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Giant Foam Fan Hands

Cheer on your team with "We're #1" hands made from foam insulation.


Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Pen/pencil/marker
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush or roller


  • 1 - 1/4"x2'x4' poplar (#1220)
  • 1 - 1-1/2" Dow polystyrene insulated sheathing, 24"x96" (#104593)
  • 1 Gorilla glue (#73454)
  • 1 quart of Valspar primer (#165217)
  • 1 - 12-ounce Valspar Sumptuous Purple spray paint (#282298)

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Project Resources


Step 1

Draw a hand shape onto the polystyrene foam using our downloadable pattern as a template.

Step 2

Using a jigsaw, cut out the hand shape. (A jigsaw makes it easier to follow all the curves.)

Step 3

Sand off the rough edges, cover the hand with primer, and set it aside to dry.

Step 4

Spray paint the hand in your favorite team colors and allow to dry. If you like, use the primer to add a white border around the edge.

Step 5

full view of giant foam hand

Cut a 4'-long piece of poplar in half lengthwise. Glue to the hand. To make a second hand, repeat steps 1-5, using the other half of the poplar.