Introduction: How to Make Foam Characters

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This instructable teaches you how to make foam characters. I made these characters for a school project that I'm doing and they are based off of video games.

Step 1: Materials

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 Things you'll need:

-Colored craft foam (if possible, get the foam with the sticky back)
-Scissors
-Hole punch
-Pencil
-2-sided tape (if you can't get sticky back foam)

Step 2: Draw Out Your Plan

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First you should decide what you want your character to look like. The one that i have in the picture is based off of Mario. I looked up a picture of Mario and then took the basics of his character and made them flat and square. I also drew out all the pieces separately (for the arms) and labeled what color would go where.

Step 3: Make Templates

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Since I was making multiple characters with the same general shape, I decided I should make templates. First I drew out what the shape would look like then I cut it out. The original templates were just paper but I found that the paper was too think so I made a template out of foam.

Step 4: Cut Our Your Shapes.

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This next step is very basic. Just cut out your shapes. Make sure you follow your template for best results. This is also the place where the hole punch could come in. I used the hole punch to make the buttons and hands.

Step 5: The Final Touches

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This is the step where everything gets put together. You just need to stick pieces where they belong.

Comments

poofrabbit (author)2012-04-06

You know what might be cool, if you make a basic form for a body. Then your clothing act more like a paper doll (action figure) you could easily make it so the figure would slide in and out, could be so much fun for kids of all ages to play with. Nice work!

Dream Dragon (author)2012-03-27

This looks like a good start, but you might get a note from the Instructables people at some point to say that it's incomplete. You really ought to include something of the finished article.

That said it is really creative and I'm sure people will find it really inspirational.

Thanks for sharing your project.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-03-20

This is really cute!

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