Snowball Fight

Snowball Fight smoothfoam

Winter’s her – is it snowing where you live? It’s time for some good old-fashioned fun – ready for a snowball fight?

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Here’s what’s you’ll need:

Smoothfoam snowman body
6″ Smoothfoam disc
1″ Smoothfoam balls  (I used 12)
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Snow-Tex Medium
DecoArt Craft Twinkles Paint, Crystal
Tim Holtz Craft Pick
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo
Paintbrush, Stipple brush
Palette knife, craft knife, scissors
Craft glue
Beacon Fabri-Tac Adhesive
Toothpicks, bamboo skewer, craft sticks
Fabric scraps
Micro-brads
Paint markers

Snowball Fight Supplies

Directions:

Cut the 2″ Smoothfoam ball in half. Cut the top off the rounded side of one of the balls.

Poke two holes into the bottom of the snowman body using the craft pick. Break a toothpick in half, dip ends into craft glue and insert in holes. Attach the sliced ball onto the snowman body.

Apply Snow-tex with palette knife over the newly formed snowman and the 6″ disc. Allow both to dry fully.

To Create a Snowball Wall…
Poke holes into the 1″ balls with the craft pick. Insert toothpick halves with craft glue on the ends into balls. Build wall by sticking the balls together.

Apply Snow-tex onto wall using the palette knife. Allow to dry.

Create a scene by attaching the snowman and the wall onto the disc. Reinforce the pieces with toothpicks and craft glue.

For a shimmery, snowy glow…
Paint all the pieces with Crystal Twinkles paint. Allow to fully dry.

Add shadows to the snowman and snowballs by gently applying vintage photo ink with a stipple brush.

To Create the Snowman Hat…
Measure and cut fabric to fit around snowman head. Fold over and glue one of the long edges of the fabric to create a brim. Glue fabric ends together to create a tube. Tie top of the tube with a piece of string, cut excess fabric off top of the tube and fray the ends by making small cuts with the scissors. Glue to the top of the Snowman head.

Add arms to the Snowman using small twigs. Warm him up with a fabric scarf and mittens cut from the fabric scraps.

For the Snowman’s Face…
Use two small black micro brads inserted into the snowman face for the eyes. Paint the tip of a bamboo skewer with orange paint, cut and insert into the face for the nose. Add a smile to the snowman’s face using a extra fine black paint marker.

Make a small snowball using a small pieced of paper wadded up and covered with Snow-tex. Glue finished and dried snowball onto mitten.

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Snowman Door Hanger

smoothfoam Snowman Door Hanger

My sweet snowman door hanger is featured in this week’s episode of When Creativity Knocks. He’ll be greeting guests at my front door all winter long!

Materials:

16″ Smoothfoam disc (or any size you like)
Snow-Tex Medium
Acrylic paints – Light blue, medium blue, orange
Makin’s Clay – black, white
Clay carving tools
Fabric glue
Snowflake stamp
Fiber filling
Grey felt, yarn
Scissors, paintbrush

Instructions:

Apply Snow-Tex medium to front and sides of Smoothfoam disc. Let dry.

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Cut two half-circles (I adjusted my circles slightly to be more oblong for a taller hat) of grey felt the same width as the disc, and one strip of felt about 3” wide and the same width as the disc.

Paint-stamp snowflakes in alternating colors across the felt strip.

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Glue the two felt half-circles together on the round edges. When dry, add fiber fill to lightly stuff the hat.

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Create a pompom by wrapping yarn multiple times around your fingers. The more yarn, the fuller the pompom. Carefully remove it from your fingers and tie the yarn tightly in the center. Cut the loops open on each side, fluff it out and trim as needed to even it up all the way around.

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Glue the pompom to the top of the hat, then glue the hat around the top of the disc. Glue the stamped strip across the front of the snowman’s head for the hatband.

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Blend some orange paint into some white air-dry clay to make a carrot shape for the nose. Use a clay tool to add lines and texture to the carrot. Make little, irregular balls of black clay for the eyes and mouth. Flatten each ball slightly and glue into place after the clay has dried for 24 hours.

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Winter Snowman Tabletop Vignette

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Snowmen are a happy addition to your home décor – I enjoy them for long after the Christmas ornaments are put away, throughout January and for a few more winter months beyond! Mr. & Mrs. Snowman are the perfect pair to leave out during the chilly months ahead.

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For this project, you will need the following supplies:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
3″ Smoothfoam snowman
3.5″ Smoothfoam snowlady
6″ round mirror
Mini bottle brush trees
12″ tinsel stems: gold, silver, red
Acrylic paints:  cream, putty, black
Powder blush
Ivory cardstock”
DecoArt Snow-Tex medium
1″ wide washi tape
Clear glitter medium
Wood skewers and/or toothpicks
Paintbrush, scissors, dry adhesive, glue

 

Smoothfoam December Supplies

Instructions:

Using a skewer for a handle, poke into the bottom end of each snowman and paint cream. Allow both to dry.

To make each face, use a toothpick to paint black dip-dots for the eyes, mouth and buttons.

Paint the pointed end of one skewer or toothpick terra cotta. Cut off 1″ up from the pointed end. Poke a hole in the middle of each snowman’s face using the point of a wooden skewer.  Remove and glue the carrot nose into the hole.

Add blush to their cheeks with your fingertip. Coat each snowman with glitter medium – sprinkle on more clear glitter while it’s wet, then let dry.

To make the snowman’s hat:  Punch a 1-3/4″ circle for the brim. Cut a 1-1/4″ x 4″ rectangle and roll it into a 1″ cylinder.  Apply glue to the bottom edges of the cylinder and adhere to the middle of the circle. Wrap gold tinsel around the crown, twist and trim to secure. Glue the hat to the snowman’s head.

Embellish the snow lady with clips of the tinsel stems as shown.

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Wrap a length of washi tape around the sides of the Smoothfoam disc.

Brush Snow-Tex medium to the top edges of the mirror. Sprinkle with glitter; let dry. Glue the mirror to the top of the disc. Glue the snowmen and trees to the mirror as shown.

Happy Holidays!  May you thrive and prosper in the New Year!

Snowman Floral Picks

Smoothfoam snowman Floral PicksI picked up these adorable little Santa hats at a conference I attended recently and I immediately knew what I wanted to make with them – snowman floral picks! I am not a skilled painter, so I am pretty sure that anyone – including older kids – could make this project with ease.

Supplies:

1-3/8″Smoothfoam balls
2″ Smoothfoam balls
Craft paints – white, black, orange, pink
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Paint brush, pencil eraser, craft sticks
Craft knife
Heavy-duty craft glue
Mini Santa hats

Smoothfoam snowman santa floral pick

Insert a craft stick into each ball (cut a starter slice with a craft knife first) and paint each ball white, then prop up inside a cup to dry.

Dot the eyes with black paint and a pencil eraser. Use the end of a paint brush to dot on the mouth.

Paint orange noses on each ball and add some pale pink cheeks. Set aside to dry.

Add glitter accents to the snowman’s face as desired.

Glue on the Santa hats and insert your Santa Snowmen into your holiday wreath or centerpiece.

Snowman Trio

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As much as I am NOT looking forward to snow and winter, I do love a happy snowman!  I decided to make a snowman trio for a fun wintery display. This is nice to leave out even after Christmas.

2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block
3 each of three sizes of Smoothfaom balls – 2″, 1.5″, 1″
Craft glue, black glitter glue
Acrylic paints – blue, white
Heat carving tool
Orange dimensional paint
Faux snow
Ribbons and fibers

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To make each snowman stack a little easier, carve a little divot in the two bottom balls and also in the base block. Carve the words “LET IT SNOW” into the front of the block with heat tool.

IMG_6723Painted all the Smoothfoam pieces white and let dry. For the front of the carved block, paint it blue, using a flat foam brush to allow the white inside the letters to show.

Cover the balls in white glue and roll them in the faux snow, then let dry. Paint a face and buttons with black glitter glue, and dab some orange dimensional paint for the nose.

Glue each set of three balls together to assemble each snowman, then glue them to the block. Tie some ribbons and fibers around their necks.

How to Build a Snowman

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How to build a snowman…building a snowman is pretty easy with some time and just a little patience…and a few key ingredients!

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2″ Smoothfoam ball
3″ Smoothfoam ball
4″ Smoothfoam ball
DecoArt Snow-Tex texture medium
DecoArt Crystal Craft Twinkles Paint
Acrylic paints – white, orange
Palette knife, paint brush
3″ black felt top hat  (I found this at Jo Ann Fabrics)
Gingham fabric scrap
Grey felt scrap
Small brads and holly embellishment
Craft knife, wood skewers, scissors
Craft glue

Directions:

Cut away a small section from the bottom of the 4″ Smoothfoam ball so that it sits flat.

Cut a couple of 3″ lengths from a skewer. Stick the skewer into the center of the 2″ and 3″ Smoothfoam balls.

put a stick in itAdd craft glue to the ends of the skewers before sticking the three balls together to form the snowman base. Allow glue to fully dry before continuing to the next step.

Smooth Snow-tex over the snowman with a palette knife. Here’s where the patience comes in…allow a couple of hours for the Snow-tex to completely dry.

Paint the textured snowman white and let dry. For a frosty look…paint a second coat with the glitter paint.

Cut a thin strip of grey felt and glue it around the base of the hat to create a band. Glue the holly on the band to cover the seam. Glue the hat to the top of the snowman’s head.

Cut a strip of gingham fabric and tie it around the neck. Cut small slits into the ends of the fabric for fringe.

Push two small black brads into the head for the eyes.  Push in micro black brads for the mouth.

Cut the pointed end from a bamboo skewer and paint it orange. Push it into the head for the nose.

Here’s a close-up of Mr. Snowman. Isn’t he hjandsome?

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Sweet Little Snowbaby

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I love snowmen and this little snowbaby is super cute and easy to make. I have a collection I add to each winter season. This little one is ideal for a shelf or tablescape, and of course ideal as a gift. With the long winter ahead, this snowbaby will always make you smile! A family of snowbabies adds up to a very cute winter scene. Even just one is pretty darn cute! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!

You will need:
One 3” Smoothfoam ball
One 4” Smoothfoam goose egg
9” x 12” White Kunin Prestofelt
¼ yard Red Snowflake Kunin Seasonal Felt
2-3/4” and 3-1/2” buttons
8mm black bead
1 chenille stem
4” plastic snowflake
Crystal glitter
Wood skewer, blush, scissors
Fabri-Tac adhesive
Measuring tape, ruler, pencil, wire cutters

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1.  On the back of the Prestofelt, draw measurements as shown in step 2. Cut along drawn lines.

2.  Cut a thin slice off both ends of the egg. Insert a 4″ length of skewer into the narrow end, press the ball on top of the egg and push the pieces together.

3.  Clip a ½” fringe along both long sides of the two white felt strips. Peel the paper off of the felt for the head and wrap around the ball. Cut off excess and smooth in place. Repeat for the body piece as shown in Step 3. You will have a few small pleats on both the head and body.

stitching felt 4.  Cut the snowflake felt to 9” by 12” for the hat, plus a 4” by 18” piece for the scarf. Mark the center point at one end of the hat piece. Draw a line from each outside corner at bottom to the center point to make a triangle. Cut it out as shown in Step 4.

5.  Flip over the hat piece and glue the chenille stem to the center, 3”down from top as shown in Step 5.

6.  Fold the hat with the wrong sides together and glue along the back seam. Place on the snowbaby’s head and pull the chenille stem so the hat wrinkles. Trim off the excess stem and glue the hat in place.

7.  Fringe the ends of the scarf piece, fold in half and tie it around the neck. Glue in place and add buttons as shown.

8. Glue the plastic snowflake to the bottom of the snowbaby so it will stand up.

Snowman Door Hanger

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It seems like we are on a snowman roll this holiday season here on the Smoothfoam blog!  I am adding to the collection with my Snowman Door Hanger – a festive and cheery change of pace from a traditional wreath!

Materials:
8″ Smoothfoam half ball
12″ Smoothfoam half ball
1 each – Rainbow ClassicFelt sheets – Orange, Kelly Green
1 yard Rainbow ClassicFelt Red
 (36″ bolt)
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Colortool Spray Paint – Flat White
Pattiewack Pom-Pom Maker
Buttons – jumbo (2); large (2); medium (6)
Golden Molding Paste
Palette knife, pencil, hot knife cutting tool, scissors, ruler
Jumbo craft stem – black
Green variegated yarn
Pink chalk, cotton swab

1.  Overlap the half balls and draw a mark on the 8″ ball and trim away the piece with a hot knife cutting tool. Glue the two half-balls together, holding until set. Let dry completely.

2.  Cover the snowman with molding paste, using a palette knife to create texture and let dry. Spray paint him white and let dry.  TIP: Design Master Colortool brand is safe for craft foam – some spray paints will melt it, so check the label.

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3.  Measure and cut a 4″ x 36″ piece of red felt. Tie it around the snowman’s neck, then fringe the ends with scissors. Create rosy cheeks with pink chalk and cotton swab. Thread green yarn through two jumbo buttons, tie in a knot and trim the ends. Glue the buttons, eyes and mouth to the snowman and let dry. Draw and cut two carrot noses from orange felt, glue together, then glue it to his face.

 

4.  Make two 3″ pom-poms with the Pattiewacks tool and green yarn. Measure and cut two 3″ circles of kelly green felt and hot glue the pom-poms to the circles. Curve a black jumbo craft stem to fit on top of his head and glue the pom-poms to either side.

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