About Vicki O'Dell

You know me as "The Creative Goddess." I am a floral designer, interior designer, craft designer, trend reporter, creative business consultant, writer and blogger.

Faux Succulent Bowl Garden

Faux Succulent Bowl Garden

I don’t know about you, but I’m madly in love with succulents these days. The only problem is that my house doesn’t have a lot of light due to lots of trees and deep eaves.

That low light issue has always made it hard to have plants indoors.

But I’ve found a way to add succulents without killing them with this Faux Succulent Garden Bowl. This DIY succulent bowl is an easy way to add a little green to darker interiors!

Supplies:

Jute rope (I got mine at Lowe’s)
12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
10″ Smoothfoam disc
Hot glue
Aquarium gravel
Faux succulents
Hot wire cutting tool

Faux Succulent Bowl Garden

1.  Use the hot wire cutting tool to remove a small amount of the bottom of the hollow ball so that the bowl will sit flat.

2.  To cover the hollow half ball in jute rope, begin about 2″ down inside the bowl and glue one end in place. Wrap the bowl in a spiral pattern up to the rim, over the rim, and then down to the bottom.

3.  Place the disc inside the bowl and glue it in place. You may have to cut it if it won’t fit down inside the bowl.

4.  Arrange the succulents in a pleasing manner and glue in place.

5.  Add aquarium gravel just to cover the disc and any bit of the inside of the bowl that shows.

 

 

Make a rope Easter basket for boys

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I’m not generally fond of saying that something is strictly for boys or girls, but this brightly-colored DIY rope Easter basket kind of screams BOY, don’t you think?

Feel free to skip the handle and use it in a guy’s room as a “catch all” bowl.

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

Supplies:

8″ Smoothfoam half-ball
Blue Hawk poly rope (I used 60-lb from Lowe’s)
Hot glue gun
Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears
Large metal washer
Darice 16-gauge Craft Wire
4 floral pins

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

1.  Beginning at the top rim,  glue the rope to the Smoothfoam half-ball. Pick a spot to begin and add a drop of hot glue. Carefully hold the rope in place while the glue sets for just a minute or two.

2.  Add glue and lay the rope down in a spiral pattern as shown. Once the top rim is covered continue around the sides of the half ball, until you get to the center of the bottom of the basket and cut off any excess rope.

3.  Secure the end of the rope into the center of the bottom of the basket with more glue.

4.  Glue the large metal washer to the bottom of the basket to give it a flat, weighted base. As an option, you could also cut a 6-8′ length of rope and glue it in a circle to the bottom of the basket to help keep the basket from wobbling.

Smoothfoam and Rope Easter Basket for Boys

5.  To make the handle, cut three pieces of craft wire to desired length, and cut three pieces of rope just a bit shorter than the wire.

6.  Fray one end of one length of rope a tiny bit and pinch the white poly strands in the core. Pull them out from inside the blue rope.

7.  Feed the craft wire through the blue rope and repeat for other two lengths, then braid the three rope-covered wires together.

8.  Glue the braided handle to the inside of the basket and secure by pressing floral pins into the foam at an angle (snip the pins shorter if needed).

NOTE:  Due to the sharp wire ends, these homemade Easter baskets are not safe for small children.

 

“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.

 

National Craft Month: Heart-shaped button ornament

Heart ornament

 

I made this romantic little heart for Valentine’s Day…but if love is immortal, then heart-themed baubles should be okay year-round, right?

This project is a great way to showcase your favorite buttons using a Smoothfoam heart.

Click here for complete instructions on my blog!

Want a chance to WIN $100 worth of Smoothfoam sheets and shapes? Just leave on comment on this post (click the “replies” link below) and come back to leave a comment on every post in March to enter! That’s up to 31 chances to win…good luck!

National Craft Month: Mandala wallhanging

mandala

There’s something very peaceful about a mandala – it represents the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. I read that if there’s a mandala in one of your dreams, it means you are searching for completeness and self-unity.

I think the texture of the Smoothfoam combined with these paint colors makes it look like stone, don’t you?

Click here for complete instructions on my blog – enjoy!

Want a chance to WIN $100 worth of Smoothfoam sheets and shapes? Just leave on comment on this post (click the “replies” link below) and come back to leave a comment on every post in March to enter! That’s up to 31 chances to win…good luck!