Art panels in the round

art panels smoothfoam discs

Who says it’s hip to be square? We think circles are pretty cool, in a roundabout way. Smoothfoam discs make terrific art panels for a wide variety of mediums, colors and themes. From wallhangings to mandalas to décor for the kids’ room, we’ve surrounded you with some really fun DIY ideas!

Growing up
Spiderweb
String art
Flower collage
Mandala
PacMan and Pokemon

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.

round plaque side view lisa fulmer

String art mandala

smoothfoam string art mandala

A Smoothfoam disc is a nice foundation for string art – instead of having to hammer nails into wood, you can just push in straight pins to anchor the string design. You have to be a bit more gentle when wrapping and pulling the thread, but it’s fast and easy. I love how this turned out – plus it’s so lightweight, it hangs on my cupboard with just a couple little adhesive foam squares.

Supplies
– Smoothfoam disc
– Craft paints, paintbrush, pouncer
– Short ball-head straight pins
– Thick thread

Paint the disc however you like – I painted a coat of mint all over, then a circle of purple in the center, then I added yellow texture with a fingertip pouncer.

painted smoothfoam disc

Push in the straight pins at an angle (toward the center) evenly around the perimeter of the disc. I like appliqué pins the best because the ball-head is small and the pins are short.

Tie a loop knot at the end of the first color of thread and pin it to the back of the disc, keeping the thread attached to the spool. Let the spool drop to the floor and wrap the threadaround to the first pin on the front of the disc, then start winding the thread around each pin at opposite sides, turning it as you go to create a “spirograph” pattern. Go around the perimeter 2-3 times to thicken the lines, then clip the thread and pin another knotted loop to the back to secure.

To add a second thread color, push in more pins in a smaller circle, inside the first and repeat the threading process.

string art mandala

Mini bulletin board

 

smoothfoam mini bulletin board

A mini bulletin board to hang on your door, cabinet or wall is a simple but effective way to display photos, notes, and small artwork. One of the things that I love about Smoothfoam is that it’s lightweight and makes for easy projects for your home or dorm room.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints in bright cheerful colors
Washi tape
Picture hanging hardware
Tacky glue
Foam paintbrush
Photos and push pins

smoothfoam mini bulletin board with washi tape

Paint your entire Smoothfoam disk one color. When dry, accent the edges with a pretty metallic paint. Add your washi tape to the outer rim. Attach your picture hardware to the back of the disk by pushing into the foam and securing in place with the tacky glue.

Pin your photos and enjoy!

Beaded Mandala Wallhanging

Beaded Mandala wallhanging

Smoothfoam is a great surface for a beaded mandala wallhanging because it holds the pins tightly. A stencil makes it easier to lay out your beads.

Materials:

12″ Smoothfoam disc
13” circle of burlap
Mandala stencil
Fabric or craft paint
Assorted wood and glass beads
1″ head pins, straight pins
Tacky glue, hot glue
Rope
Scissors, sponge, paintbrush, black pen

Instructions:

Center and glue the burlap to the disc. Snip into the burlap around the edge of the circle and wrap around the edge of the disc, overlapping the snip pieces as you glue. Use straight pins to hold the burlap in place until dry.

Center your stencil on top of the disc and pin down. Use a damp sponge brush to apply paint through stencil and let dry.

Hot-glue rope around edge of disc. Pin beads into the surface as desired within the stencil design.

Dot some paint with the end of the paintbrush to accent points in the design, then outline stenciled areas with black pen.

Spring Chickadee

smoothfoam easter chick

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s Party!” — Robin Williams

Several of my neighbors raise chickens in their backyards. The anticipation of waiting for each little spring chickadee to hatch is behind the inspiration for this project to decorate your Easter table or to celebrate spring in general. It’s also a fun way to use your scraps of spring-themed paper.

You will need:
One 3″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
One 6″ Smoothfoam disc
Two 12″ x 12″ sheets of spring-themed paper
One 1″ circle punch
Tacky glue
2-1/2″ googly eyes
3 yellow pipe cleaners
20″ length of 1″ wide yellow polka dot ribbon
Straight pins, scissors, toothpicks

Punch 60 circles from your spring paper. Working concentrically from the outer edge into the center, glue the circles to the disc, overlapping the circles slightly as you go.

Take three toothpicks and push them deep into the back of the half-ball for the chick’s head. Spread some glue onto the back. Center the head over the disc and push down, allowing the toothpicks to pierce into the half disc. Glue folded paper circles to cover the seam between the half-ball and the disc. NOTE: The head is brown as I had painted it for another project which I never finished. You do not need to paint the head.

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Continue to glue the circles to the head the same way as the disc, overlapping each circle slightly like feathers.

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Bend two of the pipe cleaners into feet by bending a zigzag in the middle of it and the holding the ends together and twisting. Use your scissors to pierce two holes at the base of the disc and push the twisted end of the feet into each hole.

Obermeyer-Smoothfoam-Chickee copy

Begin pinning and gluing the ribbon onto the side of the disc between the feet. Glue the ribbon all the way around the disc. Pin down any bits that seem to be curling.

Eyeball the placement of the googly eyes and glue into place.

Bend half of the third pipe cleaner into a loop. Bend the other half into a second loop and twist the ends together. Pierce a hole with your scissors between the eyes, but slightly down for the beak. Push in the ends of the pipe cleaner beak.

Your chickadee will stand up, though he is a bit wobbly as a newborn chick.

Gazebo Centerpiece

smoothfoam Gazebo centerpieceDecorate this gazebo centerpiece with your favorite colors and flowers. It makes a lovely tabletop decoration for spring occasions such as a bridal/baby shower, birthday or Easter. dinner.

Materials:

Smoothfoam discs:  one 6″; two 8”; one 10”
1” Smoothfoam ball 
7 bamboo skewers
Craft paint – white or color
1” wide ribbon
Silk flowers
1 sheet plain paper
Tacky glue
Modeling paste
Paint brush, craft knife, scissors, palette knife
Hot glue gun

Instructions:

1.  Paint all the Smoothfoam pieces and skewers, let dry.

2.  Trace a circle on paper using the 8” Smoothfoam disc. Cut out the circle and fold it into eighths. Mark a point ½” from the edge on each fold line except one. This will be the pattern for the placement of the skewers. Mark the pattern on each 8” disc using the skewer.

3.  Glue one 8” disc to the 10” disc. Trim skewers to height desired. Use pattern to push the skewers into the base; glue another 8” disc on top. Glue the 6″ disc to the top of the 8″ disc. If desired, cut a slice off the top of a 6″ Smoothfoam ball to create a dome for the gazebo. Sand the edges and glue to the top disc. Glue the 1” ball to the center top.

4.  Apply modeling paste to the seam between the top disc and dome. Add more paint to cover.

5.  Glue flowers around top of gazebo. Glue ribbon around the base edges.

Lucky Shamrock Coin

smoothfoam shamrock wallhanging

Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day home décor idea to share the Luck of the Irish! I’m actually from a long line of Murphys, so this shamrock coin wallhanging works for me. And if you’re not Irish, you can join us anyway!

You will need:

4 Smoothfoam panorama hearts
One 8″ Smoothfoam disc
Glitter (I used the Art Institute brand – it dries clear and quickly)
Craft glue
Crystal or gem
Hot glue gun
Foam brush

smoothfoam hearts

Use a foam brush to apply glue around the edges of each heart and then sprinkled dark green glitter on top. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry.

glitter smoothfoam heart

Cover the Smoothfoam disc with glue and sprinkle with gold glitter. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry. Glue and glitter the centers of each hearts with a brighter Emerald Green and let them dry.

glitter smoothfoam shamrock

Adhere each heart to the gold coin with hot glue as shown. Glue a “lucky green stone” in the center.

smoothfoam st patricks day decoration

Valentine’s Day Heart Décor

Smoothfoam heart decor valentines dayValentine’s Day is a favorite of mine! But I find that it comes and goes too fast and I never seem to accomplish everything I want to before the day arrives!

I found some (almost) vintage tissue paper in my stash. It is a colorful pattern by Mary Engelbreit. I love the cheerful colors and thought this heart décor project would be one way to keep some of it around for even longer.

Hope you enjoy the rest of January and have an awesome “hugs & kisses” February – cheers!

Smoothfoam supplies

You will need:
3″ Smoothfoam cube
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Decorator tissue paper
Decoupage medium
1″ flat brush
Circle and heart punches and die-cuts
Rubber stamp – “XO”
Red chalk inkpad
Cardstock in desired colors
Dimensional adhesive dots
Wood skewer
Scissors
Hot wire foam cutter or serrated knife

Instructions:

1.  Wad up a sheet of tissue paper into a ball, then smooth it back out on a flat surface and tear off any straight edges.

2.  Carefully cut a heart shape out of the Smoothfoam disc with the hot or serrated knife.

3.  Brush decoupage medium to the heart (insert the skewer into the bottom edge for a handle) and press sections of tissue paper it into the medium. Cover the front, back and sides.

4.  After the medium and tissue is dry, brush a top coat of medium to seal.

5.  Repeat for the cube using a contrasting tissue paper. Trim away any excess tissue paper from both pieces. Push the bottom of the skewered heart down into the center of the cube.

6.  Embellish the cube and heart with cardstock flowers made from circle punches and a die-cut hearts stamped with “XO.”

Here is a variation using a larger Smoothfoam heart and cube. The chocolate embellishments are 1″ Smoothfoam balls cut in half, then painted and embellished with two paper circles and a rhinestone.

Smoothfoam Vintage Valentine Decor