With 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.
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 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.
Hugs and kisses
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!
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
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:
Black sequin pendant
Black sequin earrings
Silver sequin earrings
Polka dot beads
Designer Carmen Flores Tanis sure knows her way around a heat carving tool! Over the years, she has created a wonderful variety of holiday decorations and motivational quotes. Heat up that blade and learn how easy it is to turn a simple sheet of Smoothfoam into inspiring words of wisdom.
Eat your veggies
Nothing brightens up your home and yard like shades of orange – from melon and sunset to pumpkin and harvest. Pick yourself a sunny flower craft to make with Smoothfoam!
Flower pomander balls
Carved flower stakes
Paper flower wallhanging
Burlap flower centerpiece
Giant crepe paper flower
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.
Duck Bubble Bath
Snail Flower Pot
Party Favor Bouquet
Faux Succulent Boxes
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!
- 6″ Smoothfoam disc
- Patterned washi tape
- Narrow patterned duct tape
- Sentiment sticker
Cover the disc with washi tape, lining up the pattern so the seams match, if possible.
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.
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.
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.