Rustic Carved Pumpkin Centerpiece

Smoothfoam Rustic Carved Pumpkin centerpiece

It’s that time of year again. Crisp fall air, leaves changing colors, apples and, of course, pumpkins! Here’s a rustic pumpkin centerpiece that will look great on your table all season long.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam sheet
Stick ‘n Carve transfer paper
Hotwire Foam Cutter or craft knife
Small ball stylus
Fine grit sandpaper
Acrylic craft paints:  Burnt Orange, Black, Grey, Brown
Craft glue
Peat moss

Directions:

1.  Draw or print a pumpkin graphic on the transfer paper.

2.  Lay the transfer paper on the Smoothfoam sheet and carve around the outline using either a Hotwire Foam Cutter or craft knife.

3.  Trace around inside lines of the pumpkin graphic using a small stylus.

4.  Remove the transfer paper.

5.  To create the deep grooves in the pumpkin, fold a small piece of sand paper in half and rub it along inside lines.  If necessary, sand any rough areas around the outside of the pumpkin.

6.  Cut a rough base and picket fence post from the leftover Smoothfoam pieces.

7.  Paint the inside grooves of the pumpkin first with the black and let dry. Paint the rest of the pumpkin with burnt orange. Paint the stem, picket fence and base in brown and grey as shown.

8.  Glue the pieces together – the finished overall size of my centerpiece is 6-1/2″ wide x 7-1/2″ tall.

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Fall Pumpkin

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Fall is so festive, with vibrant foliage on the trees and fields of pumpkins…the inspiration for my fall corduroy pumpkin. I had picked up some soft orange corduroy and brown polka-dot felt that was ideal for a Smoothfoam pumpkin patch!

You will need:
4-1/2″ Smoothfoam ball
8″ x 16″ rust corduroy or felt
4″ x 10″ polka-dot corduroy or felt
5″ square green Felt
5″ dowel
Leaf embellishment
1/2 yard raffia or yarn
Fabri-Tac Glue
Scissors, knife, ruler, pencil

1.  Cut off a thin slice from both the top and bottom of the ball. Make a hole in the center of one end of the ball.
2.  Wrap the corduroy piece around the ball, leaving a 1″ overlap and enough on either end to meet in center. Trim off excess. Glue the overlap first and then fold fabric over both ends and secure with glue.
3.  Make hole in center top of the pumpkin. Roll a 4″ by 10″ strip of brown polka dot around a 5″ piece of narrow dowel. Push the bare end of the dowel into the top of pumpkin with a little glue.
4.  Cut a leaf shape out of green felt to glue to the top. Tie on some raffia or yarn. Add a rusty leaf accent and you have a pumpkin!

So quick and easy, you can make a whole pumpkin patch in no time! Make smaller pumpkins as place card holders or party favors. I originally added a flat piece of fabric covered cardboard to the bottom, but that’s optional. Find numerous fall pumpkin crafts here today!

Burlap Pinecones and Acorns

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 Materials:

1″ Smoothfoam eggs
3″ Smoothfoam eggs
Burlap – brown and natural
Glue gun
Non-Stick Scissors
Acrylic craft paint – Burnt Umber
Foam paintbrush

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Pinecones

1.  Paint 3″ egg Burnt Umber. I only applied a single coat – paint does not have to be opaque, it just reduces the chance of white space showing through your pinecone “petals.”  Let dry.

2.  Use scissors to cut 1” x 1/2” wide petals, rounded on one end, from brown burlap.

3:  Glue the petals on to the egg, starting on the wide end, overlapping petals alternately, all the way to the top.

4:  Glue 3 final petals at the bottom of the egg with approximately 1/2” extending upward. Twist the ends together with a little glue to form a stem.

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Acorns

1.  Cut a 2” square of natural burlap.  Glue the point of a 1″ egg to the center of the square. Bring the edges of the burlap up around egg and glue . Trim away excess burlap.

2:  Cut 1/2” x 3” strip of brown burlap.

3.  Glue one edge of the strip around the top of the natural burlap on the egg, leaving an opening at the top.

4:  Fold the top of the burlap inward with glue and twist together to form the acorn cap. When the glue cools, remove any excess hot glue threads.

Click here for instructions on making the decorative burlap bowl to display your burlap pinecones and acorns.

Felt acorn ornaments

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I recently made these cute and colorful acorn ornaments with wool felt die-cuts and 3″ Smoothfoam balls.

Click here for the supply list and you can watch my video tutorial below. I love how these acorn ornaments can go from my autumn décor to the Thanksgiving table and then right to the Christmas tree – they’re multi-seasonal!

Smoothfoam felt acorn ornament

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Autumn pumpkin wallhanging

 

Don’t you just love autumn? There is a crispness to the air that you don’t get any other time of year. I love cool foggy mornings and warm, sunny afternoons…curling up on the porch with a good book and a great cup of coffee are pure heaven.

The pumpkins this year seem to be bigger than ever, too much for my bad back to handle. The solution? Smoothfoam, of course! There is hardly any weight to this door or wall decoration, and it can be used through the Thanksgiving holidays.

Smoothfoam autumn pumpkin decor

Supplies:

1/2″ Smoothfoam sheet
6 Smoothfoam balls: 1-½”
Electric foam cutter
Silk leaf garland – 30” length
Krylon spray paints – orange, brown
Wide wired ribbon – 36” length
Black chisel-tip marker
Craft paints – orange, brown, yellow, white, metallic purple
T-pins, pencil, paint brush
Aleene’s Foamtastic glue
6 pieces floral wire – 8” lengths

1.  Draw a large pumpkin shape on the Smoothfoam sheet and use foam cutter to cut out. Paint with orange craft paint and let dry, then add shadows as shown with brown, and add highlights with yellow and white. Paint the Smoothfoam balls purple and set everything aside to dry.

TIP:  Place Smoothfoam balls on a toothpick to use as a handle while painting, then insert them into another scrap piece of Smoothfoam to dry.

2.  Spray paint the garland with a blend of orange and brown and let dry.

3.  Write a sentiment (I used “Happy Fall, Y’all”) in the center of the paper ribbon with the marker. Bend the wired edges into a banner shape.

4.  Place the garland around the top and sides of the pumpkin. Anchor into position with t-pins, then use foam glue to attach the leaves to the surface. When dry, remove the pins.

5.  Attach the balls to the floral wire and wire into the garland on each side.

6.  Place the banner across the front of the pumpkin and attach with foam adhesive.

7.  Push an additional loop of wire into the backside of the pumpkin for hanging.

 

How to make a flower pot scarecrow

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I love the fall. Now there’s not a lot of crispness in the air in SW Florida and the leaves don’t change, so that’s why I like to decorate my home with all of the reminders of fall. This flower pot scarecrow is one of my favorites and can be created in about an hour! Decorate your home with a terra cotta pot scarecrow today!

Smoothfoam flower pot scarecrowSupplies:

2″ Smoothfoam ball
4″ terra cotta flower pot
DecoArt Americana paints:  Buttermilk, Hauser Medium Green,
Georgia Clay, Lamp Black, Graphite, Fawn, Antique Gold, Williamsburg Blue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Small wood bird, mini straw hat
Two 3″ wood pegs
2 black buttons, 1/2″ square fabric scraps
Raffia, kraft crinkle-cut paper shred
Paint brushes – small round and flat
Black marker
Serrated knife

1.  Turn the pot upside down for the scarecrow’s body. To make his shirt, paint the top half of the pot and the two pegs with Buttermilk; let dry. Paint horizontal lines with Antique Gold and vertical lines in Green on top of the Buttermilk on both the pot and pegs to make a checkerboard pattern; let dry.

2.  To make his overalls, paint the bottom half of the pot with Williamsburg Blue, then add two lines for the straps as shown; let dry. Draw a pocket in front with the marker.

3.  For his hands, paint the ends of the pegs with Fawn. Paint the wood bird with Lamp Black, and add the wing and tail details with Graphite, paint the beak Antique Gold, and add an eye with Buttermilk.

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4.  For his head, paint the Smoothfoam ball with Buttermilk and let dry. Dry-brush a little Fawn paint over the Buttermilk, then slice off a 1/4″ sliver from the bottom of the ball so it will sit flat on the pot. Paint a triangle with Georgia Clay for his nose and draw in some facial features with black marker as shown.  Highlight his eyes with Buttermilk.

5.  Glue the head to the top of the body and glue the peg arms one to each side. Glue two of the fabric patches, buttons and bird to the front. Glue the third fabric patch to the straw hat. Glue a small handful of crinkle paper to the top of his head, then adhere the hat. Tie some raffia around his neck and wrists.

 

Thanksgiving turkey decoration with burlap and paper

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Give thanks this holiday season for family, friends, good food…and this adorable DIY burlap turkey decoration for Thanksgiving. Let’s talk turkey!

Smoothfoam Thanksgiving turkey decoration

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 3” cube
Two Smoothfoam 2-1/2” balls
6” Smoothfoam disc
7 Sticky Sticks (self-adhesive jumbo craft sticks)
Cardstock:  kraft, dark brown, fall-themed pattern
Burlap fabric, jute twine
1-3/4” scalloped medallion die-cut or punch
Dark brown inkpad and dauber
Decoupage medium, paintbrush
Rubber stamps: 1” letters and 2-1/2” fall-themed image
Serrated knife or foam cutter
Low melt glue gun
Scissors, paper trimmer, pencil, toothpicks

Smoothfoam Thanksgiving Turkey decoration

1.  Body:  Cut 1” off from one side of the disc. Trace around the disc twice onto kraft cardstock and cut out pieces for the front and back. Cut 1” strips for the sides of the disc and adhere the trimmed cardstock to the disc using the decoupage medium. Repeat for the 3” cube, leaving one side uncovered. Distress the edges with the inkpad and dauber.

2.  Tail feathers:  Cut ¾” strips from kraft and patterned cardstock. Trim strips to fit the front and back of each craft stick. Adhere the cardstock to the craft sticks, alternating the kraft with the patterned, leaving the adhesive strip at the bottom of the sticks exposed. Distress the edges of the sticks with brown ink. Remove the adhesive strip from each stick and adhere sticks (it’s permanent adhesive!) to the back of the disc, fanned out as shown.

3.  Head and wings:  For the head, cut a 6” square of burlap and wrap it around one ball. Tie the twine around the burlap at the bottom into a tight knot and bow. Trim off any excess burlap and twine.  For the wings, cut the remaining ball in half and wrap each half in burlap and glue down the edges to the flat sides. Trim off excess burlap and distress the head and wings with the inkpad. Glue on small dots of black cardstock for the eyes, an orange triangle for the beak, and small circles of brown for the wattle and head feathers.

4.  Assemble:  Using toothpicks and glue, attach the head and wings to the body (block), then attach the unfinished side of the body to the disc.

5.  Embellish:  Stamp the letters for the word “thanks” on the medallions, distress the edges and adhere to the top of each tail feather. Stamp a fall-themed image on cardstock and trim it to fit the front of the body and adhere. Glue additional medallions to the bottom of each tailfeather. Loop and glue twine to the back of the tail feathers as shown. I punched small circles from matching cardstock, then glued the twine between each stick and circle.  Unravel the ends of the twine on each side of the turkey.

 

Make an owl for an autumn wreath

 

This adorable little owl can sit inside an autumn wreath or a fall bouquet…a perfect addition to your harvest décor!

Owl made with Smoothfoam

 

Supplies:

1″ Smoothfoam ball
2-½” Smoothfoam egg
Craft paints: brown, gold
Felt scraps: tan, light yellow
Craft foam scrap: tan
Wiggle eyes
6” yellow chenille stem, yellow
Small branch
Craft glue, hot glue
Serrated craft knife
Paintbrush, scissors

1.  Trim off one side of the ball and the large end of the egg. Glue the flat sides of each together to make the head and body of the owl.

2.  Paint the owl brown and let dry. Dry brush the front of the body with tan.

3.  Cut two ovals (wings) and a triangle (face) from the tan felt. Use a dime to trace and cut two small circles from the light yellow felt. Make small cuts around the circles to create fringed rings. Make cuts into the ovals to look more like feathers if desired.

4.  Cut two small triangles from tan craft foam for the beak.

5.  Glue the tan felt triangle to the center of the head. Glue the yellow circles on either side of the point and glue the wiggle eyes to the circles. Glue the wings to the body on each side with the edges against the head. Glue the beak on the point between the eyes.

6.  Cut the chenille stem into two pieces and wrap the pieces around the branch like his feet, spacing them as shown. Hot glue the body to the feet and branch.