About Meggan Maravich

I'm a stay-at-home mom, which is a misnomer, as I am rarely at home. My accomplice in parenting and I have been married for eighteen years. We have a loud and crazy household, but I know someday we will miss all the activity. Painting keeps me sane, and I try enjoy a little sanity as frequently as possible. Some days it seems just out of reach...

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.

“Kitchen Closed” sign

Kitchen closed sign made with Smoothfoam

 If you’ve ever had one of those days, here’s your sign!

Supplies:

2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block
Smoothfoam Sheet (any size)
Foam cutting tool
Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Black, Burnt Umber, White, Barn Red, Opaque Yellow
Cardboard scrap
6″ length of jute string
Hot glue gun
Foam pouncer
Permanent marker

1.  Cut chicken shape from Smoothfoam sheet.
2.  Paint the Smoothfoam block with a base coat of red, let dry.
3.  Paint the chicken cut-out with white, the crown with red, and the beak with yellow, let dry.
4.  Add black polka dots with pouncer.
5.  Paint the words “Kitchen Closed” with white as shown; let dry.
6.  Shade the lower half of the letters with burnt umber, shade left and lower outsides of each letter with black.
7.  Use hot glue to attach chicken to a Smoothfoam block.
8.  Write “This Chick’s Had It” with a marker on a cardboard scrap.
9. 
Punch holes in the top corners of the cardboard and thread the jute through. Knot the ends and hang the sign around the chicken’s neck.

“Top Banana” trophy

Smoothfoam banana trophy

 

Here’s a delightfully fruitful way to give a little recognition to your favorite “Top Banana” for their perfect report card, excellent bedmaking, or just because it’s Friday. Everyone deserves a homemade trophy, and this Top Banana trophy is fun as a gag gift, too!

Supplies:

2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block
3″ Smoothfoam cube
1/4″ wood dowel (cut to 7″ length)
Plastic banana (from the floral dept)
Hand drill and 1/4″ drill bit
Foam cutter or craft knife
Sandpaper
Hot glue gun, glue sticks
Black acrylic paint
2 screw brads
Cardstock: kraft, yellow
Printer
Scissors, paper trimmer
1/8″ hole punch
Extra large oval punch

1.  Cut Smoothfoam block in half to 2″ x 4″ x 4″. Sand the cut edge smooth.

2.  Paint the Smoothfoam block, cube, and dowel with two coats of black acrylic paint and allow to dry.

3.  Find the center of the painted block and the cube, and use the hand drill to make a starter hole in each piece. Stack the cube onto the block and press the dowel carefully through the centers of each. Use hot glue to secure.

4.  Punch an oval from the kraft cardstock.

5.  Print the words “Top Banana” on the yellow cardstock from your computer and trim down to a strip that’s about 1/3 the width of the oval to create a plaque.

6.  Punch a small hole at each end of the plaque. Center the plaque onto the Smoothfoam cube and press screw head brads into the holes to secure

7.  Drill a 1/4″ hole into the bottom of the fake banana and secure it to the top of dowel with hot glue.

Smoothfoam trophy banana

National Craft Month: Painted wreath

Maravich wreath

 

Spring is in the air! This cute little girl is painted on a 6″ Smoothfoam disc.

I just love how lightweight it is – perfect for attaching to the center of a grapevine wreath.

Click here for full instructions on my blog.

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