Spring Chickadee

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Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s Party!” — Robin Williams

Several of my neighbors raise chickens in their backyards. The anticipation of waiting for each little spring chickadee to hatch is behind the inspiration for this spring chick craft project to decorate your Easter table or to celebrate spring in general. It’s also a fun way to use your scraps of spring-themed paper.

You will need:
One 3″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
One 6″ Smoothfoam disc
Two 12″ x 12″ sheets of spring-themed paper
One 1″ circle punch
Tacky glue
2-1/2″ googly eyes
3 yellow pipe cleaners
20″ length of 1″ wide yellow polka dot ribbon
Straight pins, scissors, toothpicks

Punch 60 circles from your spring paper. Working concentrically from the outer edge into the center, glue the circles to the disc, overlapping the circles slightly as you go.

Take three toothpicks and push them deep into the back of the half-ball for the chick’s head. Spread some glue onto the back. Center the head over the disc and push down, allowing the toothpicks to pierce into the half disc. Glue folded paper circles to cover the seam between the half-ball and the disc. NOTE: The head is brown as I had painted it for another project which I never finished. You do not need to paint the head.

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Continue to glue the circles to the head the same way as the disc, overlapping each circle slightly like feathers.

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Bend two of the pipe cleaners into feet by bending a zigzag in the middle of it and the holding the ends together and twisting. Use your scissors to pierce two holes at the base of the disc and push the twisted end of the feet into each hole.

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Begin pinning and gluing the ribbon onto the side of the disc between the feet. Glue the ribbon all the way around the disc. Pin down any bits that seem to be curling.

Eyeball the placement of the googly eyes and glue into place.

Bend half of the third pipe cleaner into a loop. Bend the other half into a second loop and twist the ends together. Pierce a hole with your scissors between the eyes, but slightly down for the beak. Push in the ends of the pipe cleaner beak.

Your chickadee will stand up, though he is a bit wobbly as a newborn chick. If you loved this, be sure to check out all our easy spring crafts!

DIY Topiary with Smoothfoam Balls

smoothfoam topiary ballsI love topiaries – so with my kitchen remodel, I wanted a few for my new space. I’d never imagined that topiaries were so difficult to find in the store, but I went to 4 different home décor shops and none had topiaries. But that’s okay, because with Smoothfoam, it’s easy and affordable to make custom topiaries in any size!

I created these fun, mossy topiaries with Smoothfoam balls, moss from the dollar store, and upcycled glass candle jars. All told, this cost me about $4 per topiary, which is considerably less than the prices I saw for a potted faux ball topiary in the home décor shops.

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Here’s what you’ll need to create this DIY moss topiary project:

Smoothfoam balls in various diameters
Wood dowels
Glass jar or pot (spray paint it gold if desired)
Spanish moss (for crafting)
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Green acrylic paint
Foam paint brush
Craft knife, scissors

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Each faux ball topiary requires two Smoothfoam balls. One ball will sit in the jar to serve as the base. The other ball will sit atop the dowel as the topiary. If you want a double topiary, use three Smoothfoam balls.

Paint each ball green. Glue one ball into the jar. Cut a slit in the ball to fit the dowel. Apply hot glue to one end of the dowel and push it into the ball. Cut a slit in a second Smoothfoam ball, add glue to other end of the dowel and push the second ball on to it.

Glue moss to cover the ball in the pot. Apply hot glue to the topiary ball in sections, pressing on moss to cover. Once the entire ball is covered, trim the moss with a pair of scissors for a uniform look.

I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY moss topiary project. These would look great for wedding centerpieces, on your mantle, or even in your kitchen. To see more projects like this, visit my blog at Just JP.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Blessing Plaque

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Materials:

Smoothfoam sheet
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints – New Life, Timeless
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Crackle Medium
Sizzix® – Big Shot™ Machine
Sizzix Bigz Die – Butterfly, Flower, Leaf & Shamrock
JudiKins™ Color Sponge
Craft Attitude™ Printable Craft Film
Clearsnap® ColorBox Crafter’s® Ink – Evergreen
Paint brush, paper trimmer, patterned paper, glue stick
Sandpaper, large rubber stamp
Irish blessing subway art (downloadable)

Instructions:

Cut Smoothfoam sheet to desired size. If necessary, smooth rough edges with sand paper.

Press the rubber stamp’s pattern into the sheet (if needed, a hammer helps with this process). Use edge of stamp to distress edges/corners.

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Paint the embossed sheet with Timeless (tan) chalky finish paint and let dry. Apply crackle medium and let dry. Then paint with New Life (green) chalky finish paint.

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Resize the St. Patrick’s Day graphic to desired size  (5” x 7” on mine). Reverse the image before printing onto Craft Attitude film. Mount the film to the center of the painted sheet using clear-drying glue stick.

Use color sponge and Evergreen ink to alter the color of a sheet of patterned paper, then die-cut 6 shamrocks from it.

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Arrange and glue shamrocks above and below text. Be sure to browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

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