It’s pumpkin time!

pumpkin-collageIt’s officially the season for all things pumpkin – from coffee drinks to pies and pastries to autumn home décor. Our designers have created many beautiful pumpkin craft projects that you and your family can enjoy throughout the whole fall holiday season. And then next week, we’ll share plenty of ideas for spookier Halloween pumpkins!

Rustic block pumpkins
Carved pumpkin centerpiece
Fall fabric pumpkin
Pumpkin wallhanging
Pumpkin banner
Junkin’ punkins

Mother’s Day Ribbon Topiary

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“A mother is a person who, upon seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~Tenneva Jordan

For Mother’s Day, make a special brunch and adorn the table with a cheerful centerpiece that Mom can enjoy for months. Ribbon topiaries don’t need water and are totally non-fussy. These DIY topiary centerpieces can easily be customized for other holidays or celebrations.

You will need:
4″ Smoothfoam cube
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Green acrylic paint
Ribbons in a variety of colors
Decoupage medium
Patterned papers or tissue
Glazing medium
Sequin pins
Ruler, sponge brush, scissors
1/4″ wood dowel rod, cut to 12″ long
Small hand saw
Phillips screwdriver or knitting needle

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Paint the cube and dowel green, allow to dry. Collage favorite papers to the cube using decoupage medium, allow to dry. Brush glazing medium on the cube to protect your collage and give it a glossy finish. Allow to dry.

Use the screwdriver or knitting needle to pierce a pilot hole into the Smoothfoam ball. Push the ball onto the dowel. Pierce another hole into the center of the top of the cube and push the dowel and ball inside.

Cut several 2-3″ lengths of each color ribbon.

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Roll each ribbon into a cylinder and pin it to the ball. I pinned a mixture of orange and yellow ribbons for blossoms, then I filled the spaces in between with green ribbon for leaves.

Spring Flower Wreath

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Hello!  Today I’m sharing a fun and bright DIY flower wreath. Smoothfoam now has wondertul wreath forms that have measurement marks to make our crafty lives easier!

Supplies you will need:

Two nesting Smoothfoam wreaths (mine are 16″ and 11″)
Ribbon
Silk flowers
White glue & hot glue
Straight pins

Wrap the larger wreath with darker ribbon and secure the ends with glue and/or pins.

Wrap the smaller wreath with a lighter ribbon. Glue the two wreaths together and set aside to dry.

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Attach the flowers in between the wreaths with pins. The final touch was this little garden fairy in the center, attached with some hot glue.

IMG_0003 (1)Hope you all enjoy the coming warm weather and beautiful flowers! For more of my work, visit my blog and Facebook page!

Fall Sunflowers Square Wreath

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Who says a fall wreath filled with bright sunflowers has to be round? With Smoothfoam rods, you can easily construct a unique square or diamond shape for your autumn décor.

Materials:

Four 12″ Smoothfoam rods
Joy Embroidered Letters
Masking or duct tape
Brown paper grocery bag
Sequin pins
Silk leaves, berries, flowers
Cardstock
Ink pad, hole punch
Twine, scissors, wire cutters
Craft knife, sandpaper
Glue gun

Instructions:

1.  Cut each rod end at a 45-degree angle in opposite directions. Smooth with sandpaper and connect the junctions with tape.

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2.  Tear brown paper into 2” strips and scrunch them to wrinkle. Wrap the wreath form with the strips, tacking them down with sequin pins.

3.  Cut the leaves, flowers and berries off their wire picks and glue them on the bottom corner of the wreath, working up the two sides.

4.  To make the bunting, cut small flags from cardstock and glue the embroidered letters to each flag. Distress the edges of the flags with the ink pad. Punch a hole in each flag and string them on twine, then tie the ends around the wreath.

5.  Tie or glue a loop of twine at the top to hang.

Vintage-Inspired Halloween Pumpkins

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There is just something about vintage halloween decorations that makes me so happy. One can’t but help smile at the sight of flying witches, scaredy cats and grinning pumpkins all printed in orange in black on old costume boxes and metal noisemakers. Thus inspired, I had fun coming up with this cute design of three jolly pumpkins all ready to brighten up a Halloween table!

Supplies:
2” x 4” x 12″ Smoothfoam block
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Proxxon table top Hot Wire Cutter Thermocut 115/E
Handheld Hot Wire Cutter Thermocut 12/E
Dimensional paints – black, crystal
Acrylic paints – black, bright orange
Paint pens – white, orange
White glue, paintbrush, scissors

  1.  Click here to download* my pumpkin trio design. Print the pumpkins onto a Sulky transfer sheet. Peel off the backing release paper and apply the adhesive sheet to the Smoothfoam block. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.

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2.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam block with the table top hot wire cutter.

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3.  Use the handheld hot wire tool to carve the outlines and other details into the foam. Peel off the transfer sheets when finished.

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4.  Paint the foam block black. Let dry.

5.  Outline the pumpkins with white paint pen. Color each pumpkin with bright orange paint. Add sparkle to each eye with a drop of crystal dimensional paint. Scribble the dimensional paint on the back of the block to add texture. Let dry.

6.  Paint the Smoothfoam disc black. Let dry. Add details to the side with the white paint pen as shown. Draw a simple spider web on the top of the disc with black dimensional paint. Let dry.

7.  Glue the pumpkin stack onto the painted disc. Let dry.

* Copyright:  You are welcome to use my original artwork only for your own use or for a gift/donation. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale.

Junk + Pumpkins = Halloween Junkin’ Punkins!!

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Welcome to fall, my favorite time of the year! I love re-purposing everything vintage and using up all the bits and bobs that end up in my craft stash! I discovered a rustic version of Junkin’ Punkins on Pinterest made with gears, springs and chains on real pumpkins,THEN I adapted the idea to use with Smoothfoam discs! Make an entire family of Junkin’ Punkins!

Here’s what you will need:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
8″ Smoothfoam disc
10″ Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints – Black, gray, dark brown, light orange, bright orange, rustic orange, tan
Crackle medium
Tacky glue, scissors, paintbrush
Spray inks
Wired twine, canvas leaves
Sawtooth picture hangers
Knobs, drawer pulls, keys, bottle caps, wood pieces, rulers, metal numbers, gears, faucet handles, etc.

Paint the Smoothfoam discs – one black, one gray and one brown, let dry.

Apply a generous coat of Crackle Medium to each disc, let dry according to package directions.

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Brush a thick coat of paint to each disc with the different orange and tan shades. Let dry to reveal the crackled effect.

 

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Arrange junk to create faces on each pumpkin – when you are happy with the composition, glue everything down and let dry. If some of your junk looks too new, distress it with a little black or brown paint by rubbing a bit on with your finger.

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Mist the canvas leaves with ink, let dry. Cut and twist wired twine. Glue canvas leaves and fancy drawer pulls to top of your Junkin’ Punkins and let dry. Insert wired twine next to the leaves. Attach a sawtooth hanger on back of each Smoothfoam Junkin’ Punkin’ and let dry.
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Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the Smoothfoam Facebook page for tons more inspiration!

Light-Up Halloween Jack-O-Lantern

Smoothfoam light-up halloween jack-o-lantern pumpkin

I love this time of year and fall colors are my favorite thing. I love the red and brown of the leaves, the purple, the gold and burgundy of the the flowers and, of course, the orange glow of pumpkins. Literally.

This pumpkin with it’s spooky message is designed to glow with a battery-operated tap light.

Here’s how easy it is to make with Smoothfoam:

Two 12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount sheets
Spray inks – red and yellow
Craft paints – orange, metallic gold, dark green, black
Dimensional paint pens – gold and copper
Black glitter pen
Craft knife
Extra-strength craft glue
Toothpicks, pencil
3″ tap Light

Instructions:

Draw and cut the pumpkin and BOO! shapes from Smoothfoam. Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Cut a 6″ x 4″ piece of Smoothfoam for the back support. Sand the edges to remove any rough spots.

Smoothfoam BOO Pumpkin cut outs CWindhamTip:  Rubbing wax along your cutting blade with make it glide through the Smoothfoam – thanks to Cindi Bisson McGee for this tip!

Paint the BOO! cutout black. Spritz the pumpkin with red and yellow ink. The spray inks make it easy to get the color inside the eyes, nose and mouth.

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Highlight the shape of the pumpkin with orange craft paint, then metallic gold. Paint the stem green and black. Paint the back support orange. Allow to dry.

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Draw the outline and ridges of the pumpkin and outline the features with dimensional paint pens.

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To assemble, insert two toothpicks dipped in glue into the base of the BOO! about halfway. Dip the remaining ends in adhesive and insert them into the top of the pumpkin.Smoothfoam Boo Pumpkin toothpicks 1 CWindhamInsert the two remaining toothpicks dipped in adhesive into the base support about 3/4 of the length of the toothpicks and insert the remaining ends, dipped in adhesive, into the bottom back of the pumpkin.

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Place the pumpkin on a tabletop or shelf and place the tap light on the base support. Turn it on for an eerie glow.

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