Hey guys! So, as I’ve said many times, I’m a huge DIY person. I’m always crafting or making something, and I love to learn new techniques. A few years ago, I was taught the wonders that craft foam can do. I use that stuff for everything! I’ve made craft foam armor for cosplaying, I’ve used it to make fairy wings, book covers, hats, anything and everything. I also use it to pattern out any leather products I make before I actual cut leather, as I think it it’s a pretty good and cheap substitute to leather when you just need to make sure everything will lay right before you cut up your nice expensive leather.
It is no surprise then, that when I found this tutorial for Mallorn leaf lembas bread holders, I had to share! In a perfect world, I’d make about 120 of these, stick some cookies or scones in them, and serve them as wedding favors for guests!
- craft foam (which can easily be found at your local craft store and comes in many different colors and sheet sizes)
- fabric glue (or any glue that is still flexible when dried)
- a heat source (such as a heat gun or stove top)
Print out this mallorn leaf template to fit a normal 8.5 by 11 inch sheet of paper (click the picture below for a larger version). Trace the leaf shape onto a sheet of dark green, dark brown, or black craft foam and cut it out. Then use a ball-point pen or other sharp tool to draw the veins onto your leaf shape, pressing down so that they are indented into the foam.
To paint the leaf, I use acrylic craft paint in two shades of green. Mix one part fabric glue to every two parts of paint to make it flexible enough for repeated use.
(Note from BreeCraft: the reason you would mix fabric or other flexible glue with the paint is because the craft foam will be bending a lot. Acrylic paint is somewhat flexible and may be alright to use on its own, but try testing the flexibility of the paint after it is dried by bending the craft foam in extreme directions. If the paint cracks or tears, you may need to add more glue.)
Heat the leaf carefully at your heat source and curve it to shape. Bend the side points of leaf in first, remembering to leave enough air space inside for the lembas. For more information on heat-shaping foam, check out my Craft Foam Armor Tutorial.
(Note from BreeCraft: always be careful when using a heat source! Follow the directions on the craft foam tutorial linked above if you are not familiar with heating and shaping craft foam, and don’t get hurt!)
And you’re done! Please be aware that craft foam is indeed FOAM, and as such, it will soak up paint like…well, like foam would. You may need to paint the foam many times to get the coloring right, or you may like the effect only a few coats will give. I recommend sealing the leaf in Mod Podge, which is flexible and has worked well for me. However, it may change the rigidity of the leaf and make it hard to open, I don’t know. Try experimenting! Have fun with it. Maybe add your own touches like painting the leaf veins silver or gold, or imprinting your initials into the leaf before you paint.
Head on over to Penwiper’s tutorial for a nice easy recipe for Lembas bread as well. Thanks for reading, and post in the comments if you decide to try this tutorial!