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.

Bird’s Nest Wreath with Eggs

Birds Nest Wreath with eggs

 

Nothing says spring like a bird’s nest wreath filled with cute little Smoothfoam eggs! Learn how to make this spring wreath craft below.

Materials:

14″ Smoothfoam wreath form
3 large Smoothfoam eggs
Craft paints – light blue, brown
Hot glue gun, paint brushes, toothbrush
Twigs/branches
Fine gauge wire

Instructions: 

Use the handle of a paintbrush to gently depress the raised seams on Smoothfoam eggs.  McGeeBirdsNestWreathHOW1

Paint eggs light blue and paint the wreath form brown. Let dry. Use a toothbrush to spatter painted eggs with brown and let dry again.

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Bundle small groups of sticks and twigs with wire, then wire the individual bundles to the painted wreath base, overlapping each other. Begin laying longer branches across center opening of wreath, tucking ends beneath outer branches. Glue the eggs in the center of the nest.

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Foil-Wrapped Easter Eggs

smoothfoam foil wrapped easter eggs

Ever since I was little girl, I loved to save the pretty foils that covered chocolate eggs. I would flatten them out and collect them in empty tins. Later I would open those tins and view my foils – little treasures, some still smelling faintly of yummy chocolate!

Here I have recreated those eggs but on a larger, more permanent scale. The nice thing about these decorative Easter eggs is that you can enjoy them year after year! Learn how to make these foil-wrapped Easter eggs below.

You will need:

Smoothfoam Eggs
Wide double-sided tape
Heavy-duty kitchen aluminum foil
Scissors
Bright permanent markers
Soft bathroom tissue

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Cover your eggs with the tape. Then wrap with the foil, covering the tape. Cut off excess foil. Roll the eggs onto a hard surface to smooth out the creases and hard edges of the foil. if you press too hard and tear the foil, just add some tape and more foil.

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Grab two tissues and a pen. Place one tissue in your hand to hold the egg. With your other hand, scribble the egg with the marker in small sections. Quickly use the other tissue to blend the ink. Continue, working in sections, overlapping the color until you are happy with the shade. If you feel an egg color is too dark, go over it in sections with a lighter shade and a clean tissue to blend.

If you need to start over with a egg, you can use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover.

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Bitty Bunny Easter Craft

smoothfoam easter bunnyThis is a fun and easy foam Easter bunny craft that kids can make to decorate the dinner table. Learn how to make your own DIY Easter bunny below.

Materials:

One each – 1″ and 2″ Smoothfoam eggs
1” Smoothfoam ball
Acrylic paints: gray, white, pink
Gray felt scraps
1/8” wide ribbon
Wiggle eyes
Small pompoms – pink, gray
Gray yarn
Tacky glue
Sandpaper or emery board
Craft knife, paintbrush, scissors, bamboo skewers

Instructions:

1.  Cut 1” egg in half. Trim small ends and flatten on table top. Trim top and bottom from 2” egg. Sand the bottom of the ball and seams and edges of all pieces.

2.  Paint all pieces gray. For ease of painting, push skewers into bottoms of pieces. Let dry by standing in a jar. Glue head to body. Glue half-eggs onto body for feet.

3.  Mix gray and white paints and stipple the bunny’s tummy. Cut arms and ears from felt. Paint ears pink in centers. Add pink dots for cheeks with the end of a skewer.

4.  Poke small holes in head and glue ears in holes. Glue arms to sides of body. Glue ribbon around neck and glue a bow over the ribbon. Cut small pieces of yarn and glue to head between ears. Glue wiggle eyes and pompoms to bunny.

5.  Add details with a permanent pen if desired.

Make a Spring Nature Display

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Spring is almost here and new life is sprouting up everywhere. Why not celebrate it by creating a nature display with Smoothfoam eggs? (Because no one wants to steal an egg from a cute little bird’s nest!)

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 2-1/2″ Half Chick Egg
Wood plaque
Acrylic craft paint
Hot glue

Instructions:

Paint the wood plaque with acrylic paint and set aside to dry.

Paint the half-egg light blue, then load a soft brush with brown paint that has been thinned with water. Flick the paint over the half egg, speckling it with brown paint. Set it aside to dry.

Hot glue the half egg onto the painted, wood plaque.

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Create a nature display with your egg plaque, an abandoned nest, or other items you picked up in nature…or hang it on the wall with some bird photos.

Speckled Eggs Easter Decoration

Smoothfoam speckled Eggs easter decoration

I love the look of soft pastels for my DIY speckled Easter eggs – this is a simple, yet beautiful spring or Easter decoration.

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So… I grabbed my Smoothfoam eggs, gently sanded away the ridged seam and painted them with a soft chalky finish.

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Use an small glass or candle votive to hold the egg. Paint one half of the egg at a time.

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I especially like the look of speckled eggs, which you can create with an old toothbrush by lightly dabbing it into brown paint and gently flicking the paint onto the eggs. Make sure to wear an apron to protect your clothing. Flicking can be quite messy! Find numerous foam Easter egg crafts here!

Bird Ornament

smoothfoam Bird Ornament

These easy bird ornaments are fun for the whole family to make. Hang them from the tree or place in a wreath or holiday centerpiece.

Materials:

1-3/4″ Smoothfoam egg
Two 1” Smoothfoam eggs
1” Smoothfoam ball
Acrylic paint
Glitter
Tacky glue
Small acrylic jewels: two rounda and two diamonda
Craft knife, sandpaper, paint brush

1.  Sand the seams of the Smoothfoam pieces smooth. Cut the 1” eggs in half lengthwise, sand and rough edges and cut side. The pilot hole on the ball will be used for the bird’s beak.  Sand the bottom of the ball (head) and the top of the large egg (body) where the ball will be glued.

2.  Glue the ball to the large egg. Glue the half-eggs on the sides of the large egg for wings. Glue another half-egg for a tail.

3.  Paint the bird with the color of your choice. Add glitter while the paint is wet and glue on any embellishments that you like.

4.  Glue two diamond-shaped jewels together in the pilot hole for the beak. Glue round jewels (or beads) on the head for eyes.

Push an eye pin down into the bird’s back for a ribbon hanger or poke a toothpick in the bottom for adding to a wreath or centerpiece.

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Easter Bunny and Chick Centerpiece

Smoothfoam Easter bunny centerpiece

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a time to reflect on the spiritual and a time of renewal.  Easter bunnies and chicks show off the brilliant colors of spring and no matter what one’s age, the egg hunts, family dinners and fun times bring new memories and remind us of times gone by.

Smoothfoam is the perfect foundation for creating a vignette for your Easter decorating. This bunny and chick centerpiece will brighten up any spot for your Easter celebrations and beyond into the spring!

Supplies:

One each – 4″, 3″, 2.5″ and 2″ Smoothfoam balls
Smoothfoam sheet (any size)
Craft knife, toothpick, paint brush
Craft glue
Americana Décor Chalky Finish paints – Escape, Whisper, Heritage, Delicate
Crackle medium
Paint markers
Smoothfoam eggs
10″ or 12″ Smoothfoam disc
Paper flowers and grass
Sheer ribbons

For the bunny head, position the 3″ ball with the pilot hole in the back. Trim off one rounded end to make it straight across. For the body, repeat with the 4″ ball, but trim blth the top and the bottom of the ball.  Connect the bottom of the head (flat side) to the top of the body (flat side) using a toothpick and a bead of glue.

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Cut bunny ears and feet from a 1/2″ thick sheet of Smoothfoam. Attach each bunny ear to the head with a toothpick and dab of glue. Do the same to attach the bunny body to the feet.

Use the scraps cut from the Smoothfoam balls to make the chick wings.  Attach to the chick using toothpick for each and a dot of glue.

Base paint the bunny with Escape. Let dry. Apply crackle medium following the manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry; follow up with a coat of Whisper. Let dry thoroughly. Repeat for the chick with the Heritage shade.

Paint the faces as desired with markers. Tie ribbons around their necks.

Paint the Smoothfoam disc with desired color for the base of your centerpiece, let dry. Use toothpicks and glue to attach the bunny and chick in position on the disc, then embellish with eggs, flowers and paper grass.

DIY Egg Color Chart

Egg color Chart art panel

This DIY color chart makes a darling Easter decoration, but it’s real charm lies in the fact that it can stay up after the chicks and bunnies come down. It is elegant spring décor at its best.

Supplies:

9 Smoothfoam half-eggs
Loew Cornell paint brushes
8″ x 10″ white frame with glass removed
Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Martha Stewart craft paints – Gray Wolf, Sea Lavender, Blue Calico, Pond, Pink Carnation, Camellia Pink, Amaranth, Mint, Pea Shoot, Scottish Highlands

Directions:

1.  Remove the back panel of the frame, paint it gray with 1-2 coats as needed. Set aside to dry.

2.  Paint one Smoothfoam half-egg in each color, as listed above. Paint 2-3 coats as needed. Set aside to dry.

3.  Put the frame back together (without the glass in front) and glue the eggs onto the back panel in rows of three, from light to dark. For example, in the blue row, the egg colors from left to right are as follows: Sea Lavender, Blue Calico, Pond.

TIP:  To ensure even placement, mark the middle of the back panel, glue the first egg there and then work out from that point.

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Glittered Bunny Egg

Smoothfoam Glittered Bunny Egg

Are you ready for spring? Warm weather, pretty flowers, sweet little bunnies and Easter eggs. My project today is a sweet glittery little bunny made from a Smoothfoam egg.

You’ll need:

Smoothfoam egg
Smoothfoam Sheet
Craft knife and cutting mat
Sanding block, paintbrush
Small white pompom
Craft glue
Mod Podge
Cream paint
Clear glitter
Small heart brad, brown micro brads
Pink paint pen, fine black marker

1.  Cut two bunny ears from the Smoothfoam sheet and lightly sand the edges of the ears.

2.  Glue the ears on to the Smoothfoam egg as shown.

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3.  Paint the bunny cream and let dry, the add pink to the inside of the ears with the marker.

4.  Cover the bunny with a thin coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter. Glue the pompom at the end for his tail.

5.  Insert micro brads for the eyes and the heart brad (upside down) for the nose. Draw a small mouth with fine black marker.