Clipboard Picture Frames

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Clipboard picture frames have been everywhere recently in home décor stores and websites, in different styles and shapes and colors. I am constantly looking for inspiration for my craft projects and this is my take using a Smoothfoam sheet instead of a clipboard. These frames were quick and easy to make – under an hour for both! Clipboard picture frames would make the perfect Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation gift. You can even insert your favorite quote or gift card under the clip!

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Glue together wood candlesticks and wheels for the base, and glue smaller pieces together to create a finial for the top.

Cut a 1″ Smoothfoam sheet to 5″ x 7″ pieces with a hot wire tool. Sand lightly to smooth any rough edges if needed.

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Paint each sheet, base and finial in matching colors and let dry. Apply a second coat if desired.

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Glue each base and finial to the Smoothfoam sheet, let dry.

Distress by randomly sponging brown paint over the surfaces, making sure to get into all the cracks and crevices. Remove excess wet paint from high spots with damp paper towel.

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Glue a metal clip to the top of each picture frame and embellish with lace trim and a button. Trim your favorite photo to 4″ x 6″ and insert under clip.

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Easter Bunny Blocks

SMOOTHFOAM BUNNY blocksI love the look of the 2×4 wood block crafts that are all over Pinterest these days, so my Smoothfoam Easter bunny blocks are the perfect quick and easy project to craft up for the holiday – and no power tools needed! Smoothfoam is one of my all time favorite materials to use as a base instead of wood. It comes in a variety of shapes, is easy to cut and carve and paints up like a dream!

Display your Easter bunny block family on a table or shelf. Make these Easter bunny art projects for a co-worker or teacher, or craft a set with the kids or a special friend. HOPPY EASTER!!

Start with 3 Smoothfoam blocks (2″ x 4″ x 12″).  Bunny Dad is 12″ tall, use a hot wire tool to cut a second block to 10″ tall for Bunny Mom, and cut the third block to 8″ for Bunny Baby. Sand away any melted strings with a nail file.

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Paint the three blocks black. Apply a crackle medium and let dry according to package directions. Paint each block with a white topcoat. As the paint dries, the cracks will appear.

Cut a nose from pink felt, two eyes from blue felt and two ears from white felt for each bunny and glue in place.

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Cut 18 pieces of wire 6″ long. Twirl each length around a pencil, then insert three on each side of the the bunnies noses. Secure with a small dot of glue at base.

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Detail each Bunny’s eyes with dark gray and white paints as shown and let dry. Paint a line for the mouth with dark gray.

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Embellish each bunny block with a ribbon bow tie for Dad and hair bows for Mom and Baby.

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

smoothfoam sheet

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.

cut heart out of paper

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

cut heart from smoothfoam sheet

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

paint smoothfoam sheet

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!

Rustic Snowflake

SMOOTHFOAM SNOWFLAKE

Happy New Year!

Winter is officially here, but no one bothered to tell the weather in many parts of the country. If you are missing the snow during this crazy winter, then spend a couple of hours creating this giant rustic Smoothfoam snowflake to decorate your front gate and welcome the season!

Smoothfoam’s surface gives a nice dimension to the snowflake and the crackle medium gives it the rustic look. Try making a group of snowflakes with different shades of white and icy blue.

Materials:

12″ x 36″ Smoothfoam sheet
6″ Smoothfoam disc
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Three 1-1/2″ Smoothfoam balls
Craft paints – White, brown, dark gray
Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
Hot wire cutting tool
Tacky glue
Pencil, pen, ruler, toothpicks
White extra-fine glitter – white

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1.  Measure and cut six2″ x 9″ rectangles from the Smoothfoam sheet. Measure and draw intersecting lines in the center of the Smoothfoam disc to create four sections. Draw more lines to divide the four sections in half again. Lay the six branches of the snowflake slightly under Smoothfoam Disc, trace the curve onto each branch, then round away the edges with hot wire cutting tool.

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2.  Attach each of the branches to the disc with toothpicks and glue, let dry.

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3.  To create all the details for each snowflake branch, measure and cut two 4″ x 13″ rectangles. Trim one of them into six 1″x 4″ smaller sections, and then trim the other rectangle into twelve  1″ x 4″ chevron pieces.

4.  Cut all the Smoothfoam balls in half with the hot wire cutting tool. Cut three 2″ squares from the sheet scrap, then cut those squares in half diagonally. Repeat with three 1-1/2″ squares.

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5.  Arrange all the pieces as desired, then glue in place and let dry.

6.  Paint the whole snowflake randomly with gray and brown paints, let dry.  Apply generous coat of the crackly medium on top and follow the drying instructions on the package.

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7.  Paint a generous coat of white across the snowflake with brush strokes going in a variety of directions. Sprinkle extra fine glitter into the wet paint. As the paint dries, it will reveal the cracks. The thicker the coat of paint, the larger the cracks.

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Winter Wonderland Christmas Trees

SMOOTHFOAM CHRISTMAS TREES

Thanksgiving is officially over and Christmas will be here in just a little over 20 short days! I got busy this past weekend decorating my house for the holiday season and discovered that I did not have anything for my mantle. I love Christmas trees, so I created these winter wonderland Christmas trees with some paint, stencils and molding paste. One of the things that I like about Smoothfoam is that it’s easy to cut so you can create a finished piece that looks like a high-end wood decoration that you would buy at a home décor store! Learn how to make this Christmas mantel craft below.

Here’s what you need:

Two 12″ x 28″ Smoothfoam sheets
Acrylic craft paints – light green, dark green, gray, dusty blue, sea green, cream
Americana Gel Stain – Oak
Molding paste
Stencils
Palette knife, paintbrush, toothpicks
Pencil, marker, ruler
Glue, chunky clear glitter
Hot wire cutting tool
Mini wood snowflakes

Here’s how to make it:

SMOOTHFOAM CHRISTMAS TREE cutting

1.  Measure the first Smoothfoam sheet to an 18″ by 6″ piece for the base and a 12″ by 8″ piece for a front tree. Cut apart with the hot wire tool. Mark the top center of the smaller piece, then cut a triangle by slicing from the bottom two corners up to the top center mark.

2.  Measure and cut the second Smoothfoam sheet into an 18″ by 12″ piece for three back trees and a 12″ by 8″ piece for a front tree. Mark the top center of the larger piece, then mark in 2″ from the bottom at left and right and cut into a triangle. Measure 2″ up from the bottom of the this triangle, then cut from each mark out to the top left and right edges to create two smaller triangles. Cut one last triangle from the remaining piece of the sheet.

3.  Paint each triangle tree a different color. Let dry and apply a second coat if desired.

stencil painted sMOOTHFOAM sheet

4.  Mix cream paint with molding paste and lightly spread the mixture across your stencil with the palette knife on to each painted tree. I used harlequin, lace and damask stencil patterns for a variety. Set aside to dry. Spread more of the tinted molding paste to the base sheet and sprinkle with clear glitter, then set aside to dry.

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5.  Distress each stenciled tree with the stain by brushing a small amount across the surface then wipe off the excess with a damp paper towel. Leave some areas darker and some areas lighter.

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6.  Insert two toothpick halves into the bottom of each tree. Apply a line of glue to the bottom edge, then insert into the base and push down to set. Repeat with other four trees in position, 3 taller trees in back andd 2 shorter trees in front. Glue wood snowflakes to embellish the trees. Let the glue dry several hours or overnight.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Winter Wonderland Treescape tutorial!  I think I might leave it up all winter long! If you love this Christmas mantel craft, check out the Smoothfoam Facebook page for more inspiration!

Fall Leaf Wall Panel

smoothfoam autumn leaf wallhanging

I created this fall leaf wall panel to embrace the fall season, which is non-existent where I live in Florida. The year-round sunshine is a wonderful thing, but I still miss certain things about fall – like the crisp air, apple picking and the leaves changing from green to gorgeous shades of red, burgundy, yellow and orange. Smoothfoam is easy to paint and it’s lightweight, making it easy to hang and store. Liven up any room with this fall wall decoration.

Materials:

One 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Craft paints – Chocolate Brown, Fawn, Sable Brown
Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
Hot wire cutting tool
Fall leaf
Scrapbook paper in a fall color
One 60″ length 1/4″ ribbon
Craft glue
Paint brush, paper, pencil
Ball point pen, broad tip marker, nail file

Instructions:

1.  Draw leaf pattern on plain paper in pencil, then outline with a marker. Trace leaf on sheet of Smoothfoam, using a ball point pen to depress the surface.

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2.  Cut out the leaf shape with a hot wire cutting tool. Smooth any rough edges with a nail file. If you can carve the leaf out in one piece, you have a great shape for another project.

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3.  Paint the panel with Chocolate Brown, let dry. Apply Weathered Wood Medium according to package instructions.

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4.  Place Fawn and Sable Brown next to each other on your palette, load both paints on a large brush and paint the panel with another coat. To achieve the best crackling, stroke only once over the surface, do not go back and forth. Use more paint to get larger cracks, less paint for smaller cracks. Let dry.

5.  Paint the outside edges with Fawn and Sable Brown, but leave the inside of the leaf shape Chocolate Brown for contrast.

SMOOTHFOAM FALL LEAF panel

6.  Glue the sheet of scrapbook paper to the back of the panel, let dry. Glue 1/4″ wide ribbon around the outer edge and let dry. Tie excess ribbon in a loop and bow to glue or pin at the top as a hanger.

For more inspiration and fall wall decorations, check out the Smoothfoam Facebook page!

Junk + Pumpkins = Halloween Junkin’ Punkins!!

SMOOTHFOAM halloween pumpkin wallhanging

Welcome to fall, my favorite time of the year! I love re-purposing everything vintage and using up all the bits and bobs that end up in my craft stash! I discovered a rustic version of Junkin’ Punkins on Pinterest made with gears, springs and chains on real pumpkins,THEN I adapted the idea to use with Smoothfoam discs! Make an entire family of Junkin’ Punkins!

Here’s what you will need:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
8″ Smoothfoam disc
10″ Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints – Black, gray, dark brown, light orange, bright orange, rustic orange, tan
Crackle medium
Tacky glue, scissors, paintbrush
Spray inks
Wired twine, canvas leaves
Sawtooth picture hangers
Knobs, drawer pulls, keys, bottle caps, wood pieces, rulers, metal numbers, gears, faucet handles, etc.

Paint the Smoothfoam discs – one black, one gray and one brown, let dry.

Apply a generous coat of Crackle Medium to each disc, let dry according to package directions.

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Brush a thick coat of paint to each disc with the different orange and tan shades. Let dry to reveal the crackled effect.

 

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Arrange junk to create faces on each pumpkin – when you are happy with the composition, glue everything down and let dry. If some of your junk looks too new, distress it with a little black or brown paint by rubbing a bit on with your finger.

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Mist the canvas leaves with ink, let dry. Cut and twist wired twine. Glue canvas leaves and fancy drawer pulls to top of your Junkin’ Punkins and let dry. Insert wired twine next to the leaves. Attach a sawtooth hanger on back of each Smoothfoam Junkin’ Punkin’ and let dry.
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Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the Smoothfoam Facebook page for tons more inspiration!

Blue Jeans Bulletin Board

smoothfoam denim bulletin board

Back to college time is here and that means organizing your dorm room with trendy and functional décor. This Blue Jeans Bulletin Board does triple duty with pins, pockets and loops to hang things from! This is a fun project to make something functional from those old jeans that don’t fit anymore. Quick and easy – so you can make one for yourself and give one as a gift.

Here’s what you will need:

1″ x 12″ 36″ Smoothfoam Sheet
Tacky glue
Old pair of blue jeans
Scissors
1/2″ straight pins

Here’s how to make it:

Cut apart your jeans. I used the legs because they gave me the most fabric. Wrap each leg around the Smoothfoam sheet, securing the edges with tacky glue and straight pins.

Finish the ends like you’re wrapping a present and secure with glue and straight pins.

smoothfoam denim covered bulletin board

Cut out the pockets, leaving the back attached. Cut off the waistband, seams and cuffs to use as accents on your bulletin board, securing with glue and straight pins. Trim the hemmed bottom edge of one leg to glue and pin to the back like a ribbon for hanging.

Back to School Pencil Sign

smoothfoam pencil sign

Back to school time is approaching FAST and my teacher friends always like new, cute and crafty items to hang on their classroom doors!

I created this teacher’s pencil sign so my friend Mrs. Hill could welcome her new students and parents back to school in style – and maybe it will help her have an easier transition from teaching first grade to teaching third grade!

Here’s what you will need to make your own classroom signs for teachers:

12″ x 36″ Smoothfoam sheet
Americana Paints – Bubblegum Pink, Graphite, Mustard Seed and Desert Sand
Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive Runner
Ranger Foil Tape Sheets
Rub-on stylus, ruler, pencil, paint brush, scissors
Hot knife cutting tool
24″ length of grey ribbon
Yellow chevron stripe scrapbook paper
Paper trimmer
2″ alpha stickers

supplies to make pencil sign

Here’s how to make this teacher’s pencil sign:

1.  Measure a 10″ x 25″ rectangle from the Smoothfoam sheet. To create the pencil point, measure in 5″ from right side along the top and bottom long edges. Measure to the 5″ center along the short side edge.  Connect the dots to create a point! To create the eraser, draw in rounded corners from left side along the short edge.

2.  Cut out the pencil shape with the hot knife.

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3.  Measure in 4″ for the eraser and then another 2-1/2″ for the metal band. Paint the eraser with Bubblegum Pink, the pencil point in Desert Sand, and the edges of the pencil shaft in Mustard Yellow. Paint the pencil lead in Graphite. Let dry and add a second coats for each color as needed.

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4.  Measure and cut scrapbook paper to fit the 10″ x 14″ pencil shaft. To tile two sheets together so the pattern isn’t interrupted, trim around the chevron stripe at the end of one sheet, then glue the sheets to the pencil with tape runner.

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5.  Measure and cut the foil tape sheet to 2-1/2″ x 12″ and peel off backing paper. NOTE: Foil tape tends to curl up and stick to itself, so be CAREFUL with this step and work slowly. Attach the foil to the Pencil between the shaft and eraser. Smooth it down with the flat end of your stylus. Emboss a pattern across the band using the ball end of the stylus. Since the base is Smoothfoam, this step is EASY!

6.  Adhere the ribbon to the back of the pencil for hanging and place your alpha stickers on top to spell out your teacher’s name or the word WELCOME!