How To Make Faux Leather From Craft Foam. Great for Steampunk Fashion!

Alright, this one’s going to be short and
sweet. It’s just not that complicated. Grab a sheet of craft foam, some aluminum
foil and an old iron. Like one you wouldn’t even care if you dropped it in the dirt.
If you have an antique ironing board, now is your chance to use it. Otherwise, just
use a piece of wood. Scrunch up a piece of aluminum foil and then
flatten it out a bit. Turn your iron as low as it will go, and firmly
press the aluminum foil into the foam. Be sure to hold the aluminum foil far away
from where the iron is so you don’t end up burning your fingers on hot aluminum foil.
Make sure to do this outside so you don’t breathe any fumes from the foam.
Grab some brown paint, some black paint, and some lighter brown paint. Paint the whole
thing brown. While you’re waiting for it to dry completely,
take some silly photos of yourself in your backyard.
Well done, now get out your black paint, to darken the recesses. Make it slightly watery,
and then paint it on. Wipe it off the top before it dries. You can leave it here or,
for more depth, add a lighter colour on top like this.
Wrap a piece of cloth tightly around your finger, and, very lightly rub the lighter
brown on the top surfaces. There you go, all done. Looks a bit like leather,
a bit not like leather, but it looks more like leather than it did when it looked like
this. See ya later.


  • Goes get all the stuff needed You just solved a problem I had, so THANK YOU for sharing!

  • Really cool stuff man! I love your tutorials and i can't wait for more!

  • Your so funny! XP Love the tutorials.

  • Great tip, thanks for sharing . . . Awesome back yard too

  • I love you tutorials they are always informative and entertaining.

  • You have helped me a lot throughout my entire final major project in uni! thank you so much

  • Great idea thanks

  • It`s awesome Tutorials, I will wait your newest tutorial  😀
    you have a new subscriber  😀
    sorry for my bad english

  • I was just needing to know how to make faux leather for my steampunk sketchbook, so you just helped immensely. Thank you!!!!!

  • I love your tutorials…i a craft store i didn't know i could do all this stuff with foam:D so thank you…i was wondering if you would be able to do a rocketeer helmet tutorial…i was interested in being the comic book version of bettie page as the rocketeer:)

  • that one big backyard 

  • I learned a lot and I really enjoyed the presentation!

  • THIS IS GOLD!!!!!! thx u, a million times thx xD

  • sweet!  Guns of Icarus cosplay is gonna happen!

  • do i have to use an old iron?

  • You're amazing!

  • Genius, pure genius.

  • Nice!! I got a neat leather look that was able to fool friends and family by painting yellow craft foam with several coats of strong instant coffee. I did it with white too, same result. I may try it on tan/beige foam along with using this technique to textureize it. I might even try heating the foam and sandwiching between the covers of some old encyclopedias. They have a really neat old leathery texture. 

  • This is brilliant! You just saved me A LOT of money on an upcoming costume!!

  • Totally awesomesauce

  • What about if you were to use it as pants??

  • What if you want to make it look black? 🙁

  • Great technique. I actually saved myself a step by just using brown foam. 🙂

  • i enjoy your tutorials.

  • I dont have an old iron…maybe a light barrier between the iron and aluminum foil would help not damage my iron…..

  • This is BRILLIANT 😀 Did you develop this technique yourself or is it a common one? I only ask because I've never seen it before and its so effective…definitely earned a subscribe right here 😉 Also your presentation/editing style is excellent, nice and clear but also fun.

  • Thank you so much for this BRILLIANT TUTORIAL!!! Glad I found your channel! ♥

  • I've made a full size Back-Quiver with EVA Foam. Would this still work?

  • i don't have a backyard to take silly photos of myself, does it work making the photos in the kitchen if one doesn't have a backyard ?

  • How does the "leather" react to getting wet? Has this happened with yours? Does the paint come off? Does it flake? If you treated both sides to look like leather, does the foam still soak up water, or is it basically waterproof?

  • That is so cool.  Thanks.  Now I have to find my iron!!

  • Wow, I wish I could meet cool, artistically inclined people around my area. Hello! Central Florida…. I'm a clothing designer myself but, I've an awesome garage/workshop, W/T.V, mini-fridge and all kinds of tools too, Lol. Just dying to make some cool cos-play type things. I know our area has talent, just need to connect. I even have acess to a top notch 3-D printer at my boyfriend's workplace. He just doesn't have the same kind of interests though. Would love to work on some projects. I'm a big thrift store sourcer for costume projects. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Does using the iron with the aluminium foil damage the iron at all?

  • Love your style u.u

  • Or you could just get real leather (like an old jacket) in charity shop for about a fiver… and then turn it into whatever you want


  • Really good, helpful, and funny tutorial, wish more were like this good work and thanks!!!

  • Fantastic!

  • You should have way more subs!!

  • Hello Lost Wax! I want to thank you for this video, it helped me a lot with my last costume. I uploaded a video using your method and of course I mentioned your channel on my video and put some links. Hopefully not bother you! Greetings from spain and thanks for your work!

  • Hello, congratulations for the video, I would like to take a course, which is the paint you use? is oil paint?

  • That's exactly what I want !!! 😆

  • Would you mind telling me what kind of thickness of craft foam would be good? Would 2mm be too thin? This is a great tutorial btw and really awesome idea

  • Hm. This might just be a little useful for the cover of a book, since I can't afford actual leather, lol.

  • Does it take forever to get the impressions in the foam? Or do I need to turn my iron on higher?

  • Wow that's amazing

  • If I was doing this technique on thicker EVA foam, which required shaping with a heat gun, would I do this technique before or after heat forming?

  • what if I don't have an iron? would using a hair dryer to heat of the foil and pressing it down with a flat sheet of steel suffice?

  • I saw faux leather jacket for 60US$ in, after I saw your video, and realised I will buy a piece of kitchen foam with color, not I don't want to BUY IT, thanks


  • o, I wonder how it would hold up in a sewing project?

  • yeah. that's what I was thinking. but its good for other uses. thanks Honey

  • Fun! Loved your video!!

  • Nice video! Hopefully I can make Rick Grimes Gun holster out of this.

  • is it usable? could i make a wallet from it? is it for example water resistant?

  • your tutorials are so awesome,and cute o,0o,! thanks for sharing!

  • My only question is are the silly pictures necessary? My camera just broke and I'm wondering how I would omit the silly pictures?

  • One question. Why aren't all tutorials on the internet like this. Concise, clear, fun. Man….excellent!

  • Do you have any tips on making faux leather lace, short of following this tut and cutting the end result into thin strips?

  • genius!! thanks!!!

  • I definately gonna make a new purse with this
    Now I just have to find a paint

  • You are literally amazing

  • Lost Wax, not only did you crack me up, I loved the faux leather too and will be using it to make tassels! Thanks for the laugh and the technique!

  • Some youtuber who speak some different language watched this video and referenced it in her creation of some Geralt Whitcher armor

  • Do you have to use a wooden ironing board?

  • amazing 😀 thank you so much for sharing this idea, i will totally try this !

  • I'm so glad I came across your videos..they are brilliant and going to seriously help make my steampunk cosplay look like the real deal..THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  • Are you at risk of damaging the iron in any way doing that?

  • wheres the actual silly photos?

  • this was grand thank you! I am new to making my own stuff for cosplaying and this will help me greatly

  • I would have loved to have watched your tutorial.. but the whistling was interfering with your voice… I want to hear you talk not hear the whistling or background music…

  • thats great!

  • looks like my larp character Freyja (shieldmaiden) is getting some leather armor 🙂

  • Greate idea!!!!!!!!!!

  • This is the best cosplay tutorial I have ever watched. Right to the point and you even get to take silly photos. 10/10

  • one question: This ironing thing harm the iron in any way​? I only have one iron, the one I use to press my clothes. If I use It, will I regret It?

  • Great tutorial….Peace

  • I love your channel and your tutorials are the best and this one was amazingly straight forward. Thank you.

  • what kind of paint do you use??

  • Fantastic! I think that I am going try this technique when I make my Mad Hatter Top Hat from your other pattern.

  • It looks so good tho

  • Awesome. I was looking for something to do this afternoon, and now I know. I will make a leather-looking yoga mat. I will be the most badass person in the gym.

  • Hey Lost Wax! Thanks for the vid! I have several questions: 1. my iron board and iron are new, will this process damage it? 2. I don't have a backyard, is it ok if I just open the windows and do this near the window or I should really try to go out?

  • Can this work for EVA foam? Or is that too thick?

  • Thank you!

  • Followed this tutorial to make this:

  • Genius !! 🤓

  • WHAT!!!…….love it! ❤️

  • You're the bomb! Such awesome ideas & sooo much fun to watch, you're a total goofball & I bet you're the coolest dad in town.

  • Nicely done!! Thanks so much for sharing!! 🙂

  • Great video, dude! I always wondered how you can expand it with making it go around the shoulders. Like the faux leather hang on the front of both shoulders that go around behind the neck. 🙂

  • Looks like leather to me. Did you end up coloring the edges and reverse-side? Then what did you use it for?

  • Shut the front door!! Thank you

  • Thanks for the vid, I am making a mask like one you made before and my son said to give it a leather look when I asked him. So this vid is definitely useful.

  • wow! thanks for keeping it short and sweet 🙂

  • zgreat- quick and easy

  • This was so on point, helpful and also funny! Great!!

  • I don't have a backyard 🙁

  • Super Typ👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
    Cool Man 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • The Backyard part, was so great!! moment of silence as I am bowing to you!

    BE well, Be real, and BE YOU!!!

  • Is there another namevfir this foam i cant find it in Australia inder that name?

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