Show Your School Pride!

Smoothfoam School Pride signOur schools here in Brighton, Tennessee started this week, so it’s time to show our school pride! I thought I would make a display piece for my young friends Ethan and Preston, who attend Austin Peay Elementary School, home of the Patriots.

Smoothfoam sheets made this project quick and easy, and although this mascot is in primary colors, using the Creme Wax on top gives it a rustic look that will be attractive in any boy’s room. The hand-carved effect also allows you to be a little less-than-perfect when applying the lines and stars.

This really is an easy-peasy, get-it-done-in-an-afternoon project. The hardest part was trying to decide if the mascot colors on the school website were true, especially since the patriot’s hat was purple, and the blue on the drum was actually teal. I took some artistic license and made both of them a nice patriotic blue, which made me happy.

Now, go make your own School Pride sign for your kids. I guarantee they will love it!


1/2″ thick Smoothfoam sheet
1″ thick Smoothfoam sheet 
Craft paints in school colors
Americana Décor Creme Wax – Espresso
Walnut ink
8.5″ x 11″ white copy paper and cardstock
12″ x 4″ blue cardstock
Tracing paper
Paint brushes
Black permanent marker
Hot knife
Dimensional paint markers – black, cream
Extra-strength craft glue
Gel medium
Pencil, masking tape, sand paper


1.  Print out your school mascot on white copy paper. Tape the image to your table top and tape the tracing paper on top. Trace the image onto the tracing paper with a black permanent marker.

2.  Lightly shade the back of the tracing with pencil (to make it easier to see) then tape the tracing, face up, to the 1/2″ Smoothfoam sheet.

Smoothfoam School Pride tracing back CWindhamSmoothfoam School Pride tape tracing paper to SF CWindham

Trace the image on to the Smoothfoam, being careful not to apply too much pressure. You won’t get a perfect outline, but you’ll be able to see the lines.

Smoothfoam School Pride trace lines onto SF CWindhamDraw over the lines on the Smoothfoam sheet with the black permanent marker.

Smoothfoam School Pride tape trace Sharpie onto SF CWindhamCut out the image with the hot knife. Use a piece of sandpaper to remove any rough edges.

Smoothfoam School Pride cut with hot knife CWindhamPaint the mascot image with two coats of craft paint, including the edges, allow to dry and then apply a coat of gel medium and allow to dry again. The gel medium ensures that your colors won’t absorb too much of the Creme Wax in a later step.

Smoothfoam School Pride Paint imageCWindhamPrint out your title on white cardstock, then mount to blue cardstock. Sponge the edges with walnut ink.

Smoothfoam School Pride sponge image CWindhamMeasure how much of the 1″ Smoothfoam sheet you need for the sign backer by placing the mascot and title on top. Cut out the backer with a craft knife.

Paint the sign backer red (or whatever color matches your mascot), allow to dry and then apply the Creme Wax with the foam paintbrush. Wipe it off with a paper towel before it dries. Repeat the waxing process with the mascot.

Tip: I used a small 6″ fan with a clip to attach it to my table edge to dry things quickly.

Go over the lines of the mascot image with the black dimensional paint marker, including the edges. Draw the stars around the drum with the cream paint marker. Allow all to dry.

20150809_175438Smoothfoam SchoolPride Stars CWindhamGlue the mascot and title block to the sign backer. Display on a small easel or glue a ribbon loop to the back of the Smoothfoam to display on a wall.

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