New Year’s Eve Cupcake Toppers

SMOOTHFOAM New Years Eve Ball Drop Cupcake Toppers by Jennifer Priest

Are you watching the ball drop tonight in New York CIty to ring in 2015? Create these fun “ball drop” themed cupcake toppers for your New Year’s Eve Party!

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 1.75″ Diameter Balls, 12 Pack
Number stickers or die-cuts
Sequin strand
Toothpicks
Hot glue gun
Heat gun
Cupcakes

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Insert the toothpick into one side of the Smoothfoam ball. This will give you something to grip while creating the ball and will hold the ball in the cupcake once the ball is finished.

Apply a small amount of hot glue to one end of the ball and begin spiraling the sequin strand around the ball to cover. The sequin strands on these balls are what give them their shine, but you can use loose sequins or confetti as well.

Repeat the gluing process until the ball is covered. To remove glue gun strings, use a heat gun, taking care to avoid heating the sequins too long, which results in curling. Apply the numbers of the year with glue and allow to cool. Insert into the top of your cupcakes and celebrate the new year!

Mirror, mirror on the wall

smoothfoam mirrors lisa fulmerWho’s the fairest of them all? Why…you are, of course!

stylish foam crafts book lisa fulmer

Did you know that Smoothfoam discs make the perfect foundation for plain round mirrors from the craft store? A little paint, glue, straight pins and some pretty ribbon and you’re all set.

I have one of these mirrors in the entry hall, right next to my front door, so I can check for spinach in my teeth before opening the door to greet guests – ha ha!

These little mirrors would be great for school lockers and dorm rooms. Put several together in a grid on the wall to make a dramatic statement in your favorite colors.

For the full mirror tutorial plus 16 more home and party décor projects, check out my new book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects.

Christmas Kissing Ball

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  Here’s a fun project for you. We always have a kissing ball here at our house, and this year I decided to make one I could use year after year.

Supplies:
3-3/8″ Smoothfoam Ball
Paper flowers of varying sizes
Wired leaves and decorative berries
1″ gold floral pins
Velvet ribbon
Small stapler
Paper piercer or small awl
Wire cutters
Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue

1.  For a hanger, cut a length of ribbon and fold in half; staple the open ends together about 1/2″ from the ends. Spread the two small end pieces apart and pin to the ball using floral pins.

2.  Start by stacking two flowers together. Push a floral pin through the center of the flowers then insert the pin into the ball. Continue adding flowers until the ball is covered.
TIP: Start with larger flowers to fill in the background, then add smaller flowers to cover the gaps.

3.  Make sprays of leaves and decorative berries. To secure, twist the wires together and wrap one of the wires around the others several times, very close together (this should be very close to the last leaf). Use wire cutters to clip the excess wire.

4.  Use a paper piercer to poke a hole in the ball near the ribbon (move any flower petals out of the way). Apply glue in the hole and insert the end of the wires. Repeat for a total of 3 sprays, spacing them evenly around the top of the ball.

5. Shape the leaves in a downward direction.

Steampunk Christmas Ball

Smoothfoam Steampunk ornament

Supplies:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
Offray ribbons:  1 yard length of 2″ wide sheer gold wire-edge; 1/2 yard length 1/4″ white satin or grosgrain
Decou-Page Gloss Medium
Metallic Lustre wax:  Black Shimmer, Copper Kettle
Gold metallic tissue paper
1″ flat paintbrush, small rag
1 metallic gold chenille stem
Self-adhesive rhinestone trim, clear rhinestones
Metal gear charms, metallic beads, gold bead caps
Straight pins, scissors
Glue gun
Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Wood skewer

tissue decoupage on smoothfoam ball

Instructions:

1.  Insert the skewer into the ball to use as a handle for decoupaging.

2.  Crumple the tissue paper and spread it out, then tear it into small random pieces. Brush decoupage medium to a small area of the ball and adhere a piece of crumpled tissue paper. Brush more medium to the top of the paper. Repeat until the entire ball is covered. Allow to dry thoroughly.

3.  Rub the copper and black Metallic Lustre wax over the surface of the ball with a rag to add extra dimension and shine. Adhere the rhinestone trim around the middle of the ball. Glue and/or pin the other embellishments to the ball as shown.

4.  Make a bow with four 2″ loops and two 2-1/2″ tails from the gold ribbon. Trim a V-notch into the end of each tail. Tie the white ribbon around the middle of the bow to secure and glue/pin it to the top of the ball. Tie the white ribbon ends in a knot, leaving a 3″ loop for hanging. Trim the tails at an angle.

gold steampunk smoothfoam ornament

Designer tip:  Look through your junk drawer to find buttons, beads, old keys, metal washers and gears, etc. These items all lend to the steampunk effect.

Enjoy & have a very Merry Christmas!

Sweet Little Snowbaby

smoothfoam snowman

I love snowmen and this little snowbaby is super cute and easy to make. I have a collection I add to each winter season. This little one is ideal for a shelf or tablescape, and of course ideal as a gift. With the long winter ahead, this snowbaby will always make you smile! A family of snowbabies adds up to a very cute winter scene. Even just one is pretty darn cute! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

You will need:
One 3” Smoothfoam ball
One 4” Smoothfoam goose egg
9” x 12” White Kunin Prestofelt
¼ yard Red Snowflake Kunin Seasonal Felt
2-3/4” and 3-1/2” buttons
8mm black bead
1 chenille stem
4” plastic snowflake
Crystal glitter
Wood skewer, blush, scissors
Fabri-Tac adhesive
Measuring tape, ruler, pencil, wire cutters

smoothfoam snowman assembly

1.  On the back of the Prestofelt, draw measurements as shown in step 2. Cut along drawn lines.

2.  Cut a thin slice off both ends of the egg. Insert a 4″ length of skewer into the narrow end, press the ball on top of the egg and push the pieces together.

3.  Clip a ½” fringe along both long sides of the two white felt strips. Peel the paper off of the felt for the head and wrap around the ball. Cut off excess and smooth in place. Repeat for the body piece as shown in Step 3. You will have a few small pleats on both the head and body.

stitching felt 4.  Cut the snowflake felt to 9” by 12” for the hat, plus a 4” by 18” piece for the scarf. Mark the center point at one end of the hat piece. Draw a line from each outside corner at bottom to the center point to make a triangle. Cut it out as shown in Step 4.

5.  Flip over the hat piece and glue the chenille stem to the center, 3”down from top as shown in Step 5.

6.  Fold the hat with the wrong sides together and glue along the back seam. Place on the snowbaby’s head and pull the chenille stem so the hat wrinkles. Trim off the excess stem and glue the hat in place.

7.  Fringe the ends of the scarf piece, fold in half and tie it around the neck. Glue in place and add buttons as shown.

8. Glue the plastic snowflake to the bottom of the snowbaby so it will stand up.

Glittery Christmas Light Ornaments

I love the projects I’m seeing from crafters who glitter old retro Christmas light bulbs and use them as ornaments. What I don’t love is the idea of going out in search of said retro Christmas light bulbs. But a Smoothfoam egg is just the right shape to get the look without the flea market search. My project features the mini-eggs, but you could use the larger eggs as well. Now go dig out your Easter decorations and get to work!

Smoothfoam glitter egg christmas Lights

Supplies:

Smoothfoam eggs
Glitter
Craft glue, hot glue gun
1/4″ washers from the hardware store
String or ribbon for hangers

Instructions:

1.  Paint each egg with a thick coat of craft glue. It helps to put the egg on a toothpick during this step.

2.  Sprinkle glitter over the entire surface of the glued egg and set aside to dry.

3.  Hot glue a washer onto the wider end of the egg, in the center.

4.  Hot glue a string or ribbon in the hole of the washer for hanging.

 

Carved Dimensional Winged Heart Plaque

Smoothfoam Carved Winged Heart Plaque by Carmen Flores Tanis

I love hearts and although it is still December, I’m already thinking about Valentine’s Day. This is an easy carving project which can be done with a hot knife tool or a craft knife (check out Julie McGuffee’s post on how to cut Smoothfoam with a craft knife here). Your sweetheart will swoon when you present them with such a large colorful Valentine!

Supplies:

Three 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheets
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Acrylic paints – bright orange, yellow, lime green, green, magenta
Black Sharpie pen
Elmer’s Painters Paint pen – fine tip black
Hot Wire Foam Factory Mini-Scroll Table
Paint brush / round sponge paint brush
Wood toothpicks
Wire cutter pliers
Picture hanging hook

1.  Glue two of the Smoothfoam sheets together to make a thicker sheet.

2.  Draw a heart on the glued sheet with the Sharpie and draw a smaller heart and two wings on the remaining Smoothfoam sheet.

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3.  Carefully cut the Smoothfoam sheets with the Mini-Scroll Table.

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4.  Paint the shapes with acrylic paint as shown. Use the round sponge brush to add polka dots.

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5.  Assemble the plaque by gluing the small heart to the center of the large heart. Connect the wings to the large heart with short pieces of toothpicks and glue. Use the wire cutter pliers to cut the toothpicks. Press together firmly. Let dry fifteen minutes.

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6.  Add details with the paint pen.

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7.  Attach a picture hanging hook to the back to display.

 

Bell Ornament and Wreath

smoothfoam Wreath with Bells

Deck your halls with glittery bell ornaments. Hang them on your tree, in a wreath or along swags!

For one ornament:
Smoothfoam bell
1” Smoothfoam ball
DecoArt Americana paints:  Alizarin Red, Antique Gold
DecoArt Craft Twinkles glitter paints:  Christmas Red, Gold
Gold rick-rack trim
Gold glitter stem
Wired ribbon
Craft knife, sandpaper, skewer
Paintbrush, scissors, glue gun

 

 

Smoothfoam Bell Ornament

1.  Cut ball in half and use the side without the pilot hole. Sand the cut side, then push it on to a skewer and paint it Antique Gold. Let dry, then paint with Gold Craft Twinkles.

2.  Paint the bell Alizarin Crimson. Let dry, then paint with Christmas Red Craft Twinkles.

3.  Make a hole with the skewer in the top of the bell. Fold about 6″ of a glitter stem in half and glue the ends into the holet make a hanger loop.

4.  Glue the half ball to the bottom center of the bell. Glue rick-rack around the bell.

5.  Make a bow with craft ribbon and glue it to the bell.

6.  To display your bell in a wreath, wrap a wire wreath frame with burlap or use a grapevine wreath. Wrap it with wired ribbon. Glue the hanger loops of two bells in the center of the wreath and glue a bow over the hangers. Add wire loop hanger to the back of the wreath.

Mistletoe Ornament

smoothfoam mistletoe ornament

Did you know that the custom of kissing under mistletoe comes from England? The original idea was that a berry was to be picked from a sprig of mistletoe before the person could be kissed. So when all the berries had gone, there could be no more kissing!

I have always loved the notion of hanging up mistletoe, but they dry out so fast and then lose their color and charm. So I dreamed up this little beauty and I hope you’ll be inspired to make one for yourself – Merry Christmas!

Materials:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
Bright gold paint
Small red ornament (with a hole all the way through)
Small gold bell
12″ length of 24 gauge red floral wire
Red button
Assorted holly leaves (silk, velvet, organza, etc.)
Plastic holly berry stems
Needle-nose jewelry pliers
Tacky Glue, glitter glue
Straight pins, paint brush
Tiny silver rhinestones
Skewer
Sheer red ribbon

1.  Fold the red wire in half and string the bell at the end in the fold.

2.  Pinch the wire ends together and string through the red ornament.

3.  Paint the Smoothfoam ball bright gold and let dry. Pierce a hole all the way through with a skewer. Use the pliers to widen the hole and add some glue inside, then pull the wire out the other side so the tip of the red ornament fits snugly inside the ball.

smoothfoam ball ornament

4.  Poke holes into the bottom of the Smoothfoam ball with the skewer or pliers. Add glue and push in the holly berry stems.

holly berry stems

5.  While the glue sets, arrange your leaves in the desired order. Thread your wire through the red button and glue the button to the top of the ball. When the glue has set, twist the wire and make a loop. Trim off any excess wire.

6.  Starting from the bottom of the ornament, glue on your darkest leaves first and use a pin to hold each in place while they dry.

7.  Continue gluing on more leaves until the ball is covered. When the glue is dry, you can remove the pins and glue rhinestones on the leaves to accent.

mistletoe smoothfoam ornament

8.  Apply lines of glitter glue along the veins of the leaves. Add some glitter glue around the button and let it dry completely before hanging your ornament with the red ribbon.

mistletoe smoothfoam ornament

Countdown to Christmas Ornament Chalkboard

christmas countdown ornament shaped chalkboard

Hang this on your fridge and count down the days until Santa arrives!

8″ Smoothfoam disc
Scrap sheet of Smoothfoam
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint – Valentine
Americana Chalkboard Paint – Black
Dazzling Metallics Shimmering Silver paint
JudiKins Diamond Glaze
Westcott Hobby Knife
Scissors
The Buckle Boutique Self-Adhesive Rhinestones – black
Wire, silver ribbon, glue gun
Sandpaper, pencil, paintbrush, chalk, small magnets

Instructions: 

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam disc with red chalky paint. Let dry.

2.  Trace a 7″ circle in the center and paint inside it with chalkboard paint – apply 3 coats and let dry.

3.  Cut a single strip of self-adhesive rhinestones and press around the outside of the chalkboard circle.

4.  Using the curved edge of disc as a guide, draw and cut a rectangular piece from a scrap sheet of Smoothfoam for the top (sand the edges smooth) and paint it silver. Let dry.

5.  Coat the red surface of the disc with Diamond Glaze. Let dry.

6.  Glue the silver top to the ornament and glue 3 magnets on the back of the ornament.

7.  Make a wire loop and glue to the top of the ornament. Tie a long piece of ribbon to the loop and tie a piece of chalk to the opposite end.

8.  To “season” the chalkboard area, cover with chalk, then wipe it clean – the surface is now ready to use as a chalkboard.