DIY Faux Glass Owl Ornaments

smoothfoam Owl Ornaments I love all the beautiful, European glass ornaments that are on display during the holidays, but I hate how much they cost. And they are breakable, so if you have young children or a pets, spending a lot on a glass ornament can feel like a complete waste of money. But I have a great solution! I created these faux glass ornaments from Smoothfoam owls! Can you believe it? They look delicate and breakable, but they aren’t. Here’s how to make some DIY owl ornaments for yourself.

smoothfoam Owl Ornament

Supplies:

Smoothfoam owls
Metallic paint: green, pearl, cream
Feathers in colors to match the paints
Craft glue
Glitter glue
Small screw eye hooks
Ribbon

smoothfoam faux glass Owl Ornament

Instructions:

Paint each owl with the metallic paint. I used three coats to get a smooth, glass-like effect, allowing it to completely dry between coats.

Glue the feathers on each owl.

Accent the owl’s eyes, beak, and talons with glitter glue.

After the glitter dries completely, twist a hook into the top of the ornament and thread a ribbon thorugh it for hanging.

faux glass smoothfoam Ornament

Carved Inspirational Butterfly Wall Art

Smootfoam-Carved-Butterfly-by-Carmen-Flores-Tanis-mainThis DIY butterfly wall art makes a charming reminder to try new and daring things. Its simple shape makes it the perfect beginner project for carving Smoothfoam. And it is easy to personalize by adding your favorite quote or loved one’s name. You’ll want to make lots of these!

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Acrylic paints – black, light blue, medium blue, dark blue, metallic blue
Hot Wire Foam Factory Hot Knife & Mini-Scroll Table & Engraving Tool
Paint pens – white, black
Silver 12-gauge wire
Wire cutters
White glue, paintbrush
Picture-hanging hook

1.  Click here to download* my butterfly design.  Because it’s too large to fit on a single sheet of Sulky Stick’n Carve, I tiled it on two sheets. Print the butterfly and peel off the backing release paper, then apply the Sulky pieces to the Smoothfoam sheet, overlapping to make one continuous design. Trim off the excess transfer sheet.Smootfoam-Carved-Butterfly-by-Carmen-Flores-Tanis-1

2.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam sheet with the Mini-Scroll Table.

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3.  Use the Engraving Tool to carve the wording and other details into the foam. Peel off the transfer sheets when finished.

4. Paint the butterfly black. Let dry.

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5.  Dip the paintbrush into the dark blue, then wipe most of the paint off onto a paper towel and “dry brush” the blue on top of the black. Set aside to dry. Repeat with the medium blue and light blue paints, letting dry in between coats.

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6.  Paint the banner area with a few coats of blue metallic paint.

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6.  Add details with the paint pens as shown.

7.  To form the antennae, cut two pieces of wire to 5″ long. Twist one wire into a loose spiral and insert it into the top of the butterfly. Secure with a drop of white glue. Repeat for the second wire.

8.  Glue a picture hanging hook to the back or display on an easel.

* Copyright:  You are welcome to use my original artwork only for your own use or for a gift/donation. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale.

Butterfly Dreamcatcher

smoothfoam Butterfly Dream Catcher

This colorful DIY butterfly dreamcatcher is sure to trap all your bad dreams and then bring the good dreams to you. Learn how to make this craft dreamcatcher below.

Supplies:

4″ Smoothfoam wreath
White yarn
Black embroidery floss
Decorative butterflies
Ribbon

smoothfoam wreath Butterfly Dream Catcher

Instructions:

1.  Wrap the Smoothfoam wreath completely with white yarn.

2.  To weave a “web” inside the wreath with the black embroidery floss, tie the thread at any point on the wreath, wrap it once around (not too tightly – you want a half loop to hang down), then move a few inches over and wrap it again. Once you have gone around the wreath once, continue wrapping the embroidery floss around, weaving it through each loop of thread. Don’t pull too tight, it will tighten up as you go. Tie it off and knot it at the middle. This step can be confusing – see the diagram below. There are also many videos online showing you how to create a dreamcatcher if you need more help. It’s okay if the web is wonky – don’t stress too much about getting the loops even. I didn’t and I love the way it turned it out.Weave a Dreamcatcher

3.  Glue butterflies around the wreath and wrap a ribbon through the top for hanging.

Sweet Spring Bird Wreath

smoothfoam yarn wreath

One of my favorite things to do to get ready for spring and summer is to fix-up my yard. In the warm months, my family likes to use the backyard as an addition to our home. We eat many meals, read, and relax outside as much as we can. Creating a beautiful environment with pretty décor makes the yard a more inviting place and encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.

One charming way to make your backyard feel like a retreat is to hang sweet & colorful ornaments from tree branches. This mini spring bird wreath will bring joy and color to your yard. This spring door wreath craft is also a nice way to bring a touch of nature indoors or use it to decorate a special gift.

Supplies:

4″ Smoothfoam round wreath
Yarn
Decorative bird (try the dollar bins of your local craft store)
Buttons
Green felt scraps
Craft glue
Ribbon

Instructions:

1.  Wrap yarn around the Smoothfoam wreath and secure the ends to the back with glue.

2.  Cut leaves from green felt. You only need a little, so this is a great project to use up small scraps.

3.  Arrange leaves and buttons around the base of the wreath to represent flowers. Use my project photo as a guide for placement, or create a placement that is pleasing to you.

4.  Glue buttons and leaves in place. Glue the bird to sit inside the wreath.

5.  Tie a ribbon around the top of the wreath to use as a hanger.

Sweet Spring Bird Wreath

 

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!

Supplies:

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)

Directions:

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.

Vintage-Inspired Patina Owls

smoothfoam owls

It’s no secret that I love anything owls. I think they are just the most fantastic, adorable, magical creatures! When I saw these little guys, I squealed! They are cute in white, but even better painted. You can use them to spruce up a potted plant or display as a collection.  I hope you enjoy my tutorial. 🙂

Supplies:

3-7/8″ Smoothfoam owls
Acrylic paints -dark brown, metallic, gold
Mod Podge Gloss
Inka Gold metal paint
Foam brush
Bamboo skewers – trimmed to 6″

Push a skewer into the bottom of your owl and paint it brown. Poke the owl into a block of Smoothfoam to hold it upright as it dries.

Rinse and dry the foam brush, then add a little gold paint to the owl. Add additional metallic colors sparingly as desired, so the brown paint still shows through.

Once all the paint is dry, coat the owl with Mod Podge and allow to dry thoroughly for a few hours.

Lightly apply Inka Gold to the owl with your finger, accenting it just enough to give it a vintage look. Here are more patina variations, all starting with the brown and gold paint as a base.

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Easter Bunny Jelly Bean Jar

easter bunny jelly bean jar

Easter is such a fun time of the year – all of the bright colors, cute bunnies and chicks and, of course, the CANDY is the ultimate inspiration!

I always like to give gifts to my family and friends at Easter – this Easter Bunny Jelly Bean Jar makes a super cute, quick and easy gift for anybody sweet on your list!

Here’s what you need:

4″ Smoothfoam ball
Kunin Eco-Fi Rainbow Classicfelt – White
Americana Paints – Light Buttermilk, Indian Turquoise, Petal Pink, Titanium White and Lamp Black
Wide-mouth mason jar
Fabric scrap and ribbons
Low-temp hot glue gun
Paintbrushes, serrated knife, pencil, scissors, black marker
Jelly beans (of course!)

Cut off the bottom of the ball (opposite the end with the pilot hole) with a serrated knife to create a flat surface.

cut smoothfoam ball serrated knife

Cut out two bunny ears from the white felt (trace a template on cardstock first if needed).

Insert a sharpened pencil into the flat surface of the Smoothfoam ball to use as a handle for painting. Paint the ball and one side of each ear with Light Buttermilk, let dry.

Push the bottom of both bunny ears into the pilot hole at the top of the ball with the pencil.

Paint the nose and cheeks with Petal Pink as shown. Paint the eyes with Indian Turquoise, let dry. Draw the nose outline, muzzle, whiskers and eyebrows with a black marker. Paint the pupils in both eyes with Lamp Black, let dry. Paint a highlight in both pupils with Titanium White, let dry.

Glue the bunny head to the lid of the mason jar. Wrap and tie a bow (made from fabric scrap and ribbons) around the neck of the jar. Fill your Easter jar decoration with jelly beans and give it to your favorite somebunny!

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.

Supplies:

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.

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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.

Pretty Birds Art Panel

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I’m so excited about my first Smoothfoam project – I love the natural, earthy look that Smoothfoam’s texture gives to my art panel.

Supplies used:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
1″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in 1/2)
Acrylic paints, paint brush, sponge
Wood shapes – birds, cage, branch, sun
Craft glue, craft knife

Paint each wood shape in a desired colors and let dry. Slice off a bit of the Smoothfoam ball and paint gold. When dry, sponge paint or dry brush layers of orange and red over the gold and let dry. Glue the ball to the center of the wood sun shape.

Paint the Smoothfoam sheet with 1-2 coats of a light color – I chose pink. Streak additional colors on top and blend, allowing the base color to show through. Let dry, then glue each wood shape into position.

Glittered Bunny Egg

Smoothfoam Glittered Bunny Egg

Are you ready for spring? Warm weather, pretty flowers, sweet little bunnies and Easter eggs. My project today is a sweet glittery little bunny made from a Smoothfoam egg.

You’ll need:

Smoothfoam egg
Smoothfoam Sheet
Craft knife and cutting mat
Sanding block, paintbrush
Small white pompom
Craft glue
Mod Podge
Cream paint
Clear glitter
Small heart brad, brown micro brads
Pink paint pen, fine black marker

1.  Cut two bunny ears from the Smoothfoam sheet and lightly sand the edges of the ears.

2.  Glue the ears on to the Smoothfoam egg as shown.

Glittered Bunny Egg

3.  Paint the bunny cream and let dry, the add pink to the inside of the ears with the marker.

4.  Cover the bunny with a thin coat of Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter. Glue the pompom at the end for his tail.

5.  Insert micro brads for the eyes and the heart brad (upside down) for the nose. Draw a small mouth with fine black marker.