About Marilyn Gossett

I am a wife, mom, pet lover and a woman who has had a lifelong passion for creating art and crafting! I have been a designer, author and consultant in the craft industry for many years and I've authored 40+ craft books. I enjoy working with many mediums and I'm privileged to be on a team of such talented designers. I hope that our viewers enjoy the collective creativity!

Shabby Chic Angel Bride Decoration

Smoothfoam angel bride decoration

Smoothfoam is a great surface with many uses – it’s perfect for making a table decoration for any theme, like this shabby chic angel bride. This angel can be adapted to many other holiday or seasonal themes in addition to bridal or wedding. I think she would be beautiful in Christmas colors; maybe holding a birds nest or something appropriate for the holiday.  Enjoy!

You will need:

6″ x 12″ x 1″ Smoothfoam sheet
6″ Smoothfoam disc
8″ Smoothfoam disc
1/2″ Smoothfoam sheet (any size or scraps)
Hot wire foam cutter (I use Marvy)
Solid cardstock: cream, light peach, pink
Ink pads:  light brown, light pink
Cosmetic wedge sponge
Extra-fine point permanent black marker
Acrylic paints  black, blue, white
Paint brushes
Embossing machine and folders
Hot glue gun, tacky glue
Embellishments:  flowers, yarns, pearl-string, netting (cut in strips)
Ribbons:  1/4″ sheer pink, 1-1/4″ sheer cream


Emboss cream cardstock, then cut circles and strips to glue on the top and edges of each Smoothfoam disc. Ink the edges with light brown and glue the 6″ disc on top of the 8″ disc.

Click here to print my pattern* for the angel bride shapes. Cut out the pattern and trace around the body onto the 1″ Smoothfoam sheet.  Trace the arms and wings on the 1/2″ thick piece of Smoothfoam. Use the hot wire cutter to cut out each shape.

hot wire to cut smoothfoam

Trace around the head and shoulders onto the peach paper, cut out and glue the paper to cover the Smoothfoam.  Outline her facial features with the marker. Paint her eyes blue and her lips pink. Blush the cheeks with the pink ink pad.

Trace around the dress and arms patterns onto the cream cardstock. Cut out and emboss if you would like to have textured pattern as shown in the photo. Glue the paper to the matching Smoothfoam shapes. Distress the edges using the ink and sponge.

Cut out the wings from cream and pink cardstock using the pattern. Glue the layers together, then glue the wings to the angel’s back.

Anchor the angel to the discs with toothpicks and glue.

Glue yarn to her head for hair and trim as needed. Tie a knot in the middle of each strip of netting and glue each knot around her waist until you get the desired fullness. Glue flowers to her head, arms and base as shown.  Further embellish with ribbons and pearlstring until you are happy with the way she looks.

smoothfoam shabby chic angel bride decoration

* My pattern is for your own personal use or gift/donation only. Reselling my design is a copyright violation.

Paper Flower and Burlap Wallhanging

Smoothfoam  paper flower art

The Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount is my favorite size and shape to use as a design base. The possibilities are endless with Smoothfoam, plus it’s super lightweight for hanging on the wall or setting on a tabletop easel.

You will need:

12″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
15″ square and 11″ square pieces of red burlap
Natural burlap trim
Cardstock: orange, pink and red solids, plus coordinating patterned
Stamp Inks: coral, black, beige
Small buttons
Die-cutter or paper punches (floral designs)
Alpha tiles (or chipboard letters)
Rubber stamps:  a sentiment and a background pattern
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Scissors, paper trimmer
Short length of narrow ribbon

smoothfoam wallhanging

Wrap the 15″ square of red burlap around the Smoothfoam sheet, mitering the corners, and glue the excess to the back. Center and glue the 11″ burlap square to finish the back and glue a small loop of narrow ribbon to the back for a hanger.

Stamp a background pattern on a 9″ square of pink cardstock, then stamp a sentiment in one corner. Ink the edges of the paper, then glue it in the center of a 10″ square of orange cardstock. Center and glue your matted image to the burlap-covered Smoothfoam sheet.

Wrap a 26″ length of burlap trim around the sheet and glue the ends in back to secure. Glue a burlap bow to the front as shown. Remove a strand from some scrap burlap, thread it through the button and tie it in a bow. Glue the button to the middle of the burlap bow. Tuck a piece of red burlap under the bow and glue the tile letters to the burlap.

Arrange a selection of leaves and flowers, die-cut or punched from both solid and patterned papers on top of the pink cardstock as shown. Click here to download my diagram for how to make crumpled dimensional flowers like mine. Ink the edges of each element for some more interest and depth, then glue everything in position with buttons in the center of each blossom.

Words of Wisdom for the Graduate

smoothfoam craft project words of wisdom for graduates

Need a quick gift or decoration for the graduation party? These DIY gifts for graduation are a fun idea that all your guests can participate in. Ask everyone to write down some words of wisdom for the graduate on little slips of paper, roll them up with ribbon and put them in the jar. A little money rolled in would be nice too! Congrats and best of luck to all the graduates! Learn how to make this Graduate Words of Wisdom jar below.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
Craft paints – beige, black, brown and white
Black chalkboard paint
Jar with lid  (I found one with a banner shape embossed on the front)
Black cardstock
Embroidery floss in school colors, small round brad
Paper trimmer
Permanent markers – black, white
4″ squares of copy paper, pens
Heat knife
Wood skewer
Glue gun

Smoothfoam graduation gift project supplies

Cut away the bottom of the Smoothfoam ball with the heat knife, leaving a flat surface. Add a small button-size puddle of hot glue where the nose should be. Let dry, then layer another smaller pearl of glue on top.

Using the skewer as a handle, base-coat the ball with beige, let dry, then paint the face and hair as shown, let dry. Use a black marker to draw in the final details. Click here to download my face pattern to use as a guide.

smoothfoam ball painted face

Make a tassel from a skein of embroidery floss – click here to download an instructional diagram. Glue together a square of black cardstock to a rolled strip of the same cardstock to make a mortarboard (see supplies photo above). Attach the tassel with a small round brad in the center. Glue the mortarboard to the head.

Paint the embossed sign area on the front of the jar with the black chalkboard paint and let dry (or adhere a die-cut from chalkboard paper). Write a message or name on the sign with a white marker. Embellish the edge of the jar lid with paint or paper as desired.

Ladybug Photo Holder Vignette

Smoothfoam ladybug photo holder

Here’s a cute idea for a handmade Mother’s Day gift – or this little ladybug DIY photo holder vignette could be adapted as a gift for a favorite teacher during National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8).  I think the ladybug could even stand on her own!  Hope you are enjoying all of the new beginnings of spring! As you create this spiral wire photo holder, take time to enjoy the little blessings along the way and live life with a flourish!


6″ Smoothfoam disc
3″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
Two 1-1/2″ balls (cut in half)
Craft paints:  Black, Red, Yellow, Green, Cream
Paintbrushes:  1″ flat, 1/4″ flat
Pencil with new eraser
Stylus (for paint dots)
18 or 20 gauge wire, wire cutters
Wood skewers, toothpicks
Green cardstock
Glitters: green, clear
Low-temp hot glue gun
Tacky glue
Scissors, pliers
Optional:  Hot wire foam cutter  (I use Marvy Uchida)


1.  Using a skewer as a handle for each Smoothfoam piece; paint and allow to dry:
Disc (base) – Antique Green; 3″ half-ball (ladybug body) – red;  1-1/2″ half-balls – one black (ladybug head), three yellow (mushrooms).

2.  Paint dots on the ladybug with the pencil eraser:  White eyes on the head, black dots on each side of the body. Highlight the dots with a stylus and tiny cream dip dots. Attach the head to the body with a toothpick and hot glue to secure. I also used a dot of hot glue to form a nose on the ladybug’s face.

3. To make the spiral wire photo holders, cut three 12″ pieces of wire. Bend a tiny loop at one end of one piece of wire; continue to bend it into a flat coil to get desired spiral shape to insert a photo.  Make a pilot hole in the middle of one yellow half ball. Poke the straight wire end through the pilot hole. Position the half ball and bend the wire back and forth just below the half ball.  This will hold it in place.  Poke the straight end into the green base. Use the wire cutters to cut the wire to the desired height.  Repeat for each piece of wire and yellow half ball.

4.  For the ladybug’s antennae, cut two 3″ pieces of wire. Bend the top end of one piece into a 1/4″ spiral. Repeat for the other piece. Poke into the top of the head. For her legs, cut four 3″ pieces of wire. Stick the front and back legs into the flat side of the red body. Push her evenly into the green base.

Smoothfoam ladybug and mushrooms

5.  Embellish the ladybug, mushrooms and base with glitters and glue.

6.  For the grass,  I used my die-cutting machine and a grass border die to cut green cardstock to wrap around the base of my vignette. Another option is to cut two 1-1/2″ x 12″ strips of cardstock and cut a fringe at the top edge for the grass.  Stamp a sentiment on the grass trim, then glue it to the Smoothfoam disc as shown.

Easter Bunny and Chick Centerpiece

Smoothfoam Easter bunny centerpiece

Easter is one of my favorite times of the year – it’s a time to reflect on the spiritual and a time of renewal.  Easter bunnies and chicks show off the brilliant colors of spring and no matter what one’s age, the egg hunts, family dinners and fun times bring new memories and remind us of times gone by.

Smoothfoam is the perfect foundation for creating a vignette for your Easter decorating. This Easter bunny and chick centerpiece will brighten up any spot for your Easter celebrations and beyond into the spring! Learn how to create your own DIY Easter centerpiece below.


One each – 4″, 3″, 2.5″ and 2″ Smoothfoam balls
Smoothfoam sheet (any size)
Craft knife, toothpick, paint brush
Craft glue
Americana Décor Chalky Finish paints – Escape, Whisper, Heritage, Delicate
Crackle medium
Paint markers
Smoothfoam eggs
10″ or 12″ Smoothfoam disc
Paper flowers and grass
Sheer ribbons

For the bunny head, position the 3″ ball with the pilot hole in the back. Trim off one rounded end to make it straight across. For the body, repeat with the 4″ ball, but trim both the top and the bottom of the ball.  Connect the bottom of the head (flat side) to the top of the body (flat side) using a toothpick and a bead of glue.

smoothfoam balls bunny chick

Cut bunny ears and feet from a 1/2″ thick sheet of Smoothfoam. Attach each bunny ear to the head with a toothpick and dab of glue. Do the same to attach the bunny body to the feet.

Use the scraps cut from the Smoothfoam balls to make the chick wings.  Attach to the chick using toothpick for each and a dot of glue.

Base paint the bunny with Escape. Let dry. Apply crackle medium following the manufacturer’s instructions. Let dry; follow up with a coat of Whisper. Let dry thoroughly. Repeat for the chick with the Heritage shade.

Paint the faces as desired with markers. Tie ribbons around their necks.

Paint the Smoothfoam disc with desired color for the base of your DIY Easter centerpiece, let dry. Use toothpicks and glue to attach the bunny and chick in position on the disc, then embellish with eggs, flowers and paper grass.

Irish Greeting Signs for St. Patrick’s Day

 Smoothfoam st patricks day sign

Need a little tabletop decoration to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? These little lightweight blocks add a spot of color and Irish cheer to any space!


6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Hot wire cutter
Americana Décor Chalky Finish paints: brown, green cream
1″ die-cut letters:  Pot o’ Gold, Family, Irish, Friends, Blessings
1″ flat paintbrush
Wood skewer, metal ruler, pencil
Cardstock scraps:  brown, cream, green
Paper punched or die-cut hearts, large scalloped circle, large circle
Brown chalk Ink
Tacky glue
Clear rhinestone, green ribbon

1.  Measure and mark the Smoothfoam sheet to cut into blocks for each word. The hot wire tool works best if you cut on the line using the straight edge of the ruler to get a straight cut in the foam.

2.  Paint each block brown and allow to dry. Paint a second coat of green; allow to dry. Finish by dry-brushing very light amounts of cream paint over the green.

paper shamrock topper

3.  To make a shamrock topper, punch or die-cut a brown2-1/4″ scallop circle, one cream 1-3/4″ circle, and four green 1″ hearts. Fold each heart down the middle and apply chalk ink to all edges. Adhere the layers together as shown, forming a shamrock with the hearts. Glue a clear rhinestone in the center of the shamrock, glue a skewer to the back and tie a green ribbon in a bow around the skewer.

4.  Glue words to the blocks as shown. I put “Family” on one side of a block with “Friends” on the other side. Poke the end of the skewered shamrock topper in the top block as shown.

Steampunk Christmas Ball

Smoothfoam Steampunk ornament


3″ Smoothfoam ball
Offray ribbons:  1 yard length of 2″ wide sheer gold wire-edge; 1/2 yard length 1/4″ white satin or grosgrain
Decou-Page Gloss Medium
Metallic Lustre wax:  Black Shimmer, Copper Kettle
Gold metallic tissue paper
1″ flat paintbrush, small rag
1 metallic gold chenille stem
Self-adhesive rhinestone trim, clear rhinestones
Metal gear charms, metallic beads, gold bead caps
Straight pins, scissors
Glue gun
Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Wood skewer

tissue decoupage on smoothfoam ball


1.  Insert the skewer into the ball to use as a handle for decoupaging.

2.  Crumple the tissue paper and spread it out, then tear it into small random pieces. Brush decoupage medium to a small area of the ball and adhere a piece of crumpled tissue paper. Brush more medium to the top of the paper. Repeat until the entire ball is covered. Allow to dry thoroughly.

3.  Rub the copper and black Metallic Lustre wax over the surface of the ball with a rag to add extra dimension and shine. Adhere the rhinestone trim around the middle of the ball. Glue and/or pin the other embellishments to the ball as shown.

4.  Make a bow with four 2″ loops and two 2-1/2″ tails from the gold ribbon. Trim a V-notch into the end of each tail. Tie the white ribbon around the middle of the bow to secure and glue/pin it to the top of the ball. Tie the white ribbon ends in a knot, leaving a 3″ loop for hanging. Trim the tails at an angle.

gold steampunk smoothfoam ornament

Designer tip:  Look through your junk drawer to find buttons, beads, old keys, metal washers and gears, etc. These items all lend to the steampunk effect.

Enjoy & have a very Merry Christmas!

Jack-in-the-Box Snowman

smoothfoam jack in the box snowmanDo you like to upcycle?  I have a hard time throwing things in the trash sometimes, or even into the recycle bin! For example – the little Keurig coffee cups after they are used. I know there has got to be a really cool craft project lurking there, but I haven’t taken the time to figure one out yet. The box the cups come in was another story. I used it to complete this Jack-in-the-box Snowman project. It could be any kind of box with a flap, but this one was deep enough and worked nicely. I hope you enjoy making your own DIY snowman decoration!

3″ Smoothfoam ball
Cardstock (I used Snowhaven and matching stickers by Close To My Heart)
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint – Whisper
Americana Acrylic Paints:  Lamp (Ebony) Black, Spiced Pumpkin, Warm White
Americana Decou-Page Medium
2 sheets warm white felt
1-1/2″ scalloped circle paper punch
Chenille stems:  one silver metallic, one red metallic, one green
Small jingle bell
Polyester stuffing
Clear glitter
Powder blush
Scissors, wire cutters, paintbrushes, stylus
Wood skewer
Glue gun
Craft glue, spray mount
Click here to download the pattern for the snowman’s body

upcycle keurig coffee cup box

1.  Measure the height of the box. Cut cardstock to fit the box and lid. Adhere papers to the box & lid using the Decou-Page medium, set aside to dry.

2.  To make a rosette, cut three 2″ x 12″ strips of cardstock. Accordion fold each piece every half inch. It works best to score them before folding. Glue the two strips together and gather the folds into a circle and glue the edges together. Glue a scalloped punched circle of cardstock to cover the hole in the middle and secure the rosette. Repeat on the opposite side. Make one rosette for the front of the box and another for the snowman’s collar. The glue gun works best for making rosettes.

3.  Fold one sheet of felt in half along the long edge. Use my pattern to cut out one side of the snowman’s body and repeat with the other sheet of felt. Glue all the edges of the body together; leaving an opening for the head. Once dry, turn the suit right side out, hiding the seams inside. Lightly fill the body and arms with stuffing.

4.  Paint the Smoothfoam ball Whisper Chalky White. Poke the skewer into the pilot hold at one end as a handle to hold while painting. Once the ball is dry, paint black dots for the eyes and mouth. Rub blush on the cheeks with your finger. Highlight the eyes and mouth with tiny white dots. Allow to dry.

5.  Remove the skewer and paint 2″ of the pointed tip orange. When dry, cut off the tip of the skewer and push into the face for his nose. Replace the remaining part of the skewer back into the pilot hole and set aside.

6.  Pierce a small hole in the center of one rosette and poke the skewered head through the rosette and neck opening into the stuffed body. Spritz a little spray mount and sprinkly glitter to the head, rosette collar and body. Shake off excess. Place the snowman in the box with the arms extended as shown.

jack in the box handle chenille stem

7.  To make a crank handle, bend the silver metallic stem in two.  Shape it into a handle and glue the jingle bell onto the bent end.  Make a pilot hole in the middle of a 1″ circle of cardstock. Push the ends of the stem 1/2″ to the back side of the circle and bend out like a brad. Glue to the side of the box. Glue the second rosette to the front of the box and embellish with die-cut sentiments.

8. To make a halo for his head, loosely twist the red metallic stem around the green stem. Make a circle to fit around his head and twist the ends together to secure and glue it to his head. Glue another piece of green stem to the collar for added decoration.

9.  Embellish the snowman with stickers for the mittens, buttons on front, and sentiments. TIP:  Use your diecutting machine or paper punches to cut embellishments if you don’t have the stickers. Rubber stamps will work for the sayings. 

Now enjoy an adorable Christmas DIY snowman decoration that can stay out through January! Create your own snowman in a box today!

Holiday Greeting Plaque

Smoothfoam holiday plaque

From morning to night, may your holidays be bright!  This plaque is a holiday decoration you can keep up through the New Year. It can be hung on a wall or set on an easel.  Put it where light can shine on the glitter to make it sparkle.

Supplies you will need:

Two 5-3/4″ squares of holiday themed cardstock
Assortment of flat-back gems
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount sheet
Two 6″ squares silver glitter cardstock
12″ sheet red cardstock
Die-cutting machine with with alphabet (or alpha stickers, chipboard letters)
DecoArt Snow-Tex Dimensional Medium
Craft stick, paper trimmer
Heavy-duty craft glue

smoothfoam panel with snow tex

1.  Apply Snow-Tex to the Smoothfoam sheet with the craft stick. Spread it as thin as possible and allow to dry.

2.  Cut out the letters with the die-cut machine. The larger letters are 2-1/2″ high, the smallest are 1″ high.

3.  Accent the image on the holiday cardstock by adhering gems and allow to dry.

gems on cardstock

4.  Glue each embellished square on top of a silver glitter square.

5.  Arrange and glue all of the elements on the sheet as shown.

Jack-O-Lantern Doll Halloween Candy Bowl

Jackolantern doll halloween candy bowl

Supplies you will need:

12″ Smoothfoam half ball
Two 4″ Smoothfoam balls
2-1/2″ Smoothfoam doll head
4″ Smoothfoam wreath
3″ black witch hat
Black tulle
3-1/2″ circle of black cardstock
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:  Georgia Clay, Spiced Pumpkin, Soft Black, Warm White, Flesh Tone, Traditional Raw Sienna
Paintbrushes:  1″ flat, 1/4″ flat,  round, liner
Extra fine tip black permanent marker
One yard – 1-1/2″ burlap ribbon
Wood skewers, toothpicks
Glue gun
Serrated knife or hot foam cutter

For the doll head, poke in a wood skewer for a handle and paint the face in Flesh Tone. Paint the eye sockets Soft Black and let dry. Fill in the eyes with Warm White; leaving a rim of black around them.  Paint the iris of each eye in Traditional Raw Sienna and let dry. Dot the pupils with Soft Black and a White highlight. Use liner brush to apply Raw Sienna eyebrows and use the marker to make eyelashes. Paint her hair with Traditional Raw Sienna and use a smaller brush to feather the hair around the face.

For the jack-o-lantern, paint one 4″ ball with Georgia Clay and let dry. Blend one part Black to 4 parts Georgia Clay and paint lines from top to bottom of the jack-o-lantern and let dry. Paint the face cut-outs with Soft Black, let dry, then highlight with White using the liner brush.

For the base, cut both ends off of the second 4″ ball, leaving it 2-1/2″ high.  Use a skewer for a handle and paint with Spiced Pumpkin.

smoothfoam halloween candy bowl

Use a toothpick to connect the head and collar to the jack-o-lantern, then add some glue near the toothpick to secure. Glue the hat to doll’s head and tie a piece of tulle around the base of the cone top.

Poke 5″ of a wood skewer into the flat top of the base to make a pilot hole.  Poke the opposite end into the bottom of the jack-o-lantern. Insert the skewer back into the base. This will allow the jack-o-lantern to swivel around on the base.

Center and glue the Smoothfoam ring to the bottom of the 12″ half ball for the bowl. Paint with Georgia Clay and paint lines on the bowl in the same way as the jack-o-lantern. Allow to dry thoroughly. Glue the burlap trim around the top edge of the bowl.

Set the Jack-O-Lantern Doll into the center of the bowl. Toss your candy in the bowl to fill it up. Enjoy…Happy Halloween!