We all love the ornaments we remember seeing on the Christmas tree in our grandparents’ (or even our great-grandparents’) home. Re-create your family favorites with Smoothfoam balls and some very inspiring craft techniques. Try your hand at tissue decoupage, no-sew fabric piecing, clay molding and more with these fun tutorials from talented designers.
We were delighted to discover that Swirly Designs, makers of adorable handmade holiday ornaments in Massachusetts, uses Smoothfoam balls in several of their products. Here’s what owners Paul & Lianne Stoddard have to say:
“We love using Smoothfoam because it makes the ornaments light and we can cover the balls with many different mediums, such as paints, threads, air-dry clay and decoupaged papers.”
Click on the photos below to learn more about these sweet roly-poly ornaments!
Smoothfoam balls are a natural for making a snowman for your Christmas tree and other holiday decorations. Click each image to learn how to make your own winter wonderland!
Who says you can only hang ornaments on a Christmas tree? We love to see ornaments made with everyday materials like cording, paper, buttons, yarn and fabric scraps. Smoothfoam balls make any ornament project easy and more fun! After the tree comes down, these all-season ornaments can be hung from your lamp switches, doorknobs, under cabinets, or on your curtain tie-backs.
Ball of yarn
Fabric scrap ball
Paper hearts ball
One of the projects I really love from my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects is this woodland wreath. Oh who am I kidding, all the projects are my favorites, lol. But what I like about this one is how it looks nice during any season, not just fall and winter.
The complete instructions with helpful tips are in my book, but here’s the gist of it…yarn-wrap a larger Smoothfoam wreath, then paint a smaller one to nest inside and secure it with glue. Cover the smaller wreath with paper die-cut leaves, using straight pins. Cover a Smoothfoam egg with overlapping punched paper circles to create the pinecone and poke it into the wreath. Add a ribbon hanger and done! Try different color combinations to create the woodland of your own imagination.
Gobble, gobble, gobble! Give your wattles a shake and get ready for Thanksgiving decorating with these turkey craft projects. Every family gathering needs some crafty little Toms for the centerpiece, a hostess gift, place card holders or a sign of gratitude. These Thanksgiving arts and crafts projects use some very creative ideas for the turkey feathers, from ribbons to Popsicle sticks to coffee filters. Have fun!
Turkey place cards
Mason jar topper
“Give Thanks” sign
Glitter, glitter everywhere – and every drop is fabulous! Your favorite Smoothfoam shape holds tacky glue and glitter beautifully – whether you want to just gently sprinkle a little, or splurge with a lot to get a smooth, shimmering surface. Check out these sparkling ideas from our designers!
Ladybug photo holder