Cutting Foamboard Smoothly, and Easily.





Introduction: Cutting Foamboard Smoothly, and Easily.

Foam board is one of my favorite art supplies. I craft large 'reverse' sculptures with foam board. It can be frustrating and almost impossible to get curves to cut perfectly. After cutting out a 5 foot Christmas Angel, I was playing around with my craft tools and stumbled on a incredibly easy method to cut the Foam Board, almost perfectly!

1. Using a craft knife, cut around the pattern piercing only the top layer of paper. Always use a sharp blade!

2. Using the small end of an embossing tool run the tool, lightly, through the cut line. Go easy. If the Stryofoam pulls, at all, you are going too deep.

3. Using your craft knife, make a second cut down to the paper. Then, a third cut through the paper back.

I have tried all types of foam board cutting gadgets. This is the easiest and best method I have ever used. I will be using foam board even more in future projects.



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    12 Discussions

    Hello, I’m hoping you can help me with my problem. I am trying to make cutouts of guitar shapes for my sons graduation party. I traced his new 12 string guitar and although I used a brand new blade the edges still look sloppy. Is there anything I can do to fix this now? The edges are all different angles, the gray foam is showing a lot? Thank you so much


    I see the pics. Any chance you'd do a video to better show your method?


    8 months ago

    could you stick an additional piece of paper to one side of the board and still cut it ok? I want to cut out letters with patterns on them.

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I think it is brilliant. The cuts are so smooth.

    Can you explain the purpose of using the embossing tool?

    2 replies

    it indents the cut so that there is less chance of going off the cut.

    I have very good luck cutting foamboard with a serrated kitchen bread knife. It leaves an edge as smooth as the factory edge on the board.

    2 replies

    I assume you break the paper with a razor first?

    I also assume you don't do small details with this method?

    Yes, I pierce the paper layer with an exacto knife. I use this method, because it CAN do the tiny details neatly. Use an embossing tool with the tiniest ball on the end.

    I will try it!!!

    Thank you! I love foam board too but it can be really hard to cut cleanly. I am going to try this!