Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fairy Bowl

                    Fairy Bowl

Material List:
5.6 Glass Bowl
Mimi Wood Disc.
Sand – Black

 Start by putting the sand at the bottom of the bowl

Arrange the wood disc in the back and the middle of the bowl.

Add the moss to the sides and the back

Add the rocks to the side and some at the front.
Arrange the succulents to the side
Place your fairy on top of the wooden disc.

    You can glue them down , or leave them free

                        Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fall Paper Maple Leaves

Hello, everyone! I'm back again for this August Tuesday! Today I am going to show you the simplest fall-themed craft that if perfect for fall- and all the ensuing crafting and decorations! These simple paper leaves are great for kid's crafts and also great for making more elegant decorations as well, especially when you embellish with a touch of Tint-It Spray! Let's get started!


  • Cardstock -OR- Construction Paper in Autumn colors.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stencil (found here:
  • Tint-It Spray (Gold Shimmer, Mango, Strawberry, and Sepia)

  • First, take your paper and fold it in half width-wise. (Hamburger-style, for those like me who need the simpler lingo)

  • Take your stencil  and align it at the folded edge of your paper, then trace the stencil.

  • Cut out the stenciled shape, and unfold the now cut-out paper.

  •  Fold the wider end of the shape up 1/2 an inch. Flip over and repeat, folding accordion style until you reach the end of the paper.

  • Fold the paper upwards, the shorter side on the bottom, connecting the two longer pieces.
  • Glue the two folded edges together to create your maple leaf

  • Now, take your Tint-It Spray and spray the edges and base of your leaves. I used Mango for the yellow leaves, Strawberry for the red leaves, and Sepia for the orange leaves. If you end up doing brown leaves, I used the Gold Shimmer color for that color. (Before: Right, After: Left)

-Helen C.-
Kahului Ben Franklin Crafts

Monday, August 7, 2017

Crackle Apothecary Bottles!

Hi everyone!
I hope you guys have been having a great summer! I know it feels so soon, but I've already been getting into the swing of fall! It will be here before we know it! Plus I love fall crafts, so I'm actually pretty excited about this change of pace. Today's craft is apothecary jars! Ben Franklin just got in some more really cute bottles and jars, and I wanted to really transform them into aged and crackled ingredient bottles!

3 glass bottles of assorted sizes
spray paint in black, and gold
crackle gel
paint brush
acrylic paints in gray, charcoal, and gecko green
black cardstock
white pen
hole punch
optional: gloss sealer spray (to keep them from chipping)

First, you'll need to wipe down your bottles. Then spray one by one with your black and gold. Let sit to dry for 15-30 mins.

Once they are dry to the touch, using your brush, apply a generous coat of the clear crackle gel to the entire visible surface of your bottle. (There's no real need to do the bottom.)


Next, wait about 5 minutes for the gel to dry enough to feel "tacky" instead of "wet". 
Then will a clean brush, one color at a time, lay strokes of paint over the gel. Be careful to not mix the gel and top layer of paint. The key is to lay the paint right on top. The thicker your paint, the thicker the cracks will become. The thinner the paint, the smaller and finer the cracks will become. It's perfectly fine to have a mixture of thicknesses! I think it adds more dimension and variety to the crackle. After all, when things age, they don't age and wear down in exactly the same way in all places!

The direction of your strokes also really matters. You want to stay consistent and brush in all the same angles:
-all up and down
-all side to side
This technique will create an organized look about your piece. Like wood grain. 

 You can really tell in the paint stroke direction in this picture! The green bottle I went up and down, and the gray one I went side to side. Also the gray one had thicker paint strokes, so you can really see the cracks more visibly!

For the tags, I cut out squares from black card stock, hole punched the tops, and hand wrote the creepy crawly ingredients! I also drew a white border around the edges of the paper, and then I tied them on with Jute!

Have fun with your crackle paint!
It's available at any local House Mart Ben Franklin.
Happy crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pineapple Perler Bead

           Pineapple Perler Beads

Material List:
Perler bead book of patterns
Perler beads (for the pineapple Yellow-Orange-Brown and 2 color greens
Perler Bead board
Wax Paper

Set the perler bead board over the picture.

Start putting the perler beads on the board. Same color as the picture.

When done, place the wax paper over the beads and heat. This will melt them together.
Flip board over and do the same on the other side.

You will have the the pineapple. You can do all kind of thing with them. Frame them, put magnets on the back, make keychains, charms and all kind of fun ideas.

                                              Hilo Ben Franklin

Friday, August 4, 2017

Fun Corn Decor

With Fall right around the corner, there's no better time than now to start getting your Fall d├ęcor started and put out! This project is fun and easy and only uses two main 'ingredients'. Beads and pipe cleaners.

The first step for this project is to get three pipe cleaners. For the best outcome, use light brown or dark brown colored chenille. Twist them all together in the middle so that you now have six ends poking out of one jointed middle. You can now start to slide your beads onto your pipe cleaner and they won't slide off the other end. I used yellow and orange colored beads to give a nice fall corn color look, but you are encouraged to use any color you'd like. I used eleven beads in random order on each of the six pipe cleaner ends. After you've put all your beads on, bring all of the ends together and twist tightly right behind the final beads in each stem. Shape your corn if it gets bent out of shape, and there you have it! Your corn is finished and ready to display!

Make this in any size you'd like, you can even change this by twisting six pipe cleaners together all at one end and making a much larger ear of corn.
Happy Crafting!!
Megan @ Paa

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Pineapple Banner

                        Pineapple Banner

Scroll with Hanger    30182268
Scribbles   yellow-green- black
Montana paint pens yellow – orange- green 
Stickles    yellow – orange- green -silver


Draw the pineapple on the banner.
Take the scribbles and go over your lines. Set to dry
When dry use the Montana paint pens and color in. set to dry
When dry, cover the area with  the stickles to give it the glitter touch.

 Hand and Enjoy

Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Elasticord Needle Jewelry!

Hello, all! Another week has gone on by, and this time around we will be playing with a handy item: the Elastic Cord Needle! This needle is great for people who like planning out their jewelry- it allows you to lay out your beads for bracelets and necklaces (up to a certain length) and allows you to string them just as easily! I love this tool, especially for making PLUR bead bracelets or just cute accessories for the kids or even myself! The best part? It's not just for elastic- you can use it on just about any cording, making it a great addition to any beader's collection!


  • Elastic Cord Needle
  • Beads of your choice (holes must be 1mm or larger)
  • Elastic cord/Beading wire/beading thread (0.8mm or thinner)
  • Scissors
  • Beading Mat (optional)

  • First, take your elastic and cut a piece 3 feet or longer- I have small wrists so about a yard works well for me. Set this aside for later.

  • Now, take your Elastic Cord Needle and lay out your beads- just string them through the needle; it's very simple! 

  • When you have finished your bracelet design, take your cut piece of elastic and fold it in half, then thread it through the J-shaped end of the needle, making sure it's even on both sides. Secure the bottom ends of the thread/cord by tying a knot. 

  • Now, slip the beads off the J-shaped end, and on to the thread! If the J-shape begins to open up, just take some pliers and smash it shut again.

  • Once you have finished this, take the cord off the needle, and secure the ends however you prefer- in this case, I simply tied a double knot.

  • There! You have now created a simple bracelet! These beads are very simple and very "kiddish", but there's also a sort of elegance to it, depending on how you lay them out! Definitely perfect for a bead party with your kiddies!

-Helen C.-
Kahului Ben Franklin Crafts

Monday, July 24, 2017

Ceramic Pineapples!

Happy Maker's Monday!
Today is a great day to decorate pineapples!
House Mart Ben Franklin stores just got in these really cute white ceramic home decor pineapples, and I was really itching to decorate them and add some color. There are so many ways you can add color to ceramic, I wanted to show you using some simple techniques and tools. 

This first pineapple is my FAVORITE!
All you need is alcohol ink in 2 greens and 2 oranges. 
I used a cotton swab, or a small square of felt, and squeezed a few drops on to the piece, and then promptly rubbed it on the surface of the pineapple. Because I only wanted the color to stick to the outer bumpies, I made sure to not press too hard and let the ink touch only the parts that stick out. Alcohol ink is SO easy to use! You can add splatters and drips, and because it acts like watercolor, you can get some really beautiful color blends by swirling multiple colors together. A little bit goes a LONG way. I must have only used 8 drops for this entire pineapple. The more drops you add, the more intense the color gets! Have fun using this technique on ceramic, or glass!
I finished this off by tying some jute around the leaves to give it a 'diy'-textured feel.

This next pineapple is very classy and is super easy to replicate! (I also love that this entertaining decor can be used as a candle stick, or single cupcake server, or votive holder!) I used 'Testor's' gold enamel and simply applied it with a brush! Easy as that! It's very thick, but also very drippy so be sure to spread out the gold or else it will pool up and drip off into places you might not want to be glossy golden! This gold enamel is so much better than gold paint. It has a very strong bond, and maintains that golden glossy metallic surface! So gorgeous!

This next pineapple is probably the most quirky! Ben Franklin sells brush tip glass markers, and I wanted to test it on a white ceramic piece. They are really fun to play with and the felt tip is flexible. If you are familiar with calligraphy markers, or TomBow markers, the felt tip is just like those! These markers will look translucent on clear glass, very opaque on white ceramic. I definitely liked the bold fluid strokes on this white pineapple. The colors will also mix with each other if you overlap the strokes while each color is still wet. I also love modern calligraphy and typography so I threw a little 'aloha' at the top. It's also recommended to bake the color on, so that it becomes super permanent. It's not meant to be food safe, so only apply to areas that your mouth or food will not be!

Have fun playing!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake

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