“Morocco Blue” heart ornament

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Who says hearts have to be red or pink? As I was cleaning and reorganizing my studio, I found that I had a lot of art papers in blues and greens with gold accents. I was reminded of beautiful pictures I’ve seen on Pinterest of Marrakech-inspired home décor and those gorgeous blue and gold Moroccan tiles. Plus I had lots of Smoothfoam dimensional hearts leftover from Valentine’s Day projects – so I made these “Morocco Blue” ornaments. You could even use photos in the center instead of art papers.

Morocco Blue heart Smoothfoam ornament

You will need:

Smoothfoam panorama hearts

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam hearts turquoise blue, front and back; let dry.

2.  Dry-brush a little gold paint around the edges of each heart; let dry.

3.  Cut hearts from the decorative paper to fit the center of the Smoothfoam hearts. Adhere and seal each paper heart to the Smoothfoam with Mod Podge and let dry.

4.  Embellish as desired with clear gold stickers, and use the Crazy Glue to accent with charms and gems.

5.  Pin a ribbon loop to the top of each heart for hanging.

 

Faux copper bowl

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I love making things that give the appearance of something entirely different from what it actually is. In this case, it’s a very large bowl that appears to be made of copper, but is actually a couple of Smoothfoam half-balls.

This bowl is very sturdy and would be gorgeous with fruit or a beautiful plant. To convert it for plant use, just make several 1/4″ to 1/2″ holes in the bottom (a pencil works great), add a coffee filter and a layer of pebbles, then fill with potting soil. Place a small plate underneath to catch any water.

Smoothfoam faux copper bowl

Here’s how easy this is to make:

Supplies

8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
Small bowl, approximately 6″ in diameter
Sophisticated Finishes Copper Paint
Adirondack Color Wash – Espresso 
Tim Holtz Die – Elegant Flourishes
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Chipboard
Hold the Foam Glue
Viva Décor Inka-Gold paint – Mint Green
1/2″ wide braided cord trim
Foam cutter (hot knife), scissors
Paint brush, marker
Corsage pins

Smoothfoam dome1.  Place a small bowl on the top of the 8″ Smoothfoam half-ball and draw around the lip of the bowl with a marker. Remove the bowl and use the line as a guide to cut off the top of the half-ball – this is now the base.

Smoothfoam dome cutting

2.  Glue the 12″ Smoothfoam half-ball on top, making sure it is level. Insert a few corsage pins to hold it in place while the glue dries.

Smoothfoam dome flourish 3.  Die cut several flourishes from chipboard and glue them all around the top edge of the bowl, using pins to hold the chipboard in place as needed.

4.  Glue a length of braided cord between the half-balls to cover the joint.

5.  After all the glue is dry, paint the bowl and base with copper paint. Apply a second and third coat if necessary. Allow to dry.

spritz Smoothfoam

6.  Spray the bowl with color wash and then wipe off the excess with a paper towel using a circular motion.

7.  Dab some Inka-Gold paint to the top of the flourishes with your finger.

 

Hedgehog lollipop display

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The Smoothfoam hollow balls come in two pieces and several sizes. One half-ball makes a really fun way to display lollipops for party favors. It reminded me of a hedgehog’s body, so I drew a little face for him. Such a cute idea for displaying pens or cake pops too!

Smoothfoam hedgehog lollipop displaySupplies:

8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
Acrylic paints:  Red, White, Black, Brown
Black Sharpie marker
Loew Cornell Black Graphite Transfer Paper
Skewer
Pencil
Painter’s tape

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam half-ball with two coats of red; allow to dry between coats.

Transfer hedgehog to Smoothfoam

2.  Click here to download my hedgehog drawing. Print it out, trim it down and tape an edge to the half-ball to hold it in place. Place a small piece of transfer paper between the drawing and the ball, then trace over the hedgehog with a pencil to transfer the image to the Smoothfoam painted surface. Remove the papers.

3.  Mix red and white paint together to create pink and paint the hedgehog’s face.

4.  Paint the inside of his ears, his nose and hair brown. Add the eyes with dots of black.

5.  Measure and mark spots for 12 holes spaced evenly around the top of the half-ball and use the skewer to poke holes through.

Painted holes in Smoothfoam ball

6.  Paint a small pink heart on top of each hole.

7. Once all the paint has dried on the hedgehog face, use a Sharpie marker to outline all the details.

8.  Insert a lollipop into each hole.