Snowflake Vignette

smoothfoam Snowflake Vignette

‘Tis the season for snowflakes and snowmen, Christmas trees and handmade ornaments!

I wouldn’t call this project “mini,” but it is fairly small. I added the little cardstock roof, door and window to the Smoothfoam house. I cut them out of scraps of off-white paper I had handy. Read on for the supply list and instructions!

smoothfoam snowflake

You will need the following supplies:

6″ Smoothfoam snowflake
3″ Smoothfoam mini house 
Craft paints:  light pink, light blue
Snow-Tex medium
Tacky glue
Clear glitter
Mini bottle brush trees
Cardstock scraps
12″ silver tinsel stem
Toothpicks, paintbrush, scissors

 

 

Instructions:

1.  Paint the snowflake light blue. Paint the house light pink. Allow to dry thoroughly.

2.  Cut a roof and door for the front of the house and any little details you want to glue on from the cardstock.

3.  Stick a toothpick in the bottom of the house.  Trim the excess to 1″ and poke into the middle of the snowflake.

4.  Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and apply some Snow-Tex medium to the top of the snowflake and to the roof of the house. Don’t have a snow storm by applying too much! Smooth on little bits at a time until you have the desired effect.

5.  Apply glitter while the medium is wet and shake off excess. Apply glue to the base of each tree and push into the wet SnowTex.

6.  Cut and make a tiny wreath from the tinsel stem and glue it to the front of the house.  Glue a little piece of the tinsel to the top of each tree.

Decoupage Tissue Paper Ornaments

decoupage smoothfoam christmas ornaments

Smoothfoam ornaments are perfect for holiday gifts. The smooth surface is perfect to paint, sand, decoupage and cut. The possibilities are endless!

Supplies:

3-5/8″ Smoothfoam ornaments
1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam sheet
Decoupage medium
Mini Dew Drops embellishments
Assorted tissue paper napkins
Sequins, glitter
24-gauge colored floral wire
Decorative bead or jewel
Holiday wire, beading pliers
Foam brush, scissors
Tacky glue
Bamboo skewer, toothpicks

smoothfoam ornaments

Carefully push your bamboo skewers through each ornament as shown.

Your tissue napkins will be 3-ply. Remove one ply and cut your desired design into small triangles and short strips. Always cut more than you think you need so you won’t have to try cutting tissue paper with sticky fingers later.

 

tissue napkins

Use the foam brush to apply decoupage medium to the ornament, add a tissue piece and paint over it with the medium. Keep repeating these steps until you have covered your ornament.

Poke one end of the toothpick into the ornament and the other end into the Smoothfoam sheet so the ornament can dry upright.

After the ornaments are no longer sticky to touch, glue on your embellishments, glitter, sequins and trims as desired. Once again. prop up the ornament with the toothpick to set.

Measure 12″  of craft wire and fold in half. Thread your bead or jewel so it drops to the end of the wire, twist to secure. Thread a couple of sequins to cover the top and bottom of your ornament.

Push wire up through the bottom of the ornament to the top. Add another sequin, then make a loop with the remaining wire. Wrap the tail of the wire around the base of the loop and snip off excess. beaded ornament dangle

Smoothfoam Light-Up Snowflake

Smoothfoam snowflake

Light up your holidays with this sparkly snowflake!

Supplies:

Large Smoothfoam snowflake
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Cardstock
Tacky glue
Clear crystal glitter
Acrylic embellishments
Craft knife and/or sharp paring knife
Creative Versa-Tool  (for heat carving)
Tempered glass work mat
Sponge brush, quilt pins
Battery-operated LED mini-lights (string of 20)

1.  Coat the top of the snowflake with glue using a sponge brush, then sprinkle with glitter. Set aside to dry.
Tip:  Thin the glue with a little water to make it easier to spread.

2.  Mark 20 equally-spaced dots (about 1″ apart) around the top of the disc, 1/2″ in from the edge, then use the blade holder tip of the heat tool to drill holes where marked for the lights to push through. Quickly push the tip straight up and down and work on a tempered glass surface. The tip will not go all the way thru the disc, so turn the disc over and open up the holes from the opposite side. This is a HOT tool – use with extreme caution.

3.  Cut a 4″ circle out of the center of the disc to turn it into a 1″ ring. Cut with a slow up and down motion for a smooth edge – use a craft knife, hot wire foam cutter, or the knife blade in the Versa Tool.
Tip:  A fabric softener sheet is great for cleaning up small crumbs of Smoothfoam on your work surface after cutting.

cutting smoothfoam

4.  Push each LED bulb into a hole in the ring from the back. If the hole is a little large and the bulb doesn’t fit snugly, shim with a small, rolled strip of card stock inside the hole. To keep the wire straight, leave 4 or 5 holes between each bulb.

attaching LED lights to Smoothfoam wreath

5.  Attach the ring to the center of the snowflake by pushing quilt pins diagonally thru the inside of the ring into the snowflake, making sure the wire and battery holder/switch are at the back. Smoothfoam is very dense, so the pins should hold everything together without glue. Decorate the front of the ring as desired with acrylic bling.

6.  The battery pack can be left loose at the back, or you can glue half a 6″ paper plate at the back to create a pocket to hold it in place. It’s important to be able to reach the switch to turn the lights on and off if there isn’t a timer setting.

7.  Cover the opening in the center of the ring with a 4″ circle of card stock, or accordion fold a 24″ x 2″ strip of card stock to create a rosette. Folds should be about 3/4″ apart.

Steps 6-7

 

Candy Apple Ornament

smoothfoam Candy Apple Ornament

These candy apple ornaments make a sweet gift for your favorite sweetie! Of all the handmade holiday gifts out there, I think ornaments are at the top of my list. There’s something about unpacking your ornament box and sifting through your collection, carefully picking each one up, thinking about who gave it to you and where you were in your life, before finally hanging it on the tree.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam Apple
White air-dry polymer clay
Craft paints – red, white
Craft glue
Glitter – red, white
Small hook screw
Red & white striped paper straw
Ribbon

Candy Apple Ornament Close-Up copyInstructions:

1.  Paint the apple red. While the paint is still wet, cover it in red glitter. Set aside to dry.

2.  Following the instructions on the package, roll out a small amount of white clay to about 1/8″ thick to make a  3″ scalloped circle to cover the top of the apple. The edges need not be perfectly shaped.

3.  Glue the clay over the top of the apple while the clay is still moist. Arrange it randomly so it looks like dripping frosting. Dab a bit of glue to the end of the straw and push it through the clay into the pilot hole on the top of the apple. Set aside to dry.

VERY IMPORTANT TIP – I suggest allowing it to air-dry at least 24 hours. The clay may take more or less time to dry depending on your weather conditions. Be sure to use an air-dry clay; do NOT use polymer clay that needs to be baked, as Smoothfoam should never go in the oven.

4.  Paint the dry clay white and sprinkle white or clear glitter on top while the paint is wet. Allow to dry.

5.  Push a small screw hook into the top of the ornament and string a pretty ribbon through it to hang.

Fall Sunflowers Square Wreath

smoothfoam Fall sunflower Wreath

Who says a fall wreath filled with bright sunflowers has to be round? With Smoothfoam rods, you can easily construct a unique diamond or square fall wreath for your autumn décor. Learn how to make this festive autumn sunflower wreath below.

Materials:

Four 12″ Smoothfoam rods
Joy Embroidered Letters
Masking or duct tape
Brown paper grocery bag
Sequin pins
Silk leaves, berries, flowers
Cardstock
Ink pad, hole punch
Twine, scissors, wire cutters
Craft knife, sandpaper
Glue gun

Instructions:

1.  Cut each rod end at a 45-degree angle in opposite directions. Smooth with sandpaper and connect the junctions with tape.

smoothfoam rods square wreath

2.  Tear brown paper into 2” strips and scrunch them to wrinkle. Wrap the wreath form with the strips, tacking them down with sequin pins.

3.  Cut the leaves, flowers and berries off their wire picks and glue them on the bottom corner of the wreath, working up the two sides.

4.  To make the bunting, cut small flags from cardstock and glue the embroidered letters to each flag. Distress the edges of the flags with the ink pad. Punch a hole in each flag and string them on twine, then tie the ends around the wreath.

5.  Tie or glue a loop of twine at the top to hang.

Three Tabletop Christmas Trees

Smoothfoam Christmas Cone

I have always loved Christmas crafts and having a bevy of handmade Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes around the house is high on my list every year. Using the Smoothfoam cones makes it easy to create a variety of looks in very little time.

Flower Tree

Supplies Needed:

6″ Smoothfoam cone
Scallop paper punches in two sizes
Ink
Sequins
Small flat head pins, pearl pins
Ribbon
Patterned paper

For this cone, I punched lots of scalloped circles from different patterned papers, inked and then shaped them. I used tiny flat head pins to attach the to the cone. I used pearl head pins to anchor decorative sequins in the center of each flower, then added simple ribbon bows.

Eyelet Tree

Supplies Needed:

6″ Smoothfoam cone
Cardstock
Border punch
Ink
Double-sided tape, hot glue gun
Small ornaments
Ribbon
Pearl head pins

paper smoothfoam christmas tree

For this tree, I used two colors of cardstock cut into strips, punching the edge of each strip. I applied each piece using double-side tape, slightly pleating the upper edge of each piece as I went along, to fit the tapered shape of the cone. I made a ribbon bow for the top, anchoring it with pearl head pins. The resin ornaments are from my collection and I used hot glue to attach them.

Lacey Tree

smoothfoam lace christmas treeSupplies:

6″ Smoothfoam cone
Ruffled white lace
Small red velvet bows
Small Christmas ornaments
Hot glue gun
Ribbon
Pearl pins, flat head pins

This one was the easiest off all!  I pinned some lace at the bottom of the cone, and then started wrapping the lace up and around the cone. About every 5 times around the cone, I would add another flat pin just to secure it. When I got to the top I trimmed the lace and used hot glue to secure it. I made another bow and secured with pearl pins. The tiny ornaments are from my collection and I used hot glue to add them to the tree.

Haunted House Halloween Ornaments

Haunted House smoothfoam halloween Ornaments

I have to admit I kind of love the idea of Halloween tree. I mean, who says trees are just for Christmas? These little haunted houses, using Smoothfoam house shapes, are perfect if you have a Halloween tree. Learn how to make this DIY Halloween ornaments below.

smoothfoam Haunted House ornament

Supplies:

Smoothfoam house shapes
Dimensional paints
Black paint
Black glitter paint
Small hooks
Black yarn

smoothfoam Haunted House ornament

Instructions:

Paint the houses however you like, using dimensional, acrylic, and glitter paints. Get creative! Think Halloween-style gingerbread houses!

Allow the paint to dry, then push a small hook into the top of the house. Secure with a dab of craft glue, if desired.

Run string through the hook and hang on a Halloween tree.

 

Light-Up Owl Halloween Decoration

Smoothfoam halloween owl

This Halloween owl decoration will light up any fall celebration! His eyes are made with tea lites and Smoothfoam  mini wreaths.  This DIY light-up owl is a little spooky and a lot of cute, so let me tell you how to make one!

You will need:

2″ x 4″ x 8″ Smoothfoam block
Two 2.5″ mini Smoothfoam wreaths
3″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
2 battery-operated tea lights
Large recycled peanut can
2 sheets 12″x12″ orange cardstock
3″ black JOY embroidered Letters: B O O
Acrylic paints – black, burnt sienna
*Optional: Black high-gloss enamel paint (for painting the can rim)
Paintbrush, 3-ply jute string, scissors
Heavy-duty craft glue, dry adhesive tape
Hot wire foam cutting tool
Toothpicks, wood skewers

Smoothfoam Halloween Owl decoration

Instructions:

For the owl’s body, cut away a rounded piece at the top of the Smoothfoam block with the hot wire tool, to create the shape of the owl’s head and ears. Make sure the block fits in the can.

Cut the half-ball in half again to create two wings. Cut 1″ off one end of each wing so they can fit flush against the sides of the block body.

Using a skewer for a handle, paint the block body burnt sienna and paint the wings and wreaths black. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Smoothfoam painted halloween owl

Make sure that your tea lights fit inside the Smoothfoam wreaths as shown. Paint the sides of each wreath sienna, then paint around the edges with black. Apply glue to the inside edge of one wreath and insert a tea light to make an eye for the owl. Repeat for the other eye.

** Important:  Apply the glue to the back of each wreath, but do not get it on the tea light. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before touching it again, so that you’ll be able to remove and replace the tea lights to turn them on and off.

Measure and cut the orange cardstock to fit around the can and glue in place. Wrap and glue the jute string around the top of the can as shown. Glue the embroidered letters to the front of the can.

Smoothfoam halloween owl decoration

Place the block body inside the can and push up against the edge. Poke a toothpick halfway into the flat end of one wing, then push the opposite end of the toothpick into the block. Repeat for the other wing and add glue to secure. Adhere the wreaths to the top (head) of the block with adhesive tape – they should stay put well enough to keep from falling off; but still come off easily enough to allow for turning the tea lights on and off. You could try using Velcro dots as an option.

Cut a triangle from a scrap of orange cardstock for the owl’s beak and glue it between the bottom edges of the eyes. Dress up your DIY light-up Halloween owl decoration with little pumpkins, candy and other Halloween embellishments and enjoy!

Halloween Tombstones to DIE for

smoothfoam halloween tombstone decoration

I am so excited to show you some more of my CREEPY creations using blank Smoothfoam tombstones. After making one tombstone craft for my post from last month, I realized one tombstone wasn’t enough…I just needed more. These DIY Halloween tombstones are so great for Halloween party décor. Hope you all have a wonderful Halloween and Happy Haunting!

Supplies:

Smoothfoam tombstones
Smoothfoam letters
Smoothfoam ball
Heat tool with stylus
Stencils
Acrylic paints and brayer
Connie Crystal black rhinestone sheet

smoothfoam letters BOO

I like the rounded top of this tombstone – perfect for carving in a spider web. Use a stencil for the basic web lines, then carve in the rest freehand. After carving, paint a blend of black and white paints over the top using a brayer. Paint the Smoothfoam letters – BOO – black and then distress with bits of white.

To make the spider body, paint a small Smoothfoam ball (cut in half) black.

Smoothfoam crystal spider

After gluing the spider body to the web, trim strips from the crystal sheet for the head and legs and glue in place. Add a little diamond of crystal on the spider’s back. Glue on the letters and let everything dry.

carved smoothfoam tombstone

As you get more comfortable carving Smoothfoam with a heat tool, try to make faux stone – it’s so fun! Carve out the individual stones and add texture to each stone. Paint a few recessed lines black, use the brayer over areas where you want white carving to show through, then paint the rest of the stone with a brush, blending several different earthy colors.

carved faux stone smoothfoamMy third tombstone is a fun one. My niece does not like chickens or roosters, so this is my tribute to a pet cemetery. I also wanted to add some color to the stone. I used my stencils to carve the face of the project, then used a small brush to paint all the colors inside the carved out areas. I made sure to blend fun, bright colors on the rooster and also the sun.

pet cemetery smoothfoam tombstoneOn all these DIY Halloween tombstones, when I was done carving and adding paint to the recessed areas, then I used the brayer to cover the rest of the flat surface. The rooster really came out nice and very colorful – my niece even told me she thought it was cute!

Halloween Tombstone

smoothfoam headstone

Supplies:

Smoothfoam Tombstone
Heat tool
Stencil, painters tape
Acrylic paints
Brayer

First I taped a large 12″ X 12″ Day of the Dead skull stencil on the Smoothfoam tombstone and used a heat tool with a pointed tip to carve out areas on the stencil. Be careful with the tool as it gets very hot and you barely have to touch the Smoothfoam for it to melt away! I like being able to control the depth of the melt. After finishing with the stencil, I went freehand with the heat tool to write RIP.

After I finished carving, I spread some paint on a flat surface and rolled the brayer in it to transfer the paint to the surface of the tombstone. By using a brayer instead of a brush, paint only went on the raised areas. The recessed areas stated white.

Day of the Dead Smoothfoam carving

When I was editiing the photos I thought it would be cool to make one black and white…gives it a creepy look. I am hoping to have several more done in time for Halloween to decorate my whole yard!

black smoothfoam headstone