‘Tis the season for handmade holiday ornaments. Try your hand at making these red and green beauties to add some DIY style to your Christmas tree!
Some cute ribbon, a little felt and a sprinkle of glitter is all it takes to turn a Smoothfoam wreath form into a cheerful Christmas decoration for your front door.
Wrap flat ribbon snugly around a wreath form, overlapping the edges and securing in the back with straight pins. Painting the wreath form is not necessary – I recycled this painted wreath from another project.
Use a pastel pencil or a crayon to draw holly leaves on green felt, the more random the shapes and sizes, the better! Cut out as many as you want to create a cluster on your wreath. Poke a toothpick into each of three 1″ mini Smoothfoam balls to use like a handle, then brush a generous amount of craft glue all over each ball. Sprinkle with glitter until fully covered, then poke them into a scrap block of Smoothfoam to dry.
Glue the felt holly leaves in place on the wreath and lightly rub a little glitter on top – the nap of the felt will hold it in place. Push the tip of a craft knife into the spot where you want a glitter berry, to cut through the felt and ribbon and make a pilot hole. When the glitter berries are dry, poke them into position into the pilot holes on the wreath. Pin a small loop of ribbon or floss to the back for hanging.
We all love the ornaments we remember seeing on the Christmas tree in our grandparents’ (or even our great-grandparents’) home. Re-create your family favorites with Smoothfoam balls and some very inspiring craft techniques. Try your hand at tissue decoupage, no-sew fabric piecing, clay molding and more with these fun tutorials from talented designers.
We were delighted to discover that Swirly Designs, makers of adorable handmade holiday ornaments in Massachusetts, uses Smoothfoam balls in several of their products. Here’s what owners Paul & Lianne Stoddard have to say:
“We love using Smoothfoam because it makes the ornaments light and we can cover the balls with many different mediums, such as paints, threads, air-dry clay and decoupaged papers.”
Click on the photos below to learn more about these sweet roly-poly ornaments!
Who says you can only hang ornaments on a Christmas tree? We love to see ornaments made with everyday materials like cording, paper, buttons, yarn and fabric scraps. Smoothfoam balls make any ornament project easy and more fun! After the tree comes down, these all-season ornaments can be hung from your lamp switches, doorknobs, under cabinets, or on your curtain tie-backs.
One of the projects I really love from my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects is this woodland wreath. Oh who am I kidding, all the projects are my favorites, lol. But what I like about this one is how it looks nice during any season, not just fall and winter.
The complete instructions with helpful tips are in my book, but here’s the gist of it…yarn-wrap a larger Smoothfoam wreath, then paint a smaller one to nest inside and secure it with glue. Cover the smaller wreath with paper die-cut leaves, using straight pins. Cover a Smoothfoam egg with overlapping punched paper circles to create the pinecone and poke it into the wreath. Add a ribbon hanger and done! Try different color combinations to create the woodland of your own imagination.
Gobble, gobble, gobble! Give your wattles a shake and get ready for Thanksgiving decorating. Every family gathering needs some crafty little Toms for the centerpiece, a hostess gift, place card holders or a sign of gratitude. These projects use some very creative ideas for the turkey feathers, from ribbons to popsicle sticks to coffee filters. Have fun!
Glitter, glitter everywhere – and every drop is fabulous! Your favorite Smoothfoam shape holds tacky glue and glitter beautifully – whether you want to just gently sprinkle a little, or splurge with a lot to get a smooth, shimmering surface. Check out these sparkling ideas from our designers!
DIY bulletin boards don’t have to be made with cork – have you ever tried Smoothfoam sheets, discs and blocks? The smooth, dense and lightweight surface is not only fun to paint and embellish, it also holds straight pins snugly. If you need a small bulletin board to post a few reminders and photos, these cute designer projects are for you! Put one in your school locker, at your desk, on the cupboard door or even inside the closet.