Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids for Easter

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Learn how to do this easy styrofoam printmaking project with kids.

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids for Everyday Art and Holiday Cards

Have you tried styrofoam printmaking with your kids?

It’s a remarkably easy and rewarding printmaking technique! You can do this project with styrofoam trays from the grocery store (free) or with styrofoam sheets from the craft store (inexpensive).

To make your printing plates, you simply draw a design into the soft styrofoam. Then you ink it up, and press the ink-covered styrofoam to paper. Easy peasy.

Plus styrofoam printing lends itself to making art and cards for any of the holidays. We’ve done this for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Easter. But, of course, you can use this technique any time of the year and create any kind of art with it.

Here’s how…

Note: This tutorial was initially published a couple of years ago as part of this post on Easter Art Activities for Kids.

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids - Printed Face Art and Easter Eggs

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids

We’ve printed with styrofoam several times now, but this time we cut the styrofoam into specific shapes first. Love the result! (It also works great with hearts.)

This post contains affiliate links.MATERIALS

  • Styrofoam sheets (we used styrofoam containers that were headed for the trash, but but you can also buy styrofoam sheets specifically for printmaking)
  • Pencil
  • Trim roller or other mini paint roller (you can get this from the hardware store in the house painting section)
  • Printing ink
  • Hard rubber brayer (optional)
  • White paper (we used watercolor paper this time but often use a smoother paper such as sulphite paper)
  • Scrap paper
  • Colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut the styrofoam sheets into egg shapes.

Ours are about four inches tall.

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids - Drawing the Design in the Styrofoam Shape

2. Draw design on styrofoam

Use the pencil to draw Easter egg designs (or anything) in the styrofoam, pressing down rather hard.

3. Gather printmaking materials 

Assemble your printmaking materials, including the paint roller, printing ink, a plate for spreading the ink (we use the bottom of an acrylic box frame, as in this post on monoprinting with kids), and papers.

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids - Printing Easter Eggs

4. Ink the printing plate (egg)

Squeeze some ink onto the plate and spread it around with the paint roller. Once the paint roller is coated with an even layer of ink, roll it over your styrofoam Easter egg (with a sheet of scrap paper underneath to catch the extra ink).

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids - Printing Easter Eggs

5. Print your egg!

Position the styrofoam egg face down on your paper or a blank card and use the hard rubber brayer (or a spoon) to rub over the styrofoam to help transfer the design.

Lift the styrofoam egg to reveal the print!

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids - Easter Eggs and Faces

6. Create more prints!

Repeat to create more prints as desired. Let dry.

Maia made the two on the bottom right (a face and a fern), Daphne decorated the Easter eggs in the upper right and lower left, and I did the remaining one.

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids - An Easter Egg that Has Been Colored

7. Color print

If desired, you can color in the Easter egg designs with markers or colored pencils as Daphne did here. The girls sent some as black and white and colored some that they delivered to a friend in the hospital. Both were lovely.

A FREE Activity Sheet Printable for You

Styrofoam Printmaking Printable Activity Sheet

To help you do this activity with your kids, I created a FREE printable with the step-by-step instructions for this fun technique.

Click Here to Get Your Printable!

You can download now with the link above.

If you haven’t tried styrofoam printmaking with your kids yet, I highly recommend it!

(And if you have, perhaps it’s time to revisit it…)

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9 Comments

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    Desiree
    April 3, 2017 at 11:24 am

    This is great! I could do this with early years students OR with my preschool daughter.
    Thanks!
    Desiree
    Reading with Mrs. D

  • Reply
    Stacy
    April 5, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    This idea (in any shape) is great! I’m thinking of rolling on acrylic paints instead of printing ink.

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    MU
    April 6, 2017 at 1:07 am

    I’ve done this with K-6, thinned, colored acrylic paint applied with a wide foam brush and foam plates with the raised edge cut off, and the kids all loved it. Younger grades had a parent help apply paint but older children can do this and easily use multiple colors, too. Even the same design looks so different in different colors. Students rinsed and took their design home to use again.

  • Reply
    elenor
    April 14, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Thank you for sharing!
    Happy Easter and kind greetings from the EU(A)
    elenor

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      April 14, 2017 at 1:09 pm

      You’re so welcome, Elenor! Happy Easter to you, too!

  • Reply
    Isobel
    July 18, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Love your ideas – thank you. Where can you buy styrofoam sheets?

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