Mother’s Day Ribbon Topiary


“A mother is a person who, upon seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~Tenneva Jordan

For Mother’s Day, make a special brunch and adorn the table with a cheerful centerpiece that Mom can enjoy for months. Ribbon topiaries don’t need water and are totally non-fussy. These DIY topiary centerpieces can easily be customized for other holidays or celebrations.

You will need:
4″ Smoothfoam cube
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Green acrylic paint
Ribbons in a variety of colors
Decoupage medium
Patterned papers or tissue
Glazing medium
Sequin pins
Ruler, sponge brush, scissors
1/4″ wood dowel rod, cut to 12″ long
Small hand saw
Phillips screwdriver or knitting needle


Paint the cube and dowel green, allow to dry. Collage favorite papers to the cube using decoupage medium, allow to dry. Brush glazing medium on the cube to protect your collage and give it a glossy finish. Allow to dry.

Use the screwdriver or knitting needle to pierce a pilot hole into the Smoothfoam ball. Push the ball onto the dowel. Pierce another hole into the center of the top of the cube and push the dowel and ball inside.

Cut several 2-3″ lengths of each color ribbon.


Roll each ribbon into a cylinder and pin it to the ball. I pinned a mixture of orange and yellow ribbons for blossoms, then I filled the spaces in between with green ribbon for leaves.

Bird’s Nest Wreath with Eggs

Birds Nest Wreath with eggs


Nothing says spring like a bird’s nest wreath filled with cute little Smoothfoam eggs! Learn how to make this spring wreath craft below.


14″ Smoothfoam wreath form
3 large Smoothfoam eggs
Craft paints – light blue, brown
Hot glue gun, paint brushes, toothbrush
Fine gauge wire


Use the handle of a paintbrush to gently depress the raised seams on Smoothfoam eggs.  McGeeBirdsNestWreathHOW1

Paint eggs light blue and paint the wreath form brown. Let dry. Use a toothbrush to spatter painted eggs with brown and let dry again.



Bundle small groups of sticks and twigs with wire, then wire the individual bundles to the painted wreath base, overlapping each other. Begin laying longer branches across center opening of wreath, tucking ends beneath outer branches. Glue the eggs in the center of the nest.



Spring Flower Wreath

smoothfoam spring wreath

Hello!  Today I’m sharing a fun and bright DIY flower wreath. Smoothfoam now has wondertul wreath forms that have measurement marks to make our crafty lives easier!

Supplies you will need:

Two nesting Smoothfoam wreaths (mine are 16″ and 11″)
Silk flowers
White glue & hot glue
Straight pins

Wrap the larger wreath with darker ribbon and secure the ends with glue and/or pins.

Wrap the smaller wreath with a lighter ribbon. Glue the two wreaths together and set aside to dry.


Attach the flowers in between the wreaths with pins. The final touch was this little garden fairy in the center, attached with some hot glue.

IMG_0003 (1)Hope you all enjoy the coming warm weather and beautiful flowers! For more of my work, visit my blog and Facebook page!

Spring Wall Hanging

Smoothfoam wallhangingWith the change of the seasons, I like to change out the homemade wall décor in my studio. I wanted a bright and cheery spring wall hanging and this piece fits the bill perfectly. I love using a Smoothfoam sheet instead of wood or a canvas because it is so light – I can easily hang it without having to put big nails or holes into my wall.


Smoothfoam 1″ x 6″ x 12″ sheet
DecoArt Metallic Lustre
Craft paints
Sponges, paintbrushes
Chipboard and metal embellishments
Fabric flowers and leaves

SF Wallhanging 2

I used inexpensive make-up sponges to paint the Smoothfoam, building up the base one color at a time. Start with the lightest color all over, then begin working up to the darkest color out on the very edges. Apply glitter to one side of the chipboard butterfly and adhere the other side to your surface.

SF Wallhanging 3

I used Metallic Lustre to highlight the chipboard pieces after they were painted – I like to apply it with my fingers, then buff with a paper towel to make it shine. Add more embellishments as desired to finish off your project.

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
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!

DIY Egg Color Chart

Egg color Chart art panel

This DIY egg color chart makes a darling Easter decoration, but its real charm lies in the fact that it can stay up after the chicks and bunnies come down. It is elegant spring décor at its best. Find this and other Easter egg crafts for kids here today!


9 Smoothfoam half-eggs
Loew Cornell paint brushes
8″ x 10″ white frame with glass removed
Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Martha Stewart craft paints – Gray Wolf, Sea Lavender, Blue Calico, Pond, Pink Carnation, Camellia Pink, Amaranth, Mint, Pea Shoot, Scottish Highlands


1.  Remove the back panel of the frame, paint it gray with 1-2 coats as needed. Set aside to dry.

2.  Paint one Smoothfoam half-egg in each color, as listed above. Paint 2-3 coats as needed. Set aside to dry.

3.  Put the frame back together (without the glass in front) and glue the eggs onto the back panel in rows of three, from light to dark. For example, in the blue row, the egg colors from left to right are as follows: Sea Lavender, Blue Calico, Pond.

TIP:  To ensure even placement, mark the middle of the back panel, glue the first egg there and then work out from that point.

Glue Eggs on Egg Chart