Craft for Kids: How to Make a House of Foam

by Jeffery Keilholtz

Building a house of foam is an ideal craft project for kids interested in art or architecture. The trick to this craft is to use high-density urethane foam. High-density foam is softer and more flexible than traditional Styrofoam. The durability and stability of high-density foam makes it ideal for craft building. Once the house is complete, you can easily paint the walls and roof with your favorite colors and designs.

Items you will need

  • High-density urethane foam, 1/4" thick
  • White marker
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Permanent epoxy
  • Acrylic paint
  • High-density foam sponge brush
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Step 1

Use a white marker and a ruler to trace four 4-by-4-inch walls on the foam. Cut out the walls with a pair of scissors. Assemble the walls into a three-dimensional square. Glue the edges of the walls together with permanent epoxy.

Step 2

Trace two 4-by-6-inch roof pieces with a white marker. Cut out the roof pieces with a pair of scissors. Form them into an upside-down "V" shape. Glue the top edges of the roof pieces together with permanent epoxy.

Step 3

Measure the open sides of the roof pieces. Use this measurement to trace two triangular pieces on the foam with the white marker. Cut out the pieces.

Step 4

Glue the bottom edge of one triangle to one of the top edges of the three-dimensional square with permanent epoxy. Glue the bottom edge of the second triangle to the opposite side. Fit and bond the "V"-shaped roof piece over the triangular roof pieces.

Step 5

Color the foam house with acrylic paint. Blot the paint evenly onto the surface of the house and roof using a high-density foam brush. Allow three hours for the house to dry before handling or displaying it.