Pretty and Romantic Pearl Wreath

Smoothfoam diy pearl wreathSpring is in the air! When I saw these new wreath forms from Smoothfoam, I was so excited by the possibilities. I have always wanted to make a pearl wreath. They look elegant, are beautiful any time of year, and are great DIY wedding wreaths, or décor for Easter and Mother’s Day.

Most other foam wreath forms are too thick and heavy to start with – so the added weight from the pearls makes for an extra heavy wreath to hang. Smoothfoam wreath forms are lightweight, but very dense and strong. The narrow width of this form allows you to really add lots of decorations without compromising the wreath shape. I’m using pearls, mini lightbulbs, and other thicker embellishments to make fun wreaths for every room in my house.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this project:

12″ Smoothfoam wreath form
100+ assorted pearl beads
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Ivory felt sheet
Scissors
Ivory satin ribbon

Watch the video above to see how I made this wreath.

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Wrap the wreath form with satin ribbon to cover. This Smoothfoam wreath form has measurements printed it on it to help with positioning your design. Secure the ribbon in place with hot glue. Add a loop of ribbon to the back of the wreath to create a hanger.

Mix the pearls up in a bowl or on a plate. Randomly glue the pearls to the wreath form, varying the size and color of the pearls. If you run out of pearls, you can cover the gap with handmade felt flowers.

To make the felt flowers, cut 3 circles from the sheet of felt. Cut each circle into a spiral. Roll the spiral up from the end, into a rose type flowers. Secure in place on the wreath with hot glue. Hang and enjoy!

To see more projects like this, visit my blog at Just JP.

 

Gazebo Centerpiece

smoothfoam Gazebo centerpieceDecorate this gazebo centerpiece with your favorite colors and flowers. It makes a lovely tabletop decoration for spring occasions such as a bridal/baby shower, birthday or Easter. dinner.

Materials:

Smoothfoam discs:  one 6″; two 8”; one 10”
1” Smoothfoam ball 
7 bamboo skewers
Craft paint – white or color
1” wide ribbon
Silk flowers
1 sheet plain paper
Tacky glue
Modeling paste
Paint brush, craft knife, scissors, palette knife
Hot glue gun

Instructions:

1.  Paint all the Smoothfoam pieces and skewers, let dry.

2.  Trace a circle on paper using the 8” Smoothfoam disc. Cut out the circle and fold it into eighths. Mark a point ½” from the edge on each fold line except one. This will be the pattern for the placement of the skewers. Mark the pattern on each 8” disc using the skewer.

3.  Glue one 8” disc to the 10” disc. Trim skewers to height desired. Use pattern to push the skewers into the base; glue another 8” disc on top. Glue the 6″ disc to the top of the 8″ disc. If desired, cut a slice off the top of a 6″ Smoothfoam ball to create a dome for the gazebo. Sand the edges and glue to the top disc. Glue the 1” ball to the center top.

4.  Apply modeling paste to the seam between the top disc and dome. Add more paint to cover.

5.  Glue flowers around top of gazebo. Glue ribbon around the base edges.

Lucky Shamrock Coin

smoothfoam shamrock wallhanging

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day home décor idea to share the Luck of the Irish! I’m actually from a long line of Murphys, so this shamrock coin wallhanging works for me. And if you’re not Irish, you can join us anyway!

You will need:

4 Smoothfoam panorama hearts
One 8″ Smoothfoam disc
Glitter (I used the Art Institute brand – it dries clear and quickly)
Craft glue
Crystal or gem
Hot glue gun
Foam brush

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Use a foam brush to apply glue around the edges of each heart and then sprinkled dark green glitter on top. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry.

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Cover the Smoothfoam disc with glue and sprinkle with gold glitter. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry. Glue and glitter the centers of each hearts with a brighter Emerald Green and let them dry.

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Adhere each heart to the gold coin with hot glue as shown. Glue a “lucky green stone” in the center.

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Mexican Folk Art Frame

smoothfoam mexican folk art frame

I have an overwhelming love for Mexican folk art. I believe it began with with my dad, (top left in my photo) who’s mother was from New Mexico. Then while my mom was pregnant with me, she had intense cravings for Mexican food – and I love Mexican food!

My dad loved to take us to Mexico to visit colorful exhibits and experience the culture first-hand. Since then, I can’t seem to get enough of the art and history of Mexico.

The tin folk art has always attracted me most, with it’s embossed designs and vibrant colors. But working with tin is not easy or something that can made quickly. So here I have created an alternative using Smoothfoam. Enjoy!

Materials needed:

Two 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mounts
Heavy duty aluminum foil (from your kitchen)
Aluminum tape (from the hardware store)
Ruler, craft knife
Tacky glue
Bright permanent markers (dual-point are best)
Favorite photo

Cover one Smoothfoam sheet with foil, adding glue just to the sides and back. Set aside.

Center and trace your photo in the center of the 2nd Smoothfoam sheet. Cut the traced rectangle out of the Smoothfoam and gently remove it. Spread glue on the inside and outside edges of the open space, plus on the back of the sheet and cover with foil, same as the first sheet. Cut and fold the foil around the edges of the cut-out as shown. Use glue to hold them in place. Enforce frame cut out with the aluminum tape at the inside edges.Processed with MOLDIV

Place the sheet with the open space on top of the other sheet and gently trace the opening with a marker. Glue photo in place onto bottom sheet. Adhere the two sheets together with squares of aluminum tape at the corners.

Now for the fun part!

Gently draw your designs on the foil with the markers. Use the writing tips for details and the chisel tips to fill in color. Since the foil is thin, refrain from pushing too hard or the foil may tear. Gently push the ruler into the foil, rocking side to side to create the effect of tiles. Use a silver or grey marker for a pale tone-on-tone effect. You can find pattern inspiration by looking online or visiting your local library.

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Spring Wreath

Smoothfoam spring Wreath

Spring is in the air here in North Texas and I wanted to a fun new wreath to celebrate it. Even if the weather is not quite spring-like where you are, adding some fun floral décor will at least make it seem like spring inside the house!

The Smoothfoam 12″ wreath is the perfect size for hanging on a china hutch or an interior door. This wreath would also be wonderful for outdoor use if you used fabric flowers instead of the paper flowers shown here.

Smoothfoam Wreath suppliesSupplies:

12″ Smoothfoam wreath
Ribbons
Paper flowers
Hot glue gun
Straight pins

wrap smoothfoam wreath with ribbonI started by wrapping the wreath with my ribbon, slightly overlapping it as I went around.

pin ribbon on smoothfoam wreathFinish the ribbon wrap by folding the edge under at the back of the wreath and pinning in place. Use a hot glue gun to add flowers and a decorative hanger ribbons as desired – quick and easy!

Lucky Leprechaun

smoothfoam leprechaunDon’t have the luck of the Irish? You might just need this little lucky leprechaun craft to cheer up a corner & to help celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s crafts.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
1″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
2-1/2″ Smoothfoam wreath
3″ Smoothfoam snowman
Acrylic paints – orange, black, white, green, peach
Powder blush
Ten 1/2″ orange pompoms
Siz 1/8″ green pompoms
Cardstock scraps – black, green
Plastic gold coins, green chenille pipe cleaner
Wood skewers, 1/2″ angled brush
Cutting tool  (hot wire cutter or a serrated knife)
Glue gun

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Instructions:

1.  Cut the rounded top off of the top of the 3″ ball. Use the wood skewer as a handle and paint the Smoothfoam pieces as follows:  snowman head – peach; snowman body – green; wreath (pot base)  and 3″ ball (pot) – black; 1″ half ball (top of hat) – green.  Let dry.  Apply a second coat and let dry thoroughly.

2.  To make the hat – punch or cut a 2″ circle from the green cardstock. Adhere the 1″ half ball to the center of the circle. Cut a 1/8″ strip from the black cardstock to fit around the crown of the hat. Slightly overlap and glue the ends to secure. Cut a tiny square for the buckle on the hat band.

3.  For the leprechaun – blush the cheeks using powder blush. Glue the orange pom-poms to the face as shown. Adhere the hat to the top of the head. apply a dip dot in black for each eye. Apply a larger dot for the nose and a dot for the mouth.  To make his belt, cut a 3/8″ wide strip of black cardstock to fit around the middle. Overlap and glue the ends to finish. Cut a tiny square for the belt buckle and adhere.

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4.  Poke the pilot holes for the arms and legs a skewer. Cut the green chenille pipecleaner into 4 parts, with the leg pieces slightly longer than the arms. Glue into the pilot holes as shown.

5.  For the hands and shoes, click here to download, print, trace and cut two hands and two shoes on folded cardstock. Glue the end of the pipecleaners between the layers of the hands and shoes. The fold should be pointing out.

6.  Cut black cardstock cuffs for the arms. Wrap and glue above each hand and finish with a tiny pompom cuff link. Apply the remaining 1/8″ pompoms to the sides of the shoes.

 7.  Adhere the 3″ ball (pot) into the 2-1/2″ wreath (base). Glue the leprechaun to the top. Bend his legs and arms in desired position. Glue the gold coins to the pot and leave a few extra to place on the table around the base of the pot.

Home is where the heart is

Smoothfoam-Carved-Home-Decoration by Carmen Flores TanisQuotes, words and letters are popular right now and it’s so easy to carve your own favorite word out of a block of Smoothfoam. I had been playing with the idea of a carving a little house, but I wanted to try something totally out of my usual color choices. I used a chalky -inish blue paint on the carving and was delighted to find that fabric markers worked well on the matte surface. This is a fun project that can be easily adapted to your own particular colors or your special word or name.

Supplies:

2” x 4” x 12″ Smoothfoam block
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheet
Proxxon Tabletop Hot Wire Cutter
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife and Engraving Tool
Acrylic paints – Chalky finish baby blue
Fabric markers
Paint brush

Instructions:

1.  Click here to download my “Home” artwork* and print it onto the Sulky transfer sheet. Trim off the excess transfer sheet. Peel off the backing paper and press it onto the Smoothfoam block. Poke pilot holes with the hot knife into the interiors of the letters.

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2.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam block with the tabletop hot wire cutter. Unthread and re-insert the wire into each pilot hole to make each interior cut.

Smoothfoam-Carved-Home-Decoration-Step-2 3.  Add details to the carving with the engraving tool. Peel off the transfer sheet when finished.

4.  Paint the carving chalky baby blue. Let dry.

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5.  Add details with the fabric markers as shown.

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* You are welcome to use my original artwork for your own use or for a gift/donation only. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale – that is a copyright infringement. Thank you!

Yarn-wrapped open heart frame

 

SMOOTHFOAM string art

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but there is still plenty of time to create a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone in your life! Inspired by the retro resurgence of 1970’s string art, this yarn-wrapped open heart frame is quick and easy, needing no special tools, so the kiddos can definitely help. It looks great as reverse string art – or you can glue a photo on heavy cardstock to the back to peek through the heart opening.

Place this plaque on a shelf or mantle to brighten up your Valentine’s Day celebration or attach a ribbon to the back to hang on the wall or the front door. It’s a lovely way to greet your guests as an alternative to a wreath!  This project goes together in under an hour, so you could make several to give as gifts to the special people in your life.  Change the color of the yarn and the wording to match your décor – the possibilities are endless!

Materials:

Smoothfoam 12″ Scrapbook Page Mount
1.5″ Joy embroidered letters – L O V E
Dry and wet adhesives – heavy duty (I use Tombow)
8″ heart pattern
Hot wire cutting tool or serrated knife
Acrylic craft paint, paintbrush
Decorative yarn
Scissors, paper, pencil, emery board

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Position and trace a heart pattern in the lower right corner of the Smoothfoam sheet with a pencil. I made my heart the old-school way by folding a piece of paper in half, drawing half a heart and cutting it out.

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Cut out the heart from the Smoothfoam with the knife or hot wire tool. Remove any rough edges with an emery board (nail file)

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Remove the heart to save for another project. Paint the front and sides of the sheet with a color to match your yarn.

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Apply heavy-duty adhesive tape on the back of the sheet around the edges. This will help hold the yarn in place.

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Secure an end of the yarn to the back of your sheet and begin wrapping it around, through the heart cut-out. Dab some quick-grab liquid adhesive on the outer corners to prevent the yarn from slipping. Continue wrapping until the entire surface is covered. Cut the yarn and glue the end down in back.

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Glue your LOVE letters in place on the front.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY and thanks for stopping by!

Mini Rose Topiary

Mini Rose Topiary smoothfoam

This mini rose topiary is perfect for Valentine’s Day and all year round – it can be easily adapted to be larger, depending on the space you want to decorate – I just happen to like miniatures. Try using larger Smoothfoam balls with silk flowers inserted into a pail, vase or other decorative containers.

How to make a Mini Rose Topiary

Supplies:

2″ Smoothfoam ball
Mini paper roses  (I used about 60)
Red spray ink  (I used Tattered Angels)
4″ wood dowel  (the width of a Tinker Toy stick)
Small wood spool  (with a hole that fits the dowel)
Green acrylic paint, paintbrush
Fast-drying craft glue
Red and cream ticking material
Crinkle ribbon
Small wood heart

Directions:

Spray the roses and the heart with red ink. Allow plenty of time to dry.

Paint the Smoothfoam ball  and the dowel green, let dry.

Poke a hole into the end of the ball. Squirt a little glue in the hole and insert the painted dowel.

Starting at the top of the ball, glue on the roses, one by one, until covered. After the rose ball is formed, you may want to go back and re-mist the flowers with more ink for additional coverage.

Cover the wood spool with the ticking material and glue the end in place. Tie a small piece of crinkle ribbon around the ticking and glue the wood heart on top.

Insert the rose ball into the wood spool.

Monogram Wallhanging

Smoothfoam monogram wallhanging

I have been working on a series of variations on the letter W, since that’s the first letter of my last name. I plan to make these into a full-wall installation in my home. Most of the letters are chipboard, wood or plastic, but I wanted something a little different as well. Smoothfoam to the rescue! The best part is that this wallhanging is so lightweight, it can be hung with just a straight pin, making a much smaller hole in your wall.

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
Ink sprays  (I used Clearsnap)
2″ corrugated trim
Patina glaze
Metallic Wax Rusb  (I used Viva Decor)
8 feet of 1″ wide brown grosgrain ribbon
Fabric glue
Foam glue (or general craft glue)
Non-stick craft sheet
45° triangle template
Pencil, scissors, stiff paintbrush, straight pins

Instructions:

Place protective sheet on your work surface because this can get messy. Spritz the Smoothfoam square with a variety of ink colors, adding as much or as little color as desired. Set aside to dry.

ink sprays on smoothfoamCut the corrugated trim into four 12″ lengths to surround the square. Miter the corners with the triangle, marking each cut with the pencil, then trimming with scissors. The corners should fit together like a picture frame.

miteed corners corrugated strips

Paint the corrugate trim with the patina glaze. When it has dried, spray over it randomly with brown ink, then brush the ink in roughly with a stiff brush.

patina glaze and spray ink

When it has dried, rub over it randomly with 2 different shades of metallic wax. Adhere the corrugated trim to the edges of the Smoothfoam sheet.

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Rotate the square so that there are points at the top and bottom. Trace and cut out your initial (or die-cut) from chip board and rub with metallic wax.

metallic wax on painted chipboard

To create the highlight, rub copper and platinum wax onto a scrap of paper larger than the highlight opening. Place the letter over the card stock and use a pencil to mark the sides of the letter. Trim it out and glue it behind the letter.

embellish chipboard letter

Trace and cut (or die-cut) several swirls from chip board and accent with two shades of metallic wax rubs.

chipboard swirlGlue the swirls and the initial to the framed Smoothfoam sheet.

framed smoothfoam sheetUse fabric glue to adhere the ribbon around the bottom and sides of the sheet, keeping the length at the top. Pin the ribbon in place to secure until the glue dries. Tie a loose bow about 6″ above the top point for the the hanger.