Holiday ball ornaments for all seasons

holiday ball 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.

Metallic ball

Ball of yarn

Fabric scrap ball

Cord-wrapped ball

Paper hearts ball

Button ball

 

Woodland wreath

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One of the projects I really love from my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects is this woodland wreath. Oh who am I kidding, all the projects are my favorites, lol. But what I like about this one is how it looks nice during any season, not just fall and winter.

The complete instructions with helpful tips are in my book, but here’s the gist of it…yarn-wrap a larger Smoothfoam wreath, then paint a smaller one to nest inside and secure it with glue. Cover the smaller wreath with paper die-cut leaves, using straight pins. Cover a Smoothfoam egg with overlapping punched paper circles to create the pinecone and poke it into the wreath. Add a ribbon hanger and done! Try different color combinations to create the woodland of your own imagination.

 

Time to trot out the turkeys!

smoothfoam thanksgiving turkeyGobble, gobble, gobble! Give your wattles a shake and get ready for Thanksgiving decorating with these turkey craft projects. Every family gathering needs some crafty little Toms for the centerpiece, a hostess gift, place card holders or a sign of gratitude. These Thanksgiving arts and crafts projects use some very creative ideas for the turkey feathers, from ribbons to Popsicle sticks to coffee filters. Have fun!

Turkey place cards
Burlap turkey
Mason jar topper
Turkey centerpiece
“Give Thanks” sign

 

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

 

DIY Bulletin Boards

diy bulletin boards

DIY bulletin boards don’t have to be made with cork – have you ever tried Smoothfoam sheets, discs and blocks? The smooth, dense and lightweight surface is not only fun to paint and embellish, it also holds straight pins snugly. If you need a small bulletin board to post a few reminders and photos, these cute designer projects are for you! Put one in your school locker, at your desk, on the cupboard door or even inside the closet.

Piñata bulletin board
Scrapbook bulletin board
Chevron bulletin board
Burlap bulletin board with key hooks
Round bulletin board
Denim bulletin board with pockets

 

Photo cube ornament

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This photo cube ornament is quick and easy to make with your favorite papers, punches and embellishments. I started with a 3″ Smoothfoam cube and 3″ squares of scrapbook paper. You can drill a hole through the center of the cube with a hot wire tool or just use a large wood skewer. Push it carefully through the cube from top to bottom, pull it out and push it through a few more times all around the original hole to make it a bit larger. Be prepared to wipe up some foam crumbs.

smoothfoam cube

You can adhere the paper to each side of the cube with tacky glue or a gluestick, but I just used pearl-head straight pins in the corners. Push them in at an angle toward the center of the cube. Cut slits or punch a small hole in the center of the papers you choose for the top and bottom. Punch out shapes from cardstock for framing small photos and embellish however you like. Fold long pieces of ribbon in half and push the folded end (loop) through the hole with the skewer from the bottom up to the top. Tie off the ribbons with knots or bows at the top and bottom to secure in place for hanging.

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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

 

Fabulous frames and photo-holders

smoothfoam frames and photo holders

Who doesn’t love to surround themselves with photos of their family and friends? Instead of buying basic frames and photo holders from the store, how about making one of these pretty projects with Smoothfoam? Our designers have come up with some truly original ideas for shining a spotlight on your favorite peeps!

Clipboard stand
Decorative block photo-holder
Ladybug photo vignette
Embossed aluminum frame
Baseball photo block
Felt flower photo pocket