Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shaker Grad Pics!

Graduates!  It's time to send your grad photos to friends and family!
 Now, we are all familiar with the traditional black cal folder and the message 
written in white gold or silver pen.
Today, we have two awesome ways to deck out your senior portraits!

First way: Cardstock! There are so many colorful designs to choose from
in our stores!  All you have to do is choose a theme and pattern and, with just a few scrapbooking 
techniques, you can add some color to that plain black cal folder!  Add some ephemera embellishments and even some pop-up accents!
Here, I used a couple papers from Amy Tangerine's new On a Whim Collection.
Just as a heads up, Ben Franklin Crafts is selling Lauhala print Cal Folders!
This item is exclusively sold at our stores, so don't miss out!  They add a great "Island" touch,
which is great for sending photos out-of-state.  Paired with cute tropical-themed paper, it is ADORABLE.

Notice the glitter yet?  Yes, there are sequins and glitter on the photos!
I used the We-R-Memory Fuse Tool to make the graduates' photos into "shaker photos"!

 It's a pretty simple process, really.  All you need is scrapbook sleeves, sequins, glitter and your graduate's photo!  Slip the photo into the sleeve and place it flush against the corner.  (That way, all you need to do is fuse two sides!)  Slide some sequins and glitter onto the photo and fuse the remaining two sides to seal them in.  Lastly, cut off the excess sleeve plastic! 

Back to the Lauhala print.  It can be a little tricky to work with for it can go in either the "tacky" direction or the "cute" direction depending on how you use it. 

Just like working with textures in mixed media, mixing a fun and modern print consisting of simple shapes with the photo-realistic lauhala print can balance everything out.  And of course, Amy Tangerine will have that perfect, quirky and colorful, tropical paper!  Here, I used the other, more solid side of the tropical print paper to create a space for a short message.  The square could even be made into a pocket large enough for a graduation or grad party invitation!

 Here are the close-ups of the "shaker photos" .   I slid these photos into the decorated Cal-Folders and it really brought everything together.  It added that extra gold accent and "fun factor" to the portraits.   Wouldn't these be fun to get in the mail?  I was having a ball shaking them after they were fused! 😀

There are so many ways to customize your graduation photo to make it really represent who you are and what you're all about!  Have fun with it because this is your celebration, Graduate!

Erika @ PC

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bunny Board

                           Bunny Board

 Unfinished Wood Wall Plaque with Hanger
Cut out bunny shape
White Creamcoat Paint
1/25 Stroke Paint Brush
1 Burlap Flower Color of choice
1 Tulle – color of choice
Need Sheer ribbon in 3/8 Inch and 5/8 (color of choice
Large 3” Pompom maker
Hot glue gun

Lay the board flat, and trace the bunny image onto it.  When done you can tracing you can paint the inside of the bunny with the White paint. Set aside to dry.

Take the pompom maker, using the tulle start to make the pompom. Following the instructions that come with the pompom maker. Plus have pictures to you how it is done.
Now that the board is dry, hot glue the burlap flower to the bunnies behind. On top of the flower hot glue your pompom.

                                Enjoy your decorated bunny board

                                                Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Graduation Centerpiece

If our stores' AWESOME displays haven't already given it away, Graduation Season has officially started!  It's time to start weaving and braiding those leis, to send out those Senior portraits to relatives you may not have been aware of until now, and to start ordering those graduation posters and banners!;)   Another thing that probably every parent has had on their  "HAVING A CHILD" To-Do List for the past 17 or 18 years is of course their graduate's GRADUATION PARTY!
 I've seen everyone from the last minute decorators to those who come in right after Valentine's Day, searching for ideas and inspiration (See what I did there?) on how to decorate for their child's grad party.  I'm talking banners, centerpieces, cake stands, table covers, favors and more.  
Well, today I have a centerpiece project that is really easy and quick to make!
All you need are a few items!

For the cap I used a 12x12" piece of black chipboard that I cut down to a 9x9 square, 12x12" black cardstock, embroidery floss for the tassel, and a black brad.   I made the base of the cap with the cardstock, cutting two 3 1/2 x 12" wide strips, with one of the strips having a triangular shape coming out at least one more inch.  This is for that front part of the cap that goes over the forehead.  I made a basic tassel by winding the floss around four of my fingers and tying it off at the center.  Then I secured the end of the tassel to the center of the grad cap with the brad.

On the bubble vase, I took some alcohol inks and then, me being a Pearl City graduate, dripped some purple, silver and cool pearl (lavender) straight onto the glass.  To give it a splattered look, I blew on some small drops that I squeezed onto the glass and let the ink sort of spread to create a "fuzzy" look.  Letting some of the ink dry in the dripping state also adds to the paint splatter look. 
After I let the alcohol inks completely dry, I wrote on top of the design using a white oil-based marker.  Oil-based paint markers are always going to be the best for glass when you want an opaque and permanent line.  Also, they won't scratch off like their acrylic counterparts!  I gave the letters a shadow detail using a thinner black oil-based marker and then filled the vase with a strand of the warm white firefly lights!  That is really what makes this centerpiece shine!
If you really want to make things fun (and take advantage of the lights), how about a cute face?  Yes!  This can be double-sided!  You could even cut your graduate's school logo out from vinyl and stick it onto the glass.  Coordinate the color of the lights to the school!  Red for Radford and Kaimuki, Blue for Moanalua or Waipahu?  Even the hat and tassel can be changed up! 
Have fun!
Erika @ PC

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Boa bunny wreath

Boa Bunny Wreath

 3 White Feather Boa’s 2 yards
Styrofoam wreath 14”
Pink Glitter paper
1 piece White foamy squares
Double sided tape
Glue gun
Greening pins
Ribbon for bow

Tale the Styrofoam wreath, hot glue the end of one of the boa’s to it. Start to wrap around the wreath, ever so often put a dot of hot glue to set it. Do not do it real close together and you might be able to get away with 2 boas. When you get to the end hot glue it and start with the other ones. When finished. Set aside.
On the white foamy trace and cut them out. Do the same with the pink glitter paper. Except for make them smaller the white ones. Use the double sided tape to put the pink ears on the white ones. Using the greenie pins to put the ears on to the back of the wreath
Choose your ribbon. Make a bow and hot glue it the front of the wreath.

 When done you will have a furry bunny wreath to hang on your door.

                 Hilo Ben franklin

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Spring Keiki Crafts Camp 2017

Hey Crafters!
I hope everyone had an awesome Spring Break!
At our stores, we had a very successful Keiki Craft Camp making
fun and adorable crafts with the kids.  Let me just say, there were A LOT of kids this Spring, which was AMAZING.  No surprise, because the projects included classics like Perler Beads and Shrink Art!
Sara at Market City with a full class!  We're ready for today's craft, Teach!

What was especially impressive was the number of kids who showed up during the second day of camp.  Why you ask?  SLIME, of course!  Yes, that craze that's been sweeping the nation and causing Elmer's Glue to just fly off the shelf!  In fact, slime even caused a nationwide shortage of Elmer's Glue.  Crazy, right?  We loved how all of the kids' slime turned out different, representing each child's preferences and color choices.  "More glitter,  More Borax"!  "Not too much foam beads!" The measurements had to be just right!  We had so many fun and interesting ways to customize the slime.  Not just by look, but by texture as well!   This glob had some colored foam beads that seriously made it look like ice cream.  I mean, come on!  Look at it!
One of the most rewarding things was watching them play with the slime and to see them have fun with it. 

Just the right amount of lotion produces a satisfyingly stretchy slime.

Much stretch.  So wow!

So goopy and messy, but that's half the fun!
Just in case anyone is interested in the slime recipes that we used, each store did have their own special concoction. So, feel free to check out each one for different recipes and have fun experimenting at home!  Also, don't forget that our stores have started expanding on the Slime supplies, so specialty items like Borax, foam beads and clear glue are starting to hit our shelves.
Stay tuned to see what else we have in store!

Look at the mixed media scrapbooking going on here!  These kids even include photos in their wood craft project.  What a great way to record and make memories over the break.  The keiki got to create their very own piece of mixed media art!  We gave them everything they could ever ask for; from glitter to cardstock.  And they went nuts.  Like, glitter on the floor and their faces nuts! 

You will not believe how much glitter was left on the table. 
Although making a big mess is all part of the CREATIVE PROCESS!

Bright colors and Glitter are all the rage right now. 
A stinkin' adorable project that we had on the last day was a Pet Rock and Sanctuary.  Basically, our kids decorated a pet rock, painting it whatever animal they wanted, and they then created a little habitat/home for it using a clear pail, odds and ends, and a whole lot of imagination!  From shark tanks to butterfly homes, the crafts these kids made were so  creative.   There were many who liked to jazz up their homes with lots of bright colored doodles all over their pails and flower cut outs strewn all over the inside.  We also noticed there were some who liked to keep things simple, with a bit of Spanish moss here and a bit of green fluffy moss there.  Maybe a little washi tape around the rim of the can along with a couple cute bows tied onto the handle.

This craft camp is a lot of fun for kids, and it's a great way to make new friends and to learn how to make a bunch of different crafts!  This program is available at all stores during Spring, Summer and Fall.  Stay connected with us on our company website (, Facebook (@BenFranklinCrafts) and Instagram (@bfcrafts)!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Square Vine wreath

                                            Square Vine Wreath

Wreath- Square Branches 24”
Succulents Bush 8.5” asst. 2 pieces
Succulents 7.5: asst -need 2 pieces
Wild Succulents spray 6” need 2
Stem- TBR gurb Daisy need 2
Clips 4” birds with feathers tail
Hot glue gun
Floral wire 26 gauge

Twist on the succulents to the braches. There is a low balance on one side and high balance on the other side, this way you a good effect.

Then after you put the all the succulents into place and then, you should hot glue them into place... Arrange the daisy where you would like them.
You can place the birds onto the wreath, where you would like them.

         Joy Hilo Ben Franklin

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lit Up Lei

 Happy Graduation season everyone! I've been thinking about how cute all of the different colors of Firefly Lights are, and how fun making a one straw lei is, and I decided to put the two together!! All you'll need for this fun and glowy project is a strand of Firefly Lights, a straw, your chosen yarn, tape, scissors, and batteries. I showed the main materials here.
Begin your lei the same as you would any other one straw lei, except instead of stringing a ribbon through your straw, you're stringing the end of your Firefly Lights instead. Tie a loose knot at the end of your straw with your yarn around your wire. Now it's time to begin the fun part, wrapping around your straw!

 Continue to wrap your yarn around your straw, pushing the excess down along your wire until you fill your wire or finish with your yarn skein. Make sure that you spread your wrapped yarn evenly so that not a whole lot of wire is exposed! Add your batteries into your battery pack, and flip the switch on! You'll even be seen at night now! Great job!
I hope you enjoyed!!
Megan @ Mapunapuna

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sweet Little Succulent

 I am always fascinated by succulents and how little upkeep and care they need. Unfortunately, I am one of those people that cannot maintain one of these gorgeous plants. I decided I needed to make myself one instead. Materials needed to make yourself a cute little succulent plant include a sheet of a green felt, a needle, scissors, and thread. I used an extra strong string for mine.
Cut out different sizes of long triangles, try to make about five or seven of them all the same size of each size range you make. This will make your plant look more even. Once they are all cut out, the next step is stringing your thread through your leaves. 
Make  sure when stitching through your leaves to either fold it as seen above, or to just make sure to go in and out as seen below. It is important that all of your leaves are sewn on the same way as one another, otherwise you will have some that end up upside-down.
This is how each leave will look when pulled properly from above. String all of your leaves from biggest to smallest, and pull on your string once you have them all placed on. your string will coil up nicely and make a sweet little plant. The below picture is shown of the plant from below. 

There are only four layers in this plant, with the size of the leaves jumping from very large to quite small, you can vary yours to give all kinds of different looks to your plant! You can leave it outside and by itself, or you can place it inside of one of these tiny terracotta pots.  I really enjoyed the look both ways, it's totally up to you!!

Make this project your own and have fun!! 
Megan @ Mapunapuna

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ivy Bunny Bowl


What We Used:
  • One Ivy Bowl
  • Foam Craft Sheets, White and Pink
  • White Craft Pom Poms, 1/4 in and 2 in.
  • Spring Colored Ribbon, 2" wide
  • Googly Eyes, 15mm
  • Low Temp Hot Glue Gun
You'll need:
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks for the Glue Gun
  • Pocket Lighter

Cut out shape of head and ears of White Foam Craft Sheet and Pink Foam Craft Sheet for inner ear and nose.

Glue pink ears to the white base, and your craft pom poms about 3/4" of the way to leave room for the big pompoms for it's cheeks. After pompoms, glue googly eyes and nose.

Tie a bow around the neck of the bowl, below the crimp edge. Cut tails at a 45 degree angle. To prevent fraying, a pocket lighter can help. Don't touch ribbon to the flame, let the heat melt the edges slowly.

5 Large pompoms for it's arms and feet go on the bowl as show. One more for it's fluffy back side!

OR! Come Join us for a workshop on March 31st for $15 at HM Ben Franklin Crafts, Market City. All your supplies will be included.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Hearty Clay Rose

Hearty Clay Rose

Supply list:
White Hearty Clay
Daniel smith Water color Red and green

Put a small amount of White hearty Clay in your palm of your hand, roll it into a small ball. Then using your thumb press it flat into a shape of a petal. Take it and start to roll it into a bud. It will be the base of your rose.

Repeat process, but you will roll it onto the bud to start to form your rose.
Take another piece of clay to make your leaf. Make an ellipse shape with the clay. Take your tool and press into the side to give it the leaf effect. As shown in picture.
Then take the sharp end of the tool and make the veins for the leaf.
Set it aside to dry. Will take about 8 to 24 hours.

When dry you will paint it. Take a small drop of each color.
With your brush add a small amount of water. Then paint the rose. You can use less water for a darker color and more water for a lighter color.
Then paint the leaf. The same way.

   You now will have a rose that will last forever!!!!

    Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin