How to Stick Foam Clay to EVA Foam

How to Stick Foam Clay to EVA Foam

Today we will learn 3 easy methods to stick foam clay to the EVA foam surface.

In many cases, we cosplayers need to use EVA foam to make a big structure for cosplay like armor, weapons, and other props. But we often face problems like EVA foam having a smooth surface and is hard to give realistic shapes and texture to make our props realistic.

In that case, Foam clay becomes very handy. We can make small shapes, and custom textures and stick them to our EVA Foam body.

In such conditions, you may get confused about how to attach Foam clay to the EVA foam surface.

Well, worry not as today we bring this guide to you. We will explain 3 pro methods to glue foam clay to EVA foam structure.

These 3 methods include both the permanent and temporary methods to join foam clay and Eva foam together.

3 Methods to Stick Foam Clay to EVA Foam

You can use different methods but these 3 methods are the easiest and convenient to get the work done. As a cosplayer, we need simple tips and tricks to encounter our daily life problems while crafting our beloved cosplay costumes and props.

Follow these Foam Clay tips and tricks to learn about using foam clay to EVA Foam.

The 3 methods are

  • Contact Cement
  • PVA Glue
  • Water

Contact Cement

Use Contact Cement to bond foam clay with EVA foam

Let’s talk about contact cement and how amazing it is at sticking foam clay to EVA foam. It makes sure your cosplay stuff stays strong and looks awesome.

Contact cement is affordable and easily available. It just works like glue. Contact cement can be used to stick foam clay to EVA Foam in certain cases like if you are making heavy armour or weapon.

If you are making your cosplay for permanent use then this Contact Cement is the best option.

To Attach Foam Clay to EVA Foam, all you need to do is take your dried foam clay structure. Clean the surface nicely and then paste some contact cement on it.

Also, rub a small amount of contact cement on the EVA foam surface.

Then simply attach the foam clay to the surface of the EVA Foam.

Let it dry and you are all set with your costume play. (Source)

Remember to shape and give texture when the foam clay is still soft. You can also do the above part when your foam clay is still soft.

PVA Glue

USE PVA Glue or White glue

PVA Glue is another good option to permanently stick Faom Clay to any EVA Foam structure without any mess up. PVA is the white glue we use on any wooden or plastic surface. Just a bit of this glue can nicely stick your cosplay design made with EVA Foam.

Make the foam clay structure first and also get ready for your EVA foam design.

To work with the PVA glue, it is just the same as before. All you need is to get this PVA Glue or white glue from online or hardware shops in the local market.

Now nicely polish both surfaces. The paste a small amount of glue on the EVA foam surface.

Now place the Foam clay structure on the surface and let it dry. This would attach the foam clay with EVA foam permanently.

Remember that you won’t be able to remove the Foam clay after you stick it with the PVA glue.

If you want a temporary method and want to remove the foam clay later then this method can be handy for you.

Use Water to Stick Foam Clay to EVA Foam

Use Water to Stick Foam Clay on EVA Foam

In this method to attach Foam Clay to EVA foam body, you do not need any glue or adhesive.

To prepare the surface for bonding with foam clay, make small cuts or indentations on the EVA foam. These cuts create roughness specifically where you intend to apply the foam clay. Be sure to roughen only the area where adhesion is required.

Then take some fresh foam clay, make the desired shape, and rub some water on the surface you want to attach.

After rubbing some water it will get sticky then simply paste the foam clay to the rough area you just made with a knife on the EVA foam.

This will nicely stick the foam clay to the EVA foam surface.

Additiona: For some extra tightness, you can use cheap paper glue while sticking it. It will not be permanent but it will give extra sticking power to the structure.

Watch this short YouTube video to quickly understand how to stick foam clay to EVA Foam without any glue.


What kind of glue to use on foam clay?

If you want to bond foam clay with foam clay then using a Kato Poly Paste or Sculpey Bake and Bond glue would be a better idea. With these, you can make it reshape it later.
Otherwise, if you want it permanent then using a superglue is good for the work.

Can you put clay on foam?

Yes, Air Dry clay can be used on foam to create different shapes and realistic structures on the shape. It is a convenient idea to do so.

What kind of glue is best for EVA foam?

Contact Cement is the number one glue or adhesive to use on EVA Foam. It simply works amazing when it comes to bonding anything including foam clay on EVA foam.


Foam Clay can be life-saved while making different types of textures and small shapes for our cosplay props.

In this guide to working with Foam Clay and EVA foam, we have discussed how we can attach foam clay arts to EVA Foam structures efficiently.

We can use Contact Cement, PVA Glue, or White Glue for sticking foam clay on EVA Foam surface. However, we can also use water on small foam clay items to stick them to an EVA foam temporarily too. You can watch a detailed guide on the YouTube Video mentioned above.

There are many methods but it all depends on what type of structure you are making. If you are making some big armor or weapon then just sticking your foam clay with water for a realistic texture won’t be enough.

Use the 3 methods alternatively to learn which one is the best way that works for you by following this guide for how to stick foam clay to EVA foam structure to make cosplay costumes and props.

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