Friday, December 30, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 45 - Calendar in a Can

Finishing up calendar week, Lisa is showing off a great project, designed by Puna called "Calendar in a Can". This would be a perfect gift, and it even comes with it's own wrapping! We hope you've been inspired by the ideas we've shared with you this week to create your own calendar. Be sure to stop by and tell us about it!

Create another cool calendar project with Lisa - A Calendar in a Can!

Supplies you will need:
Clear pail
SRM Calendar Months
Double-sided tape

Happy New Year and be sure to join us next week for more crafting fun!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 44 - Blank Calendar

We're back with another great calendar idea for you! We carry a variety of sizes of DIY calendars, but the one we're featuring today is great because it's split in the middle. Check out the video to see what it's all about and why it's so cool!

Lisa shows you how to personalize a blank DIY Calendar.

Watch it here: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 44 -Blank Calendar

Blank Calendar
Printed Papers
Paper Trimmer
Double-sided Tape
SRM Month Labels

You can make these calendars for gifts or for your desk. See you again Friday for our last Calendar project!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ready for a New Year?

Well, we all made it through Christmas. Pat yourself on the back, only one more holiday to go. Are you ready for the New Year? I thought that we might start the year off right by making a present for ourselves. Never mind all those other people! It's time to do something for you. So here's my project:

Yes, it's another calendar using those nifty SRM calendar stickers. I really wanted to make something decorative AND useful so I put together this wall-hanging calendar. 

Each month is made on a pre-cut chipboard pennant. You could use any shape that you want, but I thought that the pennants might be cute.

And just like the previous calendar posts, we're using up scrapbooking scraps, ribbons, buttons, and even making some of our own embellishments out of the stuff we already have.

I hope you like it. If you want a closer look at this calendar, you can always stop in at Enchanted Lake for a visit. I'll have it hanging up by our make your own calendars and SRM stickers.

Thanks for stopping by!
Puna @ Enchanted Lake

P.S. Don't forget to check out our previous post about the newest Crankin' Out Crafts episode.

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 43 - Calendar Card

Hey Everyone!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you everything you asked for! With 2012 just a few days away, we've come up with some unique calendar ideas to get you ready for the new year! First up, JFlo shows you how to make a Calendar Card.

Create this Calendar Card for a birthday, holiday, or even just because!

View the episode on our Youtube Channel here: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 43 - Calendar Card

4.25" x 5.5" white card
3.75" x 5" printed paper of your choice
SRM Calendar
Double-sided tape
Pop-Up Dots (or foam tape)

Join us again Wednesday for another Calendar craft!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 42 - Cylinder Wrapping

Hey Everyone!

Any of you got presents this year that are shaped like a cylinder, but have NO CLUE how to wrap 'em? Well, you're in luck because JFlo is back to show you how to wrap your gift in a super cute and super easy way! All you need is wrapping paper, scissors, tape, and ribbon!

JFlo shows you an easy way to wrap jars or cylinder-shaped gifts.

From all of us on Crankin' Out Crafts, we would like to wish you a very
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 41 - Twine & Buttons / Ribbons & Picks

It's gift wrapping week and we're back again with two great ways for dressing up your boxes & bags. JFlo will be showing you how to decorate using Twine & Buttons, then Ribbons & Picks.

Throw away the old ribbons and stick-on bows, and use baker's twine & buttons, instead!

Supplies for wrapping using Twine & Ribbon:
Solid-colored wrapped gift
Baker's Twine (color of your choice)
Buttons (color of your choice)

Spruce up your gift wrapping with cool Christmas picks and two coordinating ribbons.

Supplies for wrapping using Ribbons & Picks:
Wide decorative ribbon
Thinner solid-colored ribbon with feathered/picot edge
Decorative Christmas pick

Don't be afraid to mix 'n match colors, ribbon, and different supplies to create unique looks. We hope you have as much fun wrapping this holiday season, as we do on Crankin' Out Crafts! Join us again Friday for one more gift wrapping technique. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ack! It's Christmas!

Well, the Holidays have finally caught up to me!  They were so sneaky this year that I didn't even see them coming. Anyway, for everyone in the same situation, here are a couple of last minute gift ideas.

The first is the Calendar in a Can. These cute little cards have a small calendar on each and are perfect to sit on a desk in the office or on a side table at home.

It doesn't take much to make the mini calendars, just some 3"x4" solid card stock, the mini calendar stickers, and some scrapbooking extras. This is a great project to use up those odds and ends like scraps of paper and unused ribbon and embellishments. (So, in a way, the project gets you and your recipient ready for the new year - they get a handy calendar and you get to make room for a new year's worth of scrapbooking stuff.) On the back of each card I also added a small at-a-glance sheet for important dates .Drop these mini months into a pail or can and you've got a great home-made gift.

For a second similar project, I used the calendar stickers and the same scrapbooking papers and embellishments to make up some cards. For a gift, you can make up a box of 12 cards and envelopes (each card only took me a couple of minutes to make) for a "card of the month" set. If you wanted to, you could "theme" each card around the holidays for the month or even for the seasons.

See you next week (as long as the holidays don't get the better of me) for another blog entry.

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

P.S. Don't forget to look at our previous post for today about gift wrapping on Crankin' Out Crafts.

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 40 - Felted Accessory

Welcome back to another week of holiday crafts! By now, you should be done or almost done with your Christmas shopping and have one thing left to do - WRAP! This week we will show you quick and easy ways to wrap up your gifts. Today, Brandon shows you how to create a cute and fun felted accessory for your boxes.

Wrap your gift with strips of felt! Watch as Brandon 
shows you how to make a cool felt pompom/flower to add as bow".

Supplies to make a felted accessory:
Solid-colored wrapped gift
Felt srips (3" strips for pompom, 2" strips for wrapping)
Hot Glue + glue sticks

Come back on Wednesday for another way to dress up your gifts!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mochi Earrings!

Hi Everyone!

Long time no blog! XD Things have been busy, busy, busy lately with Christmas coming up. How's your preparations for Christmas coming along?

I hate to remind you, but after Christmas comes New Years. To help celebrate that, you can find adorable mochi earring kits in our Bead Shoppe! They're super cute and super easy to put together.

Each kit comes with enough materials to make one pair of earrings, but they're so easy and fun that you're going to want to make them to give to family and friends! Here's a list of what the kit includes along with the SKU numbers and prices to help make finding the individual items quick easy:

Kit Includes:

2 ea. - Mini leaf sequin pearl Dark Green (30063526 - $2.49)
2 ea. - Donut bead 12mm White AB (30099844 - $3.49)
2 ea. - Donut bead 8mm White AB (30099835 - $3.49)
2 ea. - Round Swarovski 4mm Hyacinth (30106651 - $2.99)
2 ea. - Earwire (30101821 - $3.49)
2 ea. - Headpin 2in. (30095652 - $1.39)
2 ea. - Seed Bead 11/0 Grass Green (30087187 - $1.75)

Also needed but not included are chain nose plier, round nose plier, and wire cuttters.

To make the earrings, all you do is stack! The leaf goes on the bottom and then the two donuts, the round bead comes next, and then finally the seed bead!

These earring kits are only $3.99 so stop by soon to pick one up!

Before I go, I just wanted to let you know that the majority of our Christmas items are on sale right now! There is a one-page flier full of sales that you can find at the stores, but the remaining Christmas items, excluding gift wrap items (like boxes and gift bags), are 25% off!

Have a very Merry Christmas from the Hilo Ben Franklin family!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 39 - Bell Ring

Happy Aloha Friday and welcome back to another episode of Crankin' Out Crafts! Today we have the last of our Pipecleaners (aka chenille stems) projects. Brandon will show us how to create a festive Bell Ring, just in time for the holidays.

A quick & easy wearable craft to chime-in the season!

Tune in to the episode here: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 39 - Bell Ring

Supplies for this project:
Metallic gold chenille stem (1/2 of a stem)
1" piece of felt
5-6 jingle bells (the brightly colored Japanese ones chime the best)
Hot Glue Gun + glue sticks
A finger :o)

Thanks for stopping by our blog today and join us again next week for more craft projects. Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 38 - Curly Reindeer

We're back again with another fun project using pipecleaners (aka chenille stems)! Today Brandon shows you how to make a Curly Reindeer to display as a holiday ornament or gift wrapping embellishment.

Watch as Brandon twists out a cute little reindeer, perfect as an
ornament or to accessorize your gift wrapping!

Supplies needed:
Brown chenille stems
Tan chenille stem
Hot glue gun + glue sticks
Metallic red pompom
Googly eyes

See you again Friday, for another fun and easy craft!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 37 - Reindeer Candy Cane

This week we are making easy fun crafts for the kids, all using Pipecleaners (also known as chenille stems). 

Watch Brandon make this easy Reindeer Candy Cane.
It makes a great gift for the classroom, teachers, friends or coworkers. It's a classic.

See the episode on our youtube channel here: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 37 - Reindeer Candy Cane

Supplies for this project:
Brown Pipecleaners
Candy Cane
Red Pom Pom
Googly Eyes

Come back again Wednesday, for another craft made with pipecleaners!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 36 - Magnetic Marbles

Happy Aloha Friday! Today JFlo shows us how to make magnetic marbles to go with your magnetic boards.

Create beautiful magnets with decorative seasonal paper, photos, or magazine clippings.


Flat marbles
Glossy Accents
Photos, cardstock, magazine clippings 
Button magnets
E-6000 glue
Nail clippers (optional)

Thanks for joining us for our Magnetic Crafts this week! Check back again Monday, for another crafty & cool theme from Crankin' Out Crafts!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 35 - Hanging Magnetic Organizer

Welcome back for another episode of Crankin' Out Crafts! We are continuing on with our Magnet theme this week. Today JFlo is showing us how to keep organized with this handy Hanging Magnetic Organizer.

JFlo creates a customized hanging organizer to hold your Christmas cards and reminders.

Watch the episode on youtube here: Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 35: Hanging Magnetic Organizer

Supplies you will need for this project:
12x12 tin sheet
Double-stick tape
12x12 cardstock (one sheet for the background and one for your pocket)
Paper trimmer (or tongue in this case for paper tearing)
Wide decorative ribbon

Check back again Friday for another magnetic craft!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 34 - Magnetic Calendar Frame

This week's theme is all about magnets. This Magnetic Calendar Frame helps keep you organized all year long. It also makes a great gift!

JFlo makes a framed calendar that's interchangeable with the seasons.

You can watch the episode on our youtube channel here: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 34 - Magnetic Calendar Frame

Supplies you will need:

12x12 tin sheet
12x12 frame
12x12 clear calendar sheet from Petersen-Arne
12x12 cardstock (in any design that matches the season)
Bistro or dry erase markers

All supplies available at any Hawaii BFC store. Join us again on Wednesday, for another magnetic craft!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 33 - Character Glass Ornament

We have character, yes we do. Thanks for joining us for our last character-inspired craft. Since JFlo knows a lot about characters (because she is one), she's showing us the next craft.

Give your tree some character with this character glass ornament.

Click on this link for inspiration: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 33 - Character Glass Ornament

Supplies for all you characters out there:
Christmas Ornament
Deco Color pens in various colors

Thanks again for watching our character-themed week. Join us next week for another theme!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 32 - Character Pail

Welcome back to our Character themed week of Crankin’ Out Crafts!

Today’s episode features Brandon in an impressive display of crafting without a pattern.

Brandon shows you how to make an awesome pail for a trendy and well loved character.

Click this link for some character: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 32 - Character Pail

Supplies for you:
Clear mini pail
Candies to fill the pail (preferably in correct character colors)
Cardstock in white, black, and yellow
Black marker
Double-stick tape
Green Marvy Uchida circle punch

Only one more character craft crankin’ your way - join us again on Friday to watch.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 31 - Character Clear Ornament

This Week, we're creating projects featuring cool characters! Today, JFlo is back to show you how to make this festive Character Clear Ornament. Just fill it up, decorate with paint pens and you're done!

Learn how to make this trendy character ornament kids of all ages will love.
Here's the link showing you how to make this ornament: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 31 - Character Clear Ornament
Supplies you will need:
clear ornament
Wilton funnel
paint pens
confetti tube fillers (color of your choice)

Join us again soon for another easy & fun craft!


BROOKE and CHASE show the ornaments they created at the Naughty & Nice Ornament event at Pearl City last Saturday. Their tree will be a little naughty and a little nice this year! The ornaments are easy & fun to make with clear shatterproof ornaments and various paper punches. If you missed the opportunity, join me this Saturday, December 4th from 2pm-4pm to make a few of your own!
Happy Holiday Crafting!
Gloria @ Pearl City

Monday, November 28, 2011

Deco Mesh Revisited

I know that by now everyone has probably heard a lot about Deco Mesh and these Deco Mesh wreaths we've been making (especially if you have been reading the blog), but I wanted to touch on the subject again because I've just been informed that our stores have sold out of red deco mesh ribbon. For those of you who still want to make a very traditionally red and green Christmas wreath, here's the solution:

Isn't it just as beautiful? This wreath is made using the same techniques and even some of the same supplies as the original Deco Mesh wreath. The only difference is that the red ribbon used for this wreath is our poly satin ribbon (which is also on sale at the moment, by the way) and not the deco mesh ribbon. The poly satin ribbons are sold in a ton of different colors and sizes and come on very big spools. They are a good alternative for something like this wreath but also very good for gift wrapping and other decorations.

I hope this was helpful to everyone. If there are any questions or you would like to see this wreath in person, please, please, please drop by at Enchanted Lake. We will gladly help you with this or any of your Christmas projects.

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

Friday, November 25, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 30 - Fingerprint Reindeer Card

Here’s one last “Hands On” favor for you. Put your hands together for Brandon and the Fingerprint Reindeer Card.
Bet you didn't know that fingerprints and a little creativity make a great reindeer.

Click this link if you love Rudolph: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 30 - Fingerprint Reindeer Card

Get your hands on these supplies:

Colored markers

Cardstock or a pre-cut card

Well, we’re done with our “Hands On” Crankin’ Out Crafts, we’ll have to hand off to another theme next week. We hope you’ll join us then!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 29 - Handprint Christmas Tree

Welcome back to Wednesday’s Crankin’ Out Crafts. Lisa joins us today to show a “handy” Christmas tree picture.

Make a Christmas tree out of your handprint! It's a great project to share with your kids.

Click this link for inspiration: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 29 - Handprint Christmas Tree

Get your hands on these supplies:
Just For Kids Ink in green
Colored markers
Glitter cardstock cut into a star shape

We’ll give you a hand with our next project if you tune in this Friday for more Crankin’ Out Crafts.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Cards

I don't mean to scare anyone, but did you know that there are only 33 more days til Christmas? For the sake of all those procrastinators out there, like me, here are 3 cute and quick Christmas cards that you can make before anyone says "Holly Jolly Christmas".

Find some brown paper bag card stock or craft card stock to punch this awesomely handsome reindeer out of. The punch is from EK Success and the Christmas ribbon is from American Crafts.

Line the bottom inside of this card with red paper then punch these amazing snowflakes out of the front of the card. This is the scalloped snowflake punch from Martha Stewart's punch all over the page collection. I popped "wishing you joy" out on this one but you don't have to, you could just print it straight to the card.

A few rhinestones in the center of the snowflakes could really jazz this simple card up. I like the clean lines and that supremely cool snowflake border made with the Martha Stewart double-edge punch.

I printed all the sentiments for these cards out on our printer, but if your computer is uncooperative you can use stickers or stamps with the same effect.

I hope this helps; these cards should be great for those mass Christmas mailings.

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

P.S. Please take a look at the previous post - it's Christmas on Crankin' Out Crafts too!

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 28 - Fingerprint Snowman Ornament

Our newest Crankin’ Out Crafts episodes have finally arrived. Our theme this week is “Hands On” with three great handprint and fingerprint crafts geared toward the upcoming holidays.

Today’s episode features Brandon making a cute Fingerprint Snowman Ornament.

Brandon shows you how to get your hands dirty with this great snowman ornament.

Get your hands on these supplies:

Clear, flat glass ornament (sold in a set of two)
Folk Art Enamels paint in white, green, black, and orange
Stickles in silver or gold
Craft stick

Now you’ll have to wait until Wednesday for the next “Hands On” craft.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hilo Ben Franklin Craft Fair!!

It's almost craft fair weekend! For all you Big Island people, please stop by the Ben Franklin Craft Fair on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 at the Edith Kanakaole Multipurpose Stadium. We're going to have some amazing vendors, including 3 food vendors, so come shop for holiday gifts, lunch, or even a little something for yourself!

We're also going to be giving away some awesome prizes! In addition to the door prizes donated by vendors, we're also going to be giving away a large-screen TV and an iPad! But to be eligible to win, you'll have to come and visit us at the craft fair!

So we hope to see you there!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

~Jen at Hilo Ben Franklin

Friday, November 18, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 27 - Candy Wand

This favor, the “Candy Wand”, is the last one before we start our new theme next week.

JFlo shows you a quick and spunky favor that makes a great magic wand.
Click this link for wand making: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 27 - Candy Wand
Magical wand supplies:
Candy wand tube
Scrapbooking paper
Die cut shapes
Curling ribbon
Glue dots

That’s all for this week’s Crankin’ Out Crafts! We hope you liked it and we’ll see you again next week.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 26 - Push-Up Pop

Welcome back to Wednesday’s Crankin’ Out Crafts. Brandon shares a favor project which is very close to his heart, the “Push-Up Pop.”

Some of you may remember the push-up pop from your childhood. Brandon shows you how to make them even better.

Yummy supplies are needed for a yummy pop:
Push-Up Pop

We hope you’ll watch our next episode, airing on Friday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Penguin Ornament

Hi Everyone,

We recently got a question on our Facebook page asking how to make the cute Penguin Ornament shared by Jen at Hilo BFC on this past Sunday's blog post. 

Penguin Ornament- Creative Idea Shown by Jen at Hilo BFC

Here's a list of supplies you need:
Small round ornament
Black paint
White paint
Google eyes
Fun foam  (orange)

The feet and beak are cut free-hand. Here's a closer look at the feet:

A closer look at the penguin's feet

Paint the ornament as pictured above and use it as a guide for placement for the eyes, beak, and feet.

Visit our stores for holiday ornament and decorating ideas. You can also follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook for more updates and info.

Happy Holidays & Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Turkey Time

Whoops! I was so focused on Christmas that I almost forgot about Thanksgiving! For everyone else out there like me, Thanksgiving is on the 24th this year. Here's a special project I dreamt up just in time for the occasion.

They're place card holders for your Thanksgiving dinner table. This would be a good project to have your kids help you with because it's quick and pretty simple.

Your supplies are: scrapbooking paper (in fall colors), chipboard "gear" shapes, mini clothespins, a wooden spoon (like the kind you get with those little cups of ice cream), a pencil, scissors, and double stick tape or glue.

First, measure and mark your mini clothespin on the wooden spoon. Use your scissors to cut the spoon on the marked line.

Next, trace two gear shapes and one spoon shape on scrapbooking paper and cut out. Glue or tape the paper to the shapes.

Then, draw two eyes for your turkey face and cut out a small triangle for it's nose. Glue or tape the mini clothespin to the gear shape and then the turkey face to the clothespin. Make sure that everything will stand up before gluing.

The place card gets inserted in the mini clothespin so your guests know where to sit. That's it! I think I'll name my turkey "Sprocket." Have a fun and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

P.S. Don't forget to check out our previous post. It's about our newest Crankin' Out Crafts episode.

Crankin' Out Crafts - Episode 25 Crimped Favor

Welcome to another fun week of Crankin’ Out Crafts. Ready for more great favor ideas? You bet you are, because that’s our next theme!

JFlo presents our first project, the “Crimped Favor.”

JFlo returns to help you make cute crimped favors that won’t cramp your style.

Your supply list:
Scrapbooking paper
Double stick tape
Paper Crimper
Candy (don’t forget to fill the candy before you crimp)

Join us again on Wednesday and Friday for more favor loving fun!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Craft Christmas Creations!

Hi Everyone!

I know, I know. Another Christmas post?! Hey, Christmas has taken over everywhere already! And it isn't even Thanksgiving. At least the majority of the Christmas takeover waited until after Halloween. ^.^

So...does anyone still need some ideas for ornaments and decorations? Today I wanted to share with you some awesome end caps chock-full of ideas by Gerrie!

Simple, but oh so cute! The things that can be done with some paint and glitter.
This cute little snowman was made with a couple of glass bowls, some paint, and some clay!

For more details, please come stop by our store. We'd be more than happy to help you with any of your Christmas craft needs or if you just need some additional inspiration for a decoration or two.

Hope you're having an amazing holiday season! Come visit us soon!

~Jen at Hilo Ben Franklin