light up your holiday season by creating your own sparkling light up tree. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Rubber Cement

Hobby Knife

Ribbon

LED Lights

Glitter Spray

Clear Coat (I used a water based polycrylic)

 Hot Glue

Felt

Readi to Craft: Winter Forest Painting

In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to create this beautiful winter scene on Readi-Board. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Acrylic Paint (Black, Brown and White)

Masking or Painter’s Tape

Spray Paint (Black or Dark Color)

Sponge

Ribbon (Optional)

Hot Glue (Optional)

Readi to Craft: Book Page Wreath

It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a book. In this Readi to Craft we’ll show you how to use those book pages to create a beautiful wreath. The materials you will need are.

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Small Piece of String

Thumb Tack

Book (We are going to cut the pages out)

Hot Glue

Rope (or ribbon to make a hanging point)

Decorations (such as faux flowers or a bow)

Readi to Craft: Alebrije

Get your paints ready for this colorful edition of Read to Craft. In this video we’re showing you a way to create your own alebrije using Readi-Board. The materials you will need are;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Repositionable Spray Adhesive ( or rubber cement)

Hobby Knife

White Glue

Straight Pins

Acrylic Paint

Clear Protective Coat (I used spray polycrylic, optional but recommended)

 

The template can be found below;

Alebrije Template

Readi to Craft; Foam Board Coffin

 

Get ready for one creepy craft. In this edition of Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to create a creepy foam board coffin. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

White Glue

Straight Pins

Masking Tape

Paint (I used acrylic)

Batting

Fabric

Hot Glue

Ribbon (I used two thicknesses)

 

The template can be found below;

Coffin Template

Test Tuesday: Contact Cement

In this Test Tuesday we are testing contact cement. I am using DAP Weldwood. I followed the product’s instructions, applying glue to both halves of the areas to be glued and waited 15 minutes before pressing them together.

The effect of the glue was immediately noticeable on the No Paper sample. As pictured, the adhesive damaged the foam. Also pictured is the indentation of my thumb on the black Readi-Board sample as the result of pressing the two halves together. This occurred because the cement penetrated the paper and began to damage the foam beneath it.

There was less damage to the Adams Premium samples than the Readi-Board samples. This is due to the thicker paper on the premium foam board. There was a very slight amount of adhesive damage on the Readi Water Resistant, and no damage to the surface of the Readi-Erase sample. The Readi-Grid sample behaved similar to the Adams Premium samples.

Readi-Board Sample

Adams Premium Sample

If you use contact cement on either of the Readi Water Resistant or Readi-Erase board, take extra precaution to not allow the cement to touch any exposed foam.

Readi to Craft: Faux Broken Window

 

Get the look of a creepy haunted house, with none of the damage. In this Readi to Craft we’re showing you how to create the illusion of broken windows with Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

Faux broken window

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Sandpaper (Optional)

Glue (White or Hot Glue)

Masking Tape

Paint

Frosted Contact Paper

Readi to Craft: Bat Garland

We can’t think of a bat-er way to spend the day than crafting with Readi-Board. This Readi to Craft will show you how to create an adorable bat garland. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Hobby Knife

Black Marker (I used a permanent marker)

Faux Fur

Hot Glue

Ribbon and/or String

Readi to Craft: Fabric Stamp

We’re creating fashion you can wear! Follow along step by step as we make fabric stamps using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

White Glue

Hobby Knife

Markers

Printing Surface (I used a bandana and tote bags)

Fabric Paint

Roller

Masking Tape

Puffy Paint (Optional)

Test Tuesday: Fuze*It

In this Test Tuesday, we are testing Fuze*It adhesive, which is a Liquid Nails brand product. The glue itself is clear and although it is rather thick, applies easily. I allowed my samples to dry overnight, but the packaging states a full cure in 6 to 8 hours.

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Readi to Craft: Storage Box

Contain your clutter with a simple and chic storage box. In this Readi to Craft we show you how. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/Utility Knife

Hot Glue Gun (and multiple glue sticks)

Rope (I used jute)

Fabric

Straight Pins

Rotary Cutter (Or fabric sheers)

Sewing Machine (Or needle and thread)

Test Tuesday: Extreme Tack

In this Test Tuesday, we are testing E6000 Extreme Tack Repositionable Glue. Per the products instructions I applied dots of glue (4 dots per sample) and allowed the glue to dry for 8 hours.

Unlike the standard E6000 adhesive this glue did not damage the foam on any of the samples. You can read the E600 by following the link provided here. The glue adhered to all of the samples. For the Readi-Erase, and the Readi Water Resistant samples, the glue was not as capable of holding the samples together when compared to the standard Readi-Board or Adams Premium samples. The adhesive dots transferred from their original placement to the wall or other applied foam board.

Over all I think this is a very good glue to use with Readi-Board products if you are looking for something to hang your foam board art to a wall with. In my tests it did not damage the wall’s surface, but I would recommend testing in an inconspicuous area as results may vary.

Readi to Craft: Shelf Backing

Looking to beautify that bookcase? We’ll show you a simple way to switch up your décor using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Duct Tape

Utility Knife

Ruler and/or Straight Edge

Spray Adhesive

Thin Batting

Fabric

Roller Cutter (Optional but recommended)

White Glue

Staples

Readi to Craft: Tree Jewelry Holder

You won’t be-leaf how easy this twisty tree shaped jewelry holder is. To complete this project you wood need;

2 sheets of Readi-Board (Glued together)

Hobby Knife

White Glue

Rubber cement

Repositionable spray adhesive (Optional)

Sandpaper

Mod Podge

Tissue Paper

Spray Paint (Optional)

Acrylic Paint

Clear protective finish (Optional, I used polycrylic)

 

The template can be found below;

RTC Tree Jewelry Holder Template

Test Tuesday: Dye Ink

In this Test Tuesday we are testing dye ink. I am using Studio G Brand Acid Free Dye Ink pads (In green, pink, and black). I am utilizing a small paw print shaped stamp to apply the ink.

The ink worked well on most of the Readi-Board and Adams Premium samples. While the ink applied well to the black samples the colored ink did not show up well. I used a metallic marker that we tested previously and colored the ink onto the stamp to demonstrate that the stamp would show up if an appropriately colored ink was used (in this instance I used silver). As is often the case with colored materials, not all the colors showed up well on the red and blue foam board samples. The ink also worked very well with the Readi-Grid sample.

Applying the stamp onto the Readi-Erase surface was difficult because of how smooth it is, the stamp shifted and slid as I pressed down. There were no issues applying the ink to the Readi Water Resistant and the No Paper samples. After allowing the ink to dry for 3 hours I dragged my finger across the surface of the sample, you can see that they all smudged to varying degrees.

Readi to Craft: Tabletop Golf

We want to putt a smile on your face with this Readi-to-Craft. In this video we show you how to create your own tabletop golf game using Readi-Board foam board. The materials you will need are;

 

Readi-Board Foam Board

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Ruler

Sandpaper

White Glue

Straight Pins (Optional)

Acrylic Paints

Bead (or something similar to use as a ball)

Wooden Dowel (to create your putter handle)

Hot Glue

Felt

Readi to Craft: Beaded Suncatcher

We’re helping you soak up that summer sun in this Readi to Craft. We’ll show you step by step how to create a beaded suncatcher. The materials you will need are;

Readi-Board foam board

Hobby Knife/ Utility Knife

Rubber Cement

Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Acrylic and Glitter Paint (Optional)

Straight Pins

Various Beads (Including Tube Beads)

Jewelry Chord (Clear or Fishing Line)

Binder Clips (Optional)

Ribbon (Optional)

 

The template can be found below;

RTC Suncatcher Template

 

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

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.

Continue reading “Celebrating International Women’s Day” »

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

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.

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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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