DIY bulletin boards don’t have to be made with cork – have you ever tried Smoothfoam sheets, discs and blocks? The smooth, dense and lightweight surface is not only fun to paint and embellish, it also holds straight pins snugly. If you need a small bulletin board to post a few reminders and photos, these cute designer projects are for you! Put one in your school locker, at your desk, on the cupboard door or even inside the closet.
Piñata bulletin board
Scrapbook bulletin board
Chevron bulletin board
Burlap bulletin board with key hooks
Round bulletin board
Denim bulletin board with pockets
This photo cube ornament is quick and easy to make with your favorite papers, punches and embellishments. I started with a 3″ Smoothfoam cube and 3″ squares of scrapbook paper. You can drill a hole through the center of the cube with a hot wire tool or just use a large wood skewer. Push it carefully through the cube from top to bottom, pull it out and push it through a few more times all around the original hole to make it a bit larger. Be prepared to wipe up some foam crumbs.
You can adhere the paper to each side of the cube with tacky glue or a gluestick, but I just used pearl-head straight pins in the corners. Push them in at an angle toward the center of the cube. Cut slits or punch a small hole in the center of the papers you choose for the top and bottom. Punch out shapes from cardstock for framing small photos and embellish however you like. Fold long pieces of ribbon in half and push the folded end (loop) through the hole with the skewer from the bottom up to the top. Tie off the ribbons with knots or bows at the top and bottom to secure in place for hanging.
Smoothfoam balls are so fun to paint and embellish for using as beads in jewelry and accessories. Whether you work with the tiniest 3/4″ diameter or the larger 1.5″ size, they are lightweight enough to wear comfortably as earrings and necklaces. Plus they float, so they make perfect beads for key fobs and sunglass holders for all you water sports fans. If you like to sell your own handmade jewelry, Smoothfoam blocks, rods and sheets can be painted or covered to create custom jewelry display forms. Check out some of our designers’ fantastic ideas right here:
Black sequin pendant
Black sequin earrings
Silver sequin earrings
Polka dot beads
Who doesn’t love to surround themselves with photos of their family and friends? Instead of buying basic frames and photo holders from the store, how about making one of these pretty projects with Smoothfoam? Our designers have come up with some truly original ideas for shining a spotlight on your favorite peeps!
Decorative block photo-holder
Ladybug photo vignette
Embossed aluminum frame
Baseball photo block
Felt flower photo pocket
Add a pop of personality and dash of DIY to your desk with these terrific crafts, handmade with Smoothfoam. Whether they’re functional or just full of flair, these projects will make your home or office workspace a much more enjoyable place to spend your time.
Swivel block collage
I was recently give the task of creating a Ring Toss Game for my grandson’s carnival-themed birthday party. After washing, spray painting and nesting all the bottles in a plastic tote, I needed to find something lightweight that would be safe to toss on to the glass bottles. Smoothfoam 4″ mini wreath forms to the rescue! Just 1-2 coats of paint and now every kid at the party will have fun trying to make a ringer and win a prize!
Do you like your Halloween cute or creepy? Our designers have some of each to share with you – great ideas for DIY Halloween treats and party decorations!
Haunted house panel