Spooky Halloween Centerpiece

smoothfoam halloween balls

I love Halloween and every year I try to create new items that are quick to make and easy to store for the following year. Working with Smoothfoam guarantees my finished project is going to be durable and shatterproof. A plus when we have holiday guests!

To make this Spooky Halloween Centerpiece, you will need the following:

2″ Smoothfoam balls
Smoothfoam sheet or block – any size
Medium-grit sandpaper
Mod Podge Gloss medium
Tacky glue
Crepe paper streamers
Dew Drops – purple, orange and green
Mini rhinestones – purple and green
Googly eyes
Toothpicks, paint brush

Sand down the seams of each ball. Then tear your crepe paper into 1″ strips and apply to each ball with the Mod Podge.

Press a toothpick into each ball, then poke them onto a Smoothfoam sheet or block to fully dry.

When the balls are no longer sticky to touch, attach the assorted rhinestones, googly eyes and Dew Drops with your tacky glue. Let the glue set before putting the balls on display.

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Halloween Centerpiece

Smoothfoam Halloween decorHappy fall! The spooks and goblins will be coming out before we know it and it will be party time!

Do you like to craft paint?  I love it.  I will tell you, there is an easy way for beginners to paint these Smoothfoam cut-outs.  It comes in the form of Krylon spray paints! Be sure to choose the kind that says it’s safe for craft foam on the label. I would recommend spraying if you don’t enjoy painting by hand with a brush. For me, painting is a form of therapy to bring a project to life with just a little imagination!

Hope you enjoy this beautiful time of year and the changing of the seasons – may your autumn be filled with special moments and many blessings. Happy decorating, enjoy the little moments along the way and live life with a flourish!

You will need:

Smoothfoam sheets (any size)
Two 8″ Smoothfoam discs
Marvy Hotwire Foam Cutter
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:  Persimmon, Georgia Clay, Lamp Black, Snow Titanium White, Traditional Raw Sienna, Avocado Dip, Avocado, Cadmium Yellow, Tangerine, Dark Chocolate
Paper punches:  1″ round, 1/2″ round
Cardstock scraps:  black and white
Paintbrushes:  1″ flat, 1/2″ shader, liner
Wood skewers, toothpicks
Jute Twine
Craft Glue
Hot glue gun
Pencil, fine-point black marker

Instructions:

Download, print and cut out my PDF patterns, if desired:
Owl body
Owl wings and eyes
Ghost, bat and candy corn

Trace the shapes (or draw your own) with pencil around the patterns on to a Smoothfoam sheet to get as many cuts out of one sheet as possible. Carve away some of the edges from one disc to make it more pumpkin-shaped and save the other disc for the base.

Use skewers or toothpicks as handles to paint each piece, allowing to dry thoroughly between coats. Paint the disc for the base of the centerpiece in Avocado.

Paint colors for the owl:
– Body and wings:  Burnt Sienna
– Stomach, eyes and beak:  Dark Chocolate.
– Talons:  Traditional Raw Sienna
– Shading:  Dark Chocolate

Paint colors for the pumpkin:
– Base:  Persimmon
– Eyes, nose, mouth:  Black
– Highlights:  White
– Stem:  Avocado Dip
– Shading:  Dark Chocolate wash (3 parts water to 1 part paint)

Paint colors for the ghost:
– Base:  White
– Shading:  Grey (blend white with a little black)
– Eyes, Nose, Mouth:  Black
– Highlights:  White

Paint colors for the candy corn:
– Wide end:  Cadmium Yellow
– Middle:  Tangerine
– Tip:  Snow White

Poke a hole on each side of top edge of candy corn piece.  Glue one end of the jute into each hole. Refer to the photo to connect all of the parts using toothpicks and glue. For larger pieces, use a skewer for more stability.

Scatter candy corn around the base. Write “Boo” on the ghost and “Trick-or-Treat” on the candy corn using the black marker.

Black Cat Halloween Door Décor

I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of Halloween and I’m really not into the scary version, but I have a child – which means Halloween is going to have to be a part of our life. So I try to “cute it up” as much as I can. My daughter loves black cats, so that’s our Halloween theme this year. Here’s a sweet black cat door decoration that fits the bill! This project is very simple and perfect for crafting with your children.

Black Cat Halloween Door Decor Class

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 12″ Half Ball  (you can use any size you want, actually!)
Craft paints – Black, white
Kunin Classic Felt – Black, Pink, and Gray
Black & white polka dot ribbon
Paint brushes

Instructions:

1.  Paint the half-ball black. Allow to dry, then paint a second coat. Allow to dry completely.

2.  Cut two kitty ears from black felt, two eyes from gray felt, and a pink felt nose. Glue onto top of the ball as shown.

3.  Paint white whiskers and other small details to your cat’s face.

4.  Pin a bow under his chin, pin a ribbon loop to the back and hang on your door for a non-spooky Halloween!

Scarecrow Decoration

smoothfoam scarecrowUpcycle some of your old clothing to create a cute scarecrow. He’ll look great among your fall decorations!

Supplies:

3” Smoothfoam ball
2″x4″x12” Smoothfoam block
Plaid shirt cut to a 5″x13” strip and two 6″ squares
Denim jeans cut to a 5″x13” strip and two 6″x8” pieces
Natural burlap cut to an 8” circle, two 4″x8” pieces and two 4″x11” strips
Red burlap cut to a 7” circle
Fiberfill – 2 handfuls
Buttons
Twine – red and natural
Scissors, craft knife
Hot glue gun, plastic cup, rubber band

1. Cut the Smoothfoam block in half with craft knife. Save half for another project. Press the edges on your work surface to round them off.

2.  For his shirt, wrap the top of the block with the plaid strip, overlapping the edges. Fold down the top edges (gift wrap style) and glue. Do the same with the denim strip on the bottom of the block for his pants. When cutting the pieces, place the facings, binding and edges to resemble the front of shirt and pants.

3.  For his shirt sleeves, roll each plaid squares into a tube and glue the edges together, then stuff lightly with fiberfill. Fold down top and glue. Fringe the burlap strips, roll them up and glue to bottom of each arm. Glue each arm to the sides of the block. Make his legs in the same way.

4.  Glue the Smoothfoam ball to top of his body. Wrap and glue the natural burlap circle to his head. Shred scraps of burlap and glue to top of his head for hair. Add buttons for facial features. Glue on red twine for his mouth, tucking the ends under buttons for cheeks.

5.  Place the red burlap circle over a plastic cup and hold it down with a rubber band. Glue a scrap of denim around the brim over the rubber band. Remove the hat from the cup and glue it to his head.

6.  Add buttons to his shirt, pants and hat. Tie twine around his neck and wrists. Glue patches to his pants.

 

Rustic Carved Pumpkin Centerpiece

Smoothfoam Rustic Carved Pumpkin centerpiece

It’s that time of year again. Crisp fall air, leaves changing colors, apples and, of course, pumpkins! Here’s a rustic pumpkin centerpiece that will look great on your table all season long.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam sheet
Stick ‘n Carve transfer paper
Hotwire Foam Cutter or craft knife
Small ball stylus
Fine grit sandpaper
Acrylic craft paints:  Burnt Orange, Black, Grey, Brown
Craft glue
Peat moss

Directions:

1.  Draw or print a pumpkin graphic on the transfer paper.

2.  Lay the transfer paper on the Smoothfoam sheet and carve around the outline using either a Hotwire Foam Cutter or craft knife.

3.  Trace around inside lines of the pumpkin graphic using a small stylus.

4.  Remove the transfer paper.

5.  To create the deep grooves in the pumpkin, fold a small piece of sand paper in half and rub it along inside lines.  If necessary, sand any rough areas around the outside of the pumpkin.

6.  Cut a rough base and picket fence post from the leftover Smoothfoam pieces.

7.  Paint the inside grooves of the pumpkin first with the black and let dry. Paint the rest of the pumpkin with burnt orange. Paint the stem, picket fence and base in brown and grey as shown.

8.  Glue the pieces together – the finished overall size of my centerpiece is 6-1/2″ wide x 7-1/2″ tall.

smoothfoam rustic pumpkin

Colorful Carved Veggies Panel

Eat Your Veggies Carved Smoothfoam Panel by Carmen Flores Tanis

In this fast-paced world, it’s often easy to forget to take care of ourselves. I made this carved Smoothfoam panel as a cheerful reminder to eat healthy. Now I just have to remember to buy fresh vegetables and not just lovely fun crafting supplies!

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheet
Two Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Black foam core – 11-3/4″ x 11-3/4″ square
Ann Butler Crafter’s Ink Pads: Tangelo, Aquamarine, Berry, Lilac
Clearsnap Crafter’s Ink Pad – black
Ann Butler’s EZ-De’s Stamps by Kellycraft – Rail Fence Set A
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife & Mini-Scroll Table & Engraving Tool
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Acrylic paints – bright orange, white, lime green, purple
Folk Art Chalkboard Paint – Black
Acrylic stamping block
Elmer’s Painters Paint pens – fine tip white, black
Paint brush
Picture hanging hook or stand

1.  Click here to download* my artwork. Because the design is too large to fit on a single sheet of Sulky, I tiled it on two pages. Print the artwork on to the Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer Sheets. Peel off the backing release paper and apply the Sulky sheet pieces to the Smoothfoam block, overlapping to make one continuous design. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.

Eat Your Veggies Carved Smoothfoam Panel by Carmen Flores Tanis

2.  Use the Hot Knife tool to poke a pilot hole in the Smoothfoam sheet in each area which will be cut out.

3.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam sheet with the Mini-Scroll Table. You will need to unthread and insert the wire into each pilot hole to make each interior cut.

Eat Your Veggies Carved Smoothfoam Panel by Carmen Flores Tanis

4.  Use the Engraving Tool to carve details into the foam. Peel off the transfer sheets when finished.

5.  Paint the Smoothfoam black. Let dry before painting the carrot and the words “Eat Your” orange. Paint the onion and turnip bottoms white. Paint the vegetable leaves and the word “Veggies” green. Paint the turnip top purple.

Eat Your Veggies Carved Smoothfoam Panel by Carmen Flores Tanis

6.  Stamp the orange letters with the Dots stamp and Berry ink. Use paper scraps to protect the areas you don’t want to stamp. Stamp the green letters with Aquamarine ink. Stamp the vegetables with Lilac and Tangelo as shown.

Eat Your Veggies Carved Smoothfoam Panel by Carmen Flores Tanis

7.  Add details with the paint pens as shown.

8.  Stamp the foam core square with black ink. Glue the carving to the foam core and glue a picture hanging hook to the back or display on an easel.

* Copyright:  You are welcome to use my original artwork only for your own use or for a gift/donation. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale.

 

DIY Baby Shower Centerpieces

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My sister recently threw a baby shower for a friend. It turned into a HUGE project and she enlisted my help, being that I’m the “crafty one” in the family. Smart lady…

The theme of the shower was “bath time,” which was adorable! My sister made blue gelatin cups with rubber duckies on top, blue punch with more rubber duckies floating on top, and other baby bath touches throughout the party. My sister gave me an assignment for the shower décor – create a bath time-themed centerpiece that included bubbles and rubber duckies.

Thank goodness for Smoothfoam! I created these centerpieces for the shower using various sizes of Smoothfoam balls to create “bubbles” floating above a baby bathtub that I made from a Smoothfoam half-ball. The mom-to-be loved the theme of the shower and had a wonderful time! Next time you need party décor, consider Smoothfoam. Really, the possiblitlites are endless!

Bathtime Baby Shower Centerpiece

Supplies:

Smoothfoam balls
Smoothfam half-ball
Baby blue spray paint
Baby blue tulle
Mini rubber duckies
Hot glue
Bamboo skewers
Scissors
Craft knife

Instructions:

1.  Use a craft knife to shave a piece off the bottom of a Smoothfoam half-ball to make it flat so the ball will sit on a tabletop without rolling.

2.  Attach Smoothfoam balls, between 1″ to 4″ diameters, to bamboo skewers adding a dab of hot glue to the end of the skewer before inserting it into the ball. Insert the other end of each skewer into the half-ball, filling the Half Ball as shown.

3.  Spray blue spray paint over random sections of the centerpiece and allow to dry.

4.  Cut pieces of blue tulle and insert into the spaces between the “bubbles.” Secure with hot glue if desired.

5.  Add rubber duckies to accent, securing with hot glue.

Fall Pumpkin

corduroy smoothfoam pumpkin

Fall is so festive, with vibrant foliage on the trees and fields of pumpkins…the inspiration for my fall pumpkin. I had picked up some soft orange corduroy and brown polka-dot felt that was ideal for a Smoothfoam pumpkin patch!

You will need:
4-1/2″ Smoothfoam ball
8″ x 16″ rust corduroy or felt
4″ x 10″ polka-dot corduroy or felt
5″ square green Felt
5″ dowel
Leaf embellishment
1/2 yard raffia or yarn
Fabri-Tac Glue
Scissors, knife, ruler, pencil

1.  Cut off a thin slice from both the top and bottom of the ball. Make a hole in the center of one end of the ball.
2.  Wrap the corduroy piece around the ball, leaving a 1″ overlap and enough on either end to meet in center. Trim off excess. Glue the overlap first and then fold fabric over both ends and secure with glue.
3.  Make hole in center top of the pumpkin. Roll a 4″ by 10″ strip of brown polka dot around a 5″ piece of narrow dowel. Push the bare end of the dowel into the top of pumpkin with a little glue.
4.  Cut a leaf shape out of green felt to glue to the top. Tie on some raffia or yarn. Add a rusty leaf accent and you have a pumpkin!

So quick and easy, you can make a whole pumpkin patch in no time! Make smaller pumpkins as place card holders or party favors. I originally added a flat piece of fabric covered cardboard to the bottom, but that’s optional.

Art Panel – “If Kisses Were Snowflakes”

smoothfoam quote wallhanging

Smoothfoam is so versatile and customizable that I use it in a lot of home décor projects.  It is less expensive then traditional stretched canvas and can be cut to fit your specific space requirements.  It is also lightweight and takes paint beautifully with no special priming or gesso.

Now on to my project!
“IF KISSES WERE SNOWFLAKES I’D SEND YOU A BLIZZARD”

Materials:

Smoothfoam Sheet – 1/2″ x 12″ x 36″
Beacon Adhesives Felt Glue
Americana Paint – Titanium White
Design Master ColorTool Spray – Flat White
Assorted lace doilies
Foam alphabet letters
Paintbrush, ruler, scissors, white eraser
Hot foam cutting tool

Instructions:

1. Cut the Smoothfoam sheet to 12″x18″ with the heat tool. Paint a base coat of Titanium White and let dry.

2. Arrange and glue some doilies on the sheet however you like and set aside to dry. Trim away any excess doily pieces from the edges of the sheet.

3.  Measure and draw nine very light pencil lines 1″ apart as shown. Apply foam letters to create the quote, placing each word on a separate line, then gently erase the pencil lines.

4.  Even though all the materials are white, the shades are just a bit different, so spray a top coat of Design Master Flat White to create a perfectly matte white art panel.

5.  Prop up on the mantle or a table.  For hanging on the wall, glue a 12″ piece of ribbon to the back.

Burlap Pinecones and Acorns

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 Materials:

1″ Smoothfoam eggs
3″ Smoothfoam eggs
Burlap – brown and natural
Glue gun
Non-Stick Scissors
Acrylic craft paint – Burnt Umber
Foam paintbrush

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Pinecones

1.  Paint 3″ egg Burnt Umber. I only applied a single coat – paint does not have to be opaque, it just reduces the chance of white space showing through your pinecone “petals.”  Let dry.

2.  Use scissors to cut 1” x 1/2” wide petals, rounded on one end, from brown burlap.

3:  Glue the petals on to the egg, starting on the wide end, overlapping petals alternately, all the way to the top.

4:  Glue 3 final petals at the bottom of the egg with approximately 1/2” extending upward. Twist the ends together with a little glue to form a stem.

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Acorns

1.  Cut a 2” square of natural burlap.  Glue the point of a 1″ egg to the center of the square. Bring the edges of the burlap up around egg and glue . Trim away excess burlap.

2:  Cut 1/2” x 3” strip of brown burlap.

3.  Glue one edge of the strip around the top of the natural burlap on the egg, leaving an opening at the top.

4:  Fold the top of the burlap inward with glue and twist together to form the acorn cap. When the glue cools, remove any excess hot glue threads.

Click here for instructions on making the decorative burlap bowl to display your burlap pinecones and acorns.