Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spring Wreath


              Spring is here. What better way to show off how happy you are that it is spring by making a                beautiful wreath for you door.

 12 Inch Straw Wreath

 2- Skein’s of Nani Apple Green
Bush Mini Daisy 8 inch Yellow
Stain Face 7/8 inch Color: Apple Green
Hot Glue Gun

  Leave the plastic on the Straw Wreath.
   Wrap the Satin Ribbon around the straw wreath. You can put a few drops of hot glue in different      places to set the ribbon in place.

Then wrap the Eyelash yarn around the wreath. Make it as full as you can. I put the Ribbon underneath so if not all areas are total covered it would not show.

                                 Hot Glue the Flowers onto the wreath.

                                   Please have fun with it.

JoyT @ Hilo Ben Franklin


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Bunny Board

                 Bunny Board

    a oldie but goody

 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.

While it is drying you can take your ribbon and make a bow. You should have 2 different sizes and color. Tie it to the top of the board next to the rope.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Mason Jar Football Centerpiece

It's almost that time!!
You guessed right!
Graduation season!!

mason jar
brown and yellow acrylic craft paint
white oil based DecoColor paint pen
green krinkle grass
foam oasis
football stickers
dowel rods / flat sticks
hot glue gun / hot glue sticks

First, paint your mason jar brown, and your dowel rods / sticks a bright yellow. Allow to dry. 

Place oasis inside jar, and stick dowel rods inside. Fill top with green krinkle shreds. 

Hot glue yellow sticks together to make the goal post. Stick into oasis. 
Using your oil based white marker, draw on the football strings on the front of your mason jar. 

Then stick on your football stickers from your matching set! If you feel like personalizing your centerpiece for your particular grad, print out their photo and glue it to one of the dowel rods! Have fun with it! 

Happy graduation season and have fun creating!!

Bethany and Dolly @Enchanted Lake

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mini Pallet Night Sky Painting

This week I wanted to show you "mini painting" ideas!

This project will also be taught as a class on April 14th from 5-7p at our HouseMart Ben Franklin Enchanted Lake location! The fee is $35 with all supplies included!

at least 20 popsicle sticks
2 longer sticks
acrylic paint in white, black, assorted blues, purples, teals and pinks
1" wide rectangle nylon paintbrush
cup of water
hot glue / hot glue gun
black ribbon
silver Minc foil
Zig 2 way glue pen

First, hot glue your popsicle sticks to two longer sticks. I used 16, but feel free to experiment with different lengths and sizes! 

Next, paint your mini pallet with your assorted colors, starting from black and working down to purple, blue, and teal and pink.

Next, after your background is completely dry, sprinkle some watered down white paint using your paintbrush over the surface to create stars!

Then once your stars are dry, you can use your Zig glue pen, and Minc foil to make a few of the stars extra shiny!

 Then all you need to do is paint a silhouette of palm trees using black paint! 

Hot glue a bow and a ribbon to the top, and ta da!
A super cute night scene!

Have fun!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Love wreath

            LOVE WREATH

Styrofoam 12” Wreath
Mrxcro Lace 7/8”x30yd. Scalp
DT Pearl Sticky back 10mm
2- Pick rose Gem Pink 10”
3- Canvas Cord hemp rope Natural 45sq
EK Stick alpha hot pink
Hot glue gun

Wrap the Styrofoam wreath with the canvas cord. It will take almost three rolls   to cover the whole thing. When wrapping me did put a little hot glue to make sure it does not move.

Cut a 18 inch strip of the lace ribbon for the banner
Cut 8 piece of 1 ½ inch strips. Hot glue to pieces together in a triangles shape. Cut the ends to make it more triangle shape (as shown in picture). You will need 4 of them.
Glue one letter of the word LOVE to each triangles, then glue to the 18 inch strip.
Glue the lace a cross the wreath.
Glue the flower at the bottom more to one side.

     enjoy and have a great time !

        JOY @ Ben franklin

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mermaid Jar

Happy Monday, art movers, shakers and makers!

I am so excited for beach weather! Here is a mermaid mason jar project that will light up any beach themed home or party!

Supplies : 
mason jar
pink tissue paper
gloss mod podge
light blue acrylic craft paint
blue ribbon
black paper
double sided tape
twinkle lights 
cup of water for 

First, glue tissue to mason jar and let dry. Cut out a mermaid silhouette with HouseMart Ben Franklin's complementary Accucut machine that is free to use!  Use double sided tape to secure to the inside of the jar.

Thin out some of the light blue acrylic paint with water and "watercolor" some of it over the top and bottom of the tissue covered mason jar.

Allow to dry and then tie jute, ribbon, and starfish to the outside!

Throw some tinkle lights in there behind your mermaid silhouette and you have yourself a fancy magic nightlight!

 Have fun crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Heart Bracelet

Hearts in a Row Bracelet

36” ‘010 gauge Stainless steel with nylon coated wire
Magnetic clasp (Gold or Silver)
2 ½ Safety chain to match the gold or silver clasp
2 crimp beads (2 by 2) to match the clasp
49 4mm bicone beads for one color heart (quantity may vary based on the size of bracelet)
        COLOR A
51- 4mm bicone beads for the other heart (quantity may vary based on the size of bracelet)
Crimper and wire cutter (or scissors)

Attaching the clasp
1-     Thread the magnetic clasp and safety chain onto the wire
2-     Put two end of the wire together and thread crimp bead onto both wires and push all components to the folded center of the wire, which should be the other end.
3-     Crimp the crimp bead

4-     Thread bead A on one wire and cross thru with the other wire in the opposite direction/. Make sure you balance the bead in the center
5-     Thread one bead A on each wire
6-     Thread bead B on one wire and cross thru with the other wire in the opposite direction
7-     Thread one bead B on each wire
8-     Thread bead A one wire and cross thru with the other wire in the opposite direction.
9-     Repeat steps 5 to 8 until desired length.

Ending bracelet
10-  Put two ends of the wire together and thread crimp bead, safety chain and the clasp onto both wires.
11-  Thread both wires back thru the crimp bead going towards the bracelet.
12-  Tighten
13-  Work your way back thru the bracelet with remaining of the wire. (Go thru at least 3 beads)
14-  Crimp the Crimp beads and cut remaining wire.

       It is a beautiful bracelet to make for a friend. Enjoy

                    Joy @ Hilo Ben franklin

Saturday, February 10, 2018



SPC - 885827163684
Paper Accents Vinyl Letters    2-X   2-O
Krylon Chalky Finish Bonnet pink
Cherry Blossom Pick
White Deco Marker

Stick the lower case X and O on the board in the order of XOXO

Spray Paint the board with the Chalky Finish Bonnet Pink
Let dry

Peel the stickers off the board

Trace the letters with the White Deco

Hot glue the Cherry Blossom buds on to the board

   Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Sunday, February 4, 2018

                                            Bamboo vase

Bamboo vase
Purple Orchid
11” Succulent/Fern pick green
Oasis Dry Small Piece
Tint spray paint Rhasberry Orchid
Glue gun

 Spray Paint the bamboo vase and set to dry
Put the Oasis in the bamboo vase
 Stick the flowers in the oasis and then hot Glue the Flower and the Succulent to the inside of the vase

                  Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Monday, January 29, 2018

Upcycled Party Decor

Hi and happy Monday! To beat those Monday blues, I thought we could talk a bit about parties! I've been loving all the cute fun bright spring decor I've been seeing around and wanted to show you a cute way to turn paper bags into hanging poofs! They would be great around the main buffet table, or around a photo booth!

craft paper bags
hole punch
double sided tape

First cut all the tops of the bags. I used 10 bags per hanging flower fan.

I hole punched my bags on both sides of the bottom flap (4 holes per bag) 

String together all 10 bags!

Use your double sided tape (one piece in the middle, and one on the top) to attach all the bags together! This will also cause the tops to open more!


Ta Da! Tie off your string and trim the excess!
Have fun throwing spring parties!!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


Monday, January 15, 2018

Moss Fairy Garden Frame

Happy New Year crafters!
I'm excited for spring and everything garden party! I was inspired by our collection of fairy garden decor trickling in and thought a frame would make the perfect addition!

wood frame
hot glue / hot glue gun
assorted moss
oil based black paint pen
natural cardstock patterned paper
optional : mushrooms, succulents, fairies, butterflies, birds, sticks

First, cut your cardstock paper sheet to size, and place inside frame.

Trace your favorite quote or calligraphy phrase through the glass panel with the oil based marker. 
Allow to dry and then place in frame.

Then glue rope all around inside and outside edges, adding extra glue to the inner sides so that it is more secure.

Then glue in mosses and fun earthy natural accents! 


Ta Da!
All you would need is a cute little fountain and fairy scene to go with this cute frame!

Happy Spring!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Asian Floral Lanterns

Hello, everyone! New Year's has come and gone, happy 2018! I hope everyone has the greatest year yet! This year, it will be year of the dog, and Chinese New Year is hot on our heels, and what better way to decorate than with pretty paper lanterns? These aren't in the traditional red, but still, who could complain when they're this lovely?


  • White Paper Lantern
  • Black Paint (acrylic or watercolor)
  • Brush-preferably a Round. Size is based on preference.
  • Sakura, Plum, Apple, or Dogwood flower spray.
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks

  • Remove all flowers off your spray. They should pop off nice and easy peasy. (I used plum blossoms for this one!)

  • Inflate your lantern by inserting the metal piece to create a globe shape.

  • Using your brush and paint, create branches across your lantern. You can concentrate them on the front, or have them wrap all the way around the lantern- totally up to you!

  • Hot glue on your flowers that you plucked off semi-sporadically onto the painted branches.

  • Done! Enjoy! :) It's also optional to put lights- like firefly lights or tea lights inside the lantern for nighttime use. It adds a soft, pretty glow!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Sea Glass & Starfish Light Catcher

Happy Monday!
Let's have fun this week with some tropical sea glass mobiles! After all, Kailua is a beach town! I was inspired by the ombre sea glass colors available at HouseMart Ben Franklin and thought this mobile would be great for a baby's room or even outside the front door to greet guests as they enter the house!

Resin starfish (a real one would break)
clear beading plastic string or fishing line
small silver crimp beads
hand held crimper
assorted bags of sea glass

First I tied 2 strings to each starfish leg that were 2 feet long. Then I started with the darkest blue of sea glass and put the bead through on to the string, and finished each bead off by placing a crimp bead, and using my hand held crimping pliers, flattened out said crimp bead so that the sea glass couldn't slide down the string! I kept stringing and crimping, going from dark to light. I put more beads on the center strings, and as I went down, I spaced out the beads further and further from each other. 

One of the sea glass strands came with a sand textured bead as well as small clear sparkling faceted beads, which I incorporated into the ends of the mobile so that they looked like water crystals. This was really fun to make, and using those crimp beads made a world of difference!

When I finished, I trimmed all the excess strings off the ends, and secured the center of the starfish with jute so that it could hang from the middle.

Have fun making your mobiles! Feel free to make different kinds using different beads, or even get crazy with it and use felt flowers! Have a great week!

Bethany @ Enchanted Lake