First craft of the year and we are starting with styrofoam block printing. I’ve not done block printing since I was in year 9 at school. It was part of an art project we were doing and I remember how much fun it was. In November I bought a lot of Styrofoam sheets in to use in sequin art.  As we have so many left I thought that this would be a great way to use some of them up. You don’t need to go out and purchase lots of sheets for this. If you ever receive a parcel with Styrofoam packaging you can just use that. Styrofoam used as food containers would also work, just make sure to wash it first.

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You will need:

  • Styrofoam
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper

Begin by cutting your Styrofoam into the size that you want.

styrofoam block printing

On your sheet use the end of a paintbrush to create your design. YC made a lovely picture of her and myself outside. You could always use different thicknesses to create different designs.

styrofoam block printing

Next cover you block in paint and print it onto a piece of paper. YC took a lot of time to get her design right, but was a little disappointed that her details didn’t always show up. This was a great learning moment for her as we chatted about the amount of paint we had to experiment with, and if we take too long the paint would dry.

styrofoam block printing

As YC really enjoyed this, I think next time we might try it with some fabric paints and napkins.

If you enjoyed this styrofoam block printing craft be sure to check out my vegetable printing craft, which is great for younger children.

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Styrofoam block printing is an easy and fun way to introduce children to block printing. It can be done at home or at school as part of an art project.