Things You'll Need
- Large Styrofoam Egg
- Small block of Styrofoam
- Flesh-colored paint
- Flesh-colored felt
- Red felt
- Craft Eyes
- Thin craft wire
- Craft knife
Making Styrofoam heads with your children is a wonderful craft project that you can use to pass the time on a rainy day. After the Styrofoam heads are complete your children can use them to make puppets or to store their favorite hats on. Your children can make the heads to resemble themselves or they can make them to look like their friends or favorite movie stars.
Making a Styrofoam Head
Hold the large Styrofoam egg upside down, so that the narrow end is at the bottom. Stick a thin piece of craft wire through the top of the egg and hang it somewhere so that you have 360-degree access to the egg, such as from a hanging rod in a closet or a shower curtain rod. Push the thin wire all the way through the egg and make a small bend in the end if the egg is not staying on the wire.
Paint the whole surface of the egg the flesh color you have chosen. Let the paint dry completely and add another coat if it is needed. For a smooth and more realistic look use a latex paint.
Glue your craft eyes onto the Styrofoam egg.
Cut several half-inch lengths of yarn and pull the pieces apart. Glue the dissembled pieces of yarn onto the Styrofoam head to create eyebrows.
Cut several 2-foot long strips of yarn and glue them to the top of the Styrofoam head, creating the part where you want it. Let the glue dry completely and then cut the hair to the length and style you want.
Cut lips from red felt and glue them onto the front of your Styrofoam head. Start by drawing the profile of the nose on one side of the block. Cut along the profile line and then work from there to shape the sides, top and bottom of the nose.
Sculpt a nose from a small block of Styrofoam using a craft knife.
Attach the nose to the front of the face with a couple of toothpicks and some glue. Paint the nose the same flesh color you did the rest of the face.
Cut ears from felt that matches the face. Attach the ears to the side of the face with glue and use a toothpick behind each ear to help them stick out if they don’t on their own.
Remove the thin piece of wire you placed through the egg once all of the paint and glue is dry.
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.