Monday, October 16, 2017

Rustic Wood Ornaments!

Hey everyone! 
Christmas is right around the corner, and I wanted to show you how easy and fun it is to use pretty holiday papers on wood slices and how you can further embellish them with shiny foil words, quotes, and patterns!

wood slices
matte Mod Podge
pretty holiday cardstock papers
pen / pencil
assorted colors of Minc foil
Zig 2-way glue pen
assorted tree picks and sprays
hot glue / hot glue gun
laser wood cutout holiday silhouettes 

 First to make cute holiday backgrounds on your wood slices, trace circles around them onto the pretty papers, and then cut them out. Apply the matte Mod Podge with a brush to the wood slice and adhere cardstock circles to them.

In order to use the Zig 2-way glue pen and the Minc foil, write a word on the paper and allow to dry. (3-5 minutes) When the glue is fully dry it becomes tacky (as opposed to wet) so it can pull the foil from the sheet and become a pretty shiny design! 

If you want to get really fancy, you can add some laser cutout holiday images and use it as a dimensional accent to the top of your cardstock wood slice!

Once the glue is dry, apply foil (pretty side facing up) and press firmly with your finger until you see glued image showing through the foil. When you peel upwards, you'll find that your foil has transferred! Just in case the foil didn't full pull off the sheet, you can reapply the foil to any remaining tacky areas. Feel free to also reapply the glue pen and layer colors together! Have fun foiling!!  

Use your hot glue gun / hot glue to adhere silhouettes, or pieces of picks /  sprays to wood slices!
Ta Da!
So easy and so cute!!  

Have fun decorating!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake

Monday, October 9, 2017

'Moon Phases' Coasters

Hey crafters!
HouseMart Ben Franklin has so many cute wood projects to decorate and customize!
As soon as I saw this coaster set, I knew I had to turn them into moon phases!

wood coaster set
black, white, gray acrylic paints 
black or white water based acrylic fine tip paint pens
Krylon triple thick clear glaze spray

Paint your moon phases, or pretty designs of choice, then wait 10-20 minutes for paint to dry. Write your words with the paint pens, and then spray with your super glossy spray to protect the image from water damage! So cute and so fun to customize such practical house items! These would make great gifts as well! 

Happy Monday!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Boo wood disc


                       Boo Wood Disc

Material List:
3 wood disc
Creamcoat   White, Orange and Yellow paint
Black Deco marker

-      Paint the top of the Disc. White, then the middle part with Yellow and and blend.
-      The bottom part will be orange and blend into the yellow part.
-      Now paint all 3 discs.
-      With the pencil put the b on the first disc, O on the next 2
-      Go over the pencil with the black Deco Marker

                   Have a spooky Halloween

                                                Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Monday, October 2, 2017

Haunted Pumpkin Diorama!

Hey holiday DIY experts! 
Oh my goodness, I'm so obsessed with this new festive project! HouseMart Ben Franklin still has a few of these dense carve-able Styrofoam pumpkins left, and it occurred to me that I could build a scene inside of one!

Dense styrofoam pumpkin
xacto blade
acrylic paint in 2 colors of gray, black, red, butter yellow, and dark purple
1" wide nylon brush
cup of rinsing water / paper towel
black spray paint
BoBunny black Perler Pen
circular wood disc
sticks that look like a tree
Halloween resin miniatures (jack-o-lantern and gravestone)
copper wired firefly lights (3 AA batteries) 
hot glue / hot glue gun
assorted moss
paper cutout of a moon

First using your xacto blade, cut out an oval circle shape from your pumpkin. 

Next, paint your pumpkin outside dark gray. When dry, lightly and roughly brush the light gray over it. Spray paint the inside black and wait to dry.

Once dry, paint inside the pumpkin with acrylics a sky gradient with the colors blended from black, to purple, to red, to yellow all the way to the bottom, so that the inside of your pumpkin looks like a perfect background for a creepy sunset!

Wait to dry, and then set up wood disc and Firefly lights battery pack inside the base of your pumpkin. Hot glue in place. Allow for easy access to change batteries as necessary. 

Hot glue the paper moon to the inside ceiling of the pumpkin with a clear thread. Hot glue mosses and tree and resin miniatures in place. Again allow for easy battery changes. 

Hot glue the firefly lights every 3 bulbs to the inner circle of the pumpkin. This will create really nice front lighting. I avoided putting any lights too far back. 

Then I used the black BoBunny Perler Pen and made raised tiny black dots all the way around the opening of the pumpkin.

So super cute!
Hope everyone is having fun getting into the spirit of the season! Have a great week!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Spider Wood Disc

             Spider Disc

Material List:
Wood Disc
Golden Acrylic paint Micaceous Iron Oxide
Paint brush
4 jumbo Popsicle sticks
Glue Gun
Black felt
40mm Google eyes
White Deco marker


       Paint one side of the disc. And both sides of the Popsicle sticks. Let Dry
-        Cut the popsicle sticks into half
-        Glue them on the back side of the disc. 4 on each side. arrange them to look like sider legs
-        Trace the disc onto the felt. And cut it out.
-        Glue the felt over the Popsicle sticks.
-        Glue on the google eyes.
-        Use the white maker to make the cheeks

  Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Monday, September 25, 2017

Spook-tacular Skull Wreath

Hi creative crafters! I'm so pumped for this autumn season and wanted to share with you guys a few spooky ideas to spruce up the house for Halloween! HouseMart Ben Franklin just got in a great selection of really cute and spooky Halloween items. Today's project is a skull wreath!

1 roll of 1" wide black ribbon
1 roll of 1" wide white ribbon
12"-14" Styrofoam wreath 
hot glue / hot glue gun
bag of skulls 
1 black feather boa 

 First, wrap simultaneously the black and white ribbon around your Styrofoam wreath. Use hot glue to secure the beginning and the ending. You will wrap ribbon around 1/2 of the wreath.

 Next, wrap the feather boa around the other 1/2 of the wreath, hot gluing the two ends of the boa to the ribbon to secure it.

 Finally, hot glue your skulls in place! I placed mine off to the side for an asymmetrical feel to break up the symmetry of the stripes. I even used some of the net bag as a netting accent! And simple as that, it's ready for the front door! Have a spooky good time playing with Halloween Decor! 

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Heavy Gel Sgraffito Board

      Heavy Gel Sgraffito


Material List:
Golden Gesso
Golden Heavy Gel (Gloss)
Golden Self-Leveling Gel
Golden Fluid Ultramarine Blue
Golden Fluid Hansa Yellow Med.
Wood board
Brush, Palette Knife, and a pointed tool

n  Brush on the gesso and allow to dry

n  Create a 3 to 1 mixture of Heavy Gel and Ultramarine Blue. Spread onto the surface with the palette knife. Using the pointed tool, drag into the creating strokes over the entire board. Allow to dry
       The darker board is dried

n  Create 3 to 1 mixture of self-leveling gel and Hansa Yellow medium. Spread on to the surface with a palette knife. And let dry the yellow green board is dried

   There are so many more ways you can do it. enjoy

                         Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin