Saturday, July 22, 2017

Heart Punch Flower

                      Heart Flower

Heart Mega punch (purple)
12x12 piece of paper your color
1.5 circle punch
Hot glue gun

Punch out 16 to 18 hearts, using the punch
Punch one 1.5 circle with the punch
Fold your hearts in half

The circle is the base of the flower. Start to glue the hearts to the base.  As showed in picture

Keep layer them in the middle
Take one heart and roll it tightly together, then add another one to it.  Add another, this time more loser then the others.
Cut off the bottom and glut to the center of the base flower.
 Shape and form the pedals to your liking

                                          Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mini Madness: Sizzix Sidekick!

Aaaaaand Tuesday has rolled around once again folks! Huzzah! This week's blog is super short and sweet- we are looking at our Sizzix Sidekick! While some of you may already have one or know what it is, for those of you who don't, here's the skinny: it's a tiny Sizzix BigShot (die-cut machine)! I just think it's adorable and perfect for small projects or people on-the-go! So, let's get to it, shall we?

  • Sizzix Sidekick
  • Paper Cutter/Trimmer
  • Paper
  • Acrylic Stamping Block & Stamping Inkpads (optional BUT highly recommended)
Product Info
  • Before we begin, let me just say one very important detail- when I say the Sidekick is like the BigShot, I mean exactly that! If you have a BigShot, you will know exactly what you are doing, for the most part.

  • The whole kit comes with 2 regular cutting pads, an embossing pad, a Sidekick machine, 8 dies, adorable photo-polymer stamps (no acrylic block though), and 2 cute embossing folders.

  • Handy Feature! The Sidekick boasts a suction lever on its side, allowing you to vacuum seal it to the table, allowing for no-slip ease of use! 

  • Cross-Compatibility: The Sidekick can be used with any other dies, so long as they are small enough to fit in the cutting pad.

  • Paper Sizing: for the most part, I use my paper trimmer and cut paper down to a width of 2.5 inches! That seems to be the ideal size!


  • To cut dies, simply use the two clear cutting pads (they will be teal in color) and create a "sandwich" of: cutting pad 1, die, paper, and cutting pad, then run this through the Sidekick- easy peasy. 

  • The use the embossing folders, use the grey embossing pad and 1 cutting pad. This sandwich goes: embossing pad, embossing folder (paper sandwiched inside), and cutting pad. Run this through to get the cutest embossed paper pieces!

  •  For some extra cuteness, I used the stamps to embellish the pieces I cut out! The "Hello" and "Thank You" stamps nest very well within the included circle die, and the heart die has a matching heart stamp. Mix and match, have fun with this, the possibilities are endless! Happy Cutting!

  •  *TIP* I have found that when embossing, solid colors look best compared to prints! And if you are not familiar with photopolymer stamps, fret not! Simply peel them off the plastic, stick them on an acrylic block, and voila! You are ready! Don't worry, the stamps can be removed from the block- it's 100% reusable. :)

 -Helen C-
Kahului Ben Franklin Crafts

Monday, July 17, 2017

I Like Big Cups & I Cannot Lie

Happy Maker's Monday! I was so inspired by this funny quote that I had to find a way to turn it into a wall sign. You can find your own favorite funny or inspirational quote and using just a few simple materials, can make your own very fancy sign! This simple idea can be used on SO many wooden surfaces, including boxes, and frames!

Printed cardstock paper
matte Mod Podge
nylon paint brush
scissors/paper trimmer
white paint pen (either DecoColor or Montana)
wood pallet or board

First, pick a pretty paper to be the background for your quote! You will want to avoid choosing a paper that has too much contrast, so if it has a pattern, then it has to not have white or black in it. If you choose a dark paper, your text will really jump off the page, but the pattern might be harder to spot. 

Trim your paper down to size to fit neatly on the surface of your wood sign. 
Using your brush, generously coat the top of the wood, then lay down your paper. Seal the paper with a layer of matte Mod Podge over the paper surface.

Once it has dried, sketch out your quote lightly with your pencil.
Then use your white Montana marker, or white acrylic DecoColor marker to fill in your quote! I chose the 'I like big cups and I can not lie" as a silly statement to how much I love tea and coffee. Have fun with your quote! Even pair it with some mixed media and glue down some accessories. You can use beads, flowers, starfish, shells, washi tape, glitter, rhinestones, origami, moss, ribbon and so much more!

Happy crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Simple Obon Kanzashi

Simple Obon Silk Flower Kanzashi

Happy Tuesday! Obon season is still in full swing in Maui County (and throughout the state of Hawai'i) and I had a blast again this past weekend! While at Obon you notice lots of things: delicious food, beautiful uchiwa fans, gorgeous yukata, and also lovely kanzashi! Or in english, hair ornaments- usually floral, in the case of Obon. So I figured I'd share how to make some really simple ones that I use myself! These are very quick and easy to make, so let's get started!


  • Silk/Fake Flowers (your choice! Get a good variety!)
  • Barrettes
  • Felt *OPTIONAL*
  • Rhinestones/Pearls/Pearl Sprays/Bells *OPTIONAL*
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Scissors

  • Let's start with your fake flowers! Our stores have a wonderful variety- I pick colorful ones, and I prefer to buy bushes since you get lots of flowers and leaves. Trim the flowers and leaves that you'd like first, and make sure you clip the stems as close to the base of your flower as you can- it will be much easier to glue down!

  • Now take your barrette- open it up and remove the center piece and set it aside- this will make working with it easier.

  • Next, take your leaves (or cut out pieces of felt) and glue them down to your barrette. glue the bottom piece first, face-up, then glue the top leaf to the top of the metal piece, adding glue to the parts of the bottom leaf that overlap the top leaf, making sure you completely cover the metal piece. You can now put the metal piece you removed last step back into the barrette. :)

  • Going back to the flowers, glue down any calyxes that fall off and for security, I will usually fill the small hole at the bottom with hot glue!

  • Next, glue down your flower to your leaf base, it does not matter where- place it wherever you'd like. and you may add extra glue to the calyx or petals that tough the leaf to secure it down further. Keep adding flowers until you are satisfied, but watch out! These can get really big, really fast! 

  • As a last hurrah, I decided to add some rhinestones to this particular piece to mimic dewdrops! it also gives a little bit of sparkly flair!

  • Using the same techniques, I created two more pieces- notice how the flowers can contrast or be completely different in terms of sizes! I made these to match some of the yukata I own, and you can do the same! Have fun with these and feel free to be creative and embellish with beads, bells, pearls, ribbon- whatever you'd like! Enjoy, and happy crafting! :)

 -Helen C.-
Craft Coordinator
Kahului Ben Franklin Crafts

Monday, July 10, 2017

I Love Kailua !

Happy Magic Monday!
It has really been a very hot past few weeks. Beach weather is in full effect! I wanted to make a sign that was simple and fun and a great accent in my home.

wood panel with noticeable wood grain
'walnut' wood stain
nylon paint brush
E6000 glue
acrylic paints in white, Lime Sorbet, Turquoise, and Caribbean Blue 

This sign is so fun and so easy to make! 
First use you stain and coat the entire surface. For all of the inner corners, use your paint brush instead of the dauber on the bottle.

 Wait for your wood panel to dry for 30 mins. The more stain you apply, the longer it will need to dry. If it is damp while painting, the color may mix with your acrylics.

Then with a pencil sketch of an inspirational word, or the name of your home town.
I used Turquoise first, then blended it into my Lime Sorbet, and lastly the Caribbean Blue. Acrylic is amazing because you can apply endless coats, so if at first your ombre blend isn't on point, keep trying! Just be careful to not paint too big. Saturating your brush with paint will make the strokes bolder and smoother. I painted a white heart on the side of Kailua.

Then using E6000, glue down your starfish! I also put some E6000 in the middle of the heart and then pressed white sand into it in order to give my sign some pop of texture!
Have fun with your signs!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 


Saturday, July 8, 2017

         Large napkin art

Large unfinished glass top box
Napkins with print on it
Mod podge
Sponge brush
A color paint to match the napkin

Paint the box and set to dry
With the sponge brush rub Mod Podge to the glass set the napkin on the top of the glass. Try to straighten the napkin, but do not pull or rub it. Will tear
When dry, dab on the mod podge. You might want to do 2 coats, let dry in between coats.

  Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mosaic-Inspired Obon Fan

It is a lovely Tuesday once more, and this week I'm really feeling the Obon odori spirit! In fact, I was just at one on Saturday- so much fun! But a big part of the dances (and keeping cool) revolve around the uchiwa- the fans the dancers and people use! So I thought why not embellish one and have a little fun with it? Let's look glamorous and cool and dance the night away! This design is really simple and unique- no two will ever be quite alike!


  • 1 Uchiwa, color of your choice.
  • Origami Paper, preferably printed/designed/metallic
  • Colored Paper (if desired)
  • Bells, 6 pieces
  • Ribbon, color of choice
  • Mod Podge (or any craft glue)
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Starting with your origami paper, cut out triangles and various geometric shapes from the paper. I usually just trim the corners to get all kinds of triangle then go from there- there is no right or wrong way to do this! Have fun with it! Cut out a generous amount, but you can always cut out more later.

  • Once you have cut out an amount you are satisfied with, lay them out on your uchiwa. You are not gluing anything down, you are simply playing around with the design- this can take lots of time, but you can fuss with it until you are satisfied with the layout. This is the longest step for me! :)

  • When you are happy with your layout, you can begin to glue them down. I do this with a brush and some mod podge- it sticks them down right away! However, use caution! Once you put the piece down with the mod podge, it is down for good- you can't reposition it without ripping the paper or the fan! 

  • I also used the store's Accu-Cut dies to cut out these kanji- friend and life/birth. I liked the meaning since Obon is a place to connect with friends and family, and it's a celebration of life as well as the dead. To use the accu-cut ask an associate- it's free to use if you purchase the paper from us! I added these to the fans to add some Asian flair.

  • Next, cut out two pieces of ribbon in identical length- I cut mine about 2 feet long, and gather 6 bells. Here, I used silver. String three bells on each ribbon till about the middle- to make this easier, I cut the ribbon at an angle.

  • Finally, tie the ribbon with bells anywhere on the fan you'd like- you can use hot glue to glue these down if you wish, but it's your choice! 

  • Voila, you are done! I made a second one as well using red and gold as my theme- see how the printed paper with the metallic paper makes such a nice addition? Enjoy your fan, and dance, dance, dance this summer at the Obon Odori near you! :D

Helen C.
Kahului Ben Franklin Crafts