Rustic Pumpkin Decorations

SM Halloween Pumpkins 1

Supplies:

Three 2″ x 4″ x 12″ Smoothfoam blocks
Acrylic paints; orange, red, umber, black, sienna
Paintbrushes
Hot knife or other cutting tool
Small wood spools
Decorative pins
Ribbon

SM Halloween Pumpkins 2

 

Using the hot knife, cut one of the blocks to 9″ high, cut one to 6″ high, and leave the other at 12″. Trim the edges from all pieces and sand if desired.

Paint each block with a base coat of orange, then dry brush light coats of red and sienna onto the pieces. Set aside to dry.

Add black accents to each block.

Paint the small spools umber and attach to the tops of each block with decorative pins. Tie ribbon around each spool.

Halloween Jack O’ Lantern Decoration

smoothfoam halloween Jack O' Lantern decoration

Hang this happy Jack O’Lantern on your front gate or front door to greet everyone this fall. Tape a small battery-operated tea light inside to warm him up and make him glow!

Materials:

12″ Smoothfoam half-ball
12” Smoothfoam rod
Acrylic paints: orange, green, tan, light red, gold
Paper bag
Green floral wire
Tacky glue
String for hanging
Craft knife, paintbrush, wire cutters
Emery board, scissors, pencil

Instructions:

Use the end of the Smoothfoam rod to trace circles for the nose and stem on the half ball. Draw the eyes and mouth. Cut out with the craft knife. Leave holes rough if desired, or smooth with an emery board.

Paint the outside of the half ball orange. Mix orange and gold to paint the cut edges of the features. Paint the inside gold.

Cut pieces of the rod for the stem and nose. Tear the paper bag to wrap around the stem and nose. Apply glue to the paper bag and wrap it around the stem twisting and squeezing the paper. Glue it into the hole in the half ball. Repeat for the nose, making the paper longer than the rod and twisting the nose to look like a branch. Dab the stem and nose with tan and light red paints.

Cut leaves from the paper bag and glue wire to the center for stems. Paint the leaves green and bend the stems. Curl some wires on a pencil for tendrils. Arrange the leaves and tendrils and poke into the area around the stem.

Add pumpkin ridge lines from top to bottom, if desired. Pin or glue a string loop hanger to the back.

Quick and Easy Halloween Window Decorations

halloween smoothfoam decorations

I originally created this Halloween decoration project as a series of characters to hang vertically as a single door decoration, but my crafty young niece, Margo, liked each character so much on its own, that I present them to you this way. She thinks it would be cool to hang one in each window and I agree! I’ll need to make a few more to fill all the windows in the front of my house. 

Supplies:
Two 12″ square  Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mounts
Two 10″ Smoothfoam discs
Acrylic paints – black, fluorescent orange, green, red
Sponge brushes, small round-tip brush
12″ pipe cleaners – black, purple, bright green
1″ googly eyes, 4.5″ googly eyes
Halloween-themed ribbon
Glue, scissors, dull pencil
Knitting needle or screwdriver

Creepy Cat
Paint a disc with 1-2 coats of black. Position the eyes and glue them into place. Below the eyes, paint an upside-down mouth in red; add a small tongue. To make his ears, cut a black pipe cleaner into two 6″ pieces and bend each in half. Spread the bottoms out by one inch and position them along the top of the disc. Poke holes in the disc with the knitting needle and push in the bent pipe cleaners. Poke holes one either side of the nose and push in short lengths of purple pipe cleaners for his whiskers.

Giggly Ghost
You can leave the Smoothfoam unpainted, or paint white if desired. Draw two eyes and a mouth and fill in with black paint.

Petrified Pumpkin
Paint a disc with 1-2 coats of orange. Try fluorescent orange for a little nighttime magic. Draw a Jack-o-Lantern face on the disc and fill in with black paint. Shape a green pipe cleaner into a stem, poke holes at the top of the disc and push in the ends of the pipe cleaner.

Frightened Frank
Paint a square sheet with 1-2 coats of green, position the large google eyes and glue into place. Draw the hair and mouth, then fill in with black paint.

Apple of My Eye Mirror

Smoothfoam fall leaves mirror

I love autumn with its gorgeous colors, crisp juicy apples and the smell of campfires and burning leaves. My house is decorated in fall colors, so this mirror will fit perfectly in any room. Every time you look into this mirror, remind yourself that you are the apple of someone’s eye, and as Lennon and McCartney said, “Love is all you need.”

Smoothfoam balls make perfect apples with just a little bit of slicing and carving. This project took less than two hours from concept to completion, so it’s easy to make and pretty to look at!

Supplies

Five Smoothfoam 2″ balls
12″ beveled mirror
Acrylic paints –  Bright Gold, Crimson Red
Black permanent inkpad
Brown air-dry clay
Branch push mold for clay
Fabric leaf picks
Heavy-duty craft glue
Self-adhesive hanger
Posterboard
Hotwire foam cutter, craft knife
Sand paper, scissors, skewers
Paint brush, sponge

1.  Cut each 2″ Smoothfoam ball in half, sand any rough spots, and cut a small V-shaped wedge from the top of each half. Sand smooth the edges in the V.

2.  Mix the two paints (50/50) to create a metallic burnt orange shade. Insert a skewer into the flat side of each ball, making sure it doesn’t go all the way through and paint them front and back. Place the skewers into a wide-mouth jar, making sure the apples are not touching, until the paint dries.

3.  Cut the leaves from the floral stems and separate them into 3 sizes. Set one medium leaf aside to use to trim smaller leaves for the apples. Glue the largest leaves around the mirror, about 1″ inside the edge. If you do not have enough large leaves to complete the circle, just add a couple of medium leaves, randomly but evenly spaced, and move them to the outer 1/2″ edge of the mirror.

Smoothfoam Apple of My Eye Mirror Leaf base CWindham4.  Repeat using the darker leaves and coming about 1/2″ farther into the center and press down for a few minutes to allow the glue to set.

Smoothfoam Apple of My Eye Mirror Add Second finished leaf layer CWindham.jpg 5.  Add more smaller leaves, again moving in another 1/2″. Press and allow to dry.

6.  Trace a 12″ circle onto poster board with a plate or template.

7.  Trim out the circle and glue it to the back of the mirror. Attach a self-adhesive picture hanger to the upper center of the poster board.

Smoothfoam Apple of My Eye Mirror Add back CWindham8.  Glue the apples on top of the leaf ring, spacing them evenly around and turning the tops either left or right.

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9.  Push some brown clay into the branch mold, then cut into small piecs to make the apples stems and sponge each stem with black permanent ink. Cut ten small leaves from the leaf you had set aside. Glue the leaves and stems to the top of each apple.

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Smoothfoam Apple of My Eye Mirror cut small leaves CWindham

Lollilop Flower

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As summer comes to an end, I see the last of the flowers coming up. A friend of mine asked me for a kid-friendly flower project, so I thought using Smoothfoam to make this lollipop flower was the perfect idea! The kids LOVED it – it was fun and easy to make. Ages 3 and up can do this with help!

Supplies:

10″ Smoothfoam disc
6″ Smoothfoam disc
12″ Smoothfoam rod
2″ X 4″ X 4″ Smoothfoam block
3/4″ Smoothfoam balls
Acrylic craft paints: red, orange, yellow, dark green, light green, bronze
Craft glue, wood skewer, toothpicks
Chunky white frost glitter

I started by painting all of the Smoothfoam – the block is bronze, the rod is two blended shades of green, and the discs/balls are blended with red, orange and yellow. To make it more fun for the kids, I put two colors of paint in a plastic bag and just squished the 3/4″ balls around inside until coated. Set aside on a paper towel to dry.

While the two discs are still damp with paint, sprinkle on the glitter.

glittered smoothfoam discs

Once all is dry, layer and glue the two discs together. For the base and flower stem, glue the rod to block – for extra security, I used a long skewer to hold the two elements together, inserted from the bottom of the block. Use toothpicks and glue to attach the stem to the back of the flower. Glue a few metal washers or coins to the bottom of the block if needed to weight the flower so it stands straight and balanced.

Glue the balls to the outer rim of the larger disc to make “petals!”

Giant Crepe Paper Flowers

large crepe paper flowerWe are getting ready for a birthday party by decorating with lots and LOTS of giant crepe paper flowers – all for The Little Princess (aka my granddaughter). I will be making several different styles – here is the first one I made, using a Smoothfoam ball as the center. This large paper flower is 18″ in diameter and very sparkly!  And now I only have about 74 more to go. Learn how to make these DIY flower decorations below.

Supplies:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
Crepe paper
8″ circle of chipboard
Heavy-duty craft glue
8.5×11″ sheet of paper-lined double-sided adhesive
Non-stick scissors
Coffee filters
Gold acrylic paint
Gold spray ink
Gold microfine glitter
Ribbon for hanging
Hot knife, paint brush, chop stick, stapler

how to make large crepe paper flower1.  Remove one side of the paper liner and press the adhesive sheet to the chipboard circle and trim away the excess around the circle. Gently score the second paper liner on top into three concentric circles. Remove just the outer circle first, to expose a ring of sticky chipboard.

2.  Cut ten 6″x10″ pieces of crepe paper for the outer layer of petals and trim out a curved edge as shown above. Gather each petal across the bottom, staple the gathers together to maintain the shape and press down to the sticky side of the chipboard.

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3.  Space the first five petals evenly around the circle, then add five more petals in between.

4.  Remove the middle circle to expose the next ring of adhesive for the second layer of petals. Cut a few 5″ wide strips of crepe paper. and gather the bottom edge as you press a strip down to the adhesive. Add a new strip at the end of the first strip until you’ve gone all the way around.

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5.  For the flower’s center, trim off the outer rings from 3 coffee filters and cut into the edges with scissors to fringe. Remove the last bit of paper liner, then layer and press the three fringes together in the center of the flower, leaving about a 2.5″ circle of adhesive exposed.

painted smoothfoam ball for flower center

6.  Cut the 3″ Smoothfoam ball in half with the hot knife and paint one half gold. Cover the surface with glitter while the paint is still wet. After it’s dry, shake off the excess glitter and add some craft glue to the back (for extra stability), then press it to the center of the flower.

rolled edges crepe paper

7.  Roll the edges of the petals using a chop stick, shaping as you go. Spritz the whole flower with gold metallic spray ink. Glue a ribbon to the back for hanging your large crepe paper flowers. Find a variety of DIY flower decorations in our blog today!

Interchangeable scrapbook page display

smoothfoam scrapbook page layout

I like to have options and change things up, so I love the Smoothfoam 12″x12″ Scrapbook Page Mounts for displaying my scrapbook layouts. I decided I could make them interchangeable, too – let’s get started!

Supplies:

Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Ivory acrylic paint
Various scrapbook papers, corner punches & stamps
Push pins or thumbtacks

Paint the Smoothfoam front, back and edges with ivory and let dry.

arrange scrapbook layoutCreate a basic layout of photo frames using various papers, corner punches and stamps. Leave space to write about what was going on in the photos.

scrapbook page layout Attach the photos inside the paper frames with push pins or thumbtacks. It’s easy to rotate in new photos this way.

A tabletop easel is perfect to display my scrapbook page!  What will you display on your Scrapbook Mount?

 

“Unlock Your Joy” Art Panel

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Today I am doing a little different project for me. Often we create art that is inspired by what is happening in our lives…today my post reflects this. The title of this art panel is Unlock Your Joy. The only person that can unlock your joy is YOU. The face of the doll is not happy because the past few days have been long and hard for me. But I am trusting that everything will work out – and this piece of art will remind me of that! My lesson in this piece…don’t let anyone steal your joy and lock it away.

Supplies:

6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Art screens, alpha and pattern stamps & inkpads from Ann Butler Designs for Clearsnap
Wood lock/key
Connie Crystal Sheet – Black
Clay face
Paper doll stamp
Cardstock
Craft glue
Acrylic paints – ivory
Paintbrush, foam pouncer, scissors

Instructions:

Paint the Smoothfoam sheet ivory and let dry. Pounce various shades of inks on top, through an art screen. I love that it is so easy to stamp and stencil on Smoothfoam!

Stamp the paper doll on cardstock and cut it out. Stamp each part with various designs.

Glue the doll to the panel and let it dry. Ink the wood lock and key. Glue these embellishments into position as shown.

Stamp the word “JOY” on cardstock, cut out each letter and glue in place.

Trim narrow lengths from the crystal sheet and glue around the edge of the panel to frame it.

 

Spring Flower Balls

smoothfoam flower balls

Decorative foam flower balls for almost any season continue to appear everywhere in home décor stores and magazines. These colorful, whimsical spring flower decorations are ready to usher spring into your home!

Materials:

Smoothfoam balls – one each 2”, 3”, 5”
Kunin PrintzFelt sheets – Saralma, Blooming Floral
Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt sheet – Light Yellow
Sizzix Big Shot machine and “Flower Layers with Leaf” die
White Makin’s Clay and a flower push mold
Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents by Ann Butler Designs – Limelight, Tangelo, Lipgloss
Beacon Fabri-Tac adhesive
DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin acrylic paint – Melonball
Paintbrush

Paint each Smoothfoam ball with Melon Ball paint and let dry.

Die-cut multiple flowers from each of the 3 felts (there were 3 different flowers on this die, the number of each cut depends on which size ball you decide to use which flower on).

Glue the flowers on to each ball, allowing for some overlap so petals will lift upward against each other for more depth and dimension.

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Mold enough clay flowers so you have 3 different kinds to use in the centers of each felt flower. Let the clay air-dry for 24 hours.

Paint each clay flower with a shade of Iridescents and let dry. Glue to the centers of the flowers on each ball.

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Jack-O-Lantern Doll Halloween Candy Bowl

Jackolantern doll halloween candy bowl

Supplies you will need:

12″ Smoothfoam half ball
Two 4″ Smoothfoam balls
2-1/2″ Smoothfoam doll head
4″ Smoothfoam wreath
3″ black witch hat
Black tulle
3-1/2″ circle of black cardstock
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints:  Georgia Clay, Spiced Pumpkin, Soft Black, Warm White, Flesh Tone, Traditional Raw Sienna
Paintbrushes:  1″ flat, 1/4″ flat,  round, liner
Extra fine tip black permanent marker
One yard – 1-1/2″ burlap ribbon
Wood skewers, toothpicks
Glue gun
Serrated knife or hot foam cutter

For the doll head, poke in a wood skewer for a handle and paint the face in Flesh Tone. Paint the eye sockets Soft Black and let dry. Fill in the eyes with Warm White; leaving a rim of black around them.  Paint the iris of each eye in Traditional Raw Sienna and let dry. Dot the pupils with Soft Black and a White highlight. Use liner brush to apply Raw Sienna eyebrows and use the marker to make eyelashes. Paint her hair with Traditional Raw Sienna and use a smaller brush to feather the hair around the face.

For the jack-o-lantern, paint one 4″ ball with Georgia Clay and let dry. Blend one part Black to 4 parts Georgia Clay and paint lines from top to bottom of the jack-o-lantern and let dry. Paint the face cut-outs with Soft Black, let dry, then highlight with White using the liner brush.

For the base, cut both ends off of the second 4″ ball, leaving it 2-1/2″ high.  Use a skewer for a handle and paint with Spiced Pumpkin.

smoothfoam halloween candy bowl

Use a toothpick to connect the head and collar to the jack-o-lantern, then add some glue near the toothpick to secure. Glue the hat to doll’s head and tie a piece of tulle around the base of the cone top.

Poke 5″ of a wood skewer into the flat top of the base to make a pilot hole.  Poke the opposite end into the bottom of the jack-o-lantern. Insert the skewer back into the base. This will allow the jack-o-lantern to swivel around on the base.

Center and glue the Smoothfoam ring to the bottom of the 12″ half ball for the bowl. Paint with Georgia Clay and paint lines on the bowl in the same way as the jack-o-lantern. Allow to dry thoroughly. Glue the burlap trim around the top edge of the bowl.

Set the Jack-O-Lantern Doll into the center of the bowl. Toss your candy in the bowl to fill it up. Enjoy…Happy Halloween!