Magic Fairy Wand

smoothfoam fairy wand

You can do almost anything with a magic fairy wand, from granting wishes to proclaiming nap time. This glittery fairy wand is quick and easy to make with your favorite kid. It’s actually a fun “just because” gift for a grown-up who’s young at heart, too.

Supplies
6″ Smoothfoam star
– Tacky glue
– Glitter
– Washi tape
– Paint marker
– Skewer and ribbons
– Decorative brads

smoothfoam glitter star

Spread a generous coat of glue across the star with your finger, then sprinkle liberally with glitter. I liked having white edges, but you could paint the star first if you prefer. Let dry, then glitter the other side of the star.

smoothfoam washi tape

When the glitter/glue on both sides is dry, line the edge of the star with a continuous strip of washi tape. Start and end the strip at the bottom of the star where you plan to insert the wand handle.

fairy wand ribbons

Color a wood skewer with a paint marker, then tie ribbons tightly around it, near the pointed end. Slowly push the top 1-2″ of the skewer into the center of the star.

smoothfoam star

Dip the prongs of decorative brads into a drop of glue, then press into the star to embellish. Now go make some sparkly magic!

Bon Voyage centerpiece

smoothfoam travel Centerpiece

Graduations and vacations are almost here.Yay! Today’s project would make a great centerpiece for a graduation or bon voyage party – celebrate your graduate who’s about to go out into the world or your friends who plan to travel the globe.

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam half ball
Smoothfoam airplane
Acrylic craft paint
Striped paper straw

paint smoothfoam ball

Instructions:

Paint the half ball in blue. Allow to dry completely and then sketch in the continents to make it look like the globe.This can be as realistic or whimsical as you want. You could also decoupage pieces of a paper map onto the ball if you prefer.

Paint the Smoothfoam airplane.

Push a paper straw into the bottom of the plane. It’s easier if you cut the ends of the straw at an angle to make them pointed. Push the other end of the straw into your globe.

smoothfoam painted airplane

If you liked this project, I hope you will visit my blog for more. Happy Travels!

Lucky Leprechaun

smoothfoam leprechaunDon’t have the luck of the Irish? You might just need this little lucky leprechaun craft to cheer up a corner & to help celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s crafts.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
1″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
2-1/2″ Smoothfoam wreath
3″ Smoothfoam snowman
Acrylic paints – orange, black, white, green, peach
Powder blush
Ten 1/2″ orange pompoms
Siz 1/8″ green pompoms
Cardstock scraps – black, green
Plastic gold coins, green chenille pipe cleaner
Wood skewers, 1/2″ angled brush
Cutting tool  (hot wire cutter or a serrated knife)
Glue gun

smoothfoam leprechaun supplies

Instructions:

1.  Cut the rounded top off of the top of the 3″ ball. Use the wood skewer as a handle and paint the Smoothfoam pieces as follows:  snowman head – peach; snowman body – green; wreath (pot base)  and 3″ ball (pot) – black; 1″ half ball (top of hat) – green.  Let dry.  Apply a second coat and let dry thoroughly.

2.  To make the hat – punch or cut a 2″ circle from the green cardstock. Adhere the 1″ half ball to the center of the circle. Cut a 1/8″ strip from the black cardstock to fit around the crown of the hat. Slightly overlap and glue the ends to secure. Cut a tiny square for the buckle on the hat band.

3.  For the leprechaun – blush the cheeks using powder blush. Glue the orange pom-poms to the face as shown. Adhere the hat to the top of the head. apply a dip dot in black for each eye. Apply a larger dot for the nose and a dot for the mouth.  To make his belt, cut a 3/8″ wide strip of black cardstock to fit around the middle. Overlap and glue the ends to finish. Cut a tiny square for the belt buckle and adhere.

make a Smoothfoam leprechaun

4.  Poke the pilot holes for the arms and legs a skewer. Cut the green chenille pipecleaner into 4 parts, with the leg pieces slightly longer than the arms. Glue into the pilot holes as shown.

5.  For the hands and shoes, click here to download, print, trace and cut two hands and two shoes on folded cardstock. Glue the end of the pipecleaners between the layers of the hands and shoes. The fold should be pointing out.

6.  Cut black cardstock cuffs for the arms. Wrap and glue above each hand and finish with a tiny pompom cuff link. Apply the remaining 1/8″ pompoms to the sides of the shoes.

 7.  Adhere the 3″ ball (pot) into the 2-1/2″ wreath (base). Glue the leprechaun to the top. Bend his legs and arms in desired position. Glue the gold coins to the pot and leave a few extra to place on the table around the base of the pot.

DIY Valentines Mailbox

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For the Valentine’s Day party at school this year, I wanted my son to have a very unique and fun container for all of his Valentines. The teachers actually call these Valentine holders “mailboxes,” but most of the time they look nothing like mailboxes.

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Each kid sets up the mailbox on their desk and then everyone goes from desk to desk, depositing their Valentines into each mailbox. A real mailbox is too heavy to bring to class and the ones I’ve seen at dollar stores are too small. I created this easy-to-carry, lightweight DIY Valentines Mailbox with Smoothfoam!

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A Smoothfoam sheet as a base gives this project strength and durability, but makes it lightweight enough that the kids can carry it to school and home, no problem. Customize the mailbox with die-cuts, glitter, and more.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these Valentine holders:

1″ x 6″ x 12 Smoothfoam sheet
Smoothfoam star
Red glitter
Red acrylic paint
Hot Glue Gun
Red felt, patterned felt
Scissors, ruler, pen
Chipboard, poster board
Rotary paper trimmer
Pin, buttons, beads, ribbon
Foam paint crush

The entire mailbox is built around the 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam base. Watch the video to see how to create this fun, desktop mailbox for Valentine’s Day! Use it as a centerpiece or decoration until the Valentine’s party at school.

For more projects like this, check out my blog at Just JP.

Smoothfoam Christmas Ornaments – 3 Ways!

smoothfoam-Christmas-Tree ornamentsCreate a modern take on Christmas by creating colorful ornaments the easy way: with Smoothfoam! Today I am sharing a bright idea to decorate and create ornaments with Smoothfoam trees as the base. These are fun, quick, and a great craft to make with the kids.

A few years ago I started a tradition of buying ornaments for Christmas for the kids. Each year, every child in the family chooses an ornament, we tag it with the year, and then add it to their collection. When they start a family of their own or get their first place, I’ll gift the box to them filled with all of their heirloom ornaments. Read more about this tradition here: Holiday Ornament Tradition.

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This year, we’re going to try our hands at making ornaments! Smoothfoam is easy to paint, decoupage, drill, cut, and more. Because Smoothfoam is lightweight and won’t break like glass, it’s the perfect surface for making ornaments with the kids or that are cat-proof. Here are a few more ornaments I created with Smoothfoam to make a bright, fun set:

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Gather the following supplies to create these Smoothfoam Holiday Ornaments:

Smoothfoam tree
Hot glue
Acrylic paint
Paint pens
Paint brushes, pencil, ruler
Sequins, eyepins (for jewelry)
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Silver cord

 

Watch the video above to see how I made all these fun ornaments. You can buy Smoothfoam online or at your favorite local craft supply retailers.

For more projects like this, check out my blog at Just JP.

DIY Faux Glass Owl Ornaments

smoothfoam Owl Ornaments I love all the beautiful, European glass ornaments that are on display during the holidays, but I hate how much they cost. And they are breakable, so if you have young children or a pets, spending a lot on a glass ornament can feel like a complete waste of money. But I have a great solution! I created these faux glass ornaments from Smoothfoam owls! Can you believe it? They look delicate and breakable, but they aren’t. Here’s how to make some for yourself.

smoothfoam Owl Ornament

Supplies:

Smoothfoam owls
Metallic paint: green, pearl, cream
Feathers in colors to match the paints
Craft glue
Glitter glue
Small screw eye hooks
Ribbon

smoothfoam faux glass Owl Ornament

Instructions:

Paint each owl with the metallic paint. I used three coats to get a smooth, glass-like effect, allowing it to completely dry between coats.

Glue the feathers on each owl.

Accent the owl’s eyes, beak, and talons with glitter glue.

After the glitter dries completely, twist a hook into the top of the ornament and thread a ribbon thorugh it for hanging.

faux glass smoothfoam Ornament

Rainbow Glitter Snowflakes

Rainbow-Glitter-smoothfoam Snowflakes-JpriestHow about making some rainbow glitter snowflakes for non-traditional home décor? I love the intricate cuts on the Smoothfoam snowflakes and wanted to use them to create a decorative accent for the holidays.

I was inspired by the bright, non-traditional holiday colors of ornaments at a local theme park and decided to embellish these Smoothfoam snowflakes in similar colors with glitter.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this project:

Supplies:

6″ Smoothfoam snowflakes
Glitter in various colors
Aleene’s Repositionable Tacky Spray
Paper plates
ColorBox Color Catcher  (spray booth)
Tag or scrap of paper to scoop glitter
Tombow Xtreme Mounting Putty

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And here’s how easy it is to make DIY rainbow glitter snowflakes – working outside or in a well-ventilated area, just spray the top of a snowflake with the Tacky Spray, and then sprinkle away! Sprinkle one color on the outside tips, then work in a circular motion to sprinkle additional color(s) until you get to the center. Tap off the excess and let dry.

After I finished adding glitter to the snowflakes, I used the mounting putty to temporarily adhere the snowflakes to my front door as an alternative to a holiday wreath.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Smoothfoam blog today. To see more projects like this, please visit my blog at Just JP.