Make Your Own Super-Size Game Dice

DIY supersize smoothfoam game dice

We love to play games when my family gets together and some of our favorite games involve throwing dice. I thought it would be a great idea this summer to play out in the yard with a fun super-size pair of game dice.

Supplies:
5″ Smoothfoam cube
White acrylic paint
Decoupage medium
Paint brush
Black cardstock
1″ circle punch

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam cubes with 2 coats of white, letting dry between coats.
2.  Punch 21 circles from the black cardstock for each cube and glue then to each side like traditional dice (one through six).
3.  Seal each side of the cube with a coat or two of decoupage medium.

Spring Moss Balls

Smoothfoam Moss Balls home decor

Hi everyone! When spring hits, I feel the need to bring lots of greenery into the house – something to chase the winter blues away! I wanted some color for my mantel, so I came up with these DIY moss balls. I normally keep some candles on these pedestals, but I thought they needed something new for spring. Learn how to make your own faux decorative moss balls today!

Supplies:
3-3/8″ Smoothfoam balls
Tacky glue
Decorator moss
Scissors
Ribbon
Pearl head pins

make moss balls with smoothfoam

Apply glue fairly generously to the ball in sections, then press the moss into the glue. Don’t worry about bits and pieces sticking out at this point, just make sure you are covering the whole ball.

tacky glue smoothfoam moss ball

Set aside to dry for a few minutes, then trim the shagginess off using some sharp craft scissors.

Smoothfoam Moss Balls

Add  bow to the top, securing with a pearl head pin.

Smoothfoam Moss Balls with ribbon

Steampunk Wall Art

Smoothfoam Steampunk Wall Decor

I wanted to create a small piece of art for my DD2’s new apartment. She loves steampunk style, so I pulled out a few supplies and got started.

Products:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Kaisercraft scrapbook papers – Be-YOU-tiful and Storyteller
Chipboard die-cuts
Embossing powders and heat gun
Embossing folders, die-cutting machine
Stencils
Embossing paste
Metal sheet roll and hobby shears (MD Hobby & Craft)
Inks, stamps
Craft glue, craft knife

1.  Cut the Smoothfoam sheet into 5.5″ squares with a craft knife. Glue patterned paper to cover the front. Color the chipboard die-cuts with inks and/or heat emboss stamped patterns on top using embossing powders.

2.  Run a sheet of metal inside an embossing folder through a die cut machine. Ink the raised areas to highlight. Cut into two pieces; a square and a rectangle, and glue the pieces to two of the Smoothfoam squares as shown.

Smoothfoam Steampunk Wall Decor SM 6

Smoothfoam Steampunk Wall Decor Sm 4

3. Using stencil and embossing paste, add texture to the third square. When dry, brush with ink to highlight the stenciled image. Adhere embellishments as desired.

Smoothfoam Steampunk Wall Decor Sm 3

Smoothfoam Steampunk Wall Decor Sm 2

Alice in Wonderland Tea Table Sign

Alice in Wonderland Table Sign

I’m hosting an Easter tea party with a little Alice in Wonderland theme, so I made this sign for a table accent. I am so happy with how this turned out- I love it!

Supplies:
2 x 4 x 8 Smoothfoam block
Mod Podge for Paper – matte finish
Vintage sheet music
Washi tape, crepe paper
Assorted flowers and leaves
Chipboard letters
Ink, craft glue
Push pins, double-sided tape, paint brush

1.  Tear sheet music into large strips and decoupage the block using Mod Podge.

2.  To keep the wet paper from sticking to the table, push a few pins partway into one side so that the block will be elevated. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.

pushpins in smoothfoam to dry

3.  Apply washi tape around the corner edges of the block.
4.  Ink the chipboard letters and glue to the front.
5.  Use double-sided tape to adhere crepe paper around the sides of block.
6.  Embellish with flowers and leaves.

crepe paper on edge of smoothfoam

Easter Bunny Centerpiece

Valentine’s Day has past, so that means it is time to decorate for Easter. I love Easter décor – it is just so cute! My daughter loves Easter Bunny Peeps, so I just had to make this giant faux bunny Peep just for her. Learn how to create your own homemade Easter centerpiece below.

smoothfoam easter bunny centerpiece

Supplies:
8″ Smoothfoam disc
6″ Smoothfoam disc
1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Four 2″ x 4″ x 4″ Smoothfoam blocks
Hot knife tool
Acrylic paint (any pastel color), brushes
Circle punch, black cardstock
Floral moss, ribbon, wood dowels
Paper flowers, decorative eggs
Toothpicks, pencil, craft glue
Container or planter box

1.  Using the 6″ disc as a guide, cut away a portion of the 8″ disc so that the 6″ disc will  fit snugly against it.

2.  Draw bunny ear shapes on to the Smoothfoam sheet, cut out and smooth the edges a bit with the hot knife for a more rounded look.

smoothfoam discs

3.  Attach the pieces together with toothpicks. Paint the front and back and set aside to dry. Glue punched circles on the face for the eyes and nose. Tie a ribbon bow around the neck.

4.  Insert dowels into the bottom of the bunny and press into Smoothfoam blocks inside your desired container. Add floral moss around the base of the bunny and embellish with eggs and flowers.

I have this wonderful rustic wooden box that I normally use for silverware, and it turns out that a 2 x 4 x 4 block fits perfectly into each section and is perfect for setting up this Easter bunny centerpiece.

Valentine Scrapbook Layout

I’m excited to share a Valentine craft project with you. I am trying to stay ahead of the holidays this year, so I am getting ready for Valentine’s Day NOW! I hope you enjoy this Valentine scrapbook layout and maybe it will inspire you to get a jump on your holiday décor, too.

valentine scrapbook layout

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Patterned scrapbook papers
Black ink pad
MD Hobby & Craft aluminum sheet
Tin snips, paintbrush
Acrylic paint
Embellishments:  paper doily, crocheted flowers, brads, ribbon, black tag, rhinestones
Double-sided tape, foam tape
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Die cut tag – black
Family photo or vintage graphic

I started by cutting and layering my papers, inking all the edges black and distressing a bit. Tape layers together and glue to the Smoothfoam sheet.

Trim your photo or Valentine graphic to fit on top of coordinating papers using foam tape. Ink the edges black.

Using tin snips, cut a rectangle of the aluminum sheet for behind the photo and adhere it with double-sided tape. Add the black tag and top with the photo.

Cut and paint a second piece of aluminum in the shape of a heart and adhere to project. Finish this Valentine craft project with embellishments as shown and glue a ribbon around the edges of the Smoothfoam sheet for a finished look.

Christmas Kissing Ball

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a Merry Christmas!  Here’s a unique Christmas craft project for you. We always have a kissing ball here at our house, and this year I decided to make one I could use year after year. Learn how to make your own DIY Christmas kissing ball below.

Supplies:
3-3/8″ Smoothfoam Ball
Paper flowers of varying sizes
Wired leaves and decorative berries
1″ gold floral pins
Velvet ribbon
Small stapler
Paper piercer or small awl
Wire cutters
Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue

1.  For a hanger, cut a length of ribbon and fold in half; staple the open ends together about 1/2″ from the ends. Spread the two small end pieces apart and pin to the ball using floral pins.

2.  Start by stacking two flowers together. Push a floral pin through the center of the flowers then insert the pin into the ball. Continue adding flowers until the ball is covered.
TIP: Start with larger flowers to fill in the background, then add smaller flowers to cover the gaps.

3.  Make sprays of leaves and decorative berries. To secure, twist the wires together and wrap one of the wires around the others several times, very close together (this should be very close to the last leaf). Use wire cutters to clip the excess wire.

4.  Use a paper piercer to poke a hole in the ball near the ribbon (move any flower petals out of the way). Apply glue in the hole and insert the end of the wires. Repeat for a total of 3 sprays, spacing them evenly around the top of the ball.

5. Shape the leaves in a downward direction.

Vintage Snowman Ornament

smoothfoam snowman ormamentI want to share a fun ornament I made using Smoothfoam balls. I’m trying to get ahead of the game this year with my Christmas prep, and I have been busy making ornaments. This cute snowman is one of my favorites – I love the vintage vibe he has going on.

Supplies:
1-3/4″ Smoothfoam Ball
2-1/2″ Smoothfoam Ball
Whit craft paint. paintbrush
Glitter Mod Podge
Ribbon, buttons, rick-rack, paper flower,
Molding paste, glitter
Embroidery floss
Rub-on or clear sticker (face)
Pearl-head pin, small wood dowel
Craft glue

1. Paint the balls with white craft paint, then a coat of Glitter Mod Podge. Slice the tiniest bit off one side of each ball, then glue them together using a wood dowel in between.

2.  Apply a rub-on/sticker for the face (top smaller ball) and glue buttons on the bottom larger ball.

3.  Wrap a ribbon around the neck of the snowman, using a pearl-head pin to hold it in place.

4.  Stack buttons together to make a hat, add a small bit of rick-rack around the brim; add molding paste on the top and brim of the hat to look like snow, sprinkle with glitter while wet. When dry add a small flower. Pin a loop of floss into the top of his head, then glue the hat on top so the floss loop comes up on either side for hanging.

smoothfoam snowman ornament

Halloween Welcome Sign

Today I want to share a fun Halloween project to hang on your front door!

smoothfoam halloween welcome sign
Supplies:

12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Page Mount
Acrylic paints – black, light gray
Black inkpad
Black marker or paint pen
Chipboard die-cut branches
Die-cut letters or stickers
Black cardstock
Craft glue

1.  Paint the Smoothfoam sheet black, and remove some of the paint with a baby wipe, let dry. Smudge light gray on top and blend in to get a foggy nightime look. Let dry, then darken the edges with black ink.

2.  Ink the edges of the chipboard branches and glue to the top of the sheet – add details to each branch with a marker.

3.  Add outlines or details as desired to the die-cut letters or stickers with a paint pen, then adhere the phrase in the center.

4.  Cut bat shapes from black cardstock, add facial details with paint pens, fold the wings as shown and glue them upside down to the branches.

paper bats on Smoothfoam sheet

Fall Flowers & Burlap Centerpiece

fall burlap smoothfoam bouquet
I’m ready for the hot weather to be over and for fall to start, so I’m getting my décor ready just in case it starts soon! This fall floral centerpiece was so easy peasy! Customize this fall centerpiece craft with any type of flowers you choose.
You will need:
Double-sided tape
Silk flowers
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Wired ribbon
Adhere the discs together in a stack with double-sided tape. Wrap the outside of the stack with burlap ribbon, securing with tape. Glue some loose flowers on top and wrap a pretty wired ribbon around the base to finish it off.
I’m using a vintage doily and cake plate from my grandmother to display it on my table.