How to Glue Paper to a Foam Core


Gluing paper onto foam core can be tricky because thinner paper tends to bubble and warp. Avoid this by laying down the glue properly and by finishing the process with a handy tool that presses the paper flat. If done properly, your paper covered foam core will look good enough for presentations, raw materials for home decor and as canvases and bases for craft projects.

Things You'll Need

  • White school glue
  • 5-by-5-inch piece of thin cardboard (cereal box, T-shirt cardboard or cracker box cardboard)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Brayer
  • Pencil
  • Use the craft knife to cut the foam core to the shape you will need for your project. Since the foam core is rigid, this is the best novice tool to use.

  • Lay the foam core on top of the paper and trace the shape onto the paper. Cut out the paper following the traced lines.

  • Squeeze dime-size dollops of glue onto the foam core.

  • Cut the cardboard in half to form a triangle. Hold it in your hand so that the longest side is facing your work area and the point is facing the palm of your hand.

  • Slide the cardboard across the glue using only the long end of the triangle and smoothing the glue into an even coating.

  • Lay the paper down onto the foam core while carefully lining the paper up with the shape of the foam core. You can slide the paper back and forth for a few seconds after laying it down to get it just right, then the paper will start to adhere to the foam core.

  • Place your brayer in the center of the paper and roll it out to the edges of the paper. Keep doing this until you have covered the entire surface of the paper. A brayer is a roller that is used to push air bubbles out of items that are being glued down. Every time you reach the edge of the paper with the brayer, air bubbles will be pushed out of the small pockets in the paper.

Tips & Warnings

  • Brayer can be purchased in office supply or hardware stores.
  • Supervise children using a craft knife.

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