Minions Birthday Party Décor

Smoothfoam Cake Plates Platters Chargers - Minions Party JPriest

My kids love the Minions, so when we heard that a new Minions movie was coming out, it was pretty much a done deal that we would be hosting a Minions party. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to locate yellow party supplies. Why buy supplies when you can make them with Smoothfoam? I created this Minions Birthday Party Décor using Smoothfoam as a base to serve our snacks and refreshments on. Check out my video tutorial!

 

Rather than buy pricey chargers or platters in bright yellow, a color I can’t imagine I’d have another use for, I decided to use Smoothfoam as a presentation plate for the Minions themed party snacks. Because Smoothfoam can be painted, it can be transformed into any color. Once I am finished using these Smoothfoam sheets (12″ Scrapbook Page Mounts)  for the party, I can paint them another color for my next project.

Smoothfoam Chargers for Party - Minions Party JPriest

Smoothfoam also provides a great base for inserting party picks, signs identifying the food item, or for decorative items like pennants. Smoothfoam accepts adhesive well, making it easy to decorate with paper die-cuts to match the party theme.

Smoothfoam Cake Plate for Minions Twinkies - Minions Party JPriest

Thanks so much for stopping by the Smoothfoam blog today. Be sure to stop by my blog to see the reveal of the full party, which we created for under $75!

 

Make Your Own Super-Size Game Dice

DIY supersize smoothfoam game dice

We love to play games when my family gets together and some of our favorite games involve throwing dice. I thought it would be a great idea this summer to play out in the yard with a fun super-size pair of game dice.

Supplies:
5″ Smoothfoam cube
White acrylic paint
Decoupage medium
Paint brush
Black cardstock
1″ circle punch

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam cubes with 2 coats of white, letting dry between coats.
2.  Punch 21 circles from the black cardstock for each cube and glue then to each side like traditional dice (one through six).
3.  Seal each side of the cube with a coat or two of decoupage medium.

Weathered Wood Plank Beach Sign

faux driftwood beach sign

I recently repainted our tiny downstairs bathroom with a beach theme, as I love all things to do with the ocean. When the bathroom was completed, I felt it needed just a little something else, so I set about making this beach sign. It was so quick and easy to make a Smoothfoam sheet look like weathered wood – it took only 2 hours, including dry time.

Two 1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheets
4″ Smoothfoam letters to spell “Beach”
Acrylic paints – white, dark brown
Foam paint brushes, stiff bristle brush, long-handle paint brushes
Tacky glue
Bamboo skewers, toothpicks
Packing tape, craft wire

paint smoothfoam to look like wood

Instructions:

Join the 2 sheets of Smoothfoam with toothpicks glue. Use tape on the back to hold the pieces together while the glue sets.

Paint the letters white and set aside to dry.

Gently press the skewer into the Smoothfoam to make straight, indented lines (like wood planks) across the sheets. Don’t forget to indent the edges of the sheet, too.

Use a paint brush handle to indent the lines a bit deeper. Be careful not to press too hard – avoid cracking the surface.

Paint the grooved lines dark brown. Then mix some white paint into a little dark brown to make a lighter shade and paint the rest of the sheet. Let dry.

Distress the “wood plank” by lightly dry-brushing a little white paint across it.

Glue your “beach” letters to the sign, then glue or tape a wire loop to the back for hanging.

Carved Smoothfoam Party Sign

carved smoothfoam party celebration signThis carved Smoothfoam party sign is perfect for a graduation, birthday, new promotion or any kind of celebration. It’s a fun and whimsical way to congratulate the guest of honor on a wonderful accomplishment. Not only does it combine several of my favorite trends right now – chalkboards, marquee letters, word art and Dr. Seuss – but it would also be right at home on your Fourth of July picnic table!

Supplies:

2” x 12” x 36″ Smoothfoam sheet – cut to 2″x 12″ x 5″ piece
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheet
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife & Mini-Scroll Table & Engraving Tool
Elmer’s Painters Paint pens – fine tip white, blue, red, yellow
Scribbles 3D Dimensional Paint – White
Acrylic paint – black
Paint brush, plastic dish

Instructions:

1.  Click here to download* my original “WooHoo You!” artwork and print it out on the Sulky transfer sheet. Trim the Sulky to fit the Smoothfoam sheet. Peel off the backing paper and press the transfer sheet onto the Smoothfoam. Poke pilot holes with the hot knife into each area of the block that will be cut out.
sulky transfer sheet on smoothfoam2.  Carefully carve out the design on the mini-scroll table. Unthread and re-insert the wire into each pilot hole to make each interior cut.cut smoothfoam with hot wire scroll table3.  Add textural outlines to each letter with the heat engraving tool. Peel off the transfer sheet when finished.
add texture to smoothfoam with heat carving tool4.  Paint the party sign with black acrylic paint and let dry.
paint smoothfoam sign black5.  Outline and doodle on the letters with the paint pens. Finish by adding dots and other textural fills with the dimensional paint.

doodle on smoothfoam with paint pens* You are permitted to use my original artwork ONLY for your own personal project or a gift/donation. It is a copyright violation to use my original artwork on items you intend to  sell. Thank you!

Paper Flower and Burlap Wallhanging

Smoothfoam  paper flower art

The Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount is my favorite size and shape to use as a design base. The possibilities are endless with Smoothfoam, plus it’s super lightweight for hanging on the wall or setting on a tabletop easel.

You will need:

12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
15″ square and 11″ square pieces of red burlap
Natural burlap trim
Cardstock: orange, pink and red solids, plus coordinating patterned
Stamp Inks: coral, black, beige
Small buttons
Die-cutter or paper punches (floral designs)
Alpha tiles (or chipboard letters)
Rubber stamps:  a sentiment and a background pattern
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Scissors, paper trimmer
Short length of narrow ribbon

smoothfoam wallhanging

Wrap the 15″ square of red burlap around the Smoothfoam sheet, mitering the corners, and glue the excess to the back. Center and glue the 11″ burlap square to finish the back and glue a small loop of narrow ribbon to the back for a hanger.

Stamp a background pattern on a 9″ square of pink cardstock, then stamp a sentiment in one corner. Ink the edges of the paper, then glue it in the center of a 10″ square of orange cardstock. Center and glue your matted image to the burlap-covered Smoothfoam sheet.

Wrap a 26″ length of burlap trim around the sheet and glue the ends in back to secure. Glue a burlap bow to the front as shown. Remove a strand from some scrap burlap, thread it through the button and tie it in a bow. Glue the button to the middle of the burlap bow. Tuck a piece of red burlap under the bow and glue the tile letters to the burlap.

Arrange a selection of leaves and flowers, die-cut or punched from both solid and patterned papers on top of the pink cardstock as shown. Click here to download my diagram for how to make crumpled dimensional flowers like mine. Ink the edges of each element for some more interest and depth, then glue everything in position with buttons in the center of each blossom.

Fishing Bobber Sign

smoothfoam Fishing Bobber Sign

We’ve been having a lot of fun redoing our lake house and I have been looking for unique pieces to use in my decorating. I saw a DIY fishing sign similar to this in a sporting goods store and decided to try to create one myself. Smoothfoam seemed like the perfect product to use because of it’s paintable surface and how easy it is to work with. Learn how to make this fishing bobber sign below!

Materials: 

10” Smoothfoam disc
Scrap Smoothfoam sheet or disc
DecoArt Chalky Finish Paints – Rouge, Everlasting
DecoArt Creme Wax
Tacky glue
Craft Attitude Inkjet-Printable Film
Paint brushes, craft knife, sandpaper
Scissors, ruler, glue stick

Instructions:

Cut a small piece of Smoothfoam with the craft knife from your scrap for the top of the bobber.

Smoothfoam has a ready-to-go surface for painting and needs no prep, however, sometimes I like the even smoother surface I can get with a little light sanding first.

To make the Smoothfoam look like wood planks, indent lines into the disc with ruler and the end of a paintbrush at 3” apart.

make smoothfoam disc look like wood panel

Paint the top half of the bobber with white chalk paint. Paint the bottom half and the small topper with red. Let dry.

Glue the top piece on to the disc, let dry.

painting smoothfoam

Rub a small amount of creme wax with a paper towel over the painted surface to create aged wood look.

Print your text on Craft Attitude film, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to reverse the text on your computer before printing. Use glue stick to apply the film to the bobber. You can easily customize your DIY fishing sign with other sayings.

craft attitude film on Smoothfoam

Butterfly Dreamcatcher

smoothfoam Butterfly Dream Catcher

This colorful DIY butterfly dreamcatcher is sure to trap all your bad dreams and then bring the good dreams to you. Learn how to make this craft dreamcatcher below.

Supplies:

4″ Smoothfoam wreath
White yarn
Black embroidery floss
Decorative butterflies
Ribbon

smoothfoam wreath Butterfly Dream Catcher

Instructions:

1.  Wrap the Smoothfoam wreath completely with white yarn.

2.  To weave a “web” inside the wreath with the black embroidery floss, tie the thread at any point on the wreath, wrap it once around (not too tightly – you want a half loop to hang down), then move a few inches over and wrap it again. Once you have gone around the wreath once, continue wrapping the embroidery floss around, weaving it through each loop of thread. Don’t pull too tight, it will tighten up as you go. Tie it off and knot it at the middle. This step can be confusing – see the diagram below. There are also many videos online showing you how to create a dreamcatcher if you need more help. It’s okay if the web is wonky – don’t stress too much about getting the loops even. I didn’t and I love the way it turned it out.Weave a Dreamcatcher

3.  Glue butterflies around the wreath and wrap a ribbon through the top for hanging.

Interchangeable scrapbook page display

smoothfoam scrapbook page layout

I like to have options and change things up, so I love the Smoothfoam 12″x12″ Scrapbook Page Mounts for displaying my scrapbook layouts. I decided I could make them interchangeable, too – let’s get started!

Supplies:

Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Ivory acrylic paint
Various scrapbook papers, corner punches & stamps
Push pins or thumbtacks

Paint the Smoothfoam front, back and edges with ivory and let dry.

arrange scrapbook layoutCreate a basic layout of photo frames using various papers, corner punches and stamps. Leave space to write about what was going on in the photos.

scrapbook page layout Attach the photos inside the paper frames with push pins or thumbtacks. It’s easy to rotate in new photos this way.

A tabletop easel is perfect to display my scrapbook page!  What will you display on your Scrapbook Mount?

 

4th of July Topiary

smoothfoam 4th of july topiary

May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this – our own country!  ~Daniel Webster

Having company over for the 4th of July? This is a quick 4th of July topiary decoration decoration to make for your table. Adapt it to other holidays by changing the color scheme – pastels for Easter or fall colors for Thanksgiving. Be sure to check out our other fourth of July decorations!

You will need:
3″ Smoothfoam ball
3″ Smoothfoam cube
1.25″ wood dowel
Red craft paint
5 yards each of red, blue and silver (or white) ribbons
DecoArt Metallic Lustre – Silver Spark
Silver and white sequins
Sequin pins
Fabric glue
Ruler, scissors, sponge brush
Knitting needle

Rub silver Metallic Lustre on to the dowel using a paper towel. Allow to dry and then buff to a shine using another clean paper towel.

Punch a hole into the base of the ball and also into the center of the cube with a knitting needle. Paint the cube red and allow to dry.

Insert the dowel between the curbe and the ball.

Cut a 5″  length of ribbon, roll it into into a cylinder and pin it to the ball. You may need two pins for wider ribbon. Repeat this procedure, randomly placing the colors until the entire ball is covered in ribbon loops.

Cut 12″ of the silver ribbon, tie it into a bow around the dowel just below the ball and trim the ends as necessary.

painted smoothfoam cube

Cut a 12″ piece of blue ribbon and pin it around the top of the cube. Cut another 5″ piece and form a loop with the edges overlapping and glue the edges together. Cut a 2″ piece of red ribbon, fold it over the center of the blue and glue the ends in place to make a bow. Pin the bow to one side of the cube.

Pin sequins across the surface of the cube for a little extra sparkle.

Driftwood Mirror

smoothfoam driftwood mirror

Driftwood has definitely become trendy, so instead of spending big bucks at a retail store, I created my own DIY driftwood mirror for less than $10 – craft store home décor on a budget! Learn how to make these unique homemade mirror frames for yourself.

Here’s what you need:

8″ Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints – three shades of brown
Tacky glue
Driftwood (I found a bag of pieces that was the perfect amount at my local craft store) Paintbrush, pencil, ruler
6″ round mirror
Starfish, blue twine
Sawtooth picture hanger

brown painted smoothfoam disc

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam disc with all three brown shades with random strokes to create a variegated finish.

assemble driftwood mirror

2.  Measure in 1″ from the edge of the disc and mark in four spots. Glue the mirror to the disc using the marks as guides and let dry. Apply glue around the foam border and lay down the first layer of driftwood pieces, overlapping the edge of the mirror and let dry.

smoothfoam driftwood mirror

 

3.  Apply glue to bottom of a second layer of driftwood pieces and adhere randomly over the first layer and let dry.

 

4.  Glue the picture hanger 2″ down from top edge on the back of the disc.

5.  Wrap blue twine around the starfish and glue it to the front of the mirror and let dry.

Create several Smoothfoam DIY driftwood mirrors in a variety of sizes to use as a focal point in YOUR home décor! You’ll find more Smoothfoam inspiration over on our Facebook page – ENJOY!