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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you think an egg is just and egg, think again! A Smoothfoam egg can top a jar of jellybeans, hang as an ornament, protect special trinkets, hold some succulents, or even be a bow tie for your favorite bunny. Check out our Video Tutorials page to learn how to make these springy Easter egg projects and more!
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!
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.
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!
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:
This 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
6″ length of straight wire
Gold leafing pen
Paper trimmer and scissors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.