About Terry Ricioli

It has been my pleasure to have worked as a designer and teacher in the arts and crafts industry for over 20 years. Currently I design jewelry, children's crafts, home decor, and needlepoint on plastic canvas.

Doggie Note Holder

SMOOTHFOAM Doggie Note HolderThis doggy note holder is a fun weekend craft or an easy DIY gift for the kids to make – how cute would this little pup be on your desk or kitchen counter?

Materials:

12”  Smoothfoam rod
Four 1″ Smoothfoam eggs
2” Smoothfoam egg
2” Smoothfoam ball
Self-adhesive craft felt
Light brown craft paint
Wiggle eyes, black pom pom
Brown or black chenille stem
Craft knife, scissors, sandpaper
Tacky glue, hot glue gun, toothpicks

1.  Cut a 5” length from the Smoothfoam rod. Cut off the top of the 2” egg at the seam. Trim one side of the Smoothfoam ball to fit the bottom of the egg section.

2.  Cut a 5″ square of felt, then remove the backing and adhere it around the rod. Cut out and adhere two circles of felt to fit the ends. Cut out 4 droopy ear shapes, remove the backings and put two together, felt sides out, for each ear.

3.  Sand the edges of the cut egg and the ball to get a good fit and glue together to make the dog’s head. Paint the head and the smaller eggs (for feet) with two coats and let dry.

4. Attach the head and feet to the body with pieces of toothpicks and secure with glue. Glue the ears, wiggle eyes and pom pom nose to the head. Make a collar for the neck with a strip of felt and a charm.

5.  Curl the chenille stem and make a hole at the end of the dog’s body for the tail. Push the stem into the hole and secure with glue.

6.  Use a craft knife to carefully cut two or three slits across the back of the doggie to hold notes. Notes can also be pinned to the body instead, like a bulletin board.

Beaded Mandala Wallhanging

Beaded Mandala wallhanging

Smoothfoam is a great surface for a beaded mandala wallhanging because it holds the pins tightly. A stencil makes it easier to lay out your beads.

Materials:

12″ Smoothfoam disc
13” circle of burlap
Mandala stencil
Fabric or craft paint
Assorted wood and glass beads
1″ head pins, straight pins
Tacky glue, hot glue
Rope
Scissors, sponge, paintbrush, black pen

Instructions:

Center and glue the burlap to the disc. Snip into the burlap around the edge of the circle and wrap around the edge of the disc, overlapping the snip pieces as you glue. Use straight pins to hold the burlap in place until dry.

Center your stencil on top of the disc and pin down. Use a damp sponge brush to apply paint through stencil and let dry.

Hot-glue rope around edge of disc. Pin beads into the surface as desired within the stencil design.

Dot some paint with the end of the paintbrush to accent points in the design, then outline stenciled areas with black pen.

Bitty Bunny Easter Craft

smoothfoam easter bunnyThis is a fun and easy foam Easter bunny craft that kids can make to decorate the dinner table. Learn how to make your own DIY Easter bunny below.

Materials:

One each – 1″ and 2″ Smoothfoam eggs
1” Smoothfoam ball
Acrylic paints: gray, white, pink
Gray felt scraps
1/8” wide ribbon
Wiggle eyes
Small pompoms – pink, gray
Gray yarn
Tacky glue
Sandpaper or emery board
Craft knife, paintbrush, scissors, bamboo skewers

Instructions:

1.  Cut 1” egg in half. Trim small ends and flatten on table top. Trim top and bottom from 2” egg. Sand the bottom of the ball and seams and edges of all pieces.

2.  Paint all pieces gray. For ease of painting, push skewers into bottoms of pieces. Let dry by standing in a jar. Glue head to body. Glue half-eggs onto body for feet.

3.  Mix gray and white paints and stipple the bunny’s tummy. Cut arms and ears from felt. Paint ears pink in centers. Add pink dots for cheeks with the end of a skewer.

4.  Poke small holes in head and glue ears in holes. Glue arms to sides of body. Glue ribbon around neck and glue a bow over the ribbon. Cut small pieces of yarn and glue to head between ears. Glue wiggle eyes and pompoms to bunny.

5.  Add details with a permanent pen if desired.

Gazebo Centerpiece

smoothfoam Gazebo centerpieceDecorate this gazebo centerpiece with your favorite colors and flowers. It makes a lovely tabletop decoration for spring occasions such as a bridal/baby shower, birthday or Easter. dinner.

Materials:

Smoothfoam discs:  one 6″; two 8”; one 10”
1” Smoothfoam ball 
7 bamboo skewers
Craft paint – white or color
1” wide ribbon
Silk flowers
1 sheet plain paper
Tacky glue
Modeling paste
Paint brush, craft knife, scissors, palette knife
Hot glue gun

Instructions:

1.  Paint all the Smoothfoam pieces and skewers, let dry.

2.  Trace a circle on paper using the 8” Smoothfoam disc. Cut out the circle and fold it into eighths. Mark a point ½” from the edge on each fold line except one. This will be the pattern for the placement of the skewers. Mark the pattern on each 8” disc using the skewer.

3.  Glue one 8” disc to the 10” disc. Trim skewers to height desired. Use pattern to push the skewers into the base; glue another 8” disc on top. Glue the 6″ disc to the top of the 8″ disc. If desired, cut a slice off the top of a 6″ Smoothfoam ball to create a dome for the gazebo. Sand the edges and glue to the top disc. Glue the 1” ball to the center top.

4.  Apply modeling paste to the seam between the top disc and dome. Add more paint to cover.

5.  Glue flowers around top of gazebo. Glue ribbon around the base edges.

Shabby Chic Signpost

smoothfoam shabby chic signpost

Create a shabby chic signpost with chalk paint and embroidered letters.

Materials:

Smoothfoam sheet
3″ Smoothfoam cube
Joy embroidered letters (I used 1.5” script and 1″ block letters)
Chalky finish paints – 3 colors
White craft paint
16″ long dowel (3/8” diam)
Wood bead to fit dowel
Corrugated cardboard coffee cup sleeves
Tacky glue
Craft knife, metal ruler, sandpaper
Paintbrush, bamboo skewers

Instructions:

1.  Cut sections from the Smoothfoam sheet with craft knife and metal ruler (each 2 ½” wide) at varied lengths – 7″, 8″ and 9”. Notch the ends randomly with the knife to look like torn, weathered wood. Sand along the sides to distress further.

2.  Push a skewer into the center of each sign to use as a handle (this also starts a pilot hole in each sign for assembly later) and paint each sign a different color. Paint the Smoothfoam cube and the wood dowel white. Brush the edges of cube and paint the wood bead with a contrasting color.

3.  Tear the corrugated cardboard into rough squares, smudge with paint and then glue a square to each side of the cube.

4.  Glue letters to each sign to spell a word, let dry.

5.  Use the skewers to push pilot holes through the center of each sign and then carefully thread the signs on to the dowel. Glue the bead to the top of dowel.

Bird Ornament

smoothfoam Bird Ornament

These easy bird ornaments are fun for the whole family to make. Hang them from the tree or place in a wreath or holiday centerpiece.

Materials:

1-3/4″ Smoothfoam egg
Two 1” Smoothfoam eggs
1” Smoothfoam ball
Acrylic paint
Glitter
Tacky glue
Small acrylic jewels: two rounda and two diamonda
Craft knife, sandpaper, paint brush

1.  Sand the seams of the Smoothfoam pieces smooth. Cut the 1” eggs in half lengthwise, sand and rough edges and cut side. The pilot hole on the ball will be used for the bird’s beak.  Sand the bottom of the ball (head) and the top of the large egg (body) where the ball will be glued.

2.  Glue the ball to the large egg. Glue the half-eggs on the sides of the large egg for wings. Glue another half-egg for a tail.

3.  Paint the bird with the color of your choice. Add glitter while the paint is wet and glue on any embellishments that you like.

4.  Glue two diamond-shaped jewels together in the pilot hole for the beak. Glue round jewels (or beads) on the head for eyes.

Push an eye pin down into the bird’s back for a ribbon hanger or poke a toothpick in the bottom for adding to a wreath or centerpiece.

Green Bird Smoothfoam Ornament

Fall Sunflowers Square Wreath

smoothfoam Fall sunflower Wreath

Who says a fall wreath filled with bright sunflowers has to be round? With Smoothfoam rods, you can easily construct a unique diamond or square fall wreath for your autumn décor. Learn how to make this festive autumn sunflower wreath below.

Materials:

Four 12″ Smoothfoam rods
Joy Embroidered Letters
Masking or duct tape
Brown paper grocery bag
Sequin pins
Silk leaves, berries, flowers
Cardstock
Ink pad, hole punch
Twine, scissors, wire cutters
Craft knife, sandpaper
Glue gun

Instructions:

1.  Cut each rod end at a 45-degree angle in opposite directions. Smooth with sandpaper and connect the junctions with tape.

smoothfoam rods square wreath

2.  Tear brown paper into 2” strips and scrunch them to wrinkle. Wrap the wreath form with the strips, tacking them down with sequin pins.

3.  Cut the leaves, flowers and berries off their wire picks and glue them on the bottom corner of the wreath, working up the two sides.

4.  To make the bunting, cut small flags from cardstock and glue the embroidered letters to each flag. Distress the edges of the flags with the ink pad. Punch a hole in each flag and string them on twine, then tie the ends around the wreath.

5.  Tie or glue a loop of twine at the top to hang.

Shabby Chic Faux Wood Candlesticks

smoothfoam faux wood Candlesticks

You can get the look of turned wood candlesticks easily by stacking Smoothfoam blocks and balls. I think this shabby chic style would look great in other colors too, to fit in with your own holiday décor.

Materials:

2″ Smoothfoam balls
3” Smoothfoam cubes
4.5” square wood plaques
2″ wood rings
1″ bamboo rings
Acrylic paints – white and gray
Paintbrush, sandpaper, scissors
Tacky glue, wood skewers
Battery-operated votive candles

Instructions:

1.  Cut two balls in half on the seam. Sand the cut edges and seams on the balls to smooth out.

2.  For the short candlestick, push a skewer up through the flat side of the half-ball, then add a bamboo ring, a ball, a ring and the other half ball (round side) as shown. Push the end of the skewer into the center of a cube. Leave the skewer in place to hold while you paint. The assembly is the same for the tall candlestick, just add an extra ball and ring n the center as shown.

3.  Paint the candlestick white, then dry brush with gray to distress. When dry, snip off the tip of the skewer. Paint the wood plaques and rings the same.

4.  Glue the candlestick to a plaque. Glue a wood ring to the top of the candlestick. When the glue is dry, place battery-operated votive candles on top.

Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Decoration

smoothfoam halloween Jack O' Lantern decoration

Hang this happy Jack O’Lantern on your front gate or front door to greet everyone this fall. Tape a small battery-operated tea light inside to warm him up and make him glow!

Materials:

12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
12” Smoothfoam rod
Acrylic paints: orange, green, tan, light red, gold
Paper bag
Green floral wire
Tacky glue
String for hanging
Craft knife, paintbrush, wire cutters
Emery board, scissors, pencil

Instructions:

Use the end of the Smoothfoam rod to trace circles for the nose and stem on the half ball. Draw the eyes and mouth. Cut out with the craft knife. Leave holes rough if desired, or smooth with an emery board.

Paint the outside of the half ball orange. Mix orange and gold to paint the cut edges of the features. Paint the inside gold.

Cut pieces of the rod for the stem and nose. Tear the paper bag to wrap around the stem and nose. Apply glue to the paper bag and wrap it around the stem twisting and squeezing the paper. Glue it into the hole in the half ball. Repeat for the nose, making the paper longer than the rod and twisting the nose to look like a branch. Dab the stem and nose with tan and light red paints.

Cut leaves from the paper bag and glue wire to the center for stems. Paint the leaves green and bend the stems. Curl some wires on a pencil for tendrils. Arrange the leaves and tendrils and poke into the area around the stem.

Add pumpkin ridge lines from top to bottom, if desired. Pin or glue a string loop hanger to the back.