Easter Bunny Blocks

SMOOTHFOAM BUNNY blocksI love the look of the 2×4 wood block crafts that are all over Pinterest these days, so my Smoothfoam Easter bunny blocks are the perfect quick and easy project to craft up for the holiday – and no power tools needed! Smoothfoam is one of my all time favorite materials to use as a base instead of wood. It comes in a variety of shapes, is easy to cut and carve and paints up like a dream!

Display your Easter bunny block family on a table or shelf. Make these Easter bunny art projects for a co-worker or teacher, or craft a set with the kids or a special friend. HOPPY EASTER!!

Start with 3 Smoothfoam blocks (2″ x 4″ x 12″).  Bunny Dad is 12″ tall, use a hot wire tool to cut a second block to 10″ tall for Bunny Mom, and cut the third block to 8″ for Bunny Baby. Sand away any melted strings with a nail file.

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Paint the three blocks black. Apply a crackle medium and let dry according to package directions. Paint each block with a white topcoat. As the paint dries, the cracks will appear.

Cut a nose from pink felt, two eyes from blue felt and two ears from white felt for each bunny and glue in place.

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Cut 18 pieces of wire 6″ long. Twirl each length around a pencil, then insert three on each side of the the bunnies noses. Secure with a small dot of glue at base.

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Detail each Bunny’s eyes with dark gray and white paints as shown and let dry. Paint a line for the mouth with dark gray.

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Embellish each bunny block with a ribbon bow tie for Dad and hair bows for Mom and Baby.

DIY Topiary with Smoothfoam Balls

smoothfoam topiary ballsI love topiaries – so with my kitchen remodel, I wanted a few for my new space. I’d never imagined that topiaries were so difficult to find in the store, but I went to 4 different home décor shops and none had topiaries. But that’s okay, because with Smoothfoam, it’s easy and affordable to make custom topiaries in any size!

I created these fun, mossy topiaries with Smoothfoam balls, moss from the dollar store, and upcycled glass candle jars. All told, this cost me about $4 per topiary, which is considerably less than the prices I saw for a potted faux ball topiary in the home décor shops.

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Here’s what you’ll need to create this DIY moss topiary project:

Smoothfoam balls in various diameters
Wood dowels
Glass jar or pot (spray paint it gold if desired)
Spanish moss (for crafting)
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Green acrylic paint
Foam paint brush
Craft knife, scissors

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Each faux ball topiary requires two Smoothfoam balls. One ball will sit in the jar to serve as the base. The other ball will sit atop the dowel as the topiary. If you want a double topiary, use three Smoothfoam balls.

Paint each ball green. Glue one ball into the jar. Cut a slit in the ball to fit the dowel. Apply hot glue to one end of the dowel and push it into the ball. Cut a slit in a second Smoothfoam ball, add glue to other end of the dowel and push the second ball on to it.

Glue moss to cover the ball in the pot. Apply hot glue to the topiary ball in sections, pressing on moss to cover. Once the entire ball is covered, trim the moss with a pair of scissors for a uniform look.

I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY moss topiary project. These would look great for wedding centerpieces, on your mantle, or even in your kitchen. To see more projects like this, visit my blog at Just JP.

Gazebo Centerpiece

smoothfoam Gazebo centerpieceDecorate this gazebo centerpiece with your favorite colors and flowers. It makes a lovely tabletop decoration for spring occasions such as a bridal/baby shower, birthday or Easter. dinner.

Materials:

Smoothfoam discs:  one 6″; two 8”; one 10”
1” Smoothfoam ball 
7 bamboo skewers
Craft paint – white or color
1” wide ribbon
Silk flowers
1 sheet plain paper
Tacky glue
Modeling paste
Paint brush, craft knife, scissors, palette knife
Hot glue gun

Instructions:

1.  Paint all the Smoothfoam pieces and skewers, let dry.

2.  Trace a circle on paper using the 8” Smoothfoam disc. Cut out the circle and fold it into eighths. Mark a point ½” from the edge on each fold line except one. This will be the pattern for the placement of the skewers. Mark the pattern on each 8” disc using the skewer.

3.  Glue one 8” disc to the 10” disc. Trim skewers to height desired. Use pattern to push the skewers into the base; glue another 8” disc on top. Glue the 6″ disc to the top of the 8″ disc. If desired, cut a slice off the top of a 6″ Smoothfoam ball to create a dome for the gazebo. Sand the edges and glue to the top disc. Glue the 1” ball to the center top.

4.  Apply modeling paste to the seam between the top disc and dome. Add more paint to cover.

5.  Glue flowers around top of gazebo. Glue ribbon around the base edges.

Mexican Folk Art Frame

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I have an overwhelming love for Mexican folk art. I believe it began with with my dad, (top left in my photo) who’s mother was from New Mexico. Then while my mom was pregnant with me, she had intense cravings for Mexican food – and I love Mexican food!

My dad loved to take us to Mexico to visit colorful exhibits and experience the culture first-hand. Since then, I can’t seem to get enough of the art and history of Mexico.

The tin folk art has always attracted me most, with it’s embossed designs and vibrant colors. But working with tin is not easy or something that can made quickly. So here I have created an alternative using Smoothfoam. Enjoy!

Materials needed:

Two 12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mounts
Heavy duty aluminum foil (from your kitchen)
Aluminum tape (from the hardware store)
Ruler, craft knife
Tacky glue
Bright permanent markers (dual-point are best)
Favorite photo

Cover one Smoothfoam sheet with foil, adding glue just to the sides and back. Set aside.

Center and trace your photo in the center of the 2nd Smoothfoam sheet. Cut the traced rectangle out of the Smoothfoam and gently remove it. Spread glue on the inside and outside edges of the open space, plus on the back of the sheet and cover with foil, same as the first sheet. Cut and fold the foil around the edges of the cut-out as shown. Use glue to hold them in place. Enforce frame cut out with the aluminum tape at the inside edges.Processed with MOLDIV

Place the sheet with the open space on top of the other sheet and gently trace the opening with a marker. Glue photo in place onto bottom sheet. Adhere the two sheets together with squares of aluminum tape at the corners.

Now for the fun part!

Gently draw your designs on the foil with the markers. Use the writing tips for details and the chisel tips to fill in color. Since the foil is thin, refrain from pushing too hard or the foil may tear. Gently push the ruler into the foil, rocking side to side to create the effect of tiles. Use a silver or grey marker for a pale tone-on-tone effect. You can find pattern inspiration by looking online or visiting your local library.

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Lucky Leprechaun

smoothfoam leprechaunDon’t have the luck of the Irish? You might just need this little lucky leprechaun craft to cheer up a corner & to help celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s crafts.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam ball
1″ Smoothfoam ball (cut in half)
2-1/2″ Smoothfoam wreath
3″ Smoothfoam snowman
Acrylic paints – orange, black, white, green, peach
Powder blush
Ten 1/2″ orange pompoms
Siz 1/8″ green pompoms
Cardstock scraps – black, green
Plastic gold coins, green chenille pipe cleaner
Wood skewers, 1/2″ angled brush
Cutting tool  (hot wire cutter or a serrated knife)
Glue gun

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Instructions:

1.  Cut the rounded top off of the top of the 3″ ball. Use the wood skewer as a handle and paint the Smoothfoam pieces as follows:  snowman head – peach; snowman body – green; wreath (pot base)  and 3″ ball (pot) – black; 1″ half ball (top of hat) – green.  Let dry.  Apply a second coat and let dry thoroughly.

2.  To make the hat – punch or cut a 2″ circle from the green cardstock. Adhere the 1″ half ball to the center of the circle. Cut a 1/8″ strip from the black cardstock to fit around the crown of the hat. Slightly overlap and glue the ends to secure. Cut a tiny square for the buckle on the hat band.

3.  For the leprechaun – blush the cheeks using powder blush. Glue the orange pom-poms to the face as shown. Adhere the hat to the top of the head. apply a dip dot in black for each eye. Apply a larger dot for the nose and a dot for the mouth.  To make his belt, cut a 3/8″ wide strip of black cardstock to fit around the middle. Overlap and glue the ends to finish. Cut a tiny square for the belt buckle and adhere.

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4.  Poke the pilot holes for the arms and legs a skewer. Cut the green chenille pipecleaner into 4 parts, with the leg pieces slightly longer than the arms. Glue into the pilot holes as shown.

5.  For the hands and shoes, click here to download, print, trace and cut two hands and two shoes on folded cardstock. Glue the end of the pipecleaners between the layers of the hands and shoes. The fold should be pointing out.

6.  Cut black cardstock cuffs for the arms. Wrap and glue above each hand and finish with a tiny pompom cuff link. Apply the remaining 1/8″ pompoms to the sides of the shoes.

 7.  Adhere the 3″ ball (pot) into the 2-1/2″ wreath (base). Glue the leprechaun to the top. Bend his legs and arms in desired position. Glue the gold coins to the pot and leave a few extra to place on the table around the base of the pot.

Mini Rose Topiary

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This mini rose topiary is perfect for Valentine’s Day and all year round – it can be easily adapted to be larger, depending on the space you want to decorate – I just happen to like this miniature silk rose topiary. Try using larger Smoothfoam balls with silk flowers inserted into a pail, vase or other decorative containers.

How to make a Mini Rose Topiary

Supplies:

2″ Smoothfoam ball
Mini paper roses  (I used about 60)
Red spray ink  (I used Tattered Angels)
4″ wood dowel  (the width of a Tinker Toy stick)
Small wood spool  (with a hole that fits the dowel)
Green acrylic paint, paintbrush
Fast-drying craft glue
Red and cream ticking material
Crinkle ribbon
Small wood heart

Directions:

Spray the roses and the heart with red ink. Allow plenty of time to dry.

Paint the Smoothfoam ball  and the dowel green, let dry.

Poke a hole into the end of the ball. Squirt a little glue in the hole and insert the painted dowel.

Starting at the top of the ball, glue on the roses, one by one, until covered. After the rose ball is formed, you may want to go back and re-mist the flowers with more ink for additional coverage.

Cover the wood spool with the ticking material and glue the end in place. Tie a small piece of crinkle ribbon around the ticking and glue the wood heart on top.

Insert the rose ball into the wood spool.

Valentine’s Day Heart Décor

Smoothfoam heart decor valentines dayValentine’s Day is a favorite of mine! But I find that it comes and goes too fast and I never seem to accomplish everything I want to before the day arrives!

I found some (almost) vintage tissue paper in my stash. It is a colorful pattern by Mary Engelbreit. I love the cheerful colors and thought this Valentine’s Day heart decoration would be one way to keep some of it around for even longer.

Hope you enjoy the rest of January and have an awesome “hugs & kisses” February – cheers!

Smoothfoam supplies

You will need:
3″ Smoothfoam cube
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Decorator tissue paper
Decoupage medium
1″ flat brush
Circle and heart punches and die-cuts
Rubber stamp – “XO”
Red chalk inkpad
Cardstock in desired colors
Dimensional adhesive dots
Wood skewer
Scissors
Hot wire foam cutter or serrated knife

Instructions:

1.  Wad up a sheet of tissue paper into a ball, then smooth it back out on a flat surface and tear off any straight edges.

2.  Carefully cut a heart shape out of the Smoothfoam disc with the hot or serrated knife.

3.  Brush decoupage medium to the heart (insert the skewer into the bottom edge for a handle) and press sections of tissue paper it into the medium. Cover the front, back and sides.

4.  After the medium and tissue is dry, brush a top coat of medium to seal.

5.  Repeat for the cube using a contrasting tissue paper. Trim away any excess tissue paper from both pieces. Push the bottom of the skewered heart down into the center of the cube.

6.  Embellish the cube and heart with cardstock flowers made from circle punches and a die-cut hearts stamped with “XO.”

Here is a variation of this DIY Valentine project using a larger Smoothfoam heart and cube. The chocolate embellishments are 1″ Smoothfoam balls cut in half, then painted and embellished with two paper circles and a rhinestone.

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Shabby Chic Signpost

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Create a shabby chic signpost with chalk paint and embroidered letters.

Materials:

Smoothfoam sheet
3″ Smoothfoam cube
Joy embroidered letters (I used 1.5” script and 1″ block letters)
Chalky finish paints – 3 colors
White craft paint
16″ long dowel (3/8” diam)
Wood bead to fit dowel
Corrugated cardboard coffee cup sleeves
Tacky glue
Craft knife, metal ruler, sandpaper
Paintbrush, bamboo skewers

Instructions:

1.  Cut sections from the Smoothfoam sheet with craft knife and metal ruler (each 2 ½” wide) at varied lengths – 7″, 8″ and 9”. Notch the ends randomly with the knife to look like torn, weathered wood. Sand along the sides to distress further.

2.  Push a skewer into the center of each sign to use as a handle (this also starts a pilot hole in each sign for assembly later) and paint each sign a different color. Paint the Smoothfoam cube and the wood dowel white. Brush the edges of cube and paint the wood bead with a contrasting color.

3.  Tear the corrugated cardboard into rough squares, smudge with paint and then glue a square to each side of the cube.

4.  Glue letters to each sign to spell a word, let dry.

5.  Use the skewers to push pilot holes through the center of each sign and then carefully thread the signs on to the dowel. Glue the bead to the top of dowel.

Faux Concrete Succulent Decoration

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Christmas is over and now my mind is officially in THINK SPRING mode!! I am not a winter girl. I despise cold weather, snow, dark days…all of it. Even with the recent warmer-than-normal weather here in North Carolina, I’m already ready for some HOT sunshine and time on our porch and in my gardens. I decided to make myself a little faux concrete succulent planter to get me through until I can get into my real garden. Once spring finally arrives, it will move to my porch for display. Learn how to create this and other succulent crafts with Smoothfoam supplies.

Materials:

4″ Smoothfoam cube
Makin’s Clay – White
Makin’s Ultimate Clay Machine, Cutting Mat and Clay Tools
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint – Relic
Tacky Glue
Pepper, spanish moss, jute twine
Craft knife, scissors
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Instructions:

Carefully use a craft knife to hollow out one side of the Smoothfoam cube, leaving about 1/2” on all sides.

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Thanks to Lisa Haney for planting the original seeds for this clay technique. She created faux stone with Makin’s Clay and pepper, and I took it a step further to create faux concrete!

Mix 120g of White Makin’s Clay with Relic Chalky Finish Paint until thoroughly mixed. The chalky finish paint has a drier overall feel and texture, so when mixed with the clay, the result really does feel a bit like concrete or terra cotta.

Add about 1 tbsp. of pepper. Mix thoroughly.

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Roll in Ultimate Clay Machine, starting at setting #1 and stopping at setting #3 (or hand roll to about 1/8″ thick).

Use the Smoothfoam cube as a template and cut out squares of clay to cover cube.

Working on one side at a time, apply tacky glue over the entire surface of each side and place a clay square on top. Press gently to adhere. Move to next side, using fingers to join the sides at each corner, allowing the seams to be imperfect for a more “true concrete” effect. McGeeFauxSucculentPlanterHOW3

For the top, hollowed-out area, apply tacky glue around edges, then place clay square over, and use your fingers to gently press down in center and adhere the clay around the edge, with remaining clay down in hollowed out area. It does not matter if the clay doesn’t completely covered the hollowed-out area, as it will be covered by spanish moss and the succulent.

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While the clay is still fresh, sprinkle pepper across each side and press in with your fingers to add texture. Gently brush away excess and repeat on all sides. Let dry for 24 hours.

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Tie jute twine around the cube.  Add the spanish moss and faux succulent. Place the faux concrete succulent planter on your desk or windowsill and begin daydreaming about truly warmer days to come!

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Festive Cupcakes

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Happy New Year! Let’s make some festive, glittery cupcakes – they’re a quick party favor or decoration, perfect for any occasion!

Materials:

Smoothfoam balls (or half-balls)
Clear craft glue
Fine and chunky glitters
Large beads
Decorative head pins
Cupcake tins, paper liners
Mixing cups, foam brushes
Lace trim (optional)

Instructions:

Pour some clear craft glue into a cup with fine glitter and mix well. Paint each Smoothfoam ball with 1-2 coats of this mixture. Let dry in between coats.

Brush more clear glue (without glitter) to each ball, then sprinkle on chunky glitter.

Glue each ball into a cupcake liner or tin, then glue a large bead to the top of the cupcake.

Push a decorative head pin through the bead down into the cupcake. Embellish the base with lace trim if desired.