Button Wreath

Smoothfoam button wreath by Lisa Fulmer

The Designer Crafts Connection is celebrating loads of great ideas for the new Smoothfoam ruled wreath forms!

I created this cute little button wreath to hang in my studio. Not only is it just plain cute to look at, it’s also a great way to organize and display all my buttons. I can easily pick and choose the buttons I want to use in a craft or sewing project. Click here for details on the Bella Crafts blog.

 

Blue Jeans Bulletin Board

smoothfoam denim bulletin board

Back to college time is here and that means organizing your dorm room with trendy and functional décor. This Blue Jeans Bulletin Board does triple duty with pins, pockets and loops to hang things from! This is a fun project to make something functional from those old jeans that don’t fit anymore. Quick and easy – so you can make one for yourself and give one as a gift.

Here’s what you will need:

1″ x 12″ 36″ Smoothfoam Sheet
Tacky glue
Old pair of blue jeans
Scissors
1/2″ straight pins

Here’s how to make it:

Cut apart your jeans. I used the legs because they gave me the most fabric. Wrap each leg around the Smoothfoam sheet, securing the edges with tacky glue and straight pins.

Finish the ends like you’re wrapping a present and secure with glue and straight pins.

smoothfoam denim covered bulletin board

Cut out the pockets, leaving the back attached. Cut off the waistband, seams and cuffs to use as accents on your bulletin board, securing with glue and straight pins. Trim the hemmed bottom edge of one leg to glue and pin to the back like a ribbon for hanging.

DIY Piñata-Inspired Bulletin Boards

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So I have a confession:  I am a little obsessed with all things “piñata” right now since I discovered how to make tissue paper fringe really easily. I even tried to piñata the cat! All kidding aside, I have been wanting to make a bulletin board with Smoothfoam sheets for a long time. I could paint it or cover it with fabric or decoupage pretty papers on it, but none of those ideas really floated my boat. Instead, I decided to piñata the Smoothfoam Sheets to make a festive bulletin board! And yes, piñata is now a verb!

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I used 6 x 12 Smoothfoam sheets to make three piñata bulletin boards, which I mounted to the wall using Tombow Xtreme Putty. The Smoothfoam makes a great surface for pinning important notes and the tissue fringe is just so fun! Brighten any office with these fun bulletin boards. Here’s how:

To create this project, gather the following supplies:

Three 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheets
Colored tissue papers
Sizzix 3-D Flowers by Eileen Hull
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Tombow MONO Liquid Glue
Tombow Xtreme Putty
Westcott Brand Scissors
Acrylic craft Paint
Paint brush

These bulletin boards are a great way to liven up your office for the upcoming Mexican Independence Day on September 16 or leave them up for Dia De Los Muertos in October. I plan to leave mine up all year long, as a fun way to decorate the wall in my office.

Thanks for stopping by the Smoothfoam blog. I’d love to know how you would create bulletin boards with Smoothfoam sheets for your home or office. Tell us in the comments section! And for more crafty goodness, please visit me over at Just JP.

Back to School Teacher Gift

Smoothfoam teacher gift pencil holder

“I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to machine. I think the writing is better when it’s done in handwriting.” —Nelson DeMelville

With the arrival of August comes the back-to-school supply list. Why not send your child off to school with a great teacher’s gift – a creative pencil holder using a Smoothfoam cube! The teacher will appreciate it, and you and your child can squeeze in a little last-minute summer crafting fun.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam cube
Acrylic paints – dark chocolate, tomato red and antique gold
3 foam paintbrushes
Stencil of fall leaves
Orange glitter glue
12 pencils
Knitting needle

1.  Paint the cube brown. Allow the first coat to dry and paint a second coat.

2.  Position the stencil on the cube and dab a bit of yellow and red paints over the stencil.  Allow the colors to mix together a bit. Once dry, touch up with a small brush if needed.

3.  Add the veins of the leaves with glitter glue. Do one side at a time and allow to dry before adding veins on another side of the cube.

4.  Determine the top of the cube and punch 12 aligned holes with the knitting needle, or a screwdriver works too. Add the pencils and you have an adorable teacher’s gift!

Baseball cap and hat rack

smoothfoam baseball cap rack Our son Dyllan loves hats. He has quite the collection, from cute to all-boy-edgy. But they were always getting misplaced so I decided to make him a homemade hat rack using Smoothfoam. Now he has a place to put all his basecaps, hats and beanies!

Materials:

Four 1″x6″x12″ Smoothfoam sheets
Six 1″ Smoothfoam balls
Clothespins
Acrylic paints – black, red, white
Foam paintbrushes
Bubble wrap
Black duct tape
22-gauge wire, toothpicks
Scissors, tacky glue, metallic marker
Wood skewers (cut into 3″ pieces)

Instructions:

Join the four Smoothfoam sheets together, end to end, to create one 4-foot plank, using toothpicks and glue. Cover the seams between the sheets on the back with duct tape to secure, then paint the whole plank black and let dry.

Dab some white paint on the bubble wrap, flip the wrap over onto the Smoothfoam and press down. Lift to reveal distressed polka dots. When dry, finish the edges with duct tape.

paint stamp smoothfoam with bubble wrap

Paint the balls, skewers and clothespins red. When dry, push a skewer into each ball and poke the balls into the sheet at even intervals. Secure with glue at both ends of the skewer.

Glue the clothespins along the bottom edge of the hat rack, in between each ball peg. If desired, add a strip of duct tape to the bottom of the rack, further securing the clothes pins. Embellish the tape with the metallic marker.

Make loops of wire, twist and secure to back of the baseball cap hat rack with the glue and duct tape for hanging.

smoothfoam hat rack

Bracelet Stand

bracelet stand

This quick and easy bracelet stand is great for displaying and selling your work at a show or even for storing your personal jewelry. Hang your bracelets on the arms or stack them around the posts.

Materials:

12” Smoothfoam rod
2” x 4” x 12” Smoothfoam block
Two ¼” x 6” lengths of wood dowel
Fabric or burlap, scrap of felt
Acrylic paint
Scissors, paintbrush, tacky glue, straight pins

Instructions:

Mark holes four inches from each end in the centers of both Smoothfoam pieces. Poke holes at marks and stick the dowel pieces in the holes to enlarge.

Wrap the Smoothfoam with fabric or burlap. Roll up the rod in the burlap and place the seam over the holes. Clip and glue the burlap down over the ends. Cover each ends with a glued circle of felt. Wrap the block with the seam at the bottom (holes on top). Fold the ends like gift wrap and glue to secure. Use straight pins to hold fabric until glue dries, as needed.

Paint the dowels, let dry. Cut small holes through the fabric where you made holes in the Smoothfoam and glue dowels in place.

Vintage-Inspired Mirrored Dressing Table Tray

smoothfoam mirrored tray

I have been seeing a lot of elegant mirrored dressing table trays recently and I thought that Smoothfoam would make a perfect base to create a vintage-style DIY mirror tray with a Robin’s Egg Blue modern twist! Place on your dressing table to organize perfumes and jewelry – it’s a lovely gift for that special lady in your life!

Here’s what you will need:

12″ Smoothfoam disc
Four 1-1/4″ Smoothfoam balls
12″ x 24″ perforated aluminum sheet (I used the Mosaic pattern from MD Hobby & Craft)
Metal shears
Protective gloves
Heavy-duty craft glue
Design Master Colortool Spray – Robin’s Egg
12″ round mirror
Dark brown acrylic paint
Wood skewers, rubber bands, needle-nose pliers

smoothfoam disc smoothfoam ballsPut on the protective gloves and carefully cut two 2″ wide strips from the aluminum sheet that will frame your DIY mirror tray. Trim around the pattern for a scalloped top edge, and trim the bottom edge straight.

trim perforated aluminum sheet

Using needle nose pliers, turn over and crimp tightly each of the metal tabs that stick out from the top to ensure there are no sharp edges. Wrap the aluminum strips around the Smoothfoam disc to give the metal a little curl, measure the fit and trim off excess as needed. Try to match the pattern where the ends meet.

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Apply a generous layer of glue around outside edge of the Smoothfoam disc. Wrap the first strip of metal in place, then the second strip. Quickly secure with rubber bands as shown and let dry completely.

spray paint smoothfoam

When the glue is dry, remove the rubber bands and spray paint the tray, along with the 4 Smoothfoam balls. Work outdoors or in a well-ventilated area and use several light coats to get full coverage and avoid drips; let dry completely.  TIP:  Insert skewers into the bottom of each ball (there’s a pilot hole) and poke into a cardboard box lid to keep the balls from rolling around while spraying.

antique finish on smoothfoam

Give the tray and the balls a distressed, antique finish by dipping a wet paper towel in brown paint and rubbing the color into nooks and crannies. Then buff the surface with a clean paper towel.


use smoothfoam balls for tray feet

Remove the skewers from the balls and trim them down to just under 3″ long. Add some glue to one end and poke 2″ of it back into the ball. The four balls will be feet for your tray. Push the opposite end of each skewered ball into the bottom of the tray with a little glue and let dry. Glue the mirror down inside.

antique mirrored tray with smoothfoam

 

Washi Tape Letters

smoothfoam Washi Tape Letters

Raise your hand if you are drowning in paperwork. I thought so! Here’s an organizer project using Smoothfoam letters that will help you get the paperwork off your counters and tables and filed away. And it looks pretty cute too! Click here to read more about how I’m using each pocket for my family.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 4″ letters
Washi tape
Glue or fishing wire
Hanging pocket organizer

Choose the foam letters you will use. I file my paperwork according to who it belongs to, so I used my family members’ initials. You might want your boxes to read “IN”, “OUT”, or “FILE.”

Wrap your letters with washi tape. I bought a set of coordinating tapes, so each of my letters look a bit different, but still match. There are so many washi tapes out there – find the one that makes you happy.

Glue your washi tape-covered letters onto the organizer. Mine is wicker, so instead of glue, I decided to use fishing wire. I just threaded the wire through the wicker and tied the letters on.

smoothfoam letter O

Hair Clip Organizer

Hair Clip Organizer

What are little girls made of? I’m convinced they are made of accessories. And as a Mama, I’m constantly trying to find ways to organize and tame the onslaught of hair accessories that seem to take over the house.

Here’s a quick and easy hair clip organizer that might help you get all those hair clips under control. If you want to hang it, just pin or glue a loop of ribbon to the back. Alternately, you can lean it against the wall on the bathroom counter or bedroom dresser – I’ve found this allows my young daughter to reach it more easily to add her hair clips.

Supplies:

12” Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
14” square of fabric
Three 14” lengths of ribbon
Craft glue

1.  Lay the fabric square, right side down, on your work surface and place the Smoothfoam sheet in the middle of it.

2.  Fold the edges of the fabric over the edges of the Smoothfoam and glue in place. Make sure you pull the fabric tight as you wrap it. Set aside to dry.

3.  Place one ribbon in the center and one on each side of it, about 4” apart. Pull the ribbons over to the back of the sheet and glue in place. Allow to dry. Now just clip your clips on to the ribbons!

DIY Monster Pencil Caddy

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Back to school is right around the corner here in Southern California – my kids return to school in about 3 weeks! Our local shops are stocked with pencils, backpacks, and lunchboxes; it got me thinking about teachers. I’ve been a substitute teacher off and on for the last 11 years. As a sub, I can be in as many as 15 different classrooms in one week. A trend I noticed lately is themed decor in Elementary School classrooms. One classroom I went in was themed with pastel colored owls – every sign, poster, and decor item was themed the same. Another classroom was decorated with an “under the sea” theme, while yet another had a jungle theme. Even the children’s tables had jungle themed names, like the “Tiger table”, instead of the traditional numbered tables I’ve seen in the past.

Monster Pencil Caddy - by Jennifer Priest for Smoothfoam

I wanted to make something unique for my son’s 2nd grade classroom this coming school year. If I were a 2nd grade teacher, I’d decorate my classroom with silly monsters. So with that in mind, I made a monster-themed eraser and pencil caddy for the teacher’s desk. This caddy can be adapted to many different animal types – from frogs to a fish to a dog or cat.

 

Supplies:

8″ Smoothfoam 8″ Hollow Ball
Two 2″ Smoothfoam Balls
Adhesive felt, glitter felt, regular felt, faux fur
Die-cutting machine and circle dies
Craft paint
Foam paintbrush
Duct tape
Craft knife, scissors, serrated knife
Hot glue gun
Drill with 1/4″ bit

I cut away sections of each of the halves of the Smoothfoam Hollow Ball to fit together to make a mouth opening. I also shaved off a section of the bottom of one of the halves to make it flat to prevent the ball from rolling once assembled. The serrated knife is easier than a craft knife for cutting away large pieces of Smoothfoam.

I then painted all of the pieces, let them dry and hot-glued the two halves of the ball to one another.

I cut a tongue and teeth from felt and glued them to the “mouth” opening. I added a faux fur mohawk to the bead, eyes made from felt circles on Smoothfoam balls, and used felt circles cut with a die-cut machine as “spots”.

I used a drill with a 1/4″ bit to drill holes into the Smoothfoam to place the pencils into. The mouth was filled with erasers – the kids have to reach in and grab their erasers from the mouth, if they dare!

My son’s teacher might think this is a little silly, but my teenage daughter wants to put this on her desk in her room. Why can’t office supplies be fun and silly?