Irish Greeting Signs for St. Patrick’s Day

 Smoothfoam st patricks day sign

Need a little tabletop decoration to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? These little lightweight blocks add a spot of color and Irish cheer to any space!

Supplies:

6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Hot wire cutter
Americana Décor Chalky Finish paints: brown, green cream
1″ die-cut letters:  Pot o’ Gold, Family, Irish, Friends, Blessings
1″ flat paintbrush
Wood skewer, metal ruler, pencil
Cardstock scraps:  brown, cream, green
Paper punched or die-cut hearts, large scalloped circle, large circle
Brown chalk Ink
Tacky glue
Clear rhinestone, green ribbon

1.  Measure and mark the Smoothfoam sheet to cut into blocks for each word. The hot wire tool works best if you cut on the line using the straight edge of the ruler to get a straight cut in the foam.

2.  Paint each block brown and allow to dry. Paint a second coat of green; allow to dry. Finish by dry-brushing very light amounts of cream paint over the green.

paper shamrock topper

3.  To make a shamrock topper, punch or die-cut a brown2-1/4″ scallop circle, one cream 1-3/4″ circle, and four green 1″ hearts. Fold each heart down the middle and apply chalk ink to all edges. Adhere the layers together as shown, forming a shamrock with the hearts. Glue a clear rhinestone in the center of the shamrock, glue a skewer to the back and tie a green ribbon in a bow around the skewer.

4.  Glue words to the blocks as shown. I put “Family” on one side of a block with “Friends” on the other side. Poke the end of the skewered shamrock topper in the top block as shown.

Easter Bunny Centerpiece

Valentine’s Day has past, so that means it is time to decorate for Easter. I love Easter décor – it is just so cute! My daughter loves Easter Bunny Peeps, so I just had to make this giant faux bunny Peep just for her.

smoothfoam easter bunny centerpiece

Supplies:
8″ Smoothfoam disc
6″ Smoothfoam disc
1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Four 2″ x 4″ x 4″ Smoothfoam blocks
Hot knife tool
Acrylic paint (any pastel color), brushes
Circle punch, black cardstock
Floral moss, ribbon, wood dowels
Paper flowers, decorative eggs
Toothpicks, pencil, craft glue
Container or planter box

1.  Using the 6″ disc as a guide, cut away a portion of the 8″ disc so that the 6″ disc will  fit snugly against it.

2.  Draw bunny ear shapes on to the Smoothfoam sheet, cut out and smooth the edges a bit with the hot knife for a more rounded look.

smoothfoam discs

3.  Attach the pieces together with toothpicks. Paint the front and back and set aside to dry. Glue punched circles on the face for the eyes and nose. Tie a ribbon bow around the neck.

4.  Insert dowels into the bottom of the bunny and press into Smoothfoam blocks inside your desired container. Add floral moss around the base of the bunny and embellish with eggs and flowers.

I have this wonderful rustic wooden box that I normally use for silverware, and it turns out that a 2 x 4 x 4 block fits perfectly into each section.

Washi Tape Letters

smoothfoam Washi Tape Letters

Raise your hand if you are drowning in paperwork. I thought so! Here’s an organizer project using Smoothfoam letters that will help you get the paperwork off your counters and tables and filed away. And it looks pretty cute too! Click here to read more about how I’m using each pocket for my family.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 4″ letters
Washi tape
Glue or fishing wire
Hanging pocket organizer

Choose the foam letters you will use. I file my paperwork according to who it belongs to, so I used my family members’ initials. You might want your boxes to read “IN”, “OUT”, or “FILE.”

Wrap your letters with washi tape. I bought a set of coordinating tapes, so each of my letters look a bit different, but still match. There are so many washi tapes out there – find the one that makes you happy.

Glue your washi tape-covered letters onto the organizer. Mine is wicker, so instead of glue, I decided to use fishing wire. I just threaded the wire through the wicker and tied the letters on.

smoothfoam letter O

Lucky Leprechaun Hat Centerpiece for St. Patrick’s Day

Smoothfoam st patricks day leprechaun hat

Feeling a little Irish? Need a Lucky Hat for St. Patty’s Day? Using only a few Smoothfoam shapes, you can make yourself a Lucky Leprechaun Hat centerpiece in no time. It’s a fun and festive addition to all your green celebrations!

smoothfoam discs

Here’s what you’ll need:

8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
8″ Smoothfoam disc
10″ Smoothfoam disc
Apple Barrel acrylic paints: English Ivy, Kelly Green and Black
Adhesive chipboard letters
Gold paint pen
Craft glue, paintbrush
Mod Podge – gloss finish

Paint the 8″ half-ball and 10″ Disc with English Ivy and let dry. Add a second lighter coat of Kelly Green paint, allowing some of the darker green to show through.

Paint the sides of 8″ disc black and let dry. Glue the 8″ disc flush to the bottom of the painted half-ball, then center and glue that on top of the 10″ disc. Let dry.

For a glossy finish, paint the entire hat with Mod Podge and let dry. Paint the chipboard letters with the gold paint pen, let dry, then glue to the black hat band.

Have a great day and may the “Luck of the Irish” be with you!

Sweet Smoothfoam Shamrock

Smoothfoam shamrock

Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
Americana acrylic paint – Sour Apple
5/8” wide Offray grosgrain ribbon – Apple Green
Lime green button
Lime green embroidery floss
Scrap cardboard
Double-sided tape or glue dots, thick tacky glue
Craft knife, paintbrush, scissors

Draw and cut out a 5″x6″ heart on a piece of cardboard to use as a pattern.

Cut three hearts and one stem from the Smoothfoam with a craft knife (use the curve of the heart as a guide to draw the stem). Rub a scrap of Smoothfoam along the cut edges of the hearts to smooth as needed.

Paint all the pieces and let dry. Tape ribbon around the edges of each piece.

Glue the pieces together in the center to create the shamrock. Make a rosette from the ribbon and glue it in the center. Add floss ties to the button and glue the button in the center of the rosette.

Glue a ribbon loop on the back for hanging.

Conversation Heart Statement Necklace

How to Make a Conversation Heart Necklace with Smoothfoam - Jennifer Priest

Conversation hearts are always a sentimental staple for Valentine’s Day and this year I am seeing them pop up in home décor and fashion more than ever. From jumbo conversation heart décor pieces to pillows to floral arrangements, conversation hearts are a sweet way to show the love and get into the St. Valentine’s spirit.

Smoothfoam is perfect for creating conversation heart crafts. I made a simple, kitschy necklace that moms can wear to the office or teens can wear to the high school dance. My daughter Katie loves this necklace and plans to wear it to school all week until Valentine’s Day. I guess I have to make another one for myself!

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 3″ Flat Heart
Pale pink craft paint
Paint brush
E6000 adhesive
Chain, jump rings, eye pin
ColorBox Archival Dye Ink – Strawberry
Letter stamps
Jewelry pliers

Katie Wearing a Conversation Heart Necklace for Valentines Day - Great for Teens

Paint the hearts with two coats of pale pink. Press a toothpick into the top of the heart to hold while painting (where the eye pin will be inserted later), then stick the other end of the toothpick into a scrap sheet of Smoothfoam for drying,

Coat the bottom of the eye pin with E6000, push it into the top of the heart, wipe away any excess glue and allow to dry.

Stamp a sentiment on the front of the heart with red ink. Attach the heart to a length of chain with a jump ring. Ready to wear and enjoy!

Check out this tutorial video to see how to create this Conversation Heart Necklace:

Hugs and Kisses Tabletop Decoration

smoothfoam valentines day tabletop centerpieceThis Valentine’s Day centerpiece was so easy and fun to make! Full of sparkle and bling….it’s sure to catch the eye of someone you love!

You will need:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
2″ x 4″ x 4″ Smoothfoam block
4 marbles or large beads
Glitter wrapping paper
Valentine-themed patterned paper, stickers and embellishments
Rhinestones
6″ length of straight wire
Glitter glue
Gold leafing pen
Tacky glue
Bangle bracelet
Paper trimmer and scissors

Instructions:

1.  Trace the Smoothfoam disc onto the glitter wrapping paper, cut and glue paper to the top and bottom of disc. Trim out a long 1″ piece to cover the edge. Cut 2 smaller circles and a narrower strip from the patterned paper to layer on top of the glitter paper. Add stickers as desired and fill in any gaps with glitter glue.

2.  Measure and cut more glitter wrapping paper to fit the size of your bracelet. Embellish it with the rhinestones then adhere it with glue to the center of the disc. The bracelet will be a separator between the disc and block.

3.  Flip disc over and glue the marbles in place as feet. Let this set while you work on the block – decorate it like you did the disc, with papers and embellishments as desired.

how to smoothfoam valentine centerpiece

4.  For the sign, embellish two similar stickers with the gold leafing pen, rhinestones and glitter glue. Sand-which the straight wire in between both stickers.

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5.  Poke a hole in the center if the cube with your wire. Add some glue to the hole, insert wire to desired height. Add rhinestones around wire. Finish off the centerpiece by touching up the stickers and such with the gold leafing pen.

Valentine’s Day Love Plaque

SMOOTHFOAM LOVE-PLAQUE-valentines day

February is here and LOVE is definitely in the air!

I love to decorate my house for the holidays and Valentine’s Day is no different.  Traditional wreaths are nice, but I like to think of creative ways to decorate my front door.

This quick and easy LOVE plaque is a great alternative to a traditional wreath!

Materials:

3.5″ Smoothfoam heart
DecoArt Americana paints – Dark Chocolate, Bleached Sand, Mulberry
Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
12″x4″ wood plaque
Paintbrushes, scissors
Fancy yarns
Low-temp glue gun
Pink button
8″ length of twine
Chipboard letters – L, V and E
Distress Stickles – Worn Lipstick
Ultra Fine Glitter – Tourmaline

 

Instructions:

1.  Paint the plaque with Dark Chocolate and a flat brush; let dry. Apply crackle medium on top, set aside to dry according to directions on package.

2.  Apply Lipstick Stickles to chipboard letters, then sprinkle with Tourmaline Glitter to create a two-tone effect; set aside to dry.

3.  Glue one end of the yarn to the back of the Smoothfoam heart.  Wrap the yarn around the heart, gluing in random spots until the entire heart is covered. Thread twine through the button, tie in a bow and glue it to the front of the heart.

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4.  Paint the plaque with a topcoat of Bleached Sand; let dry and crackle. Outline the plaque with Mulberry using a thin, round brush; let dry.

5.  Glue the chipboard letters and the yarn-wrapped heart to the plaque.

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Jumbo Conversation Hearts

Smoothfoam valentine conversation hearts

Materials:

1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam  sheet
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints – Smitten, Escape, Refreshing, Nostalgia, Innocence
Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film
Computer and printer
Glue stick, cardstock, craft knife
Pencil, sandpaper, paintbrush, scissors

how to cut heart from smoothfoam sheet

Instructions:

1.  Cut out a heart template from cardstock approximately 2-1/2″ across at the widest point and trace as many hearts as you can fit onto the Smoothfoam sheet.

2.  Cut the hearts out with a craft knife, cutting away foam from the top and bottom of each hear to slightly round the edges,

3.  Sand all the edges smooth, then paint the hearts in various colors and let dry.

4.  Spell out the text for each heart on your computer and print on Craft Attitude film following manufacturer instructions – be sure to reverse the text before printing.

5.  Cut around the text, peel back the paper liner and adhere the film to each hearts with a glue stick.

TIP:  You can use pre-cut Smoothfoam hearts instead of cutting your own.