Have you downloaded the Winter issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly yet? It’s a free digital magazine for crafters in which I write a column called Creative Space. In this issue, I talk about finding inspiration in ordinary, everyday things. I shared a list of 20 creative prompts that you can use whenever you’re feeling stuck for an idea. I’m working through each prompt and sharing my process and projects on the Bella blog every Monday for 20 weeks, starting today.
Click here to read more about what inspired me to make this bold and simple mini wall art with a sheet of Smoothfoam as the foundation – it’s part of a triptych!
When it comes to holiday decorating, I love anything with a snowflake on it. I fell in love with these large snowflakes from Smoothfoam and made this quick and easy holiday wreath.
To make my Snowflake Wreath you’ll need:
12″ Smoothfoam snowflake
6″ Smoothfoam snowflake
Red and cream acrylic paints
Large red button
Ribbon, twine, large needle
1. Paint the 6″ snowflake cream and the 12″ snowflake red; let both dry.
2. Glue the two snowflakes together as shown, then glue a large red button on the center of the cream snowflake.
3. Carefully poke a hole through the side of the top spike of the red snowflake with a needle and thread. Pull the thread through and tie the snowflake on to the wreath.
4. Hang the wreath with large piece of ribbon.
It seems like we are on a snowman roll this holiday season here on the Smoothfoam blog! I am adding to the collection with my Snowman Door Hanger – a festive and cheery change of pace from a traditional wreath!
8″ Smoothfoam half ball
12″ Smoothfoam half ball
1 each – Rainbow ClassicFelt sheets – Orange, Kelly Green
1 yard Rainbow ClassicFelt Red (36″ bolt)
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Colortool Spray Paint – Flat White
Pattiewack Pom-Pom Maker
Buttons – jumbo (2); large (2); medium (6)
Golden Molding Paste
Palette knife, pencil, hot knife cutting tool, scissors, ruler
Jumbo craft stem – black
Green variegated yarn
Pink chalk, cotton swab
1. Overlap the half balls and draw a mark on the 8″ ball and trim away the piece with a hot knife cutting tool. Glue the two half-balls together, holding until set. Let dry completely.
2. Cover the snowman with molding paste, using a palette knife to create texture and let dry. Spray paint him white and let dry. TIP: Design Master Colortool brand is safe for craft foam – some spray paints will melt it, so check the label.
3. Measure and cut a 4″ x 36″ piece of red felt. Tie it around the snowman’s neck, then fringe the ends with scissors. Create rosy cheeks with pink chalk and cotton swab. Thread green yarn through two jumbo buttons, tie in a knot and trim the ends. Glue the buttons, eyes and mouth to the snowman and let dry. Draw and cut two carrot noses from orange felt, glue together, then glue it to his face.
4. Make two 3″ pom-poms with the Pattiewacks tool and green yarn. Measure and cut two 3″ circles of kelly green felt and hot glue the pom-poms to the circles. Curve a black jumbo craft stem to fit on top of his head and glue the pom-poms to either side.