We’re heading to the Craft & Hobby show!

 cha show entrance

Smoothfoam will be in Anaheim, California at the CHA Mega Show in booth #301 this weekend! We have some really fun make-n-takes and demos planned, and we’ll be sharing the instructions and lots of pictures from the booth over the next week.


Saturday, January 11
10:30am – 12:30pm:
Make a fabric-covered egg with Terry Ricioli and learn how to use a heat carving tool on Smoothfoam sheets with Carmen Flores Tanis

2:00pm – 4:00pm:
Make a wall plaque to cherish with Lindsay Obermeyer and special guest designer Jonathan Fong, and learn how to marbleize Smoothfoam shapes with Lisa Fulmer



Sunday, January 12
11:30am – 1:30pm:
Make a beaded pendant with Vicki O’Dell and learn techniques for painting on Smoothfoam with Donna from DecoArt

2:00pm – 4:00pm:
Make a cupcake mason jar with Cindi Bisson and learn how to marbleize Smoothfoam shapes with Lisa Fulmer



Monday, January 13
11:30am – 1:30pm:
Make a cute photo holder with Lisa Fulmer and learn rubber stamping techniques on Smoothfoam with Jennifer Priest

2:00pm – 4:00pm:
Make a felt cell phone pouch with Debra Quartermain and learn texturizing techniques on Smoothfoam with Beth Watson


If you’re going to the show, be sure to stop by and meet our fabulous designers!



Rusty snowman

This snowman is sanded and shaded to create a carved wood look.  Rusty wire and burlap complete his country style.

rusty smoothfoam snowman


1″ Smoothfoam ball
2-½” Smoothfoam egg
DecoArt Americana paints:  Buttermilk, Snow White, Jack-O’-Lantern Orange
2 black glass head pins
Tacky glue
Darice 22-gauge rusty craft wire
Kaisercraft Vintage stamp pad
Burlap strip
Sandpaper, paintbrush
Serrated craft knife, wire cutters
Round nose pliers, chain nose pliers

1.  Slice off a bit of both ends of the egg (body) and one side on the ball (head). 

2.  Place the sandpaper on a hard flat surface and tape down.  Sand the ball and egg in spots to create flat areas.  Don’t round the surface in between spots. 

3.  Glue the head to the body. Check to make sure the snowman stands. If it does not, sand the bottom until it will. 

4.  Paint the snowman with Buttermilk and let dry. Paint again with a wash of white paint and water. Wipe off any excess. Dab the snowman with the stamp pad.

5.  Paint the toothpick with a wash of orange and trim to a short piece. Poke it in the center of the snowman’s face at an upward angle for a nose. To recess the eyes, poke a pilot hole with a toothpick and rotate in a circle. Trim the black ball pins and poke into the holes.

6.  For the arms, fold 6” of rusty wire in half. The fold will be the mitten hand.  Create a thumb by bending out a small loop near the fold. Wrap the wire ends together.  Bend the ends at a right angle and poke into the body near the neck. Repeat for the other side. For the buttons, roll up the wire around the ends of  the round nose pliers. Leave the end straight and poke into the front of the snowman.

7. Dab a burlap strip with the stamp pad and tie around the neck.


Bobble head snowman

Snowmen have always been one of my favorite things to create all through the winter, I think it’s because I live in Florida and cannot enjoy building an “actual” snowman. Hang this little DIY bobblehead snowman tree ornament where he can move around and watch is head bobble up and down!

bobble head smoothfoam snowman


One 4″ Smoothfoam ball
DecoArt Americana paints – Titanium White, Country Red, Jack-O-Lantern Orange, Festive Green, Land Black, Petal Pink
DecoArt Craft Twinkles paint – Crystal
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
White craft foam
12″ length of 24 gauge wire
Paintbrush, sandpaper, skewer
Scissors, pencil, paper
Wire cutters, craft knife
12″ length of elastic cord

1.  Sand away the edges of the center seam of the Smoothfoam ball.  Insert a skewer in the ball to use as a handle. Paint the ball with a thick, textured coat of white and let dry.

snowman parts

2.  Draw his head, scarf, two arms with mittens and two legs with ice skates on white craft foam.  Cut out each piece and paint as shown, let dry.

bobble head wire

3.  Paint the head, ball (body), arms and legs with Craft Twinkles, let dry. Glue his scarf to the bottom of his head. Coil the wire around a pencil and glue the coil to the back of his head and let dry.

cut a slot smoothfoam ball

4.  Cut four slits in the Smoothfoam ball with a craft knife to insert the arms and legs. Test each limb in the slits first for fit, then glue them in to secure.

5.  Remove the skewer from the ball. Bend the tip of the wire coil on the back of the head at 1/2″ and insert it into the ball with a little glue, approximately 1/2″ from the top hole. To make a loop for hanging, tie the ends of the elastic cord together in a knot and push the knot into the top hole with a little glue and let dry. Now your DIY bobblehead snowman tree ornament is ready for display!


Metallic foil New Year’s spheres


Happy New Year!

Here’s a fun project to kick off 2014…I love to take ordinary craft store objects, like Smoothfoam balls, and transform them into great-looking home décor items with just a few basic materials. I call it Craft Store Home Decor!

smoothfoam metallic foil balls

One 3-3/8″ Smoothfoam ball
Two 3″ Smoothfoam balls
Three 2″ Smoothfoam balls
Kool Tak 3D Glue
Kool Tak Shiny Foil Transfer Sheets – Vintage Tones (light olive green and burnt gold), Holiday Colors (gold), Summer Blossoms (burnt orange) and Earth Tones (dark brown and copper)
DecoArt Dazzling Metallic Paints – Rich Espresso, Worn Penny, Emperor’s Gold, Venetian Gold, Champagne Gold and Glorious Gold
DecoArt Triple Thick Gloss Glaze
Paint brush, sandpaper
Skewers (or pencils)

1.  Lightly sand the seam off each of the six Smoothfoam balls and wipe down with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.

2.  Insert a skewer or pencil into the existing hole in each ball to use as a handle. Paint each ball with one color of metallic paint, let dry and apply a second coat. Let dry.

smoothfoam balls glue pattern

3.  Draw a pattern each ball with the 3D glue, then set aside in a drinking glass to dry.  This glue will be white when applied but will dry clear. Wait until glue is clear before applying

foil transfer to smoothfoam ball4.  Select a foil color to complement the paint color for each ball. Apply the foil to the 3D glue areas with the dull side down and the shiny colored side up. Burnish lightly with your finger and then pull up to release the foil. Repeat until the entire design is covered, using all the foil on the sheet.

5.  Brush a top coat of Triple Thick Glaze on each ball, then set aside in a drinking glass to dry. Remove the pencils or dowels. Place your sparkly metallic foil New Year’s spheres ina  clear glass dish or vase to display.