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

Friday, November 11, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 24 - Etched Mustache Glass & Friday Framing Tip - "Old to New" Frames

This is our last day of mustache making fun! We would love to stick around and do this theme next week but we really mustache.

Give your stache obsession some class with this glass etched mustache.

Mustache etching supplies:

Glass (must be made of glass)

Masking tape

Etch all

X-acto knife


We also have a special treat this week; B-dizzle is back with another Friday Framing Tip.

B-dizzle shows you how easy it is to repurpose old frames to make something new.

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 9, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 23 - Mustache Wrap

Welcome back to Wednesday’s Crankin’ Out Crafts. Brandon’s not really a stache sporter but he can still show you how to make this project.

Don’t let lack of mustaches ruin your celebrations, make this stache-tastic wrapping paper instead. 

For some multi-stache fun, click this link: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 23 - Mustache Wrap
Here’s the supply list for all you mustache lacking crafters:
Craft paper
Acrylic paint
Thick foamie

We’ve got one more mustache project coming up on Friday. We hope you’ll watch!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 22 - Mustache Sticks and Suckers

Welcome to another fun week of Crankin’ Out Crafts. For this week’s theme we’re jumping on the crazy trend wagon and getting ready for JFlo’s birthday party with some cool mustache stuff.

Our first project for the week, presented by JFlo, is all about mustache basics.

JFlo returns to help you beef up your stache stash with mustache sticks and suckers

Here’s a short list of supplies for your stache:
Black cardstock
Glue dots
Hole punch

On Wednesday we’ll have another stache raising episode for you. Don’t forget to watch!

*Also, check out Puna's earlier post on how to make the Ribbon Tree!

Ribbon Tree

Okay, so here is another great Christmas decor idea that is easy to make and pretty quick to put together. You might have seen these Ribbon Trees at our stores the past couple of Christmases, but I wanted to take a little time, here on the blog, to go over how to make them, because a lot of people are still interested in making them.

All you need is a Styrofoam cone for your base, straight pins (the pins pictured are satin pins but most any kind of straight pin would work), ribbon (wired or not), and scissors.

Next, cut some ribbon into approximately 6 inch lengths. It's not necessary to measure every piece of ribbon perfectly to 6 inches, so don't worry if you're off here and there. Also, the amount of ribbons you need will vary on the height of your tree, so cut only a few at first and then cut more as you need them.


Next, to start putting your tree together, use the straight pins to add ribbons to the cone base. I always pin the top two corners so that the ribbon doesn't move around. To finish this row, I will continue to add ribbons around the base, overlapping each other slightly.

For the rest of the tree, each subsequent row will overlap about half of the previous row. You can also change colors for each row to vary the look of your tree.

For my finishing touch, I topped off the trees with small bows. I really like the way the bows work on these trees because they blend really well with the rest of the trees.

Pretty simple right? Of course, if you have any questions or want to see this finished project up close and personal, visit us at Enchanted Lake. We will be happy to give you a demonstration or help you get started on your own personal decor project.

Thanks for dropping in!
Puna @ Enchanted Lake

Friday, November 4, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 21 - Deco Mesh Wreath

Here’s the last Crankin’ Out Crafts episode for this week. Don’t be sad, we’ll have another one ready for you on Monday.

Puna is back to show you this super quick Deco Mesh wreath made on a work wreath

This is the link for the wreath making wonders: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 21 - Deco Mesh Wreath
Wreath-ly supplies:

Deco Mesh
Work wreath

We hope you liked this week’s Crankin’ Out Crafts, please join us again next week for a new theme.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 20 - Deco Mesh Tree

Brandon gets wrapped up in today’s episode; he’s showing how awesomely versatile Deco Mesh is by using it to decorate a Christmas tree.

Don’t let the purple color fool you, that is a REAL artificial tree which Brandon is decorating with Deco Mesh. 

This link takes you to a real “tree-t” of an episode: Crankin' Out Crafts: Episode 20 - Deco Mesh Tree
Here’s the supply list for those crankin’ crafters:
Christmas tree (purple tree not necessary, it can be any color of your choice)
Deco Mesh
Floral wire (Optional - Only needed if you have a REAL real tree)

Join us again on Friday for another cranked out craft.