About Marilyn Gossett

I am a wife, mom, pet lover and a woman who has had a lifelong passion for creating art and crafting! I have been a designer, author and consultant in the craft industry for many years and I've authored 40+ craft books. I enjoy working with many mediums and I'm privileged to be on a team of such talented designers. I hope that our viewers enjoy the collective creativity!

Alice in Wonderland Wreath

Smoothfoam alice in wonderland Wreath

With the new Alice in Wonderland movie opening this past weekend, I thought it would be really fun to make a wreath that celebrates both the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire cat!

Visit my blog for details and see all the different materials I used to get just the right look for my Alice in Wonderland wreath. Smoothfoam’s new ruled wreath forms make it easier to space everything out without measuring.

 

Mini Wedding Cake Decoration

mini wedding cake smoothfoam

Hello friends! We are nearing wedding season. I have been looking on Pinterest at wedding cakes. We have a wedding coming up this summer in my family and I have turned my attentions to wedding decorations, cakes, flowers, clothing, etc.

I needed some mini wedding cakes for tabletop decorations – I decided to use Smoothfoam and my hot wire foam cutter to create some of my own.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam block (for cake)
Modeling paste
Acrylic craft paint
Craft stick, wood skewers
Paintbrush, jar, toothpicks
Mini paper flowers and leaves
Rhinestone trim with adhesive back
Hot wire foam cutter
Hot glue, scissors

Instructions:

1. Cut three pieces from the Smoothfoam block (1″ thick) – 3″ square for the bottom layer of the cake, 2-1/2″ square for the middle layer and a 2″ square for the top.

2. Mix two drops of paint into a quarter cup of modeling paste and blend thoroughly with a craft stick.

3. Use a skewer as a handle by poking it into each block of foam. Brush each piece with the tinted modeling paste and stand the skewers in a jar to dry thoroughly.

4. Attach the three cake layers together with toothpicks and secure with hot glue.

5. Decorate your cake with the paper flowers, leaves and rhinestone trim – or try mini pearls, ribbon, jewels, or glitter.

Easter Bunny Tabletop Decoration

smoothfoam easter bunnyTake a hop into Spring with this Easter bunny table decoration – a whole pot of bunnies! Just add some eggs to this foam Easter craft, and personalize the front of the pot with a name or sentiment.

You will need:

2-1/2″ Smoothfoam ball
Two 2″ Smoothfoam balls
1-1/2″ Smoothfoam ball
1″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
Floral foam (cut to fit in the pot)
Chalky paints:  yellow, aqua, teal, pale yellow, pale pink, vintage white
Fine-point black marker
Wiggle eyes, powder blush
Ribbon or paper for bows
Paper shred
Low-melt hot glue gun
Paintbrush, scissors, wood skewers
Heart punch and cardstock (pastel shades)
Candy, mini fuzzy chicks

Instructions:

To paint, insert a skewer into each ball using it as a handle. Refer to the photo given and paint each ball the appropriate color. Paint the your pot teal if desired.

Die-cut or punch two hearts from each color of cardstock. Glue them together for rigid bunny ears. Cut each heart in half and round off the top edge. Bend up the point of each ear about 1/4″.

Paint a pink nose on each bunny head (ball), blush the cheeks and the inside of the ears. Glue on a pair of wiggle eyes to each and add face details with the black marker.

Glue a pair of ears to the each bunny head with the folded point facing to the back.  Glue an embellished bow in front of the ears.

Glue the piece of floral foam into the pot. Cut the ends off of the skewers, staggering the lengths. Poke each skewer into the pot, spacing the bunnies as shown. Stuff the paper shred around the bunnies and push down into the pot. Glue a chick or two into the shreds and add some candy.

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

smoothfoam leprechaun supplies

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.

make a Smoothfoam leprechaun

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.

Valentine’s Day Heart Décor

Smoothfoam heart decor valentines dayValentine’s Day is a favorite of mine! But I find that it comes and goes too fast and I never seem to accomplish everything I want to before the day arrives!

I found some (almost) vintage tissue paper in my stash. It is a colorful pattern by Mary Engelbreit. I love the cheerful colors and thought this Valentine’s Day heart decoration would be one way to keep some of it around for even longer.

Hope you enjoy the rest of January and have an awesome “hugs & kisses” February – cheers!

Smoothfoam supplies

You will need:
3″ Smoothfoam cube
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Decorator tissue paper
Decoupage medium
1″ flat brush
Circle and heart punches and die-cuts
Rubber stamp – “XO”
Red chalk inkpad
Cardstock in desired colors
Dimensional adhesive dots
Wood skewer
Scissors
Hot wire foam cutter or serrated knife

Instructions:

1.  Wad up a sheet of tissue paper into a ball, then smooth it back out on a flat surface and tear off any straight edges.

2.  Carefully cut a heart shape out of the Smoothfoam disc with the hot or serrated knife.

3.  Brush decoupage medium to the heart (insert the skewer into the bottom edge for a handle) and press sections of tissue paper it into the medium. Cover the front, back and sides.

4.  After the medium and tissue is dry, brush a top coat of medium to seal.

5.  Repeat for the cube using a contrasting tissue paper. Trim away any excess tissue paper from both pieces. Push the bottom of the skewered heart down into the center of the cube.

6.  Embellish the cube and heart with cardstock flowers made from circle punches and a die-cut hearts stamped with “XO.”

Here is a variation of this DIY Valentine project using a larger Smoothfoam heart and cube. The chocolate embellishments are 1″ Smoothfoam balls cut in half, then painted and embellished with two paper circles and a rhinestone.

Smoothfoam Vintage Valentine Decor

Winter Snowman Tabletop Vignette

smoothfoam snowman vignette

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Snowmen are a happy addition to your home décor – I enjoy them for long after the Christmas ornaments are put away, throughout January and for a few more winter months beyond! Mr. & Mrs. Snowman are the perfect pair to leave out during the chilly months ahead.

Smoothfoam December supplies 2

For this project, you will need the following supplies:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
3″ Smoothfoam snowman
3.5″ Smoothfoam snowlady
6″ round mirror
Mini bottle brush trees
12″ tinsel stems: gold, silver, red
Acrylic paints:  cream, putty, black
Powder blush
Ivory cardstock”
DecoArt Snow-Tex medium
1″ wide washi tape
Clear glitter medium
Wood skewers and/or toothpicks
Paintbrush, scissors, dry adhesive, glue

 

Smoothfoam December Supplies

Instructions:

Using a skewer for a handle, poke into the bottom end of each snowman and paint cream. Allow both to dry.

To make each face, use a toothpick to paint black dip-dots for the eyes, mouth and buttons.

Paint the pointed end of one skewer or toothpick terra cotta. Cut off 1″ up from the pointed end. Poke a hole in the middle of each snowman’s face using the point of a wooden skewer.  Remove and glue the carrot nose into the hole.

Add blush to their cheeks with your fingertip. Coat each snowman with glitter medium – sprinkle on more clear glitter while it’s wet, then let dry.

To make the snowman’s hat:  Punch a 1-3/4″ circle for the brim. Cut a 1-1/4″ x 4″ rectangle and roll it into a 1″ cylinder.  Apply glue to the bottom edges of the cylinder and adhere to the middle of the circle. Wrap gold tinsel around the crown, twist and trim to secure. Glue the hat to the snowman’s head.

Embellish the snow lady with clips of the tinsel stems as shown.

Smoothfoam base with trees

 

Wrap a length of washi tape around the sides of the Smoothfoam disc.

Brush Snow-Tex medium to the top edges of the mirror. Sprinkle with glitter; let dry. Glue the mirror to the top of the disc. Glue the snowmen and trees to the mirror as shown.

Happy Holidays!  May you thrive and prosper in the New Year!

Snowflake Vignette

smoothfoam Snowflake Vignette

‘Tis the season for snowflakes and snowmen, Christmas trees and handmade ornaments!

I wouldn’t call this project “mini,” but it is fairly small. I added the little cardstock roof, door and window to the Smoothfoam house. I cut them out of scraps of off-white paper I had handy. Read on for the supply list and instructions!

smoothfoam snowflake

You will need the following supplies:

6″ Smoothfoam snowflake
3″ Smoothfoam mini house 
Craft paints:  light pink, light blue
Snow-Tex medium
Tacky glue
Clear glitter
Mini bottle brush trees
Cardstock scraps
12″ silver tinsel stem
Toothpicks, paintbrush, scissors

 

 

Instructions:

1.  Paint the snowflake light blue. Paint the house light pink. Allow to dry thoroughly.

2.  Cut a roof and door for the front of the house and any little details you want to glue on from the cardstock.

3.  Stick a toothpick in the bottom of the house.  Trim the excess to 1″ and poke into the middle of the snowflake.

4.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and apply some Snow-Tex medium to the top of the snowflake and to the roof of the house. Don’t have a snow storm by applying too much! Smooth on little bits at a time until you have the desired effect.

5.  Apply glitter while the medium is wet and shake off excess. Apply glue to the base of each tree and push into the wet SnowTex.

6.  Cut and make a tiny wreath from the tinsel stem and glue it to the front of the house.  Glue a little piece of the tinsel to the top of each tree.

Light-Up Owl Halloween Decoration

Smoothfoam halloween owl

This Halloween owl decoration will light up any fall celebration! His eyes are made with tea lites and Smoothfoam  mini wreaths.  This DIY light-up owl is a little spooky and a lot of cute, so let me tell you how to make one!

You will need:

2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block
Two 2.5″ mini Smoothfoam wreaths
3″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
2 battery-operated tea lights
Large recycled peanut can
2 sheets 12″x12″ orange cardstock
3″ black JOY embroidered Letters: B O O
Acrylic paints – black, burnt sienna
*Optional: Black high-gloss enamel paint (for painting the can rim)
Paintbrush, 3-ply jute string, scissors
Heavy-duty craft glue, dry adhesive tape
Hot wire foam cutting tool
Toothpicks, wood skewers

Smoothfoam Halloween Owl decoration

Instructions:

For the owl’s body, cut away a rounded piece at the top of the Smoothfoam block with the hot wire tool, to create the shape of the owl’s head and ears. Make sure the block fits in the can.

Cut the half-ball in half again to create two wings. Cut 1″ off one end of each wing so they can fit flush against the sides of the block body.

Using a skewer for a handle, paint the block body burnt sienna and paint the wings and wreaths black. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Smoothfoam painted halloween owl

Make sure that your tea lights fit inside the Smoothfoam wreaths as shown. Paint the sides of each wreath sienna, then paint around the edges with black. Apply glue to the inside edge of one wreath and insert a tea light to make an eye for the owl. Repeat for the other eye.

** Important:  Apply the glue to the back of each wreath, but do not get it on the tea light. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before touching it again, so that you’ll be able to remove and replace the tea lights to turn them on and off.

Measure and cut the orange cardstock to fit around the can and glue in place. Wrap and glue the jute string around the top of the can as shown. Glue the embroidered letters to the front of the can.

Smoothfoam halloween owl decoration

Place the block body inside the can and push up against the edge. Poke a toothpick halfway into the flat end of one wing, then push the opposite end of the toothpick into the block. Repeat for the other wing and add glue to secure. Adhere the wreaths to the top (head) of the block with adhesive tape – they should stay put well enough to keep from falling off; but still come off easily enough to allow for turning the tea lights on and off. You could try using Velcro dots as an option.

Cut a triangle from a scrap of orange cardstock for the owl’s beak and glue it between the bottom edges of the eyes. Dress up your DIY light-up Halloween owl decoration with little pumpkins, candy and other Halloween embellishments and enjoy!

Haunted House Halloween Décor

Smoothfoam haunted house halloween decorationThe turning leaves, a pot of stew simmering on the stove, stormy nights with a warm fire burning in the house, trick-or-treaters, candy corn…these are all the things we look forward to as fall begins to set in. Enjoy making this spooky DIY haunted house craft and have a Happy Halloween!

You will need the following:

Three 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheets
Hot wire foam cutter
Black acrylic paint
White chalk ink
Cardstock:  White, orange, black
Black permanent marker
Chipboard ghost
6 black die-cut arrows
Tacky glue, low-melt glue gun
Pencil, scissors, paintbrush
Wedge sponge, toothpicks

Instructions:

Click below to save and print out my patterns* on to cardstock and cut out all the pieces.
Pattern 1
Pattern 2
Pattern 3

Starting with the larger pieces, trace around each one on to the Smoothfoam sheet with a pencil.

smoothfoam haunted house

Cut out all of the Smoothfoam pieces using the hot wire cutter. Paint all pieces black and let dry.

Trace the window pieces on to white and orange cardstock and cut out. Use a black marker to draw in the details. Adhere the paper windows to the house as shown. Sponge all of the edges with white ink.

haunted house pieces

Join the pieces together using toothpicks and a dab of hot glue.

* You are welcome to use my artwork for your own personal use only (no reselling).

 

Haunted House Halloween Decoration

Smoothfoam haunted house plaque

It’s never too soon to start thinking about Halloween decorations! The nights will start getting shorter, the leaves will be turning yellow and orange, and before you know it all the little trick-or-treaters are at your door! Here’s a fun haunted house decoration you can make that’s great for getting everyone in the mood Halloween!

Here’s what you will need for the haunted house:

Two 12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam scrapbook mounts
12″ x 12″ cardstock – Black and orange
HotWire Foam Cutter
Die-cutting machine
Dies – haunted house, scary trees, bat
Chipboard ghost sticker
Yellow acrylic craft paint
Paintbrushes, wedge sponge
Orange ink pad
Adhesives, pencil
12″ x 12″ shadowbox frame (optional)

Instructions:

Die-cut one haunted house using the setting, “fit to page.”

diecut haunted house

Punch the house out of the sheet and place the open negative image over one Smoothfoam sheet and trace around the inside edges onto the foam with a pencil.

Smoothfoam August 2

 

Cut along the pencil lines with the foam cutter. Cut large pieces away first to make handling and cutting easier. I cut just the overall shape of the house from the Smoothfoam, no need to try to cut all the tiny little details along the rooflines.

cutting Smoothfoam with hot wire

Glue orange cardstock behind the die-cut paper house to peek through the doors and some windows as shown, then glue the die-cut on top of the cut-out Smoothfoam house.

Cut a crescent moon with the hot wire from a scrap of the Smoothfoam and paint it yellow. Let dry.

Die-cut some spooky trees and a bat from the black cardstock.

Glue the orange cardstock sheet on top of the second Smoothfoam sheet for the background panel. Adhere the house, ghost, moon, trees and bat to the panel as shown.