Love Blooms Wallhanging

 

smoothfoam love wallhanging

As we are starting a New Year, I wanted to start mine in a positive way with a reminder to plant love wherever I go.

Materials:

Eight 3″ Smoothfoam hearts
6″ Smoothfoam disc
Craft paints – purple, magenta, champagne
Heavy-duty craft glue
Toothpicks
Paint marker
Yarns and fibers

 

smoothfoam hearts

Instructions:

Squeeze multiple colors of paint out on a paper plate.

Dip each Smoothfoam shapes in the paint and swirl them around. As you lift the shapes up, the paint makes little peaks. After each piece is dry, paint the edges with the darkest color and let dry.

Use toothpicks to attach the rounded parts of the hearts to the circle and secure with glue. Let dry.

smoothfoam painted hearts

Write your favorite motivational quote in the center of the flower and trim with fibers. May 2016 be filled with love and happiness!

Conversation Heart Statement Necklace

How to Make a Conversation Heart Necklace with Smoothfoam - Jennifer Priest

Conversation hearts are always a sentimental staple for Valentine’s Day and this year I am seeing them pop up in home décor and fashion more than ever. From jumbo conversation heart décor pieces to pillows to floral arrangements, conversation hearts are a sweet way to show the love and get into the St. Valentine’s spirit.

Smoothfoam is perfect for creating conversation heart crafts. I made a simple, kitschy necklace that moms can wear to the office or teens can wear to the high school dance. My daughter Katie loves this necklace and plans to wear it to school all week until Valentine’s Day. I guess I have to make another one for myself!

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 3″ Flat Heart
Pale pink craft paint
Paint brush
E6000 adhesive
Chain, jump rings, eye pin
ColorBox Archival Dye Ink – Strawberry
Letter stamps
Jewelry pliers

Katie Wearing a Conversation Heart Necklace for Valentines Day - Great for Teens

Paint the hearts with two coats of pale pink. Press a toothpick into the top of the heart to hold while painting (where the eye pin will be inserted later), then stick the other end of the toothpick into a scrap sheet of Smoothfoam for drying,

Coat the bottom of the eye pin with E6000, push it into the top of the heart, wipe away any excess glue and allow to dry.

Stamp a sentiment on the front of the heart with red ink. Attach the heart to a length of chain with a jump ring. Ready to wear and enjoy!

Check out this tutorial video to see how to create this Conversation Heart Necklace:

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.

how to smoothfoam valentine centerpiece

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.

Valentine’s Day Love Plaque

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February is here and LOVE is definitely in the air!

I love to decorate my house for the holidays and Valentine’s Day is no different.  Traditional wreaths are nice, but I like to think of creative Valentine door hanger crafts to decorate my front door.

This quick and easy LOVE Valentine’s Day plaque is a great alternative to a traditional wreath!

Materials:

3.5″ Smoothfoam heart
DecoArt Americana paints – Dark Chocolate, Bleached Sand, Mulberry
Americana Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
12″x4″ wood plaque
Paintbrushes, scissors
Fancy yarns
Low-temp glue gun
Pink button
8″ length of twine
Chipboard letters – L, V and E
Distress Stickles – Worn Lipstick
Ultra Fine Glitter – Tourmaline

 

Instructions:

1.  Paint the plaque with Dark Chocolate and a flat brush; let dry. Apply crackle medium on top, set aside to dry according to directions on package.

2.  Apply Lipstick Stickles to chipboard letters, then sprinkle with Tourmaline Glitter to create a two-tone effect; set aside to dry.

3.  Glue one end of the yarn to the back of the Smoothfoam heart.  Wrap the yarn around the heart, gluing in random spots until the entire heart is covered. Thread twine through the button, tie in a bow and glue it to the front of the heart.

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4.  Paint the plaque with a topcoat of Bleached Sand; let dry and crackle. Outline the plaque with Mulberry using a thin, round brush; let dry.

5.  Glue the chipboard letters and the yarn-wrapped heart to the plaque.

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Jumbo Conversation Hearts

Smoothfoam valentine conversation hearts

Materials:

1″ x 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam  sheet
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints – Smitten, Escape, Refreshing, Nostalgia, Innocence
Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film
Computer and printer
Glue stick, cardstock, craft knife
Pencil, sandpaper, paintbrush, scissors

how to cut heart from smoothfoam sheet

Instructions:

1.  Cut out a heart template from cardstock approximately 2-1/2″ across at the widest point and trace as many foam conversation hearts as you can fit onto the Smoothfoam sheet.

2.  Cut the hearts out with a craft knife, cutting away foam from the top and bottom of each hear to slightly round the edges,

3.  Sand all the edges smooth, then paint the hearts in various colors and let dry.

4.  Spell out the text for each heart on your computer and print on Craft Attitude film following manufacturer instructions – be sure to reverse the text before printing.

5.  Cut around the text, peel back the paper liner and adhere the film to each heart with a glue stick.

TIP:  You can use pre-cut Smoothfoam hearts instead of cutting your own. This jumbo conversation heart craft is perfect for creating homemade Valentine’s decorations!

 

Valentine’s Day Paperweight Cube

smoothfoam heart paperweight cubeValentine’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year – all that pink, red and sparkly with liberal doses of chocolate. I mean what’s not to love about the holiday of love? My desk is a giant mess, so to keep certain papers in order (and also to honor the holiday), I made a Valentine’s Day paperweight cube. Smoothfoam is lightweight, but all the straight pins used to tack in the sequins gives this DIY paperweight cube some heft. You can decorate the sides any way you want – try adding photos inside the hearts and flowers.

You will need:

3″ Smoothfoam cube
Red acrylic paint
100+ silver sequins
75+ fuchsia/pink sequins
1 tube red seed beads (size 11/0; silver-lined)
1 tube pink seed beads (size 11/0 )
Washi tapes – red and pink patterns
Valentine-themed scrapbook paper
Card stock – pink, yellow, fuchsia, hot pink
4 pink head pins
2 packs silk steel pins
Scalloped circle punch
Felt heart stickers
Red craft felt
Craft glue
Sponge brush, scissors, pencil, ruler

smoothfoam heart paperweight cube top

1.  Paint the cube with two coats of red. Allow to dry in between coats.

2.  Cut a 3″ square from the Valentine-themed paper. Fold it in half, draw half of a heart shape and cut it out.

3.  Glue the paper heart to the top of the cube, let dry, then glue a felt heart to the center. With a pin, pick up a red bead and then a pink sequin (with the cup side facing up) and push it into place along the edge of the heart. With a pin, a pale pink bead and a silver sequin, edge the square with sequins.

4.  Cut four 3″ pieces of washi tape. Pin a row of silver sequins with red bead on the edge of one side of the cube. Lay down one strip of wash tape. Pin 2 rows of silver sequins with red beads,  lay down another strip of washi tape. Continue in the same pattern until the side is covered. Add more silver sequins/red beads to the top and bottom edges of the cube face.

5.  On the next side of the cube, glue another paper heart to the center. Pin an outline of silver sequins with cup side facing up.  Stick a felt heart to the center.

ObermeyerHeartCube3s6.  Cut 7 pieces of washi tape and cover the next side of the cube face. Punch or cut a flower from the pink card stock (I used my Accucraft machine). Position the flower in the center of the cube with a punched scalloped circle in the center. Pin red bead/silver sequins around the flower center. Edge it with a pink sequin and red bead.

7.  Repeat step 6, but use a different washi tape and different color flower.  Use silver sequins with a red bead throughout.

ObermeyerHeartCube48.  Push pink ball head pins into each corner of the bottom of the cube for feet. Customize this DIY paperweight for any holiday or celebration!

Heartfelt Felt Flower for Valentine’s Day

felt heart flower

For Valentine’s Day, a day of hearts and flowers, I was inspired to use a heart shape to make a big Valentine flower for my heart vase. Half of a Smoothfoam ball makes an ideal flower center – just add fun polka dot straws for a stem and there you have it!  Make a bouquet and tuck a love note into the back. Be Mine, Valentine!

You will need:
2” Smoothfoam ball
9” x 12” Kunin Felt Craft Cuts – 3 sheets Red, 1 sheet Candy Pink
Heart shape die (mine is for a Sizzix Big Shot machine)
Buttons – pink, white, red
Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion
Fabric heart embellishments or stickers
3 paper straws
12” piece of 1/8” dowel
Scissors, clamp, craft knife

make red felt heart flower

1.  Cut the Smoothfoam ball in half and glue buttons to the round side with Turbo Tacky. Overlap to cover completely. Set aside to dry.

2.  Die-cut six red and two pink hearts.

how to make felt heart flower
3.  Use Fabric Fusion to glue a 1-½” center line in each red heart. Fold in half, finger press.

4.  Use a clamp to hold each heart petal while gluing the next one. Repeat for all six. For pink hearts, glue along the entire edge, fold in half, finger press.

5.  Place the half ball round side down. Glue flower petals overlapping slightly, spacing evenly around flat end of ball.

6.  Cut the dowel in half. Insert into straws to join together and glue if needed. Glue straw to back of flower. Glue pink heart leaves overlapping at join of first two straws.

7.  Add fabric embellishments and buttons as desired. Trim stem to appropriate length.

Felt Heart Topiary

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For Valentine’s Day décor, I created a fun felt garland for my mantle. The garland was cute but my mantle needed something more…

2015-01 Felt Heart Garland and Heart Trees by Jennifer Priest 2I created these mini heart-shaped topiaries using the leftover hearts from my felt project and Smoothfoam half-balls as the bases. I covered the Smoothfoam with paper flowers, but you can use buttons, sequins, or even glitter to cover the bases. Smoothfoam half-balls make great bases for all kinds of home and party décor projects – I hope this Valentine topiary craft inspires you to decorate your mantle creatively this February!

Supplies:

3-1/4″ Smoothfoam half-balls
4-1/2″ Smoothfoam half-balls
Paper flowers
Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Craft Paint
Paint brush
Washi tape, assorted colors
Bamboo skewers, 1 per topiary
Ribbons & trims
Hot glue gun
Felt hearts, 2 per topiary
Sewing machine

Here’s how to create this Valentine topiary craft project:

Directions:

1.  Lay the two felt hearts face to face, matching the edges together. Sew a straight line down the middle, bisecting the hearts. Set aside.

2.  Insert a bamboo skewer into the round end of the Smoothfoam half-ball, perpendicular to the flat side of the ball. Trim with wire cutters if the skewer is too long.

3.  Paint the base and skewer with acrylic craft paint. Allow to dry.

4.  Open the flaps of the heart and apply a bead of glue into one of the folds. Press the skewer into the bead of glue and allow to dry.

5.  Wrap the rest of the skewer in washi tape if desired.

6.  Glue flowers to cover the Smoothfoam ball base.

7.  Tie ribbons and trims to the skewers at the base of each heart.

Framed Carved Heart

If this project looks familiar, it’s because it’s a variation of a project I did last year celebrating Valentine’s Day. I decided to update the design by carving very small letters and backing it with a piece of Rowlux for a stained glass effect. This was so fun to make that I might just have to make several for my friends and family!

Smoothfoam-Framed-Carved-Heart

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount – scrap piece
Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer sheets
Hot Wire Foam Factory – Hot Wire Tool
Folk Art Chalkboard Paint – Black
Paint pens – opaque white, red, blue
Permanent marker
Floating picture frame
Paint brush / Scissors / glue roller

You are welcome to download my artwork (JPG files) for your personal use; it is larger than letter size, so you need to save and print both halves, then tile them together. Click here for the top half, and click here for the bottom half.

1. Print the artwork on to the Sulky Stick’n Carve Printable Transfer Sheets. Cut the heart out and write “Crazy 4 You” in the center of the heart using the paint pen. Peel off the backing release paper and apply the Sulky sheet to the Smoothfoam piece.

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2.  Use the hot wire foam cutting tool to carve the heart and the words out of the Smoothfoam sheet.

3. Paint the Smoothfoam heart with the chalkboard paint. Let dry, Decorate with the paint pins.

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3. Use the Sulky heart pattern to cut out a heart shape from the Rowlux.

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4. Attach the blue Rowlux heart to the back of the Smoothfoam shape with the adhesive roller.Smoothfoam-Framed-Carved-Heart-4

5. To give it the floating effect, I used a bit of glue roller adhesive to attach the carved heart onto a floating frame.

Valentine Scrapbook Layout

I’m excited to share a Valentine craft project with you. I am trying to stay ahead of the holidays this year, so I am getting ready for Valentine’s Day NOW! I hope you enjoy this Valentine scrapbook layout and maybe it will inspire you to get a jump on your holiday décor, too.

valentine scrapbook layout

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Page Mount
Patterned scrapbook papers
Black ink pad
MD Hobby & Craft aluminum sheet
Tin snips, paintbrush
Acrylic paint
Embellishments:  paper doily, crocheted flowers, brads, ribbon, black tag, rhinestones
Double-sided tape, foam tape
Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
Die cut tag – black
Family photo or vintage graphic

I started by cutting and layering my papers, inking all the edges black and distressing a bit. Tape layers together and glue to the Smoothfoam sheet.

Trim your photo or Valentine graphic to fit on top of coordinating papers using foam tape. Ink the edges black.

Using tin snips, cut a rectangle of the aluminum sheet for behind the photo and adhere it with double-sided tape. Add the black tag and top with the photo.

Cut and paint a second piece of aluminum in the shape of a heart and adhere to project. Finish this Valentine craft project with embellishments as shown and glue a ribbon around the edges of the Smoothfoam sheet for a finished look.