Decorative fabric spheres

decorative fabric spheres with Smoothfoam

I have this pretty spring basket which had held Easter Eggs but now was sitting empty. What to put in it? I was inspired by all of the decorative spheres I have seen in home décor stores. Smoothfoam balls would be ideal to make some custom spheres. So I raided my fabric stash and got ready to create.

These decorative spheres created from Smoothfoam balls can be personalized for special occasions, like a gift for Mother’s Day. Changing the fabric choices and stamps give you endless possibilities to fill any basket or bowl with meaningful expressions!

Supplies:

Three 3″ Smoothfoam balls
1/6 yard each – muslin and printed fabric
Word stamps and acrylic block
Walnut brown ink pad
Fabri-tac fabric glue
1/2 yard sheer ribbon
1 paper or silk flower

1.  Add three or more word stamps to a block and stamp the muslin along its full length, allow to dry.

decorative fabric spheres

2.  Tear the muslin and fabric into 1-1/2″ or 2″ strips. Glue one end of a fabric strip to the ball and wrap it smoothly around the ball a few times, leaving narrow spaces in between, adding a little glue along the way to secure.

3.  Repeat with a muslin strip and wrap to fill in the narrow spaces.

4.  Tie a ribbon around the ball and glue on a flower; repeat for all three balls.

 

Mason jar with pincushion lid

Mason jar with Smoothfoam pin cushion lid

 

Smoothfoam balls are perfect as pincushions and mason jars are great for storing sewing notions. Make a pair as a Mother’s Day gift!

 

Supplies:

Wide-mouth mason jar with ring
3” Smoothfoam ball
6″ square piece of fabric
3″ circle piece of felt
Buttons
Ribbon or fabric strip
Embroidery floss
Craft paints or metal patinas
Paintbrush
Sponge
Straight pins
Hot glue gun
Craft glue
Serrated craft knife

1.  Cut the Smoothfoam ball in half with a serrated knife. Place one half flat on the table and trim down the sides of the ball with the knife until it will slide most of the way through the jar ring. Leave about ¼” of the ball to be on the inside of the ring.

2.  Adhere the fabric square to the ball with craft glue and pin to hold while the glue dries. Glue the felt circle to the bottom.

3.  Paint the mason jar ring with craft paint or metal patina to coordinate with the fabric; allow to dry. Sponge a second color over the top.

4.  Make a bow with ribbon or fabric. Tie the floss through a couple of layered buttons and glue to center of bow, then glue the bow to the mason jar ring with hot glue. A fabric yo-yo makes a cute embellishment too.

 

Happy Scrapbooking Day!

embellish corners of smoothfoam scrapbook sheet

This weekend people all over the world will be cropping and celebrating the art of preserving memories during International Scrapbooking Day, the first Saturday of May. It was started in 1994 by Creative Memories as National Scrapbooking Day and it has grown every year since.

Smoothfoam has a scrapbook page mount (12″x12″x 7/8″) that makes a perfect foundation and frame for displaying your favorite layouts. You can paint the edges with 1 or 2 coats of acrylic craft paint, or wrap and decoupage the edges with paper or fabric.

Smoothfoam takes regular craft glue well too – you can adhere your layout right to the surface. If you want to regularly change out the pages for display, use tacks or straight pins to attach them to the foam mount instead.

It’s lightweight – great for hanging a mosaic of scrapbook pages over the bed or baby’s crib (I live on an earthquake fault line, so I’m always nervous about sleeping with a heavy framed picture above my head, lol). Just pin or glue a little loop of ribbon on the back and you’re set!

It’s fun to embellish the textured edges to create a decorative frame – this photo shows four different corner treatments…try inserting brads or straight pins, glue and glitter, adhesive pearls and rhinestones, or even washi tape!

 

Billy Button bouquet

billy button flower made with Smoothfoam

Craspedia, more commonly known as “Billy Button,” is one of nature’s simplest flowers – round and golden yellow with a touch of texture. It’s often used in wedding bouquets or seen in the pages of home decor magazines as an accent. Felted versions are also quite popular, but Smoothfoam is the perfect foundation to easily and quickly recreate faux Craspedia for home decor, bouquets and more.

Supplies

1-1/2″ Smoothfoam™ balls
Flower Soft® Ultrafine Moss Green
Flower Soft® glue
Toothpicks, paint brush
Shallow plate
Stems from artificial flowers or sturdy green wire

1.  Pour FlowerSoft into shallow plate.

2.  Insert toothpick into a Smoothfoam ball and apply an even layer of Flower Soft glue on the ball with your fingers or a brush.

3.  Hold the ball over plate and sprinkle Flower Soft all over it, rotating it to ensure even coverage. I like the Moss Green color because its yellowish tint gives the flower a more natural yellow tone than a primary yellow would.

4. Stick the ball into scrap piece of Smoothfoam with the toothpick to dry.

5.  Once dry, remove toothpicks and insert stems from artificial flowers, or use sturdy green wire for stems. Make as many as you like!