Festive Cupcakes

smoothfoam cupcakes

Happy New Year! Let’s make some festive, glittery cupcakes – they’re a quick party favor or decoration, perfect for any occasion!

Materials:

Smoothfoam balls (or half-balls)
Clear craft glue
Fine and chunky glitters
Large beads
Decorative head pins
Cupcake tins, paper liners
Mixing cups, foam brushes
Lace trim (optional)

Instructions:

Pour some clear craft glue into a cup with fine glitter and mix well. Paint each Smoothfoam ball with 1-2 coats of this mixture. Let dry in between coats.

Brush more clear glue (without glitter) to each ball, then sprinkle on chunky glitter.

Glue each ball into a cupcake liner or tin, then glue a large bead to the top of the cupcake.

Push a decorative head pin through the bead down into the cupcake. Embellish the base with lace trim if desired.

Holiday Photo Cube

smoothfoam photo cubeThe holidays have come and gone and now it is time to tidy up after the festivities. I never know what to do with all the Christmas cards, especially those with photos of family and friends. It just doesn’t seem right to toss or even recycle the photos. A Smoothfoam photo cube is the perfect solution. This way I can see the images year ’round on the bookshelves within my office.

You will need:
Christmas card photos of family and friends
3″ Smoothfoam cube
Washi tape
Paper trimmer, ruler
Scissors (look for non-stick blades)
Tacky glue
Sequins and sequin pins
Ball head pins

smoothfoam photo cube

Trim your stash of holiday photo cards to 2.75″ squares. Choose your favorite five (no photo for the bottom).

Center and glue each photo to one side and the top of the cube; allow to dry.

Frame the photos on each side with 3″ lengths of washi tape, folded over the edges of the cube.

Pick up a sequin cup, face up, with a sequin pin and push one into each corner of the cube.

On the bottom of the cube, push a ball-head pin into each corner, angled slightly toward the center of the cube, to act as feet for the photo cube.

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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