Saturday, January 10, 2015

Smoothfoam beach sign

smoothfoam beach sign

It's super easy and fun to distress Smoothfoam with paint and a skewer to make it look like a weathered wood gate at the beach. This beach sign made with a 12" Smoothfoam disc is in my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects. It's just what you need to go with your shell collection!



For one of my make-n-takes in the Smoothfoam booth at CHA, we did a smaller version using a stencil instead of chipboard letters. Click here to see what all our make-n-takers came up with!

Supplies:
  • Smoothfoam 6" disc
  • Craft paints - tan, peach, brown
  • Wood skewer
  • Die-cut stencil - "beach"
  • Foam brush and cosmetic sponge
  • Straight pins
  • Small sea glass pieces
  • Mini starfish or sand dollars
  • Heavy-duty craft glue
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Baby wipes
1.  Gently press the skewer into the disc against the side of the ruler to deboss lines across the surface about 1-1/2" apart to create "planks." Try not to break the foam too much as you indent it.

2.  Paint a coat of tan or peach across the surface and edges of the disc. Use the beveled tip of the brush to sweep a tiny bit of brown into the lines and smudge with a baby wipe to blend into the groove and up on to the planks. Let dry.

3.  Pin the stencil to the foam and lightly dab brown paint with a cosmetic sponge to fill in the letters. Remove stencil and let dry.

4.  Glue on a starfish or sand dollar and embellish with sea glass pieces as desired and let dry. Glue/pin a small ribbon loop to the back for hanging.

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