Spring Wall Hanging

Smoothfoam wallhangingWith the change of the seasons, I like to change out the homemade wall décor in my studio. I wanted a bright and cheery spring wall hanging and this piece fits the bill perfectly. I love using a Smoothfoam sheet instead of wood or a canvas because it is so light – I can easily hang it without having to put big nails or holes into my wall.

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 1″ x 6″ x 12″ sheet
DecoArt Metallic Lustre
Craft paints
Sponges, paintbrushes
Chipboard and metal embellishments
Glitter
Fabric flowers and leaves
Adhesive

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I used inexpensive make-up sponges to paint the Smoothfoam, building up the base one color at a time. Start with the lightest color all over, then begin working up to the darkest color out on the very edges. Apply glitter to one side of the chipboard butterfly and adhere the other side to your surface.

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I used Metallic Lustre to highlight the chipboard pieces after they were painted – I like to apply it with my fingers, then buff with a paper towel to make it shine. Add more embellishments as desired to finish off your project.

Make a Spring Nature Display

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Spring is almost here and new life is sprouting up everywhere. Why not celebrate it by creating a nature display with Smoothfoam eggs? (Because no one wants to steal an egg from a cute little bird’s nest!)

Supplies:

Smoothfoam 2-1/2″ Half Chick Egg
Wood plaque
Acrylic craft paint
Hot glue

Instructions:

Paint the wood plaque with acrylic paint and set aside to dry.

Paint the half-egg light blue, then load a soft brush with brown paint that has been thinned with water. Flick the paint over the half egg, speckling it with brown paint. Set it aside to dry.

Hot glue the half egg onto the painted, wood plaque.

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Create a nature display with your egg plaque, an abandoned nest, or other items you picked up in nature…or hang it on the wall with some bird photos.

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Blessing Plaque

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Materials:

Smoothfoam sheet
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paints – New Life, Timeless
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Crackle Medium
Sizzix® – Big Shot™ Machine
Sizzix Bigz Die – Butterfly, Flower, Leaf & Shamrock
JudiKins™ Color Sponge
Craft Attitude™ Printable Craft Film
Clearsnap® ColorBox Crafter’s® Ink – Evergreen
Paint brush, paper trimmer, patterned paper, glue stick
Sandpaper, large rubber stamp
Irish blessing subway art (downloadable)

Instructions:

Cut Smoothfoam sheet to desired size. If necessary, smooth rough edges with sand paper.

Press the rubber stamp’s pattern into the sheet (if needed, a hammer helps with this process). Use edge of stamp to distress edges/corners.

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Paint the embossed sheet with Timeless (tan) chalky finish paint and let dry. Apply crackle medium and let dry. Then paint with New Life (green) chalky finish paint.

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Resize the St. Patrick’s Day graphic to desired size  (5” x 7” on mine). Reverse the image before printing onto Craft Attitude film. Mount the film to the center of the painted sheet using clear-drying glue stick.

Use color sponge and Evergreen ink to alter the color of a sheet of patterned paper, then die-cut 6 shamrocks from it.

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Arrange and glue shamrocks above and below text. Be sure to browse our blog for other St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

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Pretty and Romantic Pearl Wreath

Smoothfoam diy pearl wreathSpring is in the air! When I saw these new wreath forms from Smoothfoam, I was so excited by the possibilities. I have always wanted to make a pearl wreath. They look elegant, are beautiful any time of year, and are great DIY wedding wreaths, or décor for Easter and Mother’s Day.

Most other foam wreath forms are too thick and heavy to start with – so the added weight from the pearls makes for an extra heavy wreath to hang. Smoothfoam wreath forms are lightweight, but very dense and strong. The narrow width of this form allows you to really add lots of decorations without compromising the wreath shape. I’m using pearls, mini lightbulbs, and other thicker embellishments to make fun wreaths for every room in my house.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this project:

12″ Smoothfoam wreath form
100+ assorted pearl beads
Hot glue gun (low-temp)
Ivory felt sheet
Scissors
Ivory satin ribbon

Watch the video above to see how I made this wreath.

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Wrap the wreath form with satin ribbon to cover. This Smoothfoam wreath form has measurements printed it on it to help with positioning your design. Secure the ribbon in place with hot glue. Add a loop of ribbon to the back of the wreath to create a hanger.

Mix the pearls up in a bowl or on a plate. Randomly glue the pearls to the wreath form, varying the size and color of the pearls. If you run out of pearls, you can cover the gap with handmade felt flowers.

To make the felt flowers, cut 3 circles from the sheet of felt. Cut each circle into a spiral. Roll the spiral up from the end, into a rose type flowers. Secure in place on the wreath with hot glue. Hang and enjoy!

To see more projects like this, visit my blog at Just JP.

 

Lucky Shamrock Coin

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Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day home décor idea to share the Luck of the Irish! I’m actually from a long line of Murphys, so this shamrock coin craft works for me. And if you’re not Irish, you can join us anyway! Learn how to make this shamrock wall hanging below.

You will need:

4 Smoothfoam panorama hearts
One 8″ Smoothfoam disc
Glitter (I used the Art Institute brand – it dries clear and quickly)
Craft glue
Crystal or gem
Hot glue gun
Foam brush

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Use a foam brush to apply glue around the edges of each heart and then sprinkled dark green glitter on top. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry.

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Cover the Smoothfoam disc with glue and sprinkle with gold glitter. Shake off excess glitter and set aside to dry. Glue and glitter the centers of each hearts with a brighter Emerald Green and let them dry.

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Adhere each heart to the gold coin with hot glue as shown. Glue a “lucky green stone” in the center.

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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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Yarn-wrapped open heart frame

 

SMOOTHFOAM string art

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but there is still plenty of time to create a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone in your life! Inspired by the retro resurgence of 1970’s string art, this yarn-wrapped open heart frame is quick and easy, needing no special tools, so the kiddos can definitely help. It looks great as reverse string art – or you can glue a photo on heavy cardstock to the back to peek through the heart opening.

Place this plaque on a shelf or mantle to brighten up your Valentine’s Day celebration or attach a ribbon to the back to hang on the wall or the front door. It’s a lovely way to greet your guests as an alternative to a wreath!  This project goes together in under an hour, so you could make several to give as gifts to the special people in your life.  Change the color of the yarn and the wording to match your décor – the possibilities are endless!

Materials:

Smoothfoam 12″ Scrapbook Page Mount
1.5″ Joy embroidered letters – L O V E
Dry and wet adhesives – heavy duty (I use Tombow)
8″ heart pattern
Hot wire cutting tool or serrated knife
Acrylic craft paint, paintbrush
Decorative yarn
Scissors, paper, pencil, emery board

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Position and trace a heart pattern in the lower right corner of the Smoothfoam sheet with a pencil. I made my heart the old-school way by folding a piece of paper in half, drawing half a heart and cutting it out.

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Cut out the heart from the Smoothfoam with the knife or hot wire tool. Remove any rough edges with an emery board (nail file)

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Remove the heart to save for another project. Paint the front and sides of the sheet with a color to match your yarn.

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Apply heavy-duty adhesive tape on the back of the sheet around the edges. This will help hold the yarn in place.

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Secure an end of the yarn to the back of your sheet and begin wrapping it around, through the heart cut-out. Dab some quick-grab liquid adhesive on the outer corners to prevent the yarn from slipping. Continue wrapping until the entire surface is covered. Cut the yarn and glue the end down in back.

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Glue your LOVE letters in place on the front.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY and thanks for stopping by!

Monogram Wallhanging

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I have been working on a series of variations on the letter W, since that’s the first letter of my last name. I plan to make these into a full-wall installation in my home. Most of the letters are chipboard, wood or plastic, but I wanted something a little different as well. Smoothfoam to the rescue! The best part is that this wallhanging is so lightweight, it can be hung with just a straight pin, making a much smaller hole in your wall.

Supplies:

12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
Ink sprays  (I used Clearsnap)
2″ corrugated trim
Patina glaze
Metallic Wax Rusb  (I used Viva Decor)
8 feet of 1″ wide brown grosgrain ribbon
Fabric glue
Foam glue (or general craft glue)
Non-stick craft sheet
45° triangle template
Pencil, scissors, stiff paintbrush, straight pins

Instructions:

Place protective sheet on your work surface because this can get messy. Spritz the Smoothfoam square with a variety of ink colors, adding as much or as little color as desired. Set aside to dry.

ink sprays on smoothfoamCut the corrugated trim into four 12″ lengths to surround the square. Miter the corners with the triangle, marking each cut with the pencil, then trimming with scissors. The corners should fit together like a picture frame.

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Paint the corrugate trim with the patina glaze. When it has dried, spray over it randomly with brown ink, then brush the ink in roughly with a stiff brush.

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When it has dried, rub over it randomly with 2 different shades of metallic wax. Adhere the corrugated trim to the edges of the Smoothfoam sheet.

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Rotate the square so that there are points at the top and bottom. Trace and cut out your initial (or die-cut) from chip board and rub with metallic wax.

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To create the highlight, rub copper and platinum wax onto a scrap of paper larger than the highlight opening. Place the letter over the card stock and use a pencil to mark the sides of the letter. Trim it out and glue it behind the letter.

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Trace and cut (or die-cut) several swirls from chip board and accent with two shades of metallic wax rubs.

chipboard swirlGlue the swirls and the initial to the framed Smoothfoam sheet.

framed smoothfoam sheetUse fabric glue to adhere the ribbon around the bottom and sides of the sheet, keeping the length at the top. Pin the ribbon in place to secure until the glue dries. Tie a loose bow about 6″ above the top point for the the hanger.

Valentine’s Day Door Decoration

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It’s almost time to decorate our front door again – for Valentine’s Day!  This year’s Valentine door hanger craft was inspired by the great dimensional letters made by Smoothfoam and an extra large wood tag shape. Together they make for a fun and unique way to decorate your front door and share the love!

Materials: 

Smoothfoam 4″ letters –  X’s and O’s
Unfinished Wood Co. large wood tag shape
Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paints – Romance, Innocence
Americana acrylic paint – White Wash
Colorbox Crafter’s Ink – Fire
ART-C Groove Tool
ART-C Adhesive Alphabet Stencils
Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
Rubber stamp
Paint brushes, pencil, scissors
Valentine patterned fabric

Instructions:

1.  Paint the wood tag with red chalky finish.  Let dry.

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2.  Spell out “love rules” and “without rules” with self-adhesive stencils. If you prefer, use stencil your lettering on the wood directly. I am stencil-challenged, so I prefer to trace the letters as a template with a pencil, and then fill in with a paintbrush.

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3.  Smoothfoam letters have small raised areas on them from the molding process, and sometimes the back edges of the lettering are a bit rigid. I like to smooth all those areas before I paint. An easy way to do this is with the ART-C Groove Tool and the sanding disc. You can see the difference in these two “O” letters.

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4.  Paint letters with pink chalky finish. Let dry.

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5.  Ink stamp with red pigment ink, stamp surface of painted letters and let dry.

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6.  Cut a strip of fabric and tie it through the hole in the tag. Dovetail-cut the ends of the fabric strip.

7.  Glue the letters to the tag.

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Carved Sweetheart Valentine

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – so here’s a fun, easy way to make a giant Valentine’s heart for your sweetie. I used pink and gold, but you can change the colors to any other color combination. If you’re not quite to the “madly” stage with your honey, you can change the wording in the center to a phrase such as “You’re Sweet” or “Be Mine” – just like everyone’s favorite candy conversation hearts!

Supplies:
12″ Smoothfoam Scrapbook Mount
Acrylic paints – gold, pink, champagne
Proxxon Tabletop Hot Wire Cutter
Hot Wire Foam Factory Engraving Tool
White glue, paintbrush, plastic dish, scissors, pencil
Picture-hanging hook

1.  Click here to download my heart design*. Because the pattern is so wide, you will have to print it on two pages, then cut and tile them together. Trace the hearts onto the Smoothfoam sheet with a pencil.

2.  Carefully carve out the Smoothfoam sheet with the tabletop hot wire cutter.

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3.  Glue the smaller heart onto the larger heart. Let dry.

4.  Use the handheld hot wire tool to engrave the details into the foam as shown.

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5.  Paint the front and back of the heart in champagne and let dry. Paint the alternating stripes and edges gold, and paint the center heart pink. Brush gold paint inside the wording to make the letters pop.

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6.  Glue a picture hanging hook to the back or display on an easel.

* Copyright:  You are welcome to use my original artwork only for your own use or for a gift/donation. You may not use my designs for items intended for resale.