Magic Fairy Wand

smoothfoam fairy wand

You can do almost anything with a magic fairy wand, from granting wishes to proclaiming nap time. This glittery fairy wand is quick and easy to make with your favorite kid. It’s actually a fun “just because” gift for a grown-up who’s young at heart, too.

Supplies
6″ Smoothfoam star
– Tacky glue
– Glitter
– Washi tape
– Paint marker
– Skewer and ribbons
– Decorative brads

smoothfoam glitter star

Spread a generous coat of glue across the star with your finger, then sprinkle liberally with glitter. I liked having white edges, but you could paint the star first if you prefer. Let dry, then glitter the other side of the star.

smoothfoam washi tape

When the glitter/glue on both sides is dry, line the edge of the star with a continuous strip of washi tape. Start and end the strip at the bottom of the star where you plan to insert the wand handle.

fairy wand ribbons

Color a wood skewer with a paint marker, then tie ribbons tightly around it, near the pointed end. Slowly push the top 1-2″ of the skewer into the center of the star.

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Dip the prongs of decorative brads into a drop of glue, then press into the star to embellish. Now go make some sparkly magic!

Lake Life Sign

Smoothfoam Lake Life Sign

I’ve been looking at assorted “lake life” signs for the past few years in search of something for our cottage, but hadn’t found just the right one yet. Suddenly it came to me that Smoothfoam letters would be the perfect way for me to create my own. Its smooth surface is ideal for decorative painting, and it takes special finishes (like crackle) well, too – so you can get a rustic or weathered feel on your finished projects.

Materials:  

6” x 12” Smoothfoam sheet
Smoothfoam letters to spell “LAKE”
Acrylic paints – tan, white, dark green, foliage green, Hauser green, medium green, dark/navy blue,  light blue, dark brown, grey-tan
Crackle medium
Adhesive
Paintbrushes, emery board

Instructions: 

Paint the top and sides of the Smoothfoam sheet tan and let dry, then ppply a coat of crackle finish. Let dry.

painting smoothfoamPaint a lake scene as shown – with pine trees and a border of sand around the water.

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The top layer of your painted scene will crackle to reveal the tan base coat below, giving the finished piece an aged and weathered effect.

Sand down any rough or raised edges on each Smoothfoam letter with an emery board, then paint tan and let dry. Apply a coat of crackle finish and let dry.

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Paint white on top of each letter and allow it to crackle as it dries. Glue the letters to the background sheet. Paint the word “Life” beneath the Smoothfoam letters in white.

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I used an adhesive hook and loop fastener to hang my finished sign on the wall, but you could also add a ribbon hanger to the back.

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St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Shamrock Sign

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Everyone can always use a little extra luck, right? Well, here’s a fun tabletop decoration perfect for a Saint Patrick’s Day party, or as a cute gift for someone who just hit the jackpot. I used a hot engraving tool to add detailing to each letter, reminiscent of Celtic knots, and then outlined the word with a black paint pen to make everything pop. And although a four-leaf clover is the traditional symbol for good luck, I decided to add a little luck of the Irish with a three leaf shamrock instead. Hmm – I might just try my luck tomorrow and buy a lotto ticket!

Supplies:

2” x 4” x 12″ Smoothfoam block
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheet
Proxxon Tabletop Hot Wire Cutter
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife and Engraving Tool
Acrylic paints – gold, dark green
Glitter – light green, dark green
Black paint pen
Paint brush / plastic dish
Scissors

Instructions:

1.  Click here to download my “Lucky Shamrock” artwork* and print it onto the Sulky transfer sheet. Because it is too long to fit onto one sheet, it’s tiled into two sections. Cut the sheet in half between the two lines of text. Peel off the backing paper and press the two pieces together to fit on the Smoothfoam block. Trim off the excess transfer sheet. Poke pilot holes with the hot knife into each area of the block that will be cut out.

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2.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam block with the tabletop hot wire cutter. Unthread and re-insert the wire into each pilot hole to make each interior cut.

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3.  Add details to the carving with the engraving tool as shown. Peel off the transfer sheet when finished.

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4.  Paint the carving gold. Let dry.

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5. Paint the shamrock green. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle with dark green glitter. Add a little more green paint to the center of the shamrock and sprinkle with light green glitter. Tap the carving to remove any excess glitter. Let dry.

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6. Outline the carved letters with black paint pen.

* You are welcome to use my original artwork for your own use or for a gift/donation only. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale – that is a copyright infringement. Thank you!

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!

DIY Topiary with Smoothfoam Balls

smoothfoam topiary ballsI love topiaries – so with my kitchen remodel, I wanted a few for my new space. I’d never imagined that topiaries were so difficult to find in the store, but I went to 4 different home décor shops and none had topiaries. But that’s okay, because with Smoothfoam, it’s easy and affordable to make custom topiaries in any size!

I created these fun, mossy topiaries with Smoothfoam balls, moss from the dollar store, and upcycled glass candle jars. All told, this cost me about $4 per topiary, which is considerably less than the prices I saw for a potted faux ball topiary in the home décor shops.

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Here’s what you’ll need to create this DIY moss topiary project:

Smoothfoam balls in various diameters
Wood dowels
Glass jar or pot (spray paint it gold if desired)
Spanish moss (for crafting)
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Green acrylic paint
Foam paint brush
Craft knife, scissors

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Each faux ball topiary requires two Smoothfoam balls. One ball will sit in the jar to serve as the base. The other ball will sit atop the dowel as the topiary. If you want a double topiary, use three Smoothfoam balls.

Paint each ball green. Glue one ball into the jar. Cut a slit in the ball to fit the dowel. Apply hot glue to one end of the dowel and push it into the ball. Cut a slit in a second Smoothfoam ball, add glue to other end of the dowel and push the second ball on to it.

Glue moss to cover the ball in the pot. Apply hot glue to the topiary ball in sections, pressing on moss to cover. Once the entire ball is covered, trim the moss with a pair of scissors for a uniform look.

I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY moss topiary project. These would look great for wedding centerpieces, on your mantle, or even in your kitchen. To see more projects like this, visit my blog at Just JP.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Blessing Plaque

smoothfoam irish blessing plaque

 

Materials:

Smoothfoam sheet
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints – New Life, Timeless
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Crackle Medium
Sizzix® – Big Shot™ Machine
Sizzix Bigz Die – Butterfly, Flower, Leaf & Shamrock
JudiKins™ Color Sponge
Craft Attitude™ Printable Craft Film
Clearsnap® ColorBox Crafter’s® Ink – Evergreen
Paint brush, paper trimmer, patterned paper, glue stick
Sandpaper, large rubber stamp
Irish blessing subway art (downloadable)

Instructions:

Cut Smoothfoam sheet to desired size. If necessary, smooth rough edges with sand paper.

Press the rubber stamp’s pattern into the sheet (if needed, a hammer helps with this process). Use edge of stamp to distress edges/corners.

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Paint the embossed sheet with Timeless (tan) chalky finish paint and let dry. Apply crackle medium and let dry. Then paint with New Life (green) chalky finish paint.

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Resize the St. Patrick’s Day graphic to desired size  (5” x 7” on mine). Reverse the image before printing onto Craft Attitude film. Mount the film to the center of the painted sheet using clear-drying glue stick.

Use color sponge and Evergreen ink to alter the color of a sheet of patterned paper, then die-cut 6 shamrocks from it.

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Arrange and glue shamrocks above and below text. Be sure to browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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Lucky Leprechaun

smoothfoam leprechaunDon’t have the luck of the Irish? You might just need this little lucky leprechaun craft to cheer up a corner & to help celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s crafts.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
1″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
2-1/2″ Smoothfoam wreath
3″ Smoothfoam snowman
Acrylic paints – orange, black, white, green, peach
Powder blush
Ten 1/2″ orange pompoms
Siz 1/8″ green pompoms
Cardstock scraps – black, green
Plastic gold coins, green chenille pipe cleaner
Wood skewers, 1/2″ angled brush
Cutting tool  (hot wire cutter or a serrated knife)
Glue gun

smoothfoam leprechaun supplies

Instructions:

1.  Cut the rounded top off of the top of the 3″ ball. Use the wood skewer as a handle and paint the Smoothfoam pieces as follows:  snowman head – peach; snowman body – green; wreath (pot base)  and 3″ ball (pot) – black; 1″ half ball (top of hat) – green.  Let dry.  Apply a second coat and let dry thoroughly.

2.  To make the hat – punch or cut a 2″ circle from the green cardstock. Adhere the 1″ half ball to the center of the circle. Cut a 1/8″ strip from the black cardstock to fit around the crown of the hat. Slightly overlap and glue the ends to secure. Cut a tiny square for the buckle on the hat band.

3.  For the leprechaun – blush the cheeks using powder blush. Glue the orange pom-poms to the face as shown. Adhere the hat to the top of the head. apply a dip dot in black for each eye. Apply a larger dot for the nose and a dot for the mouth.  To make his belt, cut a 3/8″ wide strip of black cardstock to fit around the middle. Overlap and glue the ends to finish. Cut a tiny square for the belt buckle and adhere.

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4.  Poke the pilot holes for the arms and legs a skewer. Cut the green chenille pipecleaner into 4 parts, with the leg pieces slightly longer than the arms. Glue into the pilot holes as shown.

5.  For the hands and shoes, click here to download, print, trace and cut two hands and two shoes on folded cardstock. Glue the end of the pipecleaners between the layers of the hands and shoes. The fold should be pointing out.

6.  Cut black cardstock cuffs for the arms. Wrap and glue above each hand and finish with a tiny pompom cuff link. Apply the remaining 1/8″ pompoms to the sides of the shoes.

 7.  Adhere the 3″ ball (pot) into the 2-1/2″ wreath (base). Glue the leprechaun to the top. Bend his legs and arms in desired position. Glue the gold coins to the pot and leave a few extra to place on the table around the base of the pot.

Stenciled Heart with Crackle Paste

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Smoothfoam is a great surface for so many techniques, and one that is super fun is stenciling with crackle paste! With Valentine’s Day coming up, hearts are in season, but who said they have to be pink and red? I decided to show my love with a little purple and mint green.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam flat heart – 3″ or 6″
Craft paints – purple, mint
DecoArt Media Crackle Paste
Stencil
Paint marker
Washi tape, ribbon
Self-adhesive gems
Tropical Punch beads and long headpin
Short straight pins
Glue, paintbrush, wedge sponge, palette knife

Paint the top and sides of the heart purple, let dry. Mix a dab of mint paint into a heaping teaspoon of crackle paste to tint.

Anchor the stencil on top of the heart with a few pins and make sure it’s completely flat.

crackle paste through stencilSpread the paste smoothly across the stencil with the palette knife.

crackle medium smoothfoam heartCarefully remove the pins and stencil and scrape excess paste off the edges of the heart. Let dry for at least a couple of hours.

Use a paint marker to color in desired areas of the stencil design. Embellish with a few gems.

beads bling smoothfoam heartPlace beads on the head pin and push into the top of the heart as shown.

washi tape smoothfoam heartPress a long strip of washi tape all around the top edge of the heart to give it a more finished look.

ribbon hanger smoothfoam heartTo hang, glue a ribbon loop to the back of the heart and secure with pins.