DIY Foam Ant and Popper Bodies

foam bodies01So being the cheap bastard that I am, I'm always looking for ways of tying on the cheap. Whenever I go into a crafty type store or even the hardware store I'm always on the lookout for thing I can use in tying. I like the foam ants that Eric (MudBug) has posted a Step By Step on, but was WAY too cheap to buy "Ant Bodies" for $3 per 10ct

So I set off to the local Hobby-Lobby for some thick foam to punch out for bodies... Foam Flip Flops were $1ea in all kinds of colors, and being the cheap ass that I am, I bought XL's to get a little extra foam for the price. At home I looked around for an appropriate "tube" to do the punching and found an old antenna from a RC radio. The antenna is made of thin brass tubing coated in chrome and every size I could ever need in one shot!

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I just pulled the antenna apart and chucked up the size I wanted to use in a drill, spun it up and held a fine file to the end for a second to give it a nice sharp cutting edge.

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A few experimental cuts and had it figured out.

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foam bodies01

Added an "indicator" to the end of the little foam cylinder by just gluing a thin strip of contrast foam to the sandal before coring.

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foam bodies05

They tie up into nice little ants! Thanks for the Pattern Eric!

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I've also been doing this to make poppers for quite a while with different foam, but same general idea.

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