Felt poinsettia wreath

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.

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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!

Holly ball ornament

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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

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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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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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Snowball Fight

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Winter’s her – is it snowing where you live? It’s time for some good old-fashioned fun – ready for a snowball fight?

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Here’s what’s you’ll need:

Smoothfoam snowman body
6″ Smoothfoam disc
1″ Smoothfoam balls  (I used 12)
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Snow-Tex Medium
DecoArt Craft Twinkles Paint, Crystal
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo
Paintbrush, Stipple brush
Palette knife, craft knife, scissors
Craft glue
Beacon Fabri-Tac Adhesive
Toothpicks, bamboo skewer, craft sticks
Fabric scraps
Micro-brads
Paint markers

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Directions:

Cut the 2″ Smoothfoam ball in half. Cut the top off the rounded side of one of the balls.

Poke two holes into the bottom of the snowman body using the craft pick. Break a toothpick in half, dip ends into craft glue and insert in holes. Attach the sliced ball onto the snowman body.

Apply Snow-tex with palette knife over the newly formed snowman and the 6″ disc. Allow both to dry fully.

To Create a Snowball Wall…
Poke holes into the 1″ balls with the craft pick. Insert toothpick halves with craft glue on the ends into balls. Build wall by sticking the balls together.

Apply Snow-tex onto wall using the palette knife. Allow to dry.

Create a scene by attaching the snowman and the wall onto the disc. Reinforce the pieces with toothpicks and craft glue.

For a shimmery, snowy glow…
Paint all the pieces with Crystal Twinkles paint. Allow to fully dry.

Add shadows to the snowman and snowballs by gently applying vintage photo ink with a stipple brush.

To Create the Snowman Hat…
Measure and cut fabric to fit around snowman head. Fold over and glue one of the long edges of the fabric to create a brim. Glue fabric ends together to create a tube. Tie top of the tube with a piece of string, cut excess fabric off top of the tube and fray the ends by making small cuts with the scissors. Glue to the top of the Snowman head.

Add arms to the Snowman using small twigs. Warm him up with a fabric scarf and mittens cut from the fabric scraps.

For the Snowman’s Face…
Use two small black micro brads inserted into the snowman face for the eyes. Paint the tip of a bamboo skewer with orange paint, cut and insert into the face for the nose. Add a smile to the snowman’s face using a extra fine black paint marker.

Make a small snowball using a small pieced of paper wadded up and covered with Snow-tex. Glue finished and dried snowball onto mitten.

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Rustic Snowflake

SMOOTHFOAM SNOWFLAKE

Happy New Year!

Winter is officially here, but no one bothered to tell the weather in many parts of the country. If you are missing the snow during this crazy winter, then spend a couple of hours creating this giant rustic Smoothfoam snowflake to decorate your front gate and welcome the season!

Smoothfoam’s surface gives a nice dimension to the snowflake and the crackle medium gives it the rustic look. Try making a group of snowflakes with different shades of white and icy blue.

Materials:

12″ x 36″ Smoothfoam sheet
6″ Smoothfoam disc
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Three 1-1/2″ Smoothfoam balls
Craft paints – White, brown, dark gray
Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
Hot wire cutting tool
Tacky glue
Pencil, pen, ruler, toothpicks
White extra-fine glitter – white

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1.  Measure and cut six2″ x 9″ rectangles from the Smoothfoam sheet. Measure and draw intersecting lines in the center of the Smoothfoam disc to create four sections. Draw more lines to divide the four sections in half again. Lay the six branches of the snowflake slightly under Smoothfoam Disc, trace the curve onto each branch, then round away the edges with hot wire cutting tool.

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2.  Attach each of the branches to the disc with toothpicks and glue, let dry.

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3.  To create all the details for each snowflake branch, measure and cut two 4″ x 13″ rectangles. Trim one of them into six 1″x 4″ smaller sections, and then trim the other rectangle into twelve  1″ x 4″ chevron pieces.

4.  Cut all the Smoothfoam balls in half with the hot wire cutting tool. Cut three 2″ squares from the sheet scrap, then cut those squares in half diagonally. Repeat with three 1-1/2″ squares.

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5.  Arrange all the pieces as desired, then glue in place and let dry.

6.  Paint the whole snowflake randomly with gray and brown paints, let dry.  Apply generous coat of the crackly medium on top and follow the drying instructions on the package.

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7.  Paint a generous coat of white across the snowflake with brush strokes going in a variety of directions. Sprinkle extra fine glitter into the wet paint. As the paint dries, it will reveal the cracks. The thicker the coat of paint, the larger the cracks.

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Snowman Door Hanger

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My sweet snowman door hanger is featured in this week’s episode of When Creativity Knocks. He’ll be greeting guests at my front door all winter long!

Materials:

16″ Smoothfoam disc (or any size you like)
Snow-Tex Medium
Acrylic paints – Light blue, medium blue, orange
Makin’s Clay – black, white
Clay carving tools
Fabric glue
Snowflake stamp
Fiber filling
Grey felt, yarn
Scissors, paintbrush

Instructions:

Apply Snow-Tex medium to front and sides of Smoothfoam disc. Let dry.

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Cut two half-circles (I adjusted my circles slightly to be more oblong for a taller hat) of grey felt the same width as the disc, and one strip of felt about 3” wide and the same width as the disc.

Paint-stamp snowflakes in alternating colors across the felt strip.

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Glue the two felt half-circles together on the round edges. When dry, add fiber fill to lightly stuff the hat.

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Create a pompom by wrapping yarn multiple times around your fingers. The more yarn, the fuller the pompom. Carefully remove it from your fingers and tie the yarn tightly in the center. Cut the loops open on each side, fluff it out and trim as needed to even it up all the way around.

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Glue the pompom to the top of the hat, then glue the hat around the top of the disc. Glue the stamped strip across the front of the snowman’s head for the hatband.

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Blend some orange paint into some white air-dry clay to make a carrot shape for the nose. Use a clay tool to add lines and texture to the carrot. Make little, irregular balls of black clay for the eyes and mouth. Flatten each ball slightly and glue into place after the clay has dried for 24 hours.

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