An inspiring block of quotes for the new year

recycled art calendar lisa fulmerWith beautiful images from last year’s calendar, I created this inspiring block of quotes for the new year. Each side of this 5″ Smoothfoam cube is covered with a lovely painted scene that just oozes fresh air and serenity.

art block lisa fulmer

A glue stick and a paper trimmer is all you need to cover the block with images, then you can frame the edges with some coordinating washi tape. You can find a nice variety of small metal tags at the craft store, each engraved with a different meaningful sentiment. After dipping some pearl-head straight pins into copper alchohol ink, push them into the block to secure a tag on each side of the cube. This easy DIY project adds character to your desk, coffee table or bookshelf – along with inspiring reminders for the new year.

smoothfoam block lisa fulmer

Spell it out!

smoothfoam letters

Smoothfoam letters are a great way to spell it out! Whether it’s an initial or a sentiment, these block letters add a lot of dimension to your craft projects. Paint them, glitter them, burnish them, crackle them, cover them with washi tape – spelling is more fun with Smoothfoam! Check out these projects from some of our designers – great for last-minute gift ideas, too.

Lake sign
Hugs and kisses
Monogram magnet
Basket organizer
Family frame

Make a quick and easy card holder

smoothfoam cardholder lisa fulmer

If you make and sell greeting cards in a spinner rack at craft fairs like I do sometimes, this quick and easy card holder project is for you! It’s nice to have the option of featuring a special card or two on a little display cube. This idea is also great for holding a photo, note, business cards, coupons or a postcard on your desk. Or if somebody sent you a lovely handmade greeting card, keep it on display for a while to admire.

Cut six squares from your favorite scrapbook paper to fit a Smoothfoam cube (mine is 3″). Adhere a square to each side with a regular glue stick – it’s easier to apply the glue to the cube, not the paper. Press the paper down firmly and make sure there’s glue all the way to the edges; let dry. Use round-nose jewelry pliers to bend a 12″ length of thick wire into a coiled triangle as shown, starting from the center. Coat the bottom of the wire with a little craft glue and pierce it down through the top of the cube. Done!

smoothfoam cube note holder

Glitter me crafty!

glitter smoothfoam projects

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!

Star wand
Alpha magnets
Ladybug photo holder
Rainbow snowflake
Faux cupcakes
Decorative spheres

 

Smoothfoam beads and jewelry displays

smoothfoam beads jewelry display

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:

Necklace stand

Bracelet stand

Black sequin pendant

Black sequin earrings

Silver sequin earrings

Key fob

Polka dot beads

 

DIY party centerpieces

smoothfoam party centerpieces

From birthdays to baby showers, DIY party centerpieces are made easier with Smoothfoam! It’s lightweight and easy to paint or embellish to enhance whatever you are celebrating. Click the links below to learn how to make these crafty and creative attention-getters for your party table.

Gazebo Display
Cupcake Gems
Duck Bubble Bath
Funky Chicken
Snail Flower Pot
Party Favor Bouquet
Faux Succulent Boxes

 

Round plaque – growing up is optional!

round smoothfoam plaque lisa fulmer

Make this quick and easy plaque with a Smoothfoam disc and your favorite washi tape. It’s cute and fun and so true – growing up is definitely optional, especially for us crafters!

Supplies:

  • 6″ Smoothfoam disc
  • Patterned washi tape
  • Narrow patterned duct tape
  • Sentiment sticker
  • Embellishments

washi tape on smoothfoam disc

Cover the disc with washi tape, lining up the pattern so the seams match, if possible.

wrap tape around smoothfoam disc

Wrap the ends of the tape around the edge of the disc at a slight angle to keep the folds crisp around the face of the disc.

duct tape on smoothfoam disc

After the disc is covered with washi tape, wrap some contrasting narrow duct tape around the edge like a frame. Duct tape is opaque, so it will cover the transparent washi tape.

pin buttons in smoothfoam

Embellish your plaque however you like – I attached a clear sentiment sticker, then glued on some colorful chipboard die-cuts. I attached the little buttons with small straight pins. I positioned the buttons at the bottom to help add weight, so the plaque will stand up on my desk without rolling around. You can also pin or glue a ribbon loop to the back for hanging.

round plaque side view lisa fulmer