Snowman Door Hanger

smoothfoam Snowman Door Hanger

My sweet snowman door hanger is featured in this week’s episode of When Creativity Knocks. He’ll be greeting guests at my front door all winter long!

Materials:

16″ Smoothfoam disc (or any size you like)
Snow-Tex Medium
Acrylic paints – Light blue, medium blue, orange
Makin’s Clay – black, white
Clay carving tools
Fabric glue
Snowflake stamp
Fiber filling
Grey felt, yarn
Scissors, paintbrush

Instructions:

Apply Snow-Tex medium to front and sides of Smoothfoam disc. Let dry.

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Cut two half-circles (I adjusted my circles slightly to be more oblong for a taller hat) of grey felt the same width as the disc, and one strip of felt about 3” wide and the same width as the disc.

Paint-stamp snowflakes in alternating colors across the felt strip.

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Glue the two felt half-circles together on the round edges. When dry, add fiber fill to lightly stuff the hat.

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Create a pompom by wrapping yarn multiple times around your fingers. The more yarn, the fuller the pompom. Carefully remove it from your fingers and tie the yarn tightly in the center. Cut the loops open on each side, fluff it out and trim as needed to even it up all the way around.

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Glue the pompom to the top of the hat, then glue the hat around the top of the disc. Glue the stamped strip across the front of the snowman’s head for the hatband.

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Blend some orange paint into some white air-dry clay to make a carrot shape for the nose. Use a clay tool to add lines and texture to the carrot. Make little, irregular balls of black clay for the eyes and mouth. Flatten each ball slightly and glue into place after the clay has dried for 24 hours.

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Love Blooms Wallhanging

 

smoothfoam love wallhanging

As we are starting a New Year, I wanted to start mine in a positive way with a reminder to plant love wherever I go.

Materials:

Eight 3″ Smoothfoam hearts
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints – purple, magenta, champagne
Heavy-duty craft glue
Toothpicks
Paint marker
Yarns and fibers

 

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Instructions:

Squeeze multiple colors of paint out on a paper plate.

Dip each Smoothfoam shapes in the paint and swirl them around. As you lift the shapes up, the paint makes little peaks. After each piece is dry, paint the edges with the darkest color and let dry.

Use toothpicks to attach the rounded parts of the hearts to the circle and secure with glue. Let dry.

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Write your favorite motivational quote in the center of the flower and trim with fibers. May 2016 be filled with love and happiness!

Winter Snowman Tabletop Vignette

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Snowmen are a happy addition to your home décor – I enjoy them for long after the Christmas ornaments are put away, throughout January and for a few more winter months beyond! Mr. & Mrs. Snowman are the perfect pair to leave out during the chilly months ahead.

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For this project, you will need the following supplies:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
3″ Smoothfoam snowman
3.5″ Smoothfoam snowlady
6″ round mirror
Mini bottle brush trees
12″ tinsel stems: gold, silver, red
Acrylic paints:  cream, putty, black
Powder blush
Ivory cardstock”
DecoArt Snow-Tex medium
1″ wide washi tape
Clear glitter medium
Wood skewers and/or toothpicks
Paintbrush, scissors, dry adhesive, glue

 

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Instructions:

Using a skewer for a handle, poke into the bottom end of each snowman and paint cream. Allow both to dry.

To make each face, use a toothpick to paint black dip-dots for the eyes, mouth and buttons.

Paint the pointed end of one skewer or toothpick terra cotta. Cut off 1″ up from the pointed end. Poke a hole in the middle of each snowman’s face using the point of a wooden skewer.  Remove and glue the carrot nose into the hole.

Add blush to their cheeks with your fingertip. Coat each snowman with glitter medium – sprinkle on more clear glitter while it’s wet, then let dry.

To make the snowman’s hat:  Punch a 1-3/4″ circle for the brim. Cut a 1-1/4″ x 4″ rectangle and roll it into a 1″ cylinder.  Apply glue to the bottom edges of the cylinder and adhere to the middle of the circle. Wrap gold tinsel around the crown, twist and trim to secure. Glue the hat to the snowman’s head.

Embellish the snow lady with clips of the tinsel stems as shown.

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Wrap a length of washi tape around the sides of the Smoothfoam disc.

Brush Snow-Tex medium to the top edges of the mirror. Sprinkle with glitter; let dry. Glue the mirror to the top of the disc. Glue the snowmen and trees to the mirror as shown.

Happy Holidays!  May you thrive and prosper in the New Year!

Snowman Floral Picks

Smoothfoam snowman Floral PicksI picked up these adorable little Santa hats at a conference I attended recently and I immediately knew what I wanted to make with them – snowman floral picks! I am not a skilled painter, so I am pretty sure that anyone – including older kids – could make this project with ease.

Supplies:

1-3/8″Smoothfoam balls
2″ Smoothfoam balls
Craft paints – white, black, orange, pink
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Paint brush, pencil eraser, craft sticks
Craft knife
Heavy-duty craft glue
Mini Santa hats

Smoothfoam snowman santa floral pick

Insert a craft stick into each ball (cut a starter slice with a craft knife first) and paint each ball white, then prop up inside a cup to dry.

Dot the eyes with black paint and a pencil eraser. Use the end of a paint brush to dot on the mouth.

Paint orange noses on each ball and add some pale pink cheeks. Set aside to dry.

Add glitter accents to the snowman’s face as desired.

Glue on the Santa hats and insert your Santa Snowmen into your holiday wreath or centerpiece.

Monogram Magnets

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I really love how these monogram magnets turned out! Smoothfoam letters make perfect gifts, stocking stuffers or present-toppers that can be used all year long to hold precious memories and reminders on any metal surface!

Supplies:

4″ Smoothfoam letters
Pearlescent craft paints
Glitter paint
Magnets
Heavy-duty craft glue

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Instructions:

Paint your letters front and back with the craft paint.

When dry, add some glitter paint.

When the letters have completely dried, glue your magnets to the back.

Package each letter in a cute treat bag!

Rag Ball Ornament

Rag Ball smoothfoam Ornament

This year, I wanted to do a small Christmas tree for the dining room. A simple, homespun tree with handmade ornaments and strung cranberries. Rag ball ornaments are just the right touch! But instead of just wrapping strips of fabric until they formed a ball, I made the rag ball using Smoothfoam.

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Supplies used:

2″ Smoothfoam ball
Fabric scraps cut into 3/4″ strips
Decoupage medium
Twine, ribbon
Craft glue
Paintbrush, sanding block

Directions:

Lightly sand away the center seam on the Smoothfoam ball.

Apply decoupage medium to the back of each fabric strip and adhere to the ball.

Work with one strip at a time until the ball is fully covered, leaving the pilot hole uncovered at the top of the ball.

Brush a coat of medium over the ball to finish and seal.

Dab a bit of glue into the pilot hole and insert the ends of a twine loop to use as the ornament hanger. Let dry.

Glue a bow on top and enjoy!

Bird Ornament

smoothfoam Bird Ornament

These easy bird ornaments are fun for the whole family to make. Hang them from the tree or place in a wreath or holiday centerpiece.

Materials:

1-3/4″ Smoothfoam egg
Two 1” Smoothfoam eggs
1” Smoothfoam ball
Acrylic paint
Glitter
Tacky glue
Small acrylic jewels: two rounda and two diamonda
Craft knife, sandpaper, paint brush

1.  Sand the seams of the Smoothfoam pieces smooth. Cut the 1” eggs in half lengthwise, sand and rough edges and cut side. The pilot hole on the ball will be used for the bird’s beak.  Sand the bottom of the ball (head) and the top of the large egg (body) where the ball will be glued.

2.  Glue the ball to the large egg. Glue the half-eggs on the sides of the large egg for wings. Glue another half-egg for a tail.

3.  Paint the bird with the color of your choice. Add glitter while the paint is wet and glue on any embellishments that you like.

4.  Glue two diamond-shaped jewels together in the pilot hole for the beak. Glue round jewels (or beads) on the head for eyes.

Push an eye pin down into the bird’s back for a ribbon hanger or poke a toothpick in the bottom for adding to a wreath or centerpiece.

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Smoothfoam Christmas Ornaments – 3 Ways!

smoothfoam-Christmas-Tree ornamentsCreate a modern take on Christmas by creating colorful ornaments the easy way: with Smoothfoam! Today I am sharing a bright idea to decorate and create ornaments with Smoothfoam trees as the base. These are fun, quick, and a great craft to make with the kids.

A few years ago I started a tradition of buying ornaments for Christmas for the kids. Each year, every child in the family chooses an ornament, we tag it with the year, and then add it to their collection. When they start a family of their own or get their first place, I’ll gift the box to them filled with all of their heirloom ornaments. Read more about this tradition here: Holiday Ornament Tradition.

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This year, we’re going to try our hands at making ornaments! Smoothfoam is easy to paint, decoupage, drill, cut, and more. Because Smoothfoam is lightweight and won’t break like glass, it’s the perfect surface for making ornaments with the kids or that are cat-proof. Here are a few more ornaments I created with Smoothfoam to make a bright, fun set:

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Gather the following supplies to create these Smoothfoam Holiday Ornaments:

Smoothfoam tree
Hot glue
Acrylic paint
Paint pens
Paint brushes, pencil, ruler
Sequins, eyepins (for jewelry)
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Silver cord

 

Watch the video above to see how I made all these fun ornaments. You can buy Smoothfoam online or at your favorite local craft supply retailers.

For more projects like this, check out my blog at Just JP.