I made this holiday wreath in only about an hour! Start by wrapping a Smoothfoam wreath form tightly with ribbon, securing with straight pins in the back. Have fun combining different patterns, colors and textures of ribbon.
Cut poinsettia petals from strips of red felt and cut a small circle of felt for the center. Position the petals (an odd number looks the best) around the circle and push into place on the wreath form with pearl-head pins. Fill in the center with a cluster of more pins.
I glued/pinned more petals underneath, cut from silver sequin waste (aka punchinella), because it matched the silver edges in one of the ribbons, the holes complemented the polka dots in the other ribbon, and because the floppy felt needed something stiff to lean against so the poinsettia would look big and open. I added a bit of self-adhesive bling on the white decorative trim that spells “Merry.” Very bright and cheerful!
How about making a lovely holly ball ornament for a gift this season? I just love working with felt – it makes everything look so soft and rich. This ornament is easy to make with just a few supplies.
- 3″ Smoothfoam ball
- Green felt
- Green craft pain
- Red alcohol ink
- Pearl-head straight pins
- Craft glue
- Paint brush, scissors, skewer
Push the skewer into the pre-drilled pilot hole of the Smoothfoam ball to use as a handle and paint the ball green; set aside to dry. TIP: Keep a scrap block of Smoothfoam handy to push skewers and pins into for drying.
Dip the pearl heads of the straight pins into red alcohol ink; set aside to dry.
Trim holly leaves out of small squares of green felt. Random points and curves look the best! Glue the leaves around the painted ball, overlapping each slightly – leave some the points unglued. Make sure the pilot hole is at the top.
Push red pins down through the leaves into the ball in groups of three for berries. Make a loop of ribbon and tie a double overhand knot at the end. Remove the skewer from the ball and squeeze some glue down into the pilot hole. Push the ribbon knot down into the glue with the skewer; let dry before hanging.
Some cute ribbon, a little felt and a sprinkle of glitter is all it takes to turn a Smoothfoam wreath form into a cheerful Christmas decoration for your front door.
Wrap flat ribbon snugly around a wreath form, overlapping the edges and securing in the back with straight pins. Painting the wreath form is not necessary – I recycled this painted wreath from another project.
Use a pastel pencil or a crayon to draw holly leaves on green felt, the more random the shapes and sizes, the better! Cut out as many as you want to create a cluster on your wreath. Poke a toothpick into each of three 1″ mini Smoothfoam balls to use like a handle, then brush a generous amount of craft glue all over each ball. Sprinkle with glitter until fully covered, then poke them into a scrap block of Smoothfoam to dry.
Glue the felt holly leaves in place on the wreath and lightly rub a little glitter on top – the nap of the felt will hold it in place. Push the tip of a craft knife into the spot where you want a glitter berry, to cut through the felt and ribbon and make a pilot hole. When the glitter berries are dry, poke them into position into the pilot holes on the wreath. Pin a small loop of ribbon or floss to the back for hanging.
We all love the ornaments we remember seeing on the Christmas tree in our grandparents’ (or even our great-grandparents’) home. Re-create your family favorites with Smoothfoam balls and some very inspiring craft techniques. Try your hand at tissue decoupage, no-sew fabric piecing, clay molding and more with these fun tutorials from talented designers.
We were delighted to discover that Swirly Designs, makers of adorable handmade holiday ornaments in Massachusetts, uses Smoothfoam balls in several of their products. Here’s what owners Paul & Lianne Stoddard have to say:
“We love using Smoothfoam because it makes the ornaments light and we can cover the balls with many different mediums, such as paints, threads, air-dry clay and decoupaged papers.”
Click on the photos below to learn more about these sweet roly-poly ornaments!
Who says you can only hang ornaments on a Christmas tree? We love to see ornaments made with everyday materials like cording, paper, buttons, yarn and fabric scraps. Smoothfoam balls make any ornament project easy and more fun! After the tree comes down, these all-season ornaments can be hung from your lamp switches, doorknobs, under cabinets, or on your curtain tie-backs.
Gobble, gobble, gobble! Give your wattles a shake and get ready for Thanksgiving decorating. Every family gathering needs some crafty little Toms for the centerpiece, a hostess gift, place card holders or a sign of gratitude. These projects use some very creative ideas for the turkey feathers, from ribbons to popsicle sticks to coffee filters. Have fun!