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National Craft Month Smoothfoam projects

National Craft Month is coming to a close…what a rush! Our amazing team of designers gave you 30 unique and creative project ideas to make with Smoothfoam—from clocks and topiaries to ornaments and critters, and so much more.

Today is your last chance to enter to win your own fabulous assortment of Smoothfoam sheets and shapes to craft up stylish accessories for your home, fun stuff for your kids, or decorations for your next party.

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National Craft Month: Mounted scrapbook page

Mounted scrapbook page on Smoothfoam I love my family photographs (this is my baby granddaughter!) and I like to display some where they can be seen all the time, instead of tucking all of them away in scrapbook albums.

Smoothfoam scrapbook mounting sheets are nice and lightweight for displaying 12×12 scrapbook pages.

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Supplies:

12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
6″ square piece of Smoothfoam
6″ square photograph
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint: Baby Pink
12″ x 12″ white die-cut patterned cardstock
Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
Elmer’s Tacky Glue
2-1/2 yards of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon
Scrapbook embellishments
Paintbrush
Short straight pins

1.  Paint the front and edges of the 12″ Smoothfoam sheet pink; allow to dry.

2.  Adhere the die cut paper to the Smoothfoam with spray adhesive. Do this outside or in a well-ventilated area.

3.  Brush an even layer of glue to cover the front of the 6″ square of Smoothfoam, then gently press your photo into place. 

4.  Glue a 14” length of ribbon across the front of the panel, about 2” from the bottom and wrap each end around to the back; secure with pins or glue.

6.  Glue the photograph panel in place on the 12″ panel and add additional embellishments as desired.

7.  Use remaining ribbon to tie into a hanger and secure to the back with pins or glue.
Tip: soda can tabs also work great for hangers; adhere to the back with pins or glue.

 

National Craft Month: Chocolate kiss ornament

ball of Hershey kisses

 

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, or what color the foil wrappers are, chocolate is always a delightful gift!

A ball of chocolate kisses is just about the sweetest way there is to tell somebody you love them. Click here for the project instructions on my blog.

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National Craft Month: Paper & metallics floral centerpiece

paper metallic floral centerpiece

 

You can have so much fun combining all your favorite colors and patterns of cardstock to make paper die-cut flowers with big round metallic centers.

My floral centerpiece is perfect for the Thanksgiving table or any room decorated in earth tones. I love fall colors any time of year.

I also love Smoothfoam’s surface, look how beautifully those metallic paints shine!

Click here to get the full project instructions on my blog.

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National Craft Month: Heart-shaped button ornament

Heart ornament

 

I made this romantic little heart for Valentine’s Day…but if love is immortal, then heart-themed baubles should be okay year-round, right?

This project is a great way to showcase your favorite buttons using a Smoothfoam heart.

Click here for complete instructions on my blog!

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National Craft Month: The robot invasion continues!

smoothfoam pink robot

 

Allow me to introduce Roberta Robotson and her little pocket pup, Pinkie.

I hear from the latest gossip magazines that she just broke up with her husband, Robbie Robotson. So sad…they made such a glamorous couple…maybe they’ll get back together at your house!

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Supplies:

8” Smoothfoam disc
Two 3” Smoothfoam balls
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint—Lamp (Ebony) Black, Electric Pink, Neon Sizzling Pink
Adhesive glitter foam sheets:  Silver and black
Foam brush or paintbrush
Pouncer (round sponge brush)
Floral wire—18 gauge
Twelve 3/8” x 12″ wood dowels
Clear adhesive jewels and google eyes
12” length of silver jewelry chain
Craft knife and scissors
Chenille wire stems – Hot Pink, Purple and Lime Green
8” length of silver wired ribbon
Toothpicks and adhesive glue dots
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

1.  Cut a 3” deep piece off the bottom of the disc, then cut this piece in half. The top section is her dress, the smaller bottom section is for her shoes.

2.  Paint the Smoothfoam pieces as follows: the shoes—black, the dress and one ball (for the pup)—Neon Pink; the other ball—Electric Pink (for the head); allow to dry.

3.  Dab the pouncer with a little Neon Pink paint, then press it on each side of the head to create rosy cheeks; allow to dry. Add a jewel to each cheek to make her sparkle.

3.  Cut two small triangles for noses from the black glitter foam (one will be for the puppy) and cut narrow strips for her eyelashes and mouth. Refer to photos to adhere glitter foam pieces to the robot and puppy heads. Adhere the google eyes with glue dots.

4.  Curl 6 short pieces of pink chenille wire around a dowel or pencil to form spiral ringlets for her hair. Poke a hole in the top of her head with a toothpick, add glue to one end of a ringlet and press into the hole; repeat for the other ringlets around her head. Attach her head to her dress by inserting a toothpick with a little glue between the pieces. Continue reading

National Craft Month: Vintage clock

vintage embellished clock

 

What I loved about making this clock (besides the fact that it was easy and fun!) was being able to gather some of my favorite stickers, stamps, bottle caps, game pieces and other ephemera into pretty clusters all around the clock face.

It reminds me to slow down a bit and savor my creative time.

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Supplies:

10″ Smoothfoam disc
3-1/2″ Smoothfoam half-heart
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint – Buttermilk, Tomato Red
Tim Holtz idea-ology Salvage Stickers – Crowded Attic
Tim Holtz idea-ology Clear Stamps – Life’s Possibilities
Tim Holtz idea-ology Game Pieces
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage photo
Tsukineko Versa-Fine Ink
Plastic Word Beads
Bottle Caps, assorted card making embellishments
Paintbrush
Sponge
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Clock movement kit

1.  Paint disk with two coats of Buttermilk; allow to dry.
2.  Paint half-heart with two coats of red; allow to dry.
3.  Refer to the photo (click to enlarge) to stamp the disc with clock and bird stamps.
4.  Rub the edges with distress ink and a sponge.
5.  Embellish as desired—be sure the elements do not block the path of the clock’s hands.
6.  Attach a clock movement following the kit directions.

 

National Craft Month: Ladybug Tic-Tac-Toe game

Ladybug TicTacToe Game

 

Smoothfoam’s smooth, paintable surface and dense composition make it a great base for this kid’s game with a whimsical twist. Perfect to keep the kids busy in the car – we need more quiet kid’s games, right?

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Supplies:

Five 1-1/2” Smoothfoam balls
One 12” x 12” Smoothfoam sheet
Eight 1/2” black pom poms
Plaid Folk Art Paint – Hauser Green Dark, Engine Red, Grass Green
Velcro 5/8″ Sticky Back Coins
Craft knife and scissors
Four 5-1/4″ lengths of 1/4” wide black & white gingham ribbon
Assorted small black buttons
Black marker
Craft glue
Embossing stylus and paint brush
Coarse sandpaper
Silver jewelry wire and round-nose jewelry pliers

 

1.  Cut a leaf shape from Smoothfoam sheet with craft knife – approximately 9-1/2” long by 7” at widest point. Lightly sand the cut edges of the leaf until smooth.

2.  Cut five 1-1/2” balls in half. Lightly sand the flat sides until smooth.

3.  Carve leaf veins into the leaf with the embossing stylus.

4.  Paint leaf with green paint; allow to dry.

5.  Paint each half ball (ladybugs) with red paint; allow to dry.

6.  Draw a line across the center of each ladybug with the black marker to divide the body in half. On five of the ladybugs, glue one black button (for the X player) on either side. On the other five, glue two buttons (for the O player) on each side.

7.  Paint the leaf veins with dark green; allow to dry.

8.  Glue the four lengths of ribbon on leaf to make a tic-tac-toe grid; allow 2″ between each ribbon.

9.  Cut ten 1″ lengths of wire, bend each in half and coil each end with pliers to create antennae. Center and glue to the front of each ladybug.  Glue a black pom pom over the bend of antennae for the head; allow glue to dry.

10.  Adhere the loop (soft) side of a Velcro dot to the base of each ladybug. Adhere the hook (rough) side to the center of each tic-tac-toe space.

National Craft Month: Polka dot bead necklace

polka dot beads made with Smoothfoam

 

Custom-make your own polka dot beads with mini Smoothfoam balls. They are super easy and loads of fun to do!

I was inspired by the colors of a cloudless spring sky and fresh shoots of grass, but you could make your beads in any color you wish.

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Supplies:

Five 1″ Smoothfoam balls
Acrylic paint – turquoise, spring green
3′ length of 1/2″ organza ribbon – spring green
1″ foam brush
Paintbrush
Toothpicks
Scissors
Tapestry needle
Ruler or tape measure
Scrap corrugated cardboard

how to paint smooth foam balls

1.   Poke a toothpick into each ball and set in onto the cardboard.  This makes the balls easier to paint.

2.   Paint two coats of paint on each ball (3 green and 2 blue).  Allow the paint to dry between coats.

3.   Paint polka dots in the opposite color on each ball. To make nice neat dots, dab the back end of your paint brush into the paint to make the dot; allow to dry.

4.   Poke a hole all the way through the center of each ball with the needle.

5.   Thread the ribbon through the needle, then thread one of the green balls onto the ribbon and push it to the center of the ribbon. Make overhand knots on each side of the ball. Add a blue ball, make an overhand knot, add a green ball, and make an overhand knot.  Remove your needle, then thread the other half of the ribbon through it. Alternate the colored balls and knots on the other side in the same way.

6.   Cut the ends of the ribbon on an angle and make overhand knots at each end. To wear your necklace, tie the ends into a bow at the back.

National Craft Month: Painted wreath

Maravich wreath

 

Spring is in the air! This cute little girl is painted on a 6″ Smoothfoam disc.

I just love how lightweight it is – perfect for attaching to the center of a grapevine wreath.

Click here for full instructions on my blog.

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