It’s nearing the end of October. Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween-themed activity for young kids? This week I mixed up some homemade floam and used some craft supplies from my supply closet to make a floam witch. Read on to learn how you and your kids can make your own floam witch.
Weeks ago, I bought some cute felt witch hats at Hobby Lobby. I bought them because I just KNEW that I could use them in some kind of fun project. At the time, I just didn’t know what that project was. Well, I finally figured it out – a floam witch. The remaining supplies for this project were already in my supply closet and pantry. It’s always a great idea to have a stash of goodies….right? I just keep telling my husband that….
I found Growing a Jeweled Rose’s recipe for homemade floam on Pinterest. The recipe calls for Borax, school glue, water, food coloring, and polystyrene beads. I didn’t have any polystyrene beads on hand. I did, however, have a wonderful crumbly sheet of Styrofoam that I saved from some kind of package.
I broke the sheet into small pieces and placed them in a large Ziploc bag. Inside the bag (to keep the mess to a minimum), I crumbled the pieces into tiny balls. If you are willing to deal with a little bit more mess, I think that kids would enjoy helping with this task. The pieces of Styrofoam kind of pop apart into the little balls when they are squeezed. I followed the remainder of the recipe and mixed the other ingredients together with the Styrofoam beads in the Ziploc bag.
I really didn’t think that it was going to create anything other than a slimy, watery mess. But, I got my hands in there to mix and knead it all up, and to my surprise it came together. Now, I must say that homemade floam is not like the kind that you can buy at the store. Kids can mold nice 3D shapes with both types of floam, but the homemade version is damp and sticky while the store-bought version is dry and sticky. That being said, I personally prefer the store-bought kind, but I already had everything needed to make the homemade version so it really didn’t cost me anything.
Once I had the floam mixed up, I prepared a base for the witch’s head. I covered a toilet paper roll with black construction paper and hot glued it to a large plastic lid.
I wanted a way to stick eyes into the floam so I hot-glued brads to the back of large googly eyes. I think longer brads would work a bit better, but I had the short ones on hand and they worked well. I’m actually pretty excited about these eyes. They will stick well into play dough or into Styrofoam balls. I will definitely be using them again in the future!
Finally, I made some witch hair picks by twisting small pieces of raffia together with a piece of a chenille stem. I think it would also be fun to use colored yarn for additional witch “hair extensions”. Chenille stems, small sticks, or even small plastic snakes (yikes!) could also be used for witch hair.
We put all the supplies together to make a pretty interesting looking witch. I hope that your kids enjoy creating their own silly floam witches.