Alice in Wonderland Tea Table Sign

Alice in Wonderland Table Sign

I’m hosting an Easter tea party with a little Alice in Wonderland theme, so I made this sign for a table accent. I am so happy with how this turned out- I love it!

Supplies:
2 x 4 x 8 Smoothfoam block
Mod Podge for Paper – matte finish
Vintage sheet music
Washi tape, crepe paper
Assorted flowers and leaves
Chipboard letters
Ink, craft glue
Push pins, double-sided tape, paint brush

1.  Tear sheet music into large strips and decoupage the block using Mod Podge.

2.  To keep the wet paper from sticking to the table, push a few pins partway into one side so that the block will be elevated. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.

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3.  Apply washi tape around the corner edges of the block.
4.  Ink the chipboard letters and glue to the front.
5.  Use double-sided tape to adhere crepe paper around the sides of block.
6.  Embellish with flowers and leaves.

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Happy Hoppy Easter sign

smoothfoam easter signSmoothfoam’s smooth surface is great for painting, which makes it perfect for creating Easter craft projects, as well as seasonal decorations for all the holidays, like this happy, hoppy Easter sign. Create your own DIY Easter sign today!

Materials:

Smoothfoam 2” x 12” block
DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints – Refreshing, Delicate, Nostalgia, Innocence, Serene, Everlasting
Beacon Adhesives Tacky Glue
Makin’s Air-Dry Clay – Brown, white, yellow, red
2-part molding putty
JudiKin’s Snappy Tray
FlowerSoft Frosting – Hint of Green Glitter
Chipboard letters
Coordinating ribbons
Chocolate bunny
Paintbrushes, scissors

how to make smoothfoam easter sign

Instructions: 

Paint the Smoothfoam block to resemble a decorated Easter egg with assorted pastel colors, let dry.

Paint the chipboard letters white, let dry.

Cover each painted letter with glue and place in the tray. Sprinkle with white glitter, tap off excess and let dry. Pour remaining glitter from tray back into the container.

Tie decorative ribbons around the outside edge of the “E” in Easter, then glue each letter to the painted Smoothfoam block, leaving space on the right for the clay bunny.

Make a mold for a faux chocolate bunny – learn how in my video tutorial.

Press clay into the mold – place colored clays where desired first, then fill in with brown clay.  Remove from mold, let dry for 24 hours, then glue to the sign.

Hugs and Kisses Tabletop Decoration

smoothfoam valentines day tabletop centerpieceThis Valentine’s Day centerpiece was so easy and fun to make! Full of sparkle and bling….it’s sure to catch the eye of someone you love!

You will need:

6″ Smoothfoam disc
2″ x 4″ x 4″ Smoothfoam block
4 marbles or large beads
Glitter wrapping paper
Valentine-themed patterned paper, stickers and embellishments
Rhinestones
6″ length of straight wire
Glitter glue
Gold leafing pen
Tacky glue
Bangle bracelet
Paper trimmer and scissors

Instructions:

1.  Trace the Smoothfoam disc onto the glitter wrapping paper, cut and glue paper to the top and bottom of disc. Trim out a long 1″ piece to cover the edge. Cut 2 smaller circles and a narrower strip from the patterned paper to layer on top of the glitter paper. Add stickers as desired and fill in any gaps with glitter glue.

2.  Measure and cut more glitter wrapping paper to fit the size of your bracelet. Embellish it with the rhinestones then adhere it with glue to the center of the disc. The bracelet will be a separator between the disc and block.

3.  Flip disc over and glue the marbles in place as feet. Let this set while you work on the block – decorate it like you did the disc, with papers and embellishments as desired.

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4.  For the sign, embellish two similar stickers with the gold leafing pen, rhinestones and glitter glue. Sand-which the straight wire in between both stickers.

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5.  Poke a hole in the center if the cube with your wire. Add some glue to the hole, insert wire to desired height. Add rhinestones around wire. Finish off the centerpiece by touching up the stickers and such with the gold leafing pen.

How to Make Craft Stamps with Smoothfoam

One of my favorite things to make are background stamps – and with Smoothfoam, the possibilities are endless! It’s a great surface for carving stamps – I carved a different design on to each side of a cube, or you could also carve a sheet or block in any size.

Use your stamps to decorate fabric, cards, furniture, walls – or even make your own wrapping paper!

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Supplies:

One 5″ Smoothfoam cube
Wood-burning heat tool with assorted tips
Metal ruler
Paintbrushes, foam brush
Pens
Plastic tooth brush
Acrylic paint
100 grit sandpaper (optional for sanding any rough edges)

carve custom stamps on Smoothfoam

For the word “Art,” I used a pen to write the word backwards. Then I carved out the letters with a tapered tip of a heat tool. I also added some texture between the letters.

smoothfoam heat carved stamps

These holes were made by pressing into the Smoothfoam with the ends of a paintbrush, a marker and generic plastic toothbrush.

carve stamps from smoothfoam

I created these overlapping circles by firmly pressing a metal bracelet into the surface.

carve stamps from smoothfoam

These lines were created with the edge of a metal ruler.

carve stamps from smoothfoam

I drew the heart with a pen, then used the heat tool to carve out the shape and add the lines.

Faux Wood Block Pumpkins

smoothfoam wood block pumpkins

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year, but living in Florida leaves me wanting more cool weather, more changing leaves and more pumpkins! You can never have too many pumpkins! I am always trying to think of new ways to use products like Smoothfoam because it is so versatile. I discovered that trimming off the sharp edges and painting with a distressed technique turns the Smoothfoam into faux 2×4 blocks of wood.

Materials:

Two 2″ x 4″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Blocks
Kunin Felt Eco-fi Rainbow Classicfelt – Olive, Kelly Green
Americana Paints – Canyon Orange, Dark Chocolate, Tangelo Orange
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Ruler, pencil, paint brush, scissors
Hot Wire Foam Cutting Tool
Twig, brown paper-covered wire, wire cutters
Brown ribbons

Instructions:

1.  Cut one 12″ block into a 3-1/2″ section and a 7″ section with the Hot Wire Foam Cutting Tool. Trim the second block to 9″ and trim off the corner edges from all three blocks.

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2.  Paint all three blocks with Dark Chocolate, set aside to dry.  TIP:  I use a sheet of Smoothfoam with straight pins inserted as a drying rack.

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3.  Paint the small and large pumpkins with Canyon Orange with a dry brush in random strokes to create a distressed look. Repeat with Tangelo Orange on the medium pumpkin and set aside to dry.

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4.  Cut three 6″ lengths of wire and wrap around a pencil, then remove, to create tendrils.  Cut three leaves from felt. Cut three 4″ lengths of twig 4″ with wire cutters. Cut three 10″ lengths of ribbon and tie each in a bow.

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5.  To assemble each pumpkin – use a pencil to make a pilot hole in the top center of the pumpkin, squeeze in small amount of Tacky Glue and insert twig. Place a wire next to the twig stem. Fold a felt leaf in half and glue it with a ribbon bow to the top of the pumpkin.

Scarecrow Decoration

smoothfoam scarecrowUpcycle some of your old clothing to create a cute scarecrow. He’ll look great among your fall decorations!

Supplies:

3” Smoothfoam ball
2″x4″x12” Smoothfoam block
Plaid shirt cut to a 5″x13” strip and two 6″ squares
Denim jeans cut to a 5″x13” strip and two 6″x8” pieces
Natural burlap cut to an 8” circle, two 4″x8” pieces and two 4″x11” strips
Red burlap cut to a 7” circle
Fiberfill – 2 handfuls
Buttons
Twine – red and natural
Scissors, craft knife
Hot glue gun, plastic cup, rubber band

1. Cut the Smoothfoam block in half with craft knife. Save half for another project. Press the edges on your work surface to round them off.

2.  For his shirt, wrap the top of the block with the plaid strip, overlapping the edges. Fold down the top edges (gift wrap style) and glue. Do the same with the denim strip on the bottom of the block for his pants. When cutting the pieces, place the facings, binding and edges to resemble the front of shirt and pants.

3.  For his shirt sleeves, roll each plaid squares into a tube and glue the edges together, then stuff lightly with fiberfill. Fold down top and glue. Fringe the burlap strips, roll them up and glue to bottom of each arm. Glue each arm to the sides of the block. Make his legs in the same way.

4.  Glue the Smoothfoam ball to top of his body. Wrap and glue the natural burlap circle to his head. Shred scraps of burlap and glue to top of his head for hair. Add buttons for facial features. Glue on red twine for his mouth, tucking the ends under buttons for cheeks.

5.  Place the red burlap circle over a plastic cup and hold it down with a rubber band. Glue a scrap of denim around the brim over the rubber band. Remove the hat from the cup and glue it to his head.

6.  Add buttons to his shirt, pants and hat. Tie twine around his neck and wrists. Glue patches to his pants.

 

Mini Robot

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My sweet little nephew Alex just turned one. Since his birthday party was a robot theme, I decided to make a mini robot (4″ tall) to decorate his present. Keep in mind this is not a suitable toy for a small child, just a super cute decoration for the grown-ups to admire!

mini robot smoothfoam

Supplies:

2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block
Hotwire Foam Cutter
Silver craft paint
Craft glue
Letter stickers
Googly eyes
Pearl-head straight pins
Bamboo skewer

1.  Trim out 6 pieces from the Smoothfoam block with the wire cutter as shown for a body, head, arms and feet. Paint all pieces silver and let dry.

2.  Paint a wood skewer silver and cut into two pieces for the legs. Insert between the body and feet with a few drops of glue to secure.

3.  Glue the head and arms to the body.

4.  Adhere the eyes to the head, and a letter sticker for the child’s first name to the body. Place the letter “I” sideways on the head to create the robot’s mouth.

5.  Push two pearl-head pins into the top of the head for antennae, each secured with a drop of glue.

 

Baby shower centerpiece

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Hi everyone! I am so happy to be posting for the first time on the Smoothfoam blog!

My DD1 (darling daughter #1) is having her own DD1 later this fall, so of course I must use my craftiness to make her baby shower decorations. Her theme is a beloved girly theme park character, so I knew that I could make something amazing with Smoothfoam balls (and thank goodness she changed her mind, originally she wanted Pink Transformers, which just made my head hurt thinking about trying to make).

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To make a baby shower centerpiece like this, you will need:

One 4-1/2″ Smoothfoam ball
Two 2-1/2″ Smoothfoam balls
3″ Smoothfoam cube
Clay flower pot
Wood dowel
Craft paints – black, pink, white
Crinkle-cut paper filler
Curling ribbon
Wire ribbon
Toothpicks
Craft glue
Corsage pins
Paint brush
New pencil

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1. Paint the clay pot pink, let dry, and then add polka dots by dipping a new pencil eraser into white paint – use it like a rubber stamp. Press the Smoothfoam cube into the pot – glue it to the bottom if needed to secure.

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2.  Attach the smaller balls to the larger balls with toothpicks and glue, trimming just a bit off of each for a better fit.

3.  Press a dowel into the bottom of the large ball to make it easier to paint black. Push the opposite end of the dowel into the cube to dry.

4.  When dry, add a wire ribbon bow on top, curling ribbon underneath and paper filler inside the pot to cover the cube. I used corsage pins to attach everything – this makes it much easier to move something if needed. Try using different fillers like tulle or extra-wide ribbon.

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