Celebrating today with a gift card giveaway

It’s Fri-yay and I am celebrating! The garden issue of Craft Ideas magazine includes my Faux Barn Wood Wreath! Yay, and thank you Craft Ideas! When I met with Craft Ideas Editor Molly Goad at Creativation in January, I was so excited when she asked if she could publish the Faux Barn Wood Wreath. “Yes, of course!” was my answer. I thought I’d share a little behind-the-scenes lore about the photo, too. The wreath hangs on a 120-year-old bread board, first used by the photographer’s great, great aunt. How cool is that?

DIY Faux Barn Wood Wreath

This Faux, Barn Wood Wreath is in the garden issue of Craft Ideas magazine, on newsstands now.

The garden issue of Craft Ideas is on newsstands now, and it’s brimming with creative ideas to decorate your outdoor space, and to bring the outdoors in. This technique-packed issue has ideas for card making, beading, painting, embroidery and more. You’ll find some of the cutest crafts for kids, too. And that’s not all — the magazine is giving away 30+ prizes! You don’t want to miss all of these goodies, do you? When you’re running errands this weekend, stop by the newsstand and pick up a copy.

Garden issue of Craft Ideas magazine

This issue is brimming with crafts and giveaways!

Because it’s Friday, and because the Faux Barn Wood Wreath is one of my favorites, I’m going to give away three, $25 gift cards to a craft store (winners can choose between Jo-Anns, Michaels and Hobby Lobby). If you’d like a chance to win one of the $25 gift cards, tell me about the last project you made with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. You’re all so creative, and I can’t wait to hear your answers! Please tell me about your craftiness by midnight on Thursday, May 11, and I’ll announce the three winners on Friday, May 12.

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed!**

Have a great weekend, and happy crafting!



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54 Responses to Celebrating today with a gift card giveaway

  1. the last thing i made was a Christmas wreath .

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! I love making wreaths, too. Tell me about your Christmas wreath — I’d love to know more. Thanks for stopping in, and happy crafting. Sharon

  2. Yolanda says:

    This year, I made a St. Patrick’s Day Topiary, following the idea you posted on your blog. It was huge, much larger than expected. Very pretty. I also made a Fleur-de-lis for Mardi Gras, using the flat sheets of styrofoam. I am actually in the middle of making the Tissue Paper Rose Centerpiece that you posted for Cinco de Mayo. I am going to use it as a decoration for the final dance / fiesta That I am planning for my students this year. Just making the flowers right now, I have not placed them in the styrofoam yet. I hope I get it done, the end of the year is really busy. I can email you picture of my St. Patrick’s Day Topiary if you want, let me know.

    • Sharon says:

      You’ve been busy! I would love to see photos of your projects, absolutely! You could also post them on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CraftsnCoffee/. If you made the St. Patrick’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary, I bet it was a big one! It’s amazing how big they are when they’re done. Thank you for stopping in and sharing today! Craft on! Sharon

  3. I made a beautiful Topiary for my mother using an antique creamer that my husband and I found that matches a a bowl set that was given to my parents as a wedding gift by my Father’s parents. I put beautiful fake flowers all over the styrofoam ball, laying it and securing it with ribbons to the creamer, and then also added a large assortment of miniature candy bars. Then, I finished it off with an array of colorful ribbons and bows glued to toothpicks and stuck into the strofoam wherever it needed that last amount of pizzaz. After the candy bars were all eaten, it looks so bare and I continue to ask my Mom to let me add to it and fix it all up, only she refuses to let me saying she wants to remember it the way it was. I got the great idea from here!! Thank you so much for sharing ideas and inspiring ideas!! I would love to win this gift certificate and be able to buy more supplies to make more crafts like this and delight individuals with surprises! Thank you for the opportunity! Have a great day!

    • Sharon says:

      Awww, what a sweet story, and a very special gift for your parents. I’m so glad you shared it with us! Thank you! Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. Julie says:

    My home is decorated in a coastal theme, so I made a coastal wreath using STYROFOAM wreath form. I used coral and teal yarn – wrapping it around the wreath form. I then hot glued shells around the wreath. I wish I could share a picture of it – I love making wreaths.

  5. Franiqw says:

    I repaired an small ornate mirror that was missing parts with styrofoam. Some of the pieces had to be mashed to get the look of the design and some were simply cut. It was an interesting “re-do” that turned out well.

    • Sharon says:

      It sounds like a very clever fix. Hooray for the versatility of STYROFOAM Brand Foam! I’m glad you stopped in to share this idea with everyone. Thank you! Sharon

  6. Erika P. says:

    I paint broken fence boards to make signs for my garden.

  7. KELLY M. says:

    I made an earring holder!

  8. Debbie Kaste says:

    My last project with Styrofoam balls was little snowmen ornaments. I twisted a small piece of thin gauge wire around a bamboo skewer to make a loop. Then I cut the wire off at a quarter of an inch. The now ‘loop’ becomes the hanger which is inserted into the top of the ball (a bit of glue to hold it in place). Next step was to cut about a half inch off a pointed toothpick and paint it orange with acrylic paint. After it dried, I inserted the toothpick to the front of the ball for the snowman’s nose and used a paintbrush to cover the ball with snowtech, again allowing it to dry. A light coat of glue was added over the piece and sprinkled with glitter. To make the eyes and mouth, I used a tip of a paintbrush and dipped it into black acrylic paint. The last step I cut strips of plaid fabric strips to create a small scarf and glued it to the bottom of the head. Now I want to make more but as an entire snowman – adding two other balls to the bottom (using toothpicks) to connect them together. I plan to get some flat round styrofoam circles to mount the little snowmen to. They will make a great display on our fireplace mantel.

    • Sharon says:

      Your ornaments sound adorable! I do hope you’ll send photos — I’d love to see them. And what a sweet idea to make a snowman family. So creative! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy crafting! Sharon

  9. Sandy Farquhar says:

    I Made a Fabric Pinecone Ornament. I Love your Faux Wood Wreath!

  10. I covered a ball at Christmas time with freeform crochet for a freeform yarn ornament challenge.

    • Sharon says:

      Lovely! Do you have any photos you can share? I’d love to see it! I am so glad you shared today — I am blown away by everyone’s creativity, and so many different ideas and techniques! Happy crafting! Sharon

  11. CraftyB says:

    What a fresh and springy wreath! I love the ribbon and the roses against the faux wood. We used styrofoam at a kids party. The kids loved decorating a potted styrofoam tulip with frosting and a colorful collection of candy. Many full tummies and tulips after this fun activity!!!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I bet the kids had a blast! Candy + crafting = fun times! Thank you for sharing this fun, party craft! Happy crafting! Sharon

  12. Angie Anderson Dyer says:

    I wanted to share this idea that had been in my head for quite a while. We had been saving the corks from wine bottles for a number of years. If it was a special wine for a birth, a birthday or marking an anniversary, I would write one line on the side of the cork. Any time we got together with my sisters, there would be some good wines. I would save those corks. My last cork was from a fabulous sisters weekend in Lake Geneva, WI where we celebrated my youngest sister’s 50th birthday. We even went to a winery to a wine tasting party that weekend. I covered my go-to Styrofoam wreath with all of these corks utilizing my hot glue gun. ( I had researched this project online with the directions to use toothpicks in each cork. Do not do that as it is not successful.) The corks with the most memories, I saved for the top so they could be seen, if I was looking closely. I added a few clusters of artificial grapes in purple and green along with the pretty twisty leaves and some vine. I have hung this wreath over my wine rack in the kitchen. It makes for a lot of happy memories! And it all starts with a Styrofoam wreath!

    • Sharon says:

      I am so glad you shared this very special wreath! Thank you! And thank you for your advice on gluing the corks instead of using toothpicks. I am honored that STYROFOAM Brand Foam helped you celebrate so many special memories! (One day I hope to visit Lake Geneva, too — I hear it’s beautiful.) Craft on, Angie! xo, Sharon

  13. Kathy Ferguson says:

    I made a bee hive with bee and flowers. also sequin ornaments

    • Sharon says:

      Super-cute! Was the bee hive for a party centerpiece? I really love that idea. And the ornaments are a classic! Thank you, and happy crafting! Sharon

  14. keshakeke says:

    The last thing I made was a curtain topper for my kitchen window

    • Sharon says:

      Very nice! STYROFOAM Brand Foam is so lightweight that it’s easy to hang, which is perfect for a window cornice. The wooden ones are way too heavy! Thank you for stopping in! Sharon

  15. Anne Haun says:

    Oh do I love your barn wood wreath – it is perfect. I am working on a styrofoam project right now – am almost completely done. I had a very large styrofoam cooler sitting in the garage for what seems like forever. I decided it would make a perfect foot stool. I measured it carefully and went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a piece of upholstery fabric that happened to be on clearance – score for me. I carefully wrapped the bottom with the fabric using spray adhesive to keep it in place – worked very well. I am now working on covering the top and am trying different ways of folding the fabric on the corners. It is going to work out perfectly when I am done – it will also provide storage for books or the like. Love to repurpose items into something useable!

    • Sharon says:

      I love this idea, and such a creative re-use for a foam cooler. You’ll have to let us know how it turns out! (FYI, your cooler is made with a different foam product — expanded polystyrene is the technical name. The cooler is not made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam, which is an extruded polystyrene foam. Coolers, meat trays, egg cartons, coffee cups, and other disposable foam products are all made with a different foam and are not STYROFOAM Brand Foam. You’ll find a little more info right here. Thanks for allowing me to share this info today!) Happy crafting! Sharon

  16. Dawn Jones says:

    Honestly I think the last time I crafted with any Styrofoam was when I was a child and we made Santa Claus or something. I wish I could give more insight, but I can’t. Have an awesome day!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thanks, Dawn. Isn’t it great that you remember creating with STYROFOAM Brand Foam from so many years ago? I don’t know of many other craft materials that have been a constant in the craft world for decades! I hope you have an awesome day, too. Sharon

  17. Pamb says:

    Thanks Sharon for a chance to win a gift card. The last thing I made with Styrofoam was a bird in a nest made around a decoupaged Styrofoam egg sitting on an oval China plate. Love it! Next I plan to make your cement looking egg shape vase. Love your ideas

    • Sharon says:

      Wow, that sounds like a keepsake! I’d love to see a photo. And a photo of your Faux Concrete Succulent Planter, when you’ve finished that one, too. I’m happy to say that it’s super easy and you’ll have it wrapped up in no time. Thank you for stopping in and sharing your creativity. Sharon

  18. Cindy deRosier says:

    Hi Sharon!

    Congrats on the publication! I absolutely LOVE your barn wood wreath. It is so unique and comforting, if that makes any sense. I guess it feels like home. And so cool that it’s photographed against the photographer’s family heirloom.

    The last thing I made with Styrofoam was probably the cactus make-and-take at the FloraCraft booth at Creativation. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Cindy, Thank you! I’m so glad you found the wreath warm & cozy, what a nice compliment. Glad you enjoyed the cactus make-and-take, too. Very fun! (btw, I enjoyed reading your SNAP recap and your analysis of the event. I’ve attended SNAP, though not in the last few years. It’s an inspiring gathering of so many creative souls!) Happy crafting! Sharon

  19. Lynda Rankin says:

    The last thing I made with Styrofoam was a yo-yo Christmas tree. Turned out beautifully and I sold them at a craft show!


    • Sharon says:

      Beautiful, and a great way to use up lots of pretty scraps. What other crafts do you like to do? Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing! Sharon

  20. LisaM6 says:

    Love this wreath. I will have to get my magazine out and read the whole article.
    💕this wreath.
    I am making more cupcake holders for the farmers market. 🤗

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Lisa! It’s an easy wreath, and I bet you can think of lots of ways to change it up! Cupcake holders — what a great idea! I’ve seen florists use the sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam as bouquet holders, too. Are you selling the cupcakes? Mmmmm! What’s your specialty? Happy crafting & cupcake baking! Sharon

  21. Lorrie Koenig says:

    Congrats on having the wreath published! The last project I used styrofoam with was as the base in a couple light-up Easter centerpieces I made. Basic use, yes, but it makes a wonderful base to build the scenes on. I would be lost without it.
    Thanks for having the fun gift card drawing too!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! You are so right, STYROFOAM Brand Foam is a great base for so many projects. I just used it that way, too, and I’ll share that project later this month. So many fun ideas! Glad you stopped in today! Sharon

  22. Katiria says:

    I love a good giveaway. I used Styrofoam, cardboard, wrapping paper, tissue paper and cardstock to make a big flower from the movie “Trolls”. It was for my niece’s birthday and she wanted one of those big goofy neon flowers with the funny teeth that come out of the darkness and sing. I don’t know if posting the link to my Pinterest picture will work.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 How fun is this! You must be the “fun” aunt in the family, right? I hope the party was a blast! (It sounds like your family has a lot of fun times together!) Craft on, Katiria! xo, Sharon

  23. Robyn G says:

    Last project I made with STYROFOAM were min topiaries for my Victorian dollhouse. Next, gping to try a bigger one for my house. I have everything I need except the greenery, so a gift card to Hobby Lobby would be awesome! Thanks for your generosity!

    • Sharon says:

      Sounds adorable! Hobby Lobby has a great floral aisle, too. Thanks so much for sharing what’s on your crafty agenda! Happy crafting! Sharon

  24. Cathy Sims says:

    I love you craft ideas.

  25. I am actually in the process of making one of the faux mink wreaths right now. I have the faux mink on the Styrofoam wreath and a few embellishments but am stuck on what else I want to add to it. I have a few ideas that I am playing around with and will share once it is finished!
    Would love to win a go so I can get more Styrofoam pieces for other projects! I really like today’s wreath and think it would be awesome for Fall with leaves as embellishments! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Yes! Love your idea to change out the flowers for fall leaves — thank you! Maybe a few creative & crafty readers have suggestions for your Faux Mink Wreath, too . . . My idea is to paint gold (and maybe glitter) a miniature pair of antlers, and add those to the wreath. What do you think? Happy crafting, Barb!

      • Ooooooo! Love the antlers idea. We are all outdoorsmen and women so this would be perfect! Maybe even adding some feathers from the turkeys my guys have gotten over the years too! That way it will fit right in with our deer head and full size turkey mounts! Thanks for the great ideas!

      • Sharon says:

        Yes! Add the turkey feathers — that would be a beautiful, rustic, outdoorsy addition! I can’t wait to see your wreath when it’s done! Craft on!

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