Button Wreath

Smoothfoam button wreath by Lisa Fulmer

The Designer Crafts Connection is celebrating loads of great ideas for the new Smoothfoam ruled wreath forms!

I created this cute little button wreath to hang in my studio. Not only is it just plain cute to look at, it’s also a great way to organize and display all my buttons. I can easily pick and choose the buttons I want to use in a craft or sewing project. Click here for details on the Bella Crafts blog.

 

Easter Bunny Blocks

SMOOTHFOAM BUNNY blocksI love the look of the 2×4 wood block crafts that are all over Pinterest these days, so my Smoothfoam Easter bunny blocks are the perfect quick and easy project to craft up for the holiday – and no power tools needed! Smoothfoam is one of my all time favorite materials to use as a base instead of wood. It comes in a variety of shapes, is easy to cut and carve and paints up like a dream!

Display your Easter bunny block family on a table or shelf. Make these Easter bunny art projects for a co-worker or teacher, or craft a set with the kids or a special friend. HOPPY EASTER!!

Start with 3 Smoothfoam blocks (2″ x 4″ x 12″).  Bunny Dad is 12″ tall, use a hot wire tool to cut a second block to 10″ tall for Bunny Mom, and cut the third block to 8″ for Bunny Baby. Sand away any melted strings with a nail file.

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Paint the three blocks black. Apply a crackle medium and let dry according to package directions. Paint each block with a white topcoat. As the paint dries, the cracks will appear.

Cut a nose from pink felt, two eyes from blue felt and two ears from white felt for each bunny and glue in place.

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Cut 18 pieces of wire 6″ long. Twirl each length around a pencil, then insert three on each side of the the bunnies noses. Secure with a small dot of glue at base.

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Detail each Bunny’s eyes with dark gray and white paints as shown and let dry. Paint a line for the mouth with dark gray.

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Embellish each bunny block with a ribbon bow tie for Dad and hair bows for Mom and Baby.

Pretty and Romantic Pearl Wreath

Smoothfoam diy pearl wreathSpring is in the air! When I saw these new wreath forms from Smoothfoam, I was so excited by the possibilities. I have always wanted to make a pearl wreath. They look elegant, are beautiful any time of year, and are great décor for weddings, Easter, and Mother’s Day.

Most other foam wreath forms are too thick and heavy to start with – so the added weight from the pearls makes for an extra heavy wreath to hang. Smoothfoam wreath forms are lightweight, but very dense and strong. The narrow width of this form allows you to really add lots of decorations without compromising the wreath shape. I’m using pearls, mini lightbulbs, and other thicker embellishments to make fun wreaths for every room in my house.

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

12″ Smoothfoam wreath form
100+ assorted pearl beads
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Ivory felt sheet
Scissors
Ivory satin ribbon

Watch the video above to see how I made this wreath.

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Wrap the wreath form with satin ribbon to cover. This Smoothfoam wreath form has measurements printed it on it to help with positioning your design. Secure the ribbon in place with hot glue. Add a loop of ribbon to the back of the wreath to create a hanger.

Mix the pearls up in a bowl or on a plate. Randomly glue the pearls to the wreath form, varying the size and color of the pearls. If you run out of pearls, you can cover the gap with handmade felt flowers.

To make the felt flowers, cut 3 circles from the sheet of felt. Cut each circle into a spiral. Roll the spiral up from the end, into a rose type flowers. Secure in place on the wreath with hot glue. Hang and enjoy!

To see more projects like this, visit my blog at Just JP.

 

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

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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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Rustic Snowflake

SMOOTHFOAM SNOWFLAKE

Happy New Year!

Winter is officially here, but no one bothered to tell the weather in many parts of the country. If you are missing the snow during this crazy winter, then spend a couple of hours creating this giant rustic Smoothfoam snowflake to decorate your front gate and welcome the season!

Smoothfoam’s surface gives a nice dimension to the snowflake and the crackle medium gives it the rustic look. Try making a group of snowflakes with different shades of white and icy blue.

Materials:

12″ x 36″ Smoothfoam sheet
6″ Smoothfoam disc
2″ Smoothfoam ball
Three 1-1/2″ Smoothfoam balls
Craft paints – White, brown, dark gray
Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
Hot wire cutting tool
Tacky glue
Pencil, pen, ruler, toothpicks
White extra-fine glitter – white

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1.  Measure and cut six2″ x 9″ rectangles from the Smoothfoam sheet. Measure and draw intersecting lines in the center of the Smoothfoam disc to create four sections. Draw more lines to divide the four sections in half again. Lay the six branches of the snowflake slightly under Smoothfoam Disc, trace the curve onto each branch, then round away the edges with hot wire cutting tool.

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2.  Attach each of the branches to the disc with toothpicks and glue, let dry.

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3.  To create all the details for each snowflake branch, measure and cut two 4″ x 13″ rectangles. Trim one of them into six 1″x 4″ smaller sections, and then trim the other rectangle into twelve  1″ x 4″ chevron pieces.

4.  Cut all the Smoothfoam balls in half with the hot wire cutting tool. Cut three 2″ squares from the sheet scrap, then cut those squares in half diagonally. Repeat with three 1-1/2″ squares.

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5.  Arrange all the pieces as desired, then glue in place and let dry.

6.  Paint the whole snowflake randomly with gray and brown paints, let dry.  Apply generous coat of the crackly medium on top and follow the drying instructions on the package.

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7.  Paint a generous coat of white across the snowflake with brush strokes going in a variety of directions. Sprinkle extra fine glitter into the wet paint. As the paint dries, it will reveal the cracks. The thicker the coat of paint, the larger the cracks.

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Snowman Door Hanger

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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

 

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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 Trio

smoothfoam snowmen

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

Smoothfoam Snowman

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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Shabby Chic Faux Wood Candlesticks

smoothfoam faux wood Candlesticks

You can get the look of turned wood candlesticks easily by stacking Smoothfoam blocks and balls. I think this shabby chic style would look great in other colors too, to fit in with your own holiday décor.

Materials:

2″ Smoothfoam balls
3” Smoothfoam cubes
4.5” square wood plaques
2″ wood rings
1″ bamboo rings
Acrylic paints – white and gray
Paintbrush, sandpaper, scissors
Tacky glue, wood skewers
Battery-operated votive candles

Instructions:

1.  Cut two balls in half on the seam. Sand the cut edges and seams on the balls to smooth out.

2.  For the short candlestick, push a skewer up through the flat side of the half-ball, then add a bamboo ring, a ball, a ring and the other half ball (round side) as shown. Push the end of the skewer into the center of a cube. Leave the skewer in place to hold while you paint. The assembly is the same for the tall candlestick, just add an extra ball and ring n the center as shown.

3.  Paint the candlestick white, then dry brush with gray to distress. When dry, snip off the tip of the skewer. Paint the wood plaques and rings the same.

4.  Glue the candlestick to a plaque. Glue a wood ring to the top of the candlestick. When the glue is dry, place battery-operated votive candles on top.