Spring Wreath

Smoothfoam spring Wreath

Spring is in the air here in North Texas and I wanted to a fun new wreath to celebrate it. Even if the weather is not quite spring-like where you are, adding some fun floral décor will at least make it seem like spring inside the house!

The Smoothfoam 12″ wreath is the perfect size for hanging on a china hutch or an interior door. This wreath would also be wonderful for outdoor use if you used fabric flowers instead of the paper flowers shown here.

Smoothfoam Wreath suppliesSupplies:

12″ Smoothfoam wreath
Ribbons
Paper flowers
Hot glue gun
Straight pins

wrap smoothfoam wreath with ribbonI started by wrapping the wreath with my ribbon, slightly overlapping it as I went around.

pin ribbon on smoothfoam wreathFinish the ribbon wrap by folding the edge under at the back of the wreath and pinning in place. Use a hot glue gun to add flowers and a decorative hanger ribbons as desired – quick and easy!

Mixed Media Monoprint – Unlock Your Dreams

smoothfoam mixed media paintingI love getting to spend time around my creative friends – all of the Smoothfoam designers are so fun and inspiring. Today I am sharing a mixed media monoprint – unlock your dreams!

Smoothfoam 12″ x 12″ sheet
Gel Press printing plate
Brayer
Stencils
Acrylic paints, paint pen
Dimensional paints (I used Liquid Pearls)
Embellishments, crystals, chain
Adhesive

monoprinting on Smoothfoam

I started by painting a base coat of color to the Smoothfoam sheet. I then spread a second glossy color on the Gel Press with a brayer and pressed the stencil on top. I pressed the Smoothfoam sheet on to the stencil/plate to make a monoprint.  I repeated the process with several colors and stencil designs to create a varied  background.

stenciled background

I stenciled some key shapes and wrote a sentiment on the surface with dimensional paint. I embellished my piece with some bling and a key on a chain.

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Stenciled Heart with Crackle Paste

stenciled smoothfoam heart lisa fulmer

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.

Love Blooms Wallhanging

 

smoothfoam love wallhanging

As we are starting a New Year, I wanted to start mine in a positive way with a reminder to plant love wherever I go.

Materials:

Eight 3″ Smoothfoam hearts
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints – purple, magenta, champagne
Heavy-duty craft glue
Toothpicks
Paint marker
Yarns and fibers

 

smoothfoam hearts

Instructions:

Squeeze multiple colors of paint out on a paper plate.

Dip each Smoothfoam shapes in the paint and swirl them around. As you lift the shapes up, the paint makes little peaks. After each piece is dry, paint the edges with the darkest color and let dry.

Use toothpicks to attach the rounded parts of the hearts to the circle and secure with glue. Let dry.

smoothfoam painted hearts

Write your favorite motivational quote in the center of the flower and trim with fibers. May 2016 be filled with love and happiness!

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.

Duct tape planter boxes

duct tape faux plantsToday we have some fantastic inspiration from our good friend, Mark Montano!

He used a 4″ Smoothfoam cube as the base for these colorful planter boxes made with leaves cut from strips of duct tape. With some pretty paper and ribbon, Mark wrapped the cube and then pierced in his wired duct tape leaves – it looks great!

Imagine a Smoothfoam planter box on your coffee table, book shelf, or how about dozens of them as DIY centerpieces for a party?

duct tape plantsHe featured this project at a special event last month at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Smoothfoam is so great for group make-n-take projects like this because it’s lightweight and easy to work with, especially for new crafters. Just look at all the happy people who made Smoothfoam planter boxes with Mark!

smoothfoam planter boxes

To learn how to make plant leaves with duct tape, check out Mark’s video below. Happy crafting!

Bunny Hop Easter Box

Smoothfoam Easter Egg Gift Box

It’s hard to believe Easter is almost here. Didn’t we just finish Christmas? I guess the wicked weather patterns we’ve had across the country this year have kept our brains in a frozen state.

Here’s a little pick-me-up that’s sure to warm your heart. This Bunny Hop Box is brimming with Easter eggs and other wonderful goodies – including chocolate, the perfect comfort food. An Easter gift box like this is a fun alternative to a traditional Easter basket – especially for grown-ups!

Supplies

2-1/2″ Smoothfoam eggs
8″ round paper maché box with lid
Metallic acrylic paints: violet, turquoise, light sage green
Viva Décor Pearl Pens: Violet, Gold
16″ length – narrow lace strip
24″ length – wide lace strip
Decorative wood spool, white air-dry clay
Cardboard, mat board, dimensional glue dots
Kunin Paisley Printzfelt, Kunin White Plushfelt
Beacon glues: Quick Grip, Fabri-Tac, Hold the Foam
Polyester stuffing, white thread, scissors, craft knife
2″ decorative bird’s nest with eggs
16″ lengths of narrow ribbons: rose, sage green
2 large white brads, hole punch, black cardstock
Large, heavyweight flower die-cut
5″ length silver wire, wire cutters
Scissors, sponge, paint brush

Instructions

1.  Paint the box and lid turquoise, inside and out. Allow to dry, then sponge over it with purple paint. After the second coat is dry, glue a strip of narrow lace around the edge.Smoothfoam march 2015 paint lid Cwindham2.  Glue a strip of wide lace around the center of the box. Line the inside of the box with the paisley felt and Fabri-Tac, using this cutting guide.

3.  To add a matching felt-covered panel inside the lid, cut a circle of cardboard slightly smaller than the lid diameter. Cover it with felt using the cutting guide above, wrapping each tab around to the back of the circle. Glue inside the lid with Quick Grip.

4.  Cut each Smoothfoam egg in half. Sponge paint with 2-3 coats, blending purple, turquoise and green as desired, allow to dry. Draw dots on each egg with the pearl paint pens and set aside to dry.

padded lace spools

5.  Paint the spool and die-cut flower with desired colors. When the spool is dry, wrap a little stuffing around it and tie in place with white thread. Wrap some wide lace around the spool, turning the back edge under and glue in place with Fabri-Tac.

6.  Cut a 3/4″ square of clay, and score a line down the middle to make two bunny teeth. Roll two 1/2″ balls and press in place on top of the teeth as shown. Press two 1-½” pieces of wire into the balls on each side for whiskers. Allow to dry.

7.  Clip the shank off the white brads and glue a small punched hole (from cardstock) to the the top for eyes. Cut two tiny strips of card stock for the eyelashes and clip into each to make fringe (curl the fringe around a toothpick). Glue the eyelashes in place around the edge of each brad with Quick Grip. Place a dimensional glue dot on the back of each brad to fill in where the shank was removed. Use Quick Grip to glue the eyes and teeth in place.

wood spool rabbit face

For the bunny ears, glue a piece of white and paisley felt back to back and cut out two ear shapes. Glue to the top of the spool.

To finish off the bunny head, embellish the bird next with ribbon bows and glue the flower to the bottom of the next, then glue the flower/nest to the top of the spool. Glue the head to the center of the box lid with Quick Grip. Glue the egg halves around it with Hold the Foam adhesive.

Jumbo Conversation Hearts

Smoothfoam valentine conversation hearts

Materials:

1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam  sheet
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints – Smitten, Escape, Refreshing, Nostalgia, Innocence
Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film
Computer and printer
Glue stick, cardstock, craft knife
Pencil, sandpaper, paintbrush, scissors

how to cut heart from smoothfoam sheet

Instructions:

1.  Cut out a heart template from cardstock approximately 2-1/2″ across at the widest point and trace as many hearts as you can fit onto the Smoothfoam sheet.

2.  Cut the hearts out with a craft knife, cutting away foam from the top and bottom of each hear to slightly round the edges,

3.  Sand all the edges smooth, then paint the hearts in various colors and let dry.

4.  Spell out the text for each heart on your computer and print on Craft Attitude film following manufacturer instructions – be sure to reverse the text before printing.

5.  Cut around the text, peel back the paper liner and adhere the film to each hearts with a glue stick.

TIP:  You can use pre-cut Smoothfoam hearts instead of cutting your own.

 

Felt Heart Topiary

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For Valentine’s Day décor, I created a fun felt garland for my mantle. The garland was cute but my mantle needed something more…

2015-01 Felt Heart Garland and Heart Trees by Jennifer Priest 2I created these mini heart-shaped topiaries using the leftover hearts from my felt project and Smoothfoam half-balls as the bases. I covered the Smoothfoam with paper flowers, but you can use buttons, sequins, or even glitter to cover the bases. Smoothfoam half-balls make great bases for all kinds of home and party décor projects – I hope this inspires you to decorate your mantle creatively this February!

Supplies:

3-1/4″ Smoothfoam half-balls
4-1/2″ Smoothfoam half-balls
Paper flowers
Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Craft Paint
Paint brush
Washi tape, assorted colors
Bamboo skewers, 1 per topiary
Ribbons & trims
Hot glue gun
Felt hearts, 2 per topiary
Sewing machine

Here’s how to create this project:

Directions:

1.  Lay the two felt hearts face to face, matching the edges together. Sew a straight line down the middle, bisecting the hearts. Set aside.

2.  Insert a bamboo skewer into the round end of the Smoothfoam half-ball, perpendicular to the flat side of the ball. Trim with wire cutters if the skewer is too long.

3.  Paint the base and skewer with acrylic craft paint. Allow to dry.

4.  Open the flaps of the heart and apply a bead of glue into one of the folds. Press the skewer into the bead of glue and allow to dry.

5.  Wrap the rest of the skewer in washi tape if desired.

6.  Glue flowers to cover the Smoothfoam ball base.

7.  Tie ribbons and trims to the skewers at the base of each heart.