Elmer's Foam Board Train Wall Shelves
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Elmer's Foam Board Train Wall Shelves

Train shelves as cute as these are perfect for your little engineer's room!

Designed by Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • (2) Elmer's® Foam Board, Black on Black, 20"x30"x1/2"
  • Elmer's® CraftBond™ Extra Strength Glue Stick
  • Elmer's® Painters® Paint Marker, medium tip, Navy Blue
  • Elmer's® X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" x 12" Self Healing Cutting Mat
  • X-ACTO® Designer Series Gripster® Knife
  • X-ACTO® Designer Series 6" Precision Tip Scissors
  • X-ACTO® Designer Series 12" Metal Ruler
  • Deisgn Master® Spray Primer
  • Design Master® ColorTool® Spray Color: Basil, Navy Blue, Black and Vanilla
  • Quick Quotes® Powder Puff Chalking Ink, "Amaretto" (brown)
  • Wood Circles, 2" and 1 1/4" Diameter, 16 of each
  • Deep Red Cardstock
  • Glue Gun and Hot Glue
  • Newspapers
  • Sand Paper
  • Paper Sack
  • (4) Large Paper Clips
  • Pencil

Project Instructions

Use Metal Ruler and pencil to measure and mark Foam Board train car parts: two 6" x 20" front-side and back-side; two 4" x 5" ends; 4" x 19" bottom; four 2" x 3 1/2" wheel supports. (Double quantities to make two train cars.) Refer to photo. On front-side piece, on bottom right and bottom left, sketch curved areas approx. 1" x 5" for wheel areas. Repeat with back-side piece.

Use Gripster® Knife (with new blade) on Self Healing Cutting Mat to cut parts. (Hint: Score lightly first and then press more firmly to cut deeper, with several passes of the knife. Replace blades often.)

In a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered work area, apply two light coats primer to all train car Foam Board pieces and all wood circles. Let dry. Apply two light coats Basil on one train car's Foam Board parts and Navy Blue for the other. Spray large wood circles Vanilla and small wood circles Black. Let dry.

Refer to photo. Before gluing, read entire step and hold train parts to see how to connect them by aligning the foam edges of the ends with the front-side and back-side paper edges. Also notice that the bottom will be recessed up underneath and wheel supports will later extend down below. After seeing how parts fit, use glue gun to assemble in the following order: Glue foam edge of one end piece to back-side, aligning corners. Repeat with other end piece on opposite end of back-side. Fit bottom against back-side and ends, 1/4" up from each end. (This will make the bottom be 1 1/4" higher than sides in the middle area.) Glue bottom. To complete the "box", glue front-side to ends and bottom. (Note: Apply hot glue to foam edge and press into place, holding until set.)

For wheel supports, up underneath train car, apply glue to long foam edge of support and along 1/4" area on back-side and press in place. (Support extends down beyond bottom edge of back-side.) Repeat with other three corners. Before adding wheels, lightly sand train cars to remove top color layer, revealing gray primer beneath, in some areas and all along edges. Wipe off dust and lightly go over sanded areas with brown chalking ink. Repeat with wood circles. Then center and hot glue Black circles onto Vanilla circles. Hot glue wheels to wheel supports with half of wheel extend beyond support as shown in photo. Repeat Steps 4 & 5 for other train car.

On paper sack, sketch 3" x 4" oval. Fold into fourths and use 6" Precision Tip Scissors to cut out symmetrical oval pattern. Trace pattern onto other area of sack and cut out. Set aside. Trim pattern down 1/8", trace onto red cardstock and cut out. Set aside. Again, trim pattern down 1/8" and trace onto paper sack. On smallest paper sack oval, use Painters® Paint Marker to draw Navy Blue oval and personalize with child's name and "RAILROAD LINE". Let dry. Use Extra Strength Glue Stick to stack and glue layers. Apply chalking ink to edges and lightly across oval sign to antique. Use Glue Stick to attach to train car front, 3 1/2" from right side. Repeat with other train car.

For hangers, on back measure and mark 2 1/2” down from top and 3" in from each side. At each mark use craft knife to make 1/4" long, shallow horizontal slits. Carefully insert knife blade into each slit, angled up toward top and remove. Slightly separate curved ends of paper clips 1/4". Insert shorter rounded ends up into slits, creating hanger loops with longer ends of paper clips. Repeat with other train car.