Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Little Lump 'o Coal

Happy Holiday! Christmas is fast approaching... like, light-speed. So, I thought of a fun stocking-stuffer! We sell geodes up at our registers for just $5, and kids (and adults!) just love smashing them open to reveal the lovely sparkles inside, so why not put a fun holiday twist on it? Turn it into.. a lump of coal! And don't forget- video their reactions for some great memories!





Materials

  • Black Paint
  • 2 Paintbrushes
  • Geodes
  • OPTIONAL Baker's Twine (or any ribbon of choice)





Instructions
  • First, take your first paintbrush and brush off all the excess powder and rock dust off your geode- if you don't, the paint may just fall off with the dust later! (You can also rinse your geode, but I was too excited to wait for mine to dry)

  • Next, simply paint the entire outer surface black. I did mine half at a time, and I painted two coats just in case!
  • Optional- wrap/tie the coal with a piece of baker's twine or ribbon- I prefer the baker's twine because it adds a simple touch, and gives it a bit of a comical air.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Cube Tree Ornament

Merry Christmas!
All of us at Ben Franklin are having so much fun decorating everything Christmas themed, from home decor, to ornaments, and from trees to centerpieces! Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a cube shaped "snow globe"!




Supplies: 
cube glass ornaments
powdered snow
E6000 glue
long pointed tweezers
festive red ribbon
oil based white paint marker
1 inch tall trees

optional: sea glass spray in 'ice' color



Spray very top of ornament with very light coating of 'ice' Sea Glass spray. This will make it look more frosted!
Use white oil based paint marker to make small dots over the top and the sides, to make it look like snow is falling!


Coat bottom of tiny tree with E6000 glue. Using tweezers, place tiny tree through the top of the ornament. 


 Add powdered snow!





Write 'Let it Snow' on the outside of your ornament with the oil based marker and adorn the top with your cute ribbon!
Ta Da!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Felt Piontsettia

                
 Felt Poinsettia





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Material List:
Needle with a big eye
Green felt square
Red felt square
6 Pearls
Twine
Hot Glue

1-Trace and cut the Flower pattern out of the red felt






2- Trace and cut the 5 Leaf’s with the green felt







3- Take one petal; fold in 4 at the base. Sew in the back and make it tight. Do the same to all 5 petals.














4- Face the flower down with the back facing up.




5- Place one leaf in between the 2 of the petals. And so on. Do the same for all 5 leaves.





6-turn over so the front is face up. Glue one pearl in the middle of the flower, the other 5 around it.






7- Take the twine, fold in half and tie a knot at the end. Then glue the end to the back of your flower.


                      JOy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Baby Hand-print Wood Disc

Happy Tuesday! Christmas is coming up fast, and recently, more personalized ornaments have been in demand- and who could argue? Christmas is a special time of year, and what better way to mark each year with one-of-a-kind ornaments? This time, I just did something simple- many of us have children, and watching them grow is a pleasure, and you can do just that with these ornaments! Here's how:


Materials

  • Hot Glue Gun Glue Sticks
  • Fake Flowers/Embellishments of Choice
  • Acrylic Paint OR Tempera Paint (Your Choice of Color, tempera is more child-safe)
  • Gel Pens or Paint Pens
  • Ribbon (Your Choice of Color)
  • Screw Eyes
  • Wood Disc

Instructions
  • Paint your child's hand with the paint
  • Press their painted hand onto the ornament while the paint is still wet.
  • Write in the child's name and any other info as desired.
  • Embellish the edges as desired with the hot glue gun and embellishments
  • Glue on your ribbon bow to the top, and attach the screw eye behind the ribbon.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Super Cute Rustic Felt Christmas Tree

Happy Happy Holidays! 
This week I want to show you how easy it is to make that felt Christmas tree, perfect for your home table centerpiece!


Supplies:
4 sheets of green felt
sharp scissors
hot glue gun / hot glue
paper mache cone tree 


Cut out zig-zag strips from your felt!
(I started with one, folded it over, cut around it, then folded over the 2 triangles onto the remainder of the felt, and cut around those so that I got a perfect even row of triangles that were the same size!) 



Then when you've cut out all your strips of zig-zags, hot glue them in rows all around your paper mache cone! Be sure to overlap the layers and have fun!!

Happy holiday crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 

 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Rustic Forest Christmas Wreath

Happy Monday! 
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! HouseMart Ben Franklin has many holiday themes to shop from including the traditional red and green, but also everything from rustic, to tropical, and even pastel themes! 
My personal favorite is definitely rustic. I made this wreath especially for the rustic theme, really pushing the forest woodsy feeling.


Supplies:
 12" holiday wreath
paper mache letters spelling JOY
acrylic paint in dark red and bright red
bristle paint brush 
White puffy paint or BoBunny Perler Pen
6 picks of red berries
4 picks of snowy pine needles
1 red cardinal
1 rustic brown snowflake
1 rustic sled 
thin floral wire
wire cutters
hot glue / hot glue gun



When I'm filling any wreath, I fill it by type, usually keep an odd number, and spread evenly over the space of the wreath.
First I started by placing the berries, and tying them on with florist wire. I made sure to leave room for the JOY to fit! Then I placed the snowy pine needle picks, and lastly placed where the bird, sled, and snowflake would fit!




Next I painted the JOY with dark red acrylic paint and set aside to dry. Once dry, I brushed it over lightly and unevenly with my stiff brush and with the bright red paint.

I secured the letters by pushing the wreath pine needles around the letters and securing them with hot glue and a hot glue gun.

I love this wreath so much! I hope you all enjoy wreath making this holiday! It helps to browse the aisle of picks and choose a theme if ever you need help with inspiration!
Happy crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gingerbread couple

                  Ginger Bread couple




Material List:
BOY                                                                                 GIRL
1 piece of tan felt                                                       1 piece of Tan felt
3x3 piece of White Felt                                             2x2 piece of White felt
White DMC Floss                                                        White DMC Floss
Needle with a Big EYE                                               Needle with a Big EYE
Adhesive 6mm Rhinestones                                    Adhesive 6mm Rhinestones
Small Piece of white yarn                                        Small Piece of white yarn
Fiber Fill                                                                      Fiber Fill
Christmas ribbon 3/8”                                             6” of sheer red ribbon. 3/8”
Hot glue gun                                                             Christmas Ribbon.
                                                                                   Hot glue gun


1-Trace and Cut out the Pattern for the Ginger bread People out of the Tan felt.
2-Trace and Cut the Hearts out the White Piece of felt. 2-for the boy & 1 for the Girl



3- Sew the Skirt onto the one of the Felt Gingerbread person. At the waist for the skirt
4- Start to sew the Ginger Bread people together with DMC White floss. Do not sew the head just yet. Leave it open.
5- Hot glue the hearts to them. The boy’s go one is on the belly and the other above.  Girls is actually her heart,
6- Fill the ginger bread with the fiber fill. When you reach the head fill it as much as you can. Then sew the head together.




7- On the girls sew the rest of the skirt to the back.
8- Glue the eyes on, and the smile, use the white yarn. Make a smile with hot glue and put the yarn on it.
9- If you can find 3/85” inch Christmas Ribbon. Take the Same one you used for the Girls Skirt. 6” inches piece. Cut in half. With one of the pieces, hot glue in Half. Make a bow and hot glue on the Boy.
10- with the Sheer Ribbon. Make a bow for the Girl. Hot Glue it onto the right Ear. Just like your picture.

  


                                           Joy@Hilo Ben Franklin

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Shadow Box

Happy Monday!

Today I was inspired by these really neat lit shadowboxes that came in at Ben Franklin. They come with battery operated lights inside, and the front pulls away and is attached with magnets! The front is also made of a thick piece of clear acetate instead of glass, so you don't have to worry about it breaking! 



Supplies:
one wooden shadowbox
2 AA batteries
pack of 2 miniature trees
fluffy snow
peppermint baker's twine
assorted scenes on cardstock papers 
hot glue gun / hot glue
Mod Podge 
paintbrush 
scissors
pop-up dots




First cut your cardstock paper background to the size of the interior of the box. Glue using your brush and Mod Podge.


Pop those batteries in, and glue down those trees and miniature house. Sprinkle some powdered snow around the house and at the base of the trees.

 For the final touch, wrap some baker's twine around the bottom, and cut out a holiday saying from your holiday cardstock. Adhere paper on the outside with a few pop-up dots for dimension so it pops off the background!

Ta Da!
So easy and so so cute!
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 


 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Chimney block

                                     Chimney Block





Material List:
Wood Block
Creamacoat Red and Grey paint
Red craft foam sheet
Black Craft foam sheet
½” white pompom
Snow drape


Paint the block red. 2 coats let dry between the coats
Paint the lines onto the block to form brick shapes with the grey paint

















Trace and cut out the boots for Santa’s legs. 2-red 2-black
Cut off half of the black leg, and then glue over the red boot.
Glue the pompoms over the end of the black part of the boot.














Cut the snow drape to go around the top of the block. 1 1/2” inches wide.
Glue the legs to the back of the block, then glue the snow drape around the top of the block



   









                                                       Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Monday, November 13, 2017

Let It Snow!

Hey Monday Magic Makers!
Today's project is super easy! I love love love this new 'Snow' detailer gel we have this holiday season! As soon as I saw it, I wanted to test it out! The thickness of the paste inside the tube allows for tiny detail work without dripping. 


You can use the Snow paste tube to do writing, or designs on glass! You only need a few supplies!

Supplies:
Any size glass vase
Snow Writer
Krylon Sea Glass Spray in 'ice' color 
rubbing alcohol / cloth or paper towel



 First wipe down your glass vase with rubbing alcohol in order to clean it of any smudges or dirt. Then use your Snow writer and by squeezing the tube, make designs or write your favorite holiday Christmas quote! The thicker your lines, the longer it will take to dry. Minimum dry time is 1 hour.



 As it dries, the texture is still smooth, but takes on a snow-like appearance!

Then with your Seaglass Spray, apply the spray to the glass in thin layers for maximum translucency, or concentrate sprayed area to the bottom of your vase for that chilled frosty appearance! 

Have fun and happy crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pool Noodle Pumpkin

                 Pool Noodle Pumpkin

Material List:
-        Pool Noodle
-        Saw
-        Wire Cutter
-        Garland  885827268846
-        Spray adhesive
-        Raffia
-        Green Twine
-        Twigs
-        Ceramcoat White Paint
-        Jingle Bell
-        White, Green and Gold Glitter
-        Round Sponge Brush
-        Small styrofoam foam ball
 
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       use the saw to cut the noodle into 5 inch pieces
-        Use the Sponge brush to make circles in the noodle pieces and Glitter with white glitter while it is wet. Let dry














-        Saw the twig into 2 inch pieces







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   Take you garland and cut off the leaves. spray with the adhesive, sprinkle with the 
g   green and gold glitter  





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Glue the styrofoam ball into the middle of the noodle. Push it down into it for a little







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    Take the twig and hot glue it to the top of the ball inside of the noodle




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      Take the raffia and the twine and make a bow

















     Hot glue the leaves on the top the bow you made in the front og the twig
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                   Then glue the Jingle bell onto the bow
      This will make a great center piece for all

                                                                     Hilo Ben Franklin