Holly ball ornament

holly ball smoothfoam ornament

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
  • Ribbon
  • 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.

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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.

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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.

Quick and easy Christmas wreath

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Ornaments with vintage charm

vintage style smoothfoam ornaments

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.

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victorian style smoothfoam ornament

smoothfoam quilted ornament

vintage santa smoothfoam ornament

 

 

Swirly Designs loves Smoothfoam!

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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!

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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

 

The cutest critter crafts you’ve ever seen!

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Have you ever heard of an echidna? It’s also called a spiny anteater sometimes. This little guy uses your crayons for his spines! Visit Jennifer Priest’s blog to learn how to make this adorable (and functional) creature using a Smoothfoam half-ball for the body – she made a video tutorial as well – check it out:




Speaking of cute critters, how about a party ant? Every picnic in the park or barbeque at the beach deserves a happy little conversation starter like this guy. Visit Sue Eldred’s blog to see how she created him with mini Smoothfoam balls.

smoothfoam party ant decoration

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.

Bon Voyage centerpiece

smoothfoam travel Centerpiece

Graduations and vacations are almost here.Yay! Today’s project would make a great centerpiece for a graduation or bon voyage party – celebrate your graduate who’s about to go out into the world or your friends who plan to travel the globe.

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam half ball
Smoothfoam airplane
Acrylic craft paint
Striped paper straw

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Instructions:

Paint the half ball in blue. Allow to dry completely and then sketch in the continents to make it look like the globe.This can be as realistic or whimsical as you want. You could also decoupage pieces of a paper map onto the ball if you prefer.

Paint the Smoothfoam airplane.

Push a paper straw into the bottom of the plane. It’s easier if you cut the ends of the straw at an angle to make them pointed. Push the other end of the straw into your globe.

smoothfoam painted airplane

If you liked this project, I hope you will visit my blog for more. Happy Travels!