Save yourself a bunch of work and wasted time running to craft stores to buy foam board.....you can now buy premade foamcore cake boards in many shapes and sizes and they are already covered with a waterproof and grease proof FDA approved styrene coating....all I do is glue a 1/2 inch ribbon around the outside edge of my 1/2 inch base board.
Visit http://store.foamboardsource.com/cake-boards.html for all shapes and sizes of pre-made boards.
Ok I found this ultra tempting so I did a quick cost analysis:
I can run to Hobby Lobby about 1x per month (they usually have their foamboard 50% off once a month) and buy 1 20" x 30 1/2" (with 1/2 thickness) for approx $2.50.
At the source above I would have to pay:
1/2" Square Cake Boards
(6 Count, White Color)
Size: : 10 inch $20.95
Shipping: $13.08 (they only ship UPS - & thats from NY to GA) (I'd hate to see shipping to NY to CA to WA)
Which that means I would have to buy 1 sheet (cutting out 6 x 10" squares) my Hobby Lobby way which means I pay around $3 vs. $34.03
Items taken into consideration and final thoughts from the quick analysis above:
- I maxed the # of cake boards that one could cut from one sheet of foamboard (ideal # being 6 per board = 10")
- I would consider using this site for octagon shapes or circles cause yes circles are pain to cut IF they came down on their cost and their shipping. Like 12 instead of 6 for the money. But for squares...its not worth the money.
- shipping from that site is not so good. But yes, I understand that would probably even out a little the more that you order at one time. But I dont see the cost differential worth it.
- the site also charges extra for larger sizes, ie. the squares 12" - 16" will cost you an extra $6.30 - $25.60 per EACH 6. Choke!
Good thing about Hobby Lobby is if I want to buy a ton of foamboard at a time...all they do is write me a rain check and they order the rest I need and I pick it up when their next truck rolls in....I dont have to pay shipping. Easy!