Rustic Pumpkin Decorations

SM Halloween Pumpkins 1


Three 2″ x 4″ x 12″ Smoothfoam blocks
Acrylic paints; orange, red, umber, black, sienna
Hot knife or other cutting tool
Small wood spools
Decorative pins

SM Halloween Pumpkins 2


Using the hot knife, cut one of the blocks to 9″ high, cut one to 6″ high, and leave the other at 12″. Trim the edges from all pieces and sand if desired.

Paint each block with a base coat of orange, then dry brush light coats of red and sienna onto the pieces. Set aside to dry.

Add black accents to each block.

Paint the small spools umber and attach to the tops of each block with decorative pins. Tie ribbon around each spool.

Haunted House Halloween Décor

Smoothfoam haunted house halloween decorationThe turning leaves, a pot of stew simmering on the stove, stormy nights with a warm fire burning in the house, trick-or-treaters, candy corn…these are all the things we look forward to as fall begins to set in. Enjoy making this spooky DIY haunted house craft and have a Happy Halloween!

You will need the following:

Three 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheets
Hot wire foam cutter
Black acrylic paint
White chalk ink
Cardstock:  White, orange, black
Black permanent marker
Chipboard ghost
6 black die-cut arrows
Tacky glue, low-melt glue gun
Pencil, scissors, paintbrush
Wedge sponge, toothpicks


Click below to save and print out my patterns* on to cardstock and cut out all the pieces.
Pattern 1
Pattern 2
Pattern 3

Starting with the larger pieces, trace around each one on to the Smoothfoam sheet with a pencil.

smoothfoam haunted house

Cut out all of the Smoothfoam pieces using the hot wire cutter. Paint all pieces black and let dry.

Trace the window pieces on to white and orange cardstock and cut out. Use a black marker to draw in the details. Adhere the paper windows to the house as shown. Sponge all of the edges with white ink.

haunted house pieces

Join the pieces together using toothpicks and a dab of hot glue.

* You are welcome to use my artwork for your own personal use only (no reselling).


Halloween Ghosts

smoothfoam halloween ghosts

I have purposely let my front yard grow ragged and weedy so I could have some good cover for Halloween decorations. I think these ghosts will work perfectly for Halloween!

To make these ghosts, you will need the following:

12″x12″ Smoothfoam sheet (1 per pair of ghosts)
12″x12″ paper folded in half
Hot craft knife/tool set
Pencil, black marker
Scissors, bamboo skewers
Black acrylic paint, brushes

ghost templates on smoothfoam sheet

On your craft paper, draw two ghost shapes with the pencil, utilizing the entire paper as much as possible. Cut the ghosts out and arrange on the Smoothfoam sheet. Trace ghosts with a black marker.

cut out ghost shapes from smoothfoam

Attach the cutting blade to your hot tool and set to high. Once hot, use this to cut the ghost shapes from the sheet.

chisel smoothfoam edges with hot knife

Use the hot blade to chisel off the edges, front and back of each ghost. Turn off hot tool and let cool.

smoothfoam ghosts

Draw spooky eyes and mouth with your marker. Check to see if the tool is cool, if so, use a dry cloth to remove the blade and attach a tapered tool. Turn on tool to high.

carve smoothfoam with heat tool

Use the hot tool to remove just some the insides of the spooky eyes and mouth, careful not to burn all the way through. Paint those areas with the black paint. When dry, carefully insert the bamboo skewers at the bottom then decorate your front yard or potted plants.


Halloween Tombstone

smoothfoam headstone


Smoothfoam Tombstone
Heat tool
Stencil, painters tape
Acrylic paints

First I taped a large 12″ X 12″ Day of the Dead skull stencil on the Smoothfoam tombstone and used a heat tool with a pointed tip to carve out areas on the stencil. Be careful with the tool as it gets very hot and you barely have to touch the Smoothfoam for it to melt away! I like being able to control the depth of the melt. After finishing with the stencil, I went freehand with the heat tool to write RIP.

After I finished carving, I spread some paint on a flat surface and rolled the brayer in it to transfer the paint to the surface of the tombstone. By using a brayer instead of a brush, paint only went on the raised areas. The recessed areas stated white.

Day of the Dead Smoothfoam carving

When I was editiing the photos I thought it would be cool to make one black and white…gives it a creepy look. I am hoping to have several more done in time for Halloween to decorate my whole yard!

black smoothfoam headstone

Carved Inspirational Butterfly Wall Art

Smootfoam-Carved-Butterfly-by-Carmen-Flores-Tanis-mainThis DIY butterfly wall art makes a charming reminder to try new and daring things. Its simple shape makes it the perfect beginner project for carving Smoothfoam. And it is easy to personalize by adding your favorite quote or loved one’s name. You’ll want to make lots of these!

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Acrylic paints – black, light blue, medium blue, dark blue, metallic blue
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife & Mini-Scroll Table & Engraving Tool
Paint pens – white, black
Silver 12-gauge wire
Wire cutters
White glue, paintbrush
Picture-hanging hook

1.  Click here to download* my butterfly design.  Because it’s too large to fit on a single sheet of Sulky Stick’n Carve, I tiled it on two sheets. Print the butterfly and peel off the backing release paper, then apply the Sulky pieces to the Smoothfoam sheet, overlapping to make one continuous design. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.Smootfoam-Carved-Butterfly-by-Carmen-Flores-Tanis-1

2.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam sheet with the Mini-Scroll Table.


3.  Use the Engraving Tool to carve the wording and other details into the foam. Peel off the transfer sheets when finished.

4. Paint the butterfly black. Let dry.


5.  Dip the paintbrush into the dark blue, then wipe most of the paint off onto a paper towel and “dry brush” the blue on top of the black. Set aside to dry. Repeat with the medium blue and light blue paints, letting dry in between coats.


6.  Paint the banner area with a few coats of blue metallic paint.


6.  Add details with the paint pens as shown.

7.  To form the antennae, cut two pieces of wire to 5″ long. Twist one wire into a loose spiral and insert it into the top of the butterfly. Secure with a drop of white glue. Repeat for the second wire.

8.  Glue a picture hanging hook to the back or display on an easel.

* Copyright:  You are welcome to use my original artwork only for your own use or for a gift/donation. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale.

Halloween Candy Jars

smoothfoam halloween candy jarHonestly, Halloween is all about the candy right? So make sure you showcase your favorite Halloween candy with these DIY Halloween candy jars. These cute candy jars are the perfect less-scary Halloween decorations.


Smoothfoam ball
Smoothfoam cube
Craft paints
Googly eyes
Scrapbook paper
Bolts or push pins
Craft glue
Glass jars (round and square) with lids


To make the cat:

Paint the Smoothfoam ball black and allow to dry.

Paint a kitty face in white – use googly eyes for fun!

Cut small triangles of scrapbook paper to glue on as cat ears.

Glue the cat head to the top of the jar lid.

Decorate the neck of the jar with ribbons and other embellishments as desired

smoothfoam halloween candy jarTo make the Frankenstein:

Paint the Smoothfoam cube green for his skin and black for his hair as shown.

Once dry, paint a monster face in black. Don’t forget the googly eyes!

For neck bolts, I stole some actual bolts from my husband’s toolbox, but you can also use silver thumbtacks or push pins.

Glue the head to the top of a square jar.

Embellish jar with ribbon.Candy Jars with Watermark

The Many Faces of Mr. Boo

Smoothfoam halloween ghost decoration

Meet Mr. Boo, my newest Halloween ghost decoration. I had all Mr. Boo’s parts finished when my grandson showed up the other day. I figured I’d let him help me decide which face Mr. Boo should end up with (he likes stuff like that).

To him it was like a game of Mr. Potato Head (alright… we all had fun with it).

The Many Faces of Mr. Boo 2

Angry? Surprised? Confused? Happy? So many looks for one little ghost. And before you say it…yes, he does look a little like a Pac Man Ghost.

Smoothfoam Ghost Parts 9045

To make your own Mr. Boo, you’ll need:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Hot wire foam cutter or craft knife
Black buttons
Acrylic paints – black, white
Craft glue
Adhesive letters
Black cardstock (optional)


Trace and cut out a ghost shape on the Smoothfoam sheet using the hot wire foam cutter or a craft knife. Cut the 2″ ball in half to use for the eyeballs.

Paint the ghost and eyeballs white. Mix black and white paint together to create light grey then paint it around the edges of the ghost to create a shadow.

Glue buttons on the top of the eyeballs, then glue the eyeballs on the ghost.

Paint black eyebrows and a mouth or cut facial features out of black card stock and glue them on. Glue on the “Boo” letters.

Add a self-adhesive magnet to the back if you have a metal front door, otherwise pin or glue a ribbon loop on the back for hanging.

Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Decoration

smoothfoam halloween Jack O' Lantern decoration

Hang this happy Jack O’Lantern on your front gate or front door to greet everyone this fall. Tape a small battery-operated tea light inside to warm him up and make him glow!


12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
12” Smoothfoam rod
Acrylic paints: orange, green, tan, light red, gold
Paper bag
Green floral wire
Tacky glue
String for hanging
Craft knife, paintbrush, wire cutters
Emery board, scissors, pencil


Use the end of the Smoothfoam rod to trace circles for the nose and stem on the half ball. Draw the eyes and mouth. Cut out with the craft knife. Leave holes rough if desired, or smooth with an emery board.

Paint the outside of the half ball orange. Mix orange and gold to paint the cut edges of the features. Paint the inside gold.

Cut pieces of the rod for the stem and nose. Tear the paper bag to wrap around the stem and nose. Apply glue to the paper bag and wrap it around the stem twisting and squeezing the paper. Glue it into the hole in the half ball. Repeat for the nose, making the paper longer than the rod and twisting the nose to look like a branch. Dab the stem and nose with tan and light red paints.

Cut leaves from the paper bag and glue wire to the center for stems. Paint the leaves green and bend the stems. Curl some wires on a pencil for tendrils. Arrange the leaves and tendrils and poke into the area around the stem.

Add pumpkin ridge lines from top to bottom, if desired. Pin or glue a string loop hanger to the back.

Quick and Easy Halloween Window Decorations

halloween smoothfoam decorations

I originally created this Halloween decoration project as a series of characters to hang vertically as a single door decoration, but my crafty young niece, Margo, liked each character so much on its own, that I present them to you this way. She thinks it would be cool to hang one in each window and I agree! I’ll need to make a few more to fill all the windows in the front of my house. 

Two 12″ square  Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mounts
Two 10″ Smoothfoam discs
Acrylic paints – black, fluorescent orange, green, red
Sponge brushes, small round-tip brush
12″ pipe cleaners – black, purple, bright green
1″ googly eyes, 4.5″ googly eyes
Halloween-themed ribbon
Glue, scissors, dull pencil
Knitting needle or screwdriver

Creepy Cat
Paint a disc with 1-2 coats of black. Position the eyes and glue them into place. Below the eyes, paint an upside-down mouth in red; add a small tongue. To make his ears, cut a black pipe cleaner into two 6″ pieces and bend each in half. Spread the bottoms out by one inch and position them along the top of the disc. Poke holes in the disc with the knitting needle and push in the bent pipe cleaners. Poke holes one either side of the nose and push in short lengths of purple pipe cleaners for his whiskers.

Giggly Ghost
You can leave the Smoothfoam unpainted, or paint white if desired. Draw two eyes and a mouth and fill in with black paint.

Petrified Pumpkin
Paint a disc with 1-2 coats of orange. Try fluorescent orange for a little nighttime magic. Draw a Jack-o-Lantern face on the disc and fill in with black paint. Shape a green pipe cleaner into a stem, poke holes at the top of the disc and push in the ends of the pipe cleaner.

Frightened Frank
Paint a square sheet with 1-2 coats of green, position the large google eyes and glue into place. Draw the hair and mouth, then fill in with black paint.

Blue Jeans Bulletin Board

smoothfoam denim bulletin board

Back to college time is here and that means organizing your dorm room with trendy and functional décor. This Blue Jeans Bulletin Board does triple duty with pins, pockets and loops to hang things from! This is a fun project to make something functional from those old jeans that don’t fit anymore. Quick and easy – so you can make one for yourself and give one as a gift.

Here’s what you will need:

1″ x 12″ 36″ Smoothfoam Sheet
Tacky glue
Old pair of blue jeans
1/2″ straight pins

Here’s how to make it:

Cut apart your jeans. I used the legs because they gave me the most fabric. Wrap each leg around the Smoothfoam sheet, securing the edges with tacky glue and straight pins.

Finish the ends like you’re wrapping a present and secure with glue and straight pins.

smoothfoam denim covered bulletin board

Cut out the pockets, leaving the back attached. Cut off the waistband, seams and cuffs to use as accents on your bulletin board, securing with glue and straight pins. Trim the hemmed bottom edge of one leg to glue and pin to the back like a ribbon for hanging.