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Best place to buy foam core board?

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I have previously purchased it at Hobby Lobby when it was 1/2 off.  They do not do this anymore :(  I was trying to find it on their site but can't find it on line and the closest one to me is 1 hour away.  Was wondering if there is a cheaper place to purchase.  The last ones that I bought were $2.49 for 20" x 30" x 3/16.

post #2 of 12

dollar tree
 

post #3 of 12

Where about in MI are you?

I go to Foam Factory in Chesterfield. I tell them I need foam boards and they usually have pretty large scraps around that they don't charge too much for. I got some 20x20 squares for about $0.80 each. They'll make specific sizes for you too, but it's a little pricey.

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I get mine at Global Sugar, they are pricey in my opinion, but I just work the cost into my final price.  I like them though because they are 1/2 inch thick and very sturdy.

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I live in the tip of the thumb.  Quite a drive to get anywhere. :(

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 Yes, I have seen poster foam core at the dollar tree also. You get a big piece for one buck!!! You can not beat that price. I also buy the poster board for one buck. The poster board works wonderfully for smoothing butter cream. I got that idea from
Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss.

post #7 of 12

I find the foam core at Dollar Tree to be woefully inadequate.  The paper surface is "odd" and it's very flimsy in comparison to the quality Elmer's board available at Michael's/Joann/Hobby Lobby.

 

The craft stores often have quarterly sales on foam core with individual boards ranging from $1-$1.50.  I stock up then or use coupons whenever I can to get them cheaper.

 

I also coat all of my foam core with a thin layer of melted, edible food grade soy wax--

Golden Blends 415

 

available from Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/130491955139?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

post #8 of 12

I also get mine at the Dollar Tree. What I do is cut it to the size I want, sandwich in cardboard from boxes (a lot of store will give you empty cartons they get stock in if you ask) I've also cut to size, and on the bottom another piece of foam core...that way the bottom is nice and white. This makes a nice sturdy base. Then I cover it all with foil or freezer paper and ribbon around the base. I might add more cardboard in the middle depending on the weight of the cake. If it's a wedding cake, I usually use wood.

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for your replies.  I'll be checking out dollar tree the next time I'm near one. :)

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Originally Posted by remnant3333 View Post

 Yes, I have seen poster foam core at the dollar tree also. You get a big piece for one buck!!! You can not beat that price. I also buy the poster board for one buck. The poster board works wonderfully for smoothing butter cream. I got that idea from
Buddy Valastro from Cake Boss.

 

 

 

 

Remnant3333, how do you use the poster board to smooth buttercream??? I'm a newbie.

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I watched Buddy Valastro in Cake Boss before on television. He is the one who I saw using poster board. He just cuts it into a small rectangular piece maybe a little bigger than a credit card. He cuts it the size so it will be as tall as his cake layer.  Then when he is twirling cake on spinning turntable he uses it to smooth the cake. It works pretty good for me. I used to do the viva paper towel. Now I do the poster board. It just seems easier for me.

 

As with all things, the more you practice the easier it will get for you. What might be easier for me may not work for you. Try any and all techniques and see which one you prefer. I will try to find a video if I can of Buddy using poster board. Don't know if I can find one since I saw him on TV but I will look and post if I find one.

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 Soldiernurse, I posted this video on the paper towel smoothing. Here it is again for you to see how to do poster board from Buddy Valastro.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLhj8TbjGTw
 

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