Any Tips For Inexpensive Cake Boards?

Decorating By georgiapuddinpie Updated 14 Aug 2009 , 10:30pm by diane

georgiapuddinpie Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 7:12pm
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Hi,
Just wondering if any of you more experienced cakers have any tips on where I can get inexpensive cake boards? Sometimes it doesnt seem like the Wilton cardboard ones I use are strong enough, so I have been getting plywood ones from lowes. Also, maybe I can use the cardboard ones if I cover them correctly? Any tips on this would be greatly appreciated.
TIA
Amber

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xstitcher Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 7:26pm
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Hi Amber,

I like to use foam core board for my cake boards. You can pick these up from your local craft store and some dollar stores. I also like to use masonite boards for the base of my cakes if they are tiered otherwise I just use the foam core.

indydebi Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 7:29pm
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If you have the volume and the storage space, I find it more cost effective to buy them by the case. Plus its such a great feeling to ALWAYS have plenty of cardboards on hand instead of having to drive 20 minutes to get ONE missing board that I forgot to get! icon_redface.gif Even if they last you 6 months or more, it's a great convenience.

Rylan Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 7:38pm
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Get MDF, it is really cheap.

CakeDiane Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 7:44pm
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I go to a local art supply store and buy a huge sheet of 1/2" foam core then I cut it to any size or shape that I need.

Eisskween Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:01pm
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Get MDF, it is really cheap.




What is MDF please?

leah_s Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:50pm
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I use drums for the base and regular cardboards between the tiers. And like Indy, I order them by the case.

xstitcher Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 8:55pm
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Originally Posted by Rylan

Get MDF, it is really cheap.



What is MDF please?




Medium Density Fibreboard - you should be able to get it at any local hardware store (lowe's, homedepot etc.)

georgiapuddinpie Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 10:27pm
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Originally Posted by xstitcher

Hi Amber,

I like to use foam core board for my cake boards. You can pick these up from your local craft store and some dollar stores. I also like to use masonite boards for the base of my cakes if they are tiered otherwise I just use the foam core.




What dollar stores carry this that you know of? Also, is it in Michael's ? If so, what section?

Thanks everyone for all of the helpful suggestions! I love this site and the people on it (so nice and helpful).

xstitcher Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 10:42pm
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I've found them at dollartree and yes Michaels carries them as well in varying sizes (can't remember which isle though, you'll have to ask the associate).
http://www.dollartree.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&keyword=foam+core&x=0&y=0

Texas_Rose Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 11:26pm
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The foamcore boards at Dollar Tree aren't as thick as the ones from the craft store. You may not notice the difference unless you're trying to glue ribbon on the edges icon_biggrin.gif Hobby Lobby sells foamcore for $2 and sometimes has them on sale for a dollar each.

You need a boxcutter to cut them easily...the best boxcutter I've found is one that looks like a pocket knife, which I got at Home Depot for $8.

xstitcher Posted 9 Aug 2009 , 11:49pm
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Yes that's true Texas_Rose. I have used the 1/2" ones but sometimes I just glue the thinner ones together. It's sometimes cheaper to do it like that then to buy the 1/2".

bettinashoe Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 12:13am
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Hobby Lobby and Michael's sell the foam core board with their poster board. It's what I use and I stock up when it is on sale.

Jeff_Arnett Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 12:54am
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Originally Posted by xstitcher

I've found them at dollartree and yes Michaels carries them as well in varying sizes (can't remember which isle though, you'll have to ask the associate).
http://www.dollartree.com/catalog/search.cmd?form_state=searchForm&keyword=foam+core&x=0&y=0




Thanks for this tip....never knew Dollar Tree carried foamboard. I am used to paying $3.00 a sheet at Michaels. I can get a case of 50 sheets for $50 [$1 each!] and shipped free to my local Dollar Tree store, about 10 minutes away!

I've already ordered a case!

Do they sell it individual sheets in the stores as well?

Jeff_Arnett Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 12:56am
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Originally Posted by bettinashoe

Hobby Lobby and Michael's sell the foam core board with their poster board. It's what I use and I stock up when it is on sale.




You can order if from Dollar Tree for only $1.00 a sheet and have it sent to your local store for free....or, if you don't have on in your area, they will ship it to you via UPS.

That was a great tip posted above by xstitcher!!!

Jeff_Arnett Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 1:02am
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Originally Posted by Texas_Rose

The foamcore boards at Dollar Tree aren't as thick as the ones from the craft store. You may not notice the difference unless you're trying to glue ribbon on the edges icon_biggrin.gif Hobby Lobby sells foamcore for $2 and sometimes has them on sale for a dollar each.

You need a boxcutter to cut them easily...the best boxcutter I've found is one that looks like a pocket knife, which I got at Home Depot for $8.




The Dollar Tree description says the foam is 3/16 inch thick...that's the same thickness of the Elmer's brand I get at Michaels and it works great.

As to cutting it, squares, rectangles, etc. are easy, but circles are harder.

I found a circle cutter called the LION EV-R-ROUND at www.misterart.com. It will cut circles in the 3/16 inch boards up to 16 inches [never tried it with the 1/2 thick boards] and does a terrific job!

There's also the Foamwerks line of foam board cutters that do a nice job too....I love the drill set that cuts holes up to 1 inch in diameter...perfect for cutting the center hole for the dowel to go through.

xstitcher Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 4:51am
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Do they sell it individual sheets in the stores as well?





The do at the ones I've been to.

radtech Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 10:02pm
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I just bought the Elmer's brand foamcore today at Michaels 4 for $5.00. I think they are 20x30.

diane Posted 14 Aug 2009 , 10:30pm
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