National Craft Month: An itsy bitsy bunny

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As far back as the 1600s, the rabbit (specifically, the hare) has been associated with spring and the Easter holiday. In the 1800s, the bunny hopped over to the US and has been busy hiding colorful eggs ever since!

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Supplies:

3-1/4” Smoothfoam egg
Activa Hearty Air-dry Clay – 1 package, white
Decorative brads
12” length of green ribbon
DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint – Party Pink
Clay roller, knife, craft mat
Straight pin, ruler, plastic cup, Ziplock bag

 

QuartermainBunnyHow11.  Break off a third of the packaged clay and cut it in half. Roll out one half for the bunny’s body. Break the other half into five even pieces. Keep extra clay wrapped in the package inside a Ziplock bag.

2.  Shape four of the smaller pieces into long ovals for the feet and paws. Shape the last piece into a rough ball for a tail.

3.  Wrap the flat rolled-out piece of clay around the egg smoothly and remove the excess. Dip your finger in water to rub and smooth out the seams.

4.  Refer to the finished photo to insert brads for the eyes, nose, and tummy brads, using a straight pin to make a hole if needed. Make eyelash, mouth and paw marks with the pin.

5.  Attach the paws and feet, using your finger dipped in water to smooth the seams. Add the tail to the back so the bunny stands easily.

6.  Break off another piece of clay for the ears and divide it into two long ovals, flattening them in center. Place a drop of pink paint on your craft mat and then dab a little paint with your wet finger and rub it lightly along the center of both ears. Repeat for the cheeks.

7.  Attach the ears to top of the head, using a wet finger to smooth out the seams. Tie the ribbon into a bow and add it to the top of the head with a brad.

A package of clay will make a couple more bunnies or a batch of eggs that you can color easily with markers or paints.

 

National Craft Month: Shamrock photo holder

RicioliShamrocks1Who says you can’t enjoy the clover a little longer? This decorative pot of shamrocks doubles as a photo holder, so you can display your St. Patrick’s Day party pictures or cute springtime photos of the family. Learn how to create this flower pot picture holder below.

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Supplies:

4” terra cotta pot
4” Smoothfoam ball
100 (approx) ½” green pom-poms
16” length of green plaid ribbon
Green acrylic shamrock
Woodsies hearts: 9 small and 12 medium
7 wood craft picks
DecoArt Americana Paint:  Kelly Green and Sour Apple
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Paintbrush, scissors

1.  Paint the pot with Sour Apple and the Smoothfoam ball with Kelly Green; allow both to dry.

2.   Glue the ball halfway into the pot and glue pom-poms over the top of the ball.

3.  Glue two small hearts to either side of a craft pick about ¾” down from the top. Glue a third small heart over the first two. This will leave a slot between the craft pick and the top heart where you can slide in a photo or card. Allow to dry. Repeat with the rest of the small and medium hearts to make a total of 3 small and 4 medium shamrocks.

4.  Paint all the shamrocks Kelly Green; allow to dry. Dry brush the shamrock centers and some of the edges with Sour Apple.

5.  Wrap the ribbon around the rim of the pot, glue into place, and trim off the excess. Make a bow with the remaining ribbon and glue it over the ends. Glue the acrylic shamrock over the top of the bow.

6.  Poke the ends of each shamrock into the foam ball. Trim some of the craft picks shorter as desired for varied height in the arrangement.

National Craft Month: Chiffon flower topiary

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Chiffon and bling…it’s an elegant combination, don’t you think?

This little topiary would look so beautiful in the bathroom, on a bedside table, or in the living room. It also makes a lovely centerpiece for a special dinner party, a wedding reception, or a bridal shower.

Click here for complete instructions on my blog, I start with a 3″ Smoothfoam ball.

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National Craft Month: Satellite clock

FloresTanisClockI’m a big fan of mid-century décor, especially the fun, quirky pieces influenced by space travel.

So here’s my clock inspired by the classic Nelson ball clock and Sputnik! Although this project might look a little complicated, it’s easy to construct with Smoothfoam.

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Supplies:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
2″ Smoothfoam balls (12 pack)
• 6-1/2″ wood disc
• Twelve 3/16″ wood dowels
• Clock movement kit
Apple Barrel Craft Paints: Azure, White
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
• Silver permanent marker
• Paintbrush, plastic dish
• Bamboo skewers
• Sanding stick (or sand paper)
• Wire-cutter pliers
• Serrated craft knife
• Pencil sharpener, pencil, ruler
• Drill with 1/4″ drill bit, piece of scrap wood

FloresTanisClockHow11.  Drill a hole in the center of the wood disc (place scrap wood underneath to protect your table).

2.  Mark the center of the Smoothfoam disc, then center the clock movement on the disc and trace around the shape, adding an extra 1/2″ all the way around. Cut out the marked area using the craft knife (save cut-out pieces for future projects).

3.  Center and glue the Smoothfoam disc to the back of the wood disc. Allow to dry with a heavy book on top.

4.  Sand off the center seam from each ball.

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National Craft Month: Daisy table décor

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As the snow melts, my mind drifts toward spring. I pour through seed catalogs, plan new garden beds… but sometimes I need color and I need it now.

This colorful gerbera daisy is the perfect antidote to the doldrums of lingering winter winds.

Mark Twain said it best:  “In the spring, I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”  How true!

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Supplies:

– Smoothfoam 6″ disc
– Smoothfoam 3″ cube
– Mod Podge Matte Medium
– Fiskars AvantEdge Punch System
   (with Flower Garden border punch)
– AccuCut Craft Flower #6 die (large 4-1/2″ x 4-1/4″)
– light green and dark green tissue papers
– 1/2″ wide brown gingham ribbon
– 12″ x 12″ pale yellow paper
– 8-1/2″ x 11″ bright yellow cardstock
– green acrylic paint
– 3/8″ x 12″ wood dowel
– pencil, scissors, foam brushes

ObermeyerDaisyHow

1.    Cut light green tissue into small rectangular pieces. Decoupage pieces on to one side and over the edges of the disc with foam brush and Mod Podge; allow to dry.

2.    Die-cut 15 flowers from bright yellow card stock. Draw pencil guide lines in flower’s center (image 1) and cut out the individual petals. Fold petal tips back (image 2).

3.    Brush a layer of Mod Podge on the edge of the disc and press the flat folded tip of each petal (point to the back) into place around the disc edge, allow some overlap (image 3). Brush another layer of Mod Podge over the tops of the petal tips to secure; allow to dry.

4.    Cut dark green tissue paper into small rectangular pieces and use a foam brush to decoupage the pieces with Mod Podge on top of the lighter green in a random pattern; allow to dry.

5.    Paint 2 coats of green paint onto the cube and dowel, allowing paint to dry between layers.

6.    Punch the floral border from pale yellow paper. Wrap and decoupage it around the cube with Mod Podge.

7.    Cut a 13″ length of ribbon to wrap around the cube’s bottom edge and adhere with Mod Podge (image 4).

8.    Punch a hole in the center of the top of the cube with a pencil. Punch another hole in the base of the disc. Push one end of the dowel into the disc and the other end into the cube.

National Craft Month: Ice Cream Cone Party Garland

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!

So here’s the scoop…every birthday celebration needs a party garland, and everybody loves ice cream cones…so let’s combine the two and have some fun with this ice cream cone garland!

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Supplies:

Four 3” Smoothfoam balls
Martha Stewart Crafts Paint – Summer Linen, Pea Shoot
FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Belle Blush
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint – Nutmeg Brown
Paintbrushes, craft knife
1/4” black & white gingham ribbon
Westcott 4″ non-stick scissors
Glass marbles or pebbles
12″ x 12″ light brown cardstock
Scoring tool
Hot glue gun & glue sticks

 

1.  Cut all four Smoothfoam balls in half with craft knife.

2.  Carefully cut and scrape away small bits of foam above the base of each half to create an indented edge all the way around. Continue scraping away small bits on the top to texturize each half to look more like a real “scoop” of ice cream. Click the picture above to zoom in on the detail.

3.  Paint the scoops—two each of the four paint colors; allow to dry.

4.  Score the cardstock with lines spaced 1/4” apart. Turn the sheet and score another set of lines spaced 1/4” apart that criss-cross the first set to create an all-over diamond pattern.

5.  Cut 8 isosceles triangles (4″ base, 2-1/2″ tall) from the scored cardstock. Roll each triangle into a cone shape and glue sides together; trim the top of the cone so it’s flat and allow to dry.

6.  Place 3 glass marbles or pebbles into each cone to properly weight the garland when it hangs. Glue a scoop on to the top of each cone.

7.  Tie 16 little bows from ribbon and glue 2 bow to each cone on opposite sides, beneath the scoop.

8.  Glue a 5-1/2″ lengths of ribbon between the bows of each scoop (alternate the scoop colors) to connect them together into a summer party garland.

National Craft Month: Business card clip holder

Business card clip display by Lisa Fulmer

 

I needed a spot to put my business card within a little stand of ornaments that I made for Smoothfoam to display in their booth at a recent trade show.

Rather than just adhering my card to the stand, I decided to use Smoothfoam to make a cute little business card clip holder. This would make a super cute photo holder for your desk, too!

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Supplies:

2″ Smoothfoam ball
Craft paint and brush
Clear, fine glitter
Decorative brads and pins
Large decorative bead
Alligator clip
Heavy gauge wire (2″ length)
Pliers
E-6000 glue
Large metal washers (2)

1.  Paint the ball with one coat and allow to dry. Paint with a second coat and sprinkle clear glitter all over the ball while the paint is wet; allow to dry.

2.  Glue alligator clip to the end of wire, wrap the clip ends around the wire and set aside to dry. Glue two washers together, then glue them to the bottom of the ball to weight it.

3.  Press pins and brads into place around the ball as desired.

4.  Press clip wire down into the top of the ball through the large bead.

National Craft Month: Roly-poly penguin

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I just love penguins, don’t you?

He looks a bit wintery with his red scarf, but you can give him whatever color scarf you want – how about a spring floral print?

Click here for complete instructions for how to make him on my blog.

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National Craft Month: Robot from outer space!

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Allow me to introduce you to Robbie Robotson…he’s a super cute space alien dude who’s fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

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Supplies:

6” Smoothfoam disc
3” Smoothfoam ball
Six 1-½” Smoothfoam balls
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints – Black, Yellow, Orange
Self-adhesive glitter foam sheets – silver and black
Decorative brads and google eyes
Paintbrush and toothpicks
Floral wire – 18 gauge
3/8” x 12″ wood dowel
Chenille wire stems – orange and lime green
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Plastic serrated foam knife

 

1.  Use plastic knife to cut a 1” piece off two opposite sides of the disc for his body. Use the two cut pieces for his shoes.

2.  Paint the Smoothfoam pieces as follows:  balls-orange; body-green; shoes-black. Let dry.  TIP:  Place each ball on a skinny stick to use as a handle while painting.

3.  Decorate his body by adhering a 3-¼” x 2” rectangle and two 3”x ½” strips of black glitter foam  as shown. Cut seven strips of silver glitter foam to ¼” x 1-½” to make the vertical bars of each letter in “Hello.” Cut small horizontal strips of silver for the horizontal bars and press the letters into place.

4.  Add two strips of silver glitter foam to his body as shown, then press 3 decorative brads into the foam.

5.  Push a 12-15″ length of wire through the top of the body and then thread 3 small balls on to each side to make his arms. Bend the ends of the wire upwards to form a “U” shape for his hands.

6.  Cut 4 small moon-shaped pieces of black glitter foam, then with edges aligned, adhere 2 pieces together to sandwich his wire hands in between. Fold a silver glitter strip over the wire above each hand to form a wrist cuff.

7.  To create the legs, cut the dowel in half and wrap each section tightly with orange chenille.  Add glue to each end of the dowel and press one end into the base of his body and the other end into the top of each shoe.  TIP:  Make pilot holes first with the point of a pencil.

8.  Embellish his head with google eyes and strips of black glitter foam for his mouth. Add glue to each end of a toothpick and press one end into the bottom of his head and the other end into the top of his body.

9.  Curl a green chenille stem around a pencil into a coil, remove and cut the coil in half.  Insert each piece into the top of his head for antennae.

National Craft Month: Easter tile art

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You can create this lovely tile art to compliment your Easter holiday décor.

I used a dry-brush painting technique to combine colors and add texture without overpainting, which results in a really neat, natural stone tile look.

Smoothfoam is a great alternative to canvas for painting. You can add texture by creating dents and holes or even carving in addition to add layers of other materials.

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Supplies:

12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
DecoArt Americana Craft Paint – tan, yellow, pink and purple
DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint – Ice Crystal
Liquid craft glue
Stiff bristle paint brushes – 1″ and 1/4″
Ballpoint pen

1.  Carve an egg shape in the middle of the foam with the tip of a retracted ballpoint pen (don’t leave ink marks on the foam). Pierce holes on the foam’s surface around the egg shape to create a background pattern.

2.  Squeeze out lines of glue to create a design on the egg and to create dots throughout the background and allow to dry thoroughly.

3.  Paint the foam (over the top of dried glue design) with tan paint, making sure to leave no white foam showing.

4.  If the glue design is not distinct enough, apply a second coat of glue on top of the first coat and allow to dry again.

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