An inspiring block of quotes for the new year

recycled art calendar lisa fulmerWith 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.

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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 block lisa fulmer

Make a quick and easy card holder

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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!

smoothfoam cube note holder

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

Round plaque – growing up is optional!

round smoothfoam plaque lisa fulmer

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!

Supplies:

  • 6″ Smoothfoam disc
  • Patterned washi tape
  • Narrow patterned duct tape
  • Sentiment sticker
  • Embellishments

washi tape on smoothfoam disc

Cover the disc with washi tape, lining up the pattern so the seams match, if possible.

wrap tape around smoothfoam disc

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.

duct tape on smoothfoam 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.

pin buttons in smoothfoam

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.

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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.

Clipboard Picture Frames

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Clipboard picture frames have been everywhere recently in home décor stores and websites, in different styles and shapes and colors. I am constantly looking for inspiration for my craft projects and this is my take using a Smoothfoam sheet instead of a clipboard. These frames were quick and easy to make – under an hour for both! Clipboard picture frames would make the perfect Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation gift. You can even insert your favorite quote or gift card under the clip!

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Glue together wood candlesticks and wheels for the base, and glue smaller pieces together to create a finial for the top.

Cut a 1″ Smoothfoam sheet to 5″ x 7″ pieces with a hot wire tool. Sand lightly to smooth any rough edges if needed.

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Paint each sheet, base and finial in matching colors and let dry. Apply a second coat if desired.

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Glue each base and finial to the Smoothfoam sheet, let dry.

Distress by randomly sponging brown paint over the surfaces, making sure to get into all the cracks and crevices. Remove excess wet paint from high spots with damp paper towel.

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Glue a metal clip to the top of each picture frame and embellish with lace trim and a button. Trim your favorite photo to 4″ x 6″ and insert under clip.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the Smoothfoam Facebook page for additional inspiration!

DIY Valentines Mailbox

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For the Valentine’s Day party at school this year, I wanted my son to have a very unique and fun container for all of his Valentines. The teachers actually call these Valentine holders “mailboxes,” but most of the time they look nothing like mailboxes.

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Each kid sets up the mailbox on their desk and then everyone goes from desk to desk, depositing their Valentines into each mailbox. A real mailbox is too heavy to bring to class and the ones I’ve seen at dollar stores are too small. I created this easy-to-carry, lightweight DIY Valentines Mailbox with Smoothfoam!

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A Smoothfoam sheet as a base gives this project strength and durability, but makes it lightweight enough that the kids can carry it to school and home, no problem. Customize the mailbox with die-cuts, glitter, and more.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these Valentine holders:

1″ x 6″ x 12 Smoothfoam sheet
Smoothfoam star
Red glitter
Red acrylic paint
Hot Glue Gun
Red felt, patterned felt
Scissors, ruler, pen
Chipboard, poster board
Rotary paper trimmer
Pin, buttons, beads, ribbon
Foam paint crush

The entire mailbox is built around the 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam base. Watch the video to see how to create this fun, desktop mailbox for Valentine’s Day! Use it as a centerpiece or decoration until the Valentine’s party at school.

For more projects like this, check out my blog at Just JP.