Chances are you’ve seen these beautiful, three-dimensional flowers in your Instagram or Pinterest feed. But, maybe you didn’t realise what they were made from. Or, perhaps you’ve heard the word “foamiran” floating around your store and didn’t know what it meant. Foamiran flowers have been around for a few years and as more people learn about this remarkable material, consumer demand is on the increase.
The word “foamiran” is simply a contraction of “foam Iran”, which is where this special material originates. It’s a super-thin craft foam that is specifically designed for making flowers with almost lifelike details. Regular craft foam—the kind most of us are familiar with is typically 2mm thick. It’s flexible and fun, but no one is going to think it’s anything but foam. Foamiran, however, is less than half the thickness of standard craft foam, with a choice of 0.6mm and 0.8mm thicknesses available to makers.
More flexible than paper, the stretchy material can be sculpted with the application of heat from an iron or heat tool. But that’s just one of the key features that make this such a desirable maker medium. Here’s a few more key features of Foamiran:
- Cuts easily with scissors or dies
- Available in dozens of colours
- Can be coloured with a wide variety of mediums, including ink, pastels, chalks and sprays
- Can be shaped by hand when heat is applied
Flowers made from foamiran can be used for all sorts of projects, including cards and scrapbooking, hair accessories, home décor and party décor, and so much more. Just imagine an everlasting bridal bouquet made of custom designed flowers!
If you’d like to see how easy foamiran is to work with, check out this video with our own Pete Hughes:
Here are some additional Foamiran Tips and Tricks;
- It’s possible to die-cut multiple flowers at a time, even with our Thinlits wafer-thin, chemically-etched dies with the precision base plate.
- Not only does this save time when you have to cut out a lot of petals, it will compress the material and make it even thinner.
- If you’re going to colour your flowers, be sure to do so before you shape the petals. It’s much easier to add colour while they are still flat. Plus, the colours will blend more naturally as you sculpt the foam.
- Heating is optional—some subtle shaping effects can be achieved simply with the warmth of your hands or by using tools like those in our Paper Sculpting Kit.
- Hot glue is the easiest way to assemble Foamiran flower petals, but other strong craft adhesives are equally effective.
Just about any floral die will work well with foamiran, but find some of our favourites below;