If it looks like wood, it might just be Smoothfoam

faux wood projects with smoothfoam

Rustic wood crafts are popular any time of year – but wouldn’t it be fun to create projects that look like wood without power tools? Wouldn’t it be nice to make holiday and home décor that’s so much lighter than wood? Smoothfoam is just the ticket – check out these great designs for wood look-alikes:

Pumpkin blocks
Family and friends sign
Round beach sign
Large beads
Cottage bookends
Candlesticks
Plank beach sign

Fabulous faux surfaces you can make with Smoothfoam

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Is it wood? Is it metal? No, it’s Smoothfoam! With the right tools and a little imagination, you can mimic almost any surface with Smoothfoam. Create beautiful, lightweight DIY art and craft projects for every room in your home that are more than deserving of a double-take.

Faux copper – Fruit bowl
Faux stucco – Art panel
Faux glass – Owl ornaments
Faux terra cotta – Planter
Faux rusty metal – Key
Faux carved wood – Bowl
Faux zinc – Letters

Round plaque – growing up is optional!

round smoothfoam plaque lisa fulmer

Make this quick and easy plaque with a Smoothfoam disc and your favorite washi tape. It’s cute and fun and so true – growing up is definitely optional, especially for us crafters!

Supplies:

  • 6″ Smoothfoam disc
  • Patterned washi tape
  • Narrow patterned duct tape
  • Sentiment sticker
  • Embellishments

washi tape on smoothfoam disc

Cover the disc with washi tape, lining up the pattern so the seams match, if possible.

wrap tape around smoothfoam disc

Wrap the ends of the tape around the edge of the disc at a slight angle to keep the folds crisp around the face of the disc.

duct tape on smoothfoam disc

After the disc is covered with washi tape, wrap some contrasting narrow duct tape around the edge like a frame. Duct tape is opaque, so it will cover the transparent washi tape.

pin buttons in smoothfoam

Embellish your plaque however you like – I attached a clear sentiment sticker, then glued on some colorful chipboard die-cuts. I attached the little buttons with small straight pins. I positioned the buttons at the bottom to help add weight, so the plaque will stand up on my desk without rolling around. You can also pin or glue a ribbon loop to the back for hanging.

round plaque side view lisa fulmer

Carved Cheshire Cat Wallhanging

Smoothfoam carved cheshire cat wallhanging

 

I absolutely love this conversation between Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland – the original cat was illustrated for the book by John Tenniel.

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

And wouldn’t this mad Cheshire Cat make a great wallhanging in your entryway? Your guests would know that they were in for some fun! This carving is actually pretty easy to make using a minimum of supplies. Don’t be scared by the artwork; because this is such a simple image made up of little white lines, everyone will easily be able to recognize the Cheshire Cat, no matter what your drawing skills!

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheet
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Acrylic paint – chalkboard black
Proxxon Tabletop Hot Wire Cutter
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife and Engraving Tool
Paint pens – white, orange
Picture-hanging hook
Scissors

1.  Click here to download* my artwork. Because the design is too large to fit on a single sheet of Sulky, I tiled it on two pages. Print the artwork on to the Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer Sheets. Peel off the backing release paper and apply the Sulky sheet pieces to the Smoothfoam sheet, overlapping to make one continuous design. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.

Smoothfoam-were-all-mad-step-12.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam sheet with the tabletop hot wire cutter.

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3.  Use the Engraving Tool to carve the wording and other details into the foam. Be sure to carve the eyes, nose, ears and mouth of the Cat. This will make the painting much easier later. Peel off the transfer sheets when finished.

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4. Paint the foam black. Let dry.

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5.  Add details with the paint pens as shown.

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6.  Refer to the printed image of the Cat on the Sulky sheet and draw lots of little white lines with the white paint pen. After a few minutes of drawing, the cat  magically appear!

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7.  Glue a picture hanging hook to the back or display on an easel. Enjoy!

* 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.

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.

paint a scene on smoothfoam

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.

paint smoothfoam letters

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.

paint on smoothfoam sheet

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.

lake life sign

Mixed Media Memories Wallhanging

 

smoothfoam mixed media wallhanging

I have been on a mixed media spree of late and Smoothfoam sheets are an amazing surface to create wallhangings to celebrate memories and showcase your favorite embellishments.

Supplies:

1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Assorted chipboard embellishments
Gesso, paintbrush
Low-temp glue gun
Ink sprays
Fluid acrylic paints
Metallic Lustre Cream Paints, Liquid Glass, Crackle Medium (from DecoArt)

SF Memories MM board 1

Start by gluing a layer of chipboard elements to the Smoothfoam and then paint the entire surface with a coat of gesso.

SF Memories MM board 2

Add the second layer of chipboard elements and coat this with gesso as well. Let everything dry well.

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Layer colors on – starting with spray inks, then after that dries, paint areas with fluid acrylics, then let those dry. Create the last layer of color with the Metallic Lustre – I added bits and pieces of color all over the piece randomly.

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Try adding Crackle Paint to a few of the pieces for some visual interest.

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Add gloss to some pieces with Liquid Glass, then when it’s dry, accent it with Metallic Lustre.

Carved Butterfly Wallhanging

Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Main

If this carved butterfly wall hanging looks familiar, it’s because I explained how to make one single butterfly in a post back in September here. I love that butterfly and have had it brightening up an empty corner of my bathroom. And what’s better than one butterfly? A whole group of them! By changing up the colors and varying the text on each one, I now have a fun butterfly wall that will bring the springtime indoors. Learn how to make these DIY butterfly decorations below.

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount – one per butterfly
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Acrylic paints – black, light blue, medium blue, dark blue, metallic blue, lime green, metallic green
Proxxon Tabletop Hot Wire Cutter
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife and Engraving Tool
Paint pens – white, black
Silver 12-gauge wire
Wire cutters
White glue, paintbrush
Picture-hanging hook
Pencil

1. You can find complete directions and a link to download* my carved butterfly wall hanging design to make the first butterfly here.

2. Cut out two additional butterflies using the same directions as for the first butterfly. Remove the Sulky transfer sheets from each one. With a pencil, lightly draw a banner and the words of your choice on the two butterflies.

Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Cut Outs 3. Use the engraving tool to carve the wording into the foam.
Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Emboss

4. Paint the butterflies black. Let dry.

5. Dip the paintbrush into the medium blue, then wipe most of the paint off onto a paper towel and “dry brush” the blue on top of the black. Set aside to dry. Repeat for the second butterfly using lime green paint. Let dry.

6.  Paint the banner area on the blue butterfly with a few coats of blue metallic paint. Do the same on the green butterfly using the metallic green paint.

Smoothfoam Carved Fanciful Butterfly Wall Hangings by Carmen Flores Tanis Paint

6.  Add details with the paint pens as shown.

7.  To form the antennae on each butterfly, cut two pieces of wire to 5″ long. Twist one wire into a loose spiral and insert it into the top of the butterfly. Secure with a drop of white glue. Repeat for the second wire.

8.  Glue a picture hanging hook to the back of each butterfly. Now your DIY butterfly decorations are ready to hang!

* 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.

Birthday Party Glasses

smoothfoam birthday party glasses

My (much) older and wiser sister is turning 60. Being the sweet little sister that I am…I thought I’d make and model a pair of “special” birthday party glasses to embarrass, I mean, celebrate her.

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Supplies:

Smoothfoam sheet
Acrylic paint
Craft knife, paintbrush
Decoupage medium
Superfine glitter
Wood dowel
Paper flowers

Print large numbers from your computer and cut them out to make a template. Tape the numbers together, then trace them onto the Smoothfoam sheet and cut them out with a craft knife, leaving them connected in the center.

Paint the numbers – I chose a lipstick pink. After they have dried, coat them with decoupage medium and sprinkle with superfine glitter.glittering the numbers 6130

Decorate the glasses with white paper flowers. Paint a thin wood dowel gold paint and push it into one side of the glasses as a handle.

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