Monday, December 30, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 324 - DecoMesh and Grapevine Wreath

JFlo came up with a great way to combine two of our favorite wreath making products, grapevine and deco mesh. 

Change-up the decorations for the next season!

24" Grapevine wreath
21" Deco Mesh in two colors
Pipe cleaners

This is a great way to change up your decorations for different seasons and do it fast.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Ready? 10...9...8...7...

Whew! Two more days and counting til Christmas and I JUST finished my shopping. You know what that means? Yes, it means it's time to start wrapping presents, but it also means that New Year's Eve is only 9 days away! Guess who's got great New Year's ideas? Ben Franklin Crafts!

First, I've got an easy DIY New Year's popper. It's made using scrap pieces of paper, some star confetti, gold mirror paper, gold glitter tape, and a push-up favor. I accordion folded the gold mirror paper to have something fly out of the popper when the count down reaches zero.

Next, I made a festive and fun party hat to wear on that special night. Use Thickers stick-on letters to spell out your message, and hot-glue to attach feathers, rhinestones, and other fun embellishments.

Stop by our stores for more ideas to make your New Year's celebrations even more enjoyable and exciting.

Puna @Enchanted Lake

P.S. Don't forget to scroll down for an earlier post from today featuring Crankin' Out Crafts and a special guest from the Celebrations store.

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 323: Bamboo Shoot Wrap (Celebrations)

Watch our special guest Joel from Celebrations as he shows a wrapping technique that uses One piece of tape!  It's so easy and fast. You will impress everyone at your next gathering with this gift wrapping technique.

Bamboo Shoot Wrap by Celebrations

Visit Celebrations next to our HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts store in Mapunapuna! They carry a wide selection of gift wrapping items, favor boxes, washi tape, bento making items, Japanese stationery and more for all occasions. For more info, visit their website

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Decorative Hearts made with punches

What a great and easy way to decorate using punches to make hearts. The hearts can used to make a garland, decorate a frame, and so much more.

The punches used in pictures:
Martha Stewart Punches
30117621 - Double Edge Link Trim
30117622 - Edge Footlights
30115340 -  Deep Edge Blossom Eyelet

Cut 1" strips in various lengths. Punch the strips. Fold the strips in half and then fold in the ends to make a heart shape and staple the inside of the heart. If using more than one strip or adding ribbon make sure to staple all together. Makes it easier to only use one staple.

If making into garland use ribbon or baker's twine to string with the hearts.

Such a cute and easy way to decorate during Valentine's Day. 

Happy Crafting! Beth @ Mapunapuna BFC

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 322 - Ready To Decorate Christmas Tree

This project is great for the entire family - each family member has a side to decorate! In this episode JFlo will show you how to embellish with double sided tape and glitter.

These trees are easy to decorate!

Ready-To-Decorate Wood Tree
paint (optional)
double-stick tape
glue dots

These trees would make a great centerpiece or addition to your holiday display.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 321 - Christmas Letter Template

Make your Christmas letter a little different this year when you use a stencil.  All you need is a stencil, card stock and a pen.

Create a template for your Christmas letter

Christmas Tree shape (to trace)
gelly roll pen or metallic pen

Try out a bunch of holiday shapes like a holly, gift, poinsettia, or even a snowman!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wrapped With Love Bracelet

Aloha Crafters ~

Today’s Idea & Inspiration is a Wrapped With Love Bracelet.

·        20g Gold Wire – 30102770
·        Suede Lace – 30061105
·        Ribbon Clasp (Mesh Clasp) – 30131620
·        Wire Cutters
·        Needle Nose Pliers
·        Flat Nose Piers

1.     Measure out 12 inches of gold wire.
2.     Write out “love” leaving a loop before and after word.
3.     Measure out suede lace according to how many wraps you want bracelet to have and double.
4.     Loop suede through holes and wire wrap ends to secure.
5.     Finish off bracelet with mesh clasp, wrap & wear!

*Optional; add beads, charms and crystals for more personal look

Happy Crafting!
Lani @ Kahului

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 320- Candy Cane Reindeer

Here is an oldie but goodie. Great for classroom gifts or favors for the office!

Fun Reindeer Favors

View our latest episode on YouTube: Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 320- Candy Cane Reindeer

candy cane
google eyes
red pompom
pipe cleaner
glue dots

These candy cane reindeer would also make great favors for a holiday party!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 319 - Christmas Grapevine Wreath

Watch as JFlo creates a decorative Holiday wreath in minutes.  All you need is a grapevine wreath, bow, and two picks.  

Easy-to-make Grapevine Wreath

Grapevine Wreath
Christmas Picks
Ribbon for Bow
pipe cleaner 
Christmas saying

You can also re-use the grapevine wreath and create a new one throughout the year by just changing the picks and ribbon.

Friday, December 6, 2013

BFC Gift Cards make the perfect gifts for Christmas!

Ben Franklin Crafts Gift Cards make the perfect gift! Get a $5 Gift Coupon with every $25 gift card purchase from Dec. 6 to Dec. 13, 2013. (Gift Coupon valid from Jan. 2 - 16, 2014.) 

Buy a BFC gift card for everyone on your list!

Visit our stores to purchase your gift cards today! See stores for more info.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas Gift Pails

Wouldn't it be great to receive one of these Cute and fun Christmas Pails for the Holidays?! We have a variety of sizes and styles to choose from. Fill them with all sorts of goodies like a Hot Cocoa Kit including a mug, hot cocoa, marshmallows and a peppermint stick! Teachers Gift including dry erase markers, pens, post its, stickers and even some apple cider mix. Movie Night Kit with a DVD, popcorn and candy! Or you could even go simple and just pack it full of cookies, candies, mochi, brownies.... etc!

Scrapbook paper (Christmas themed)
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
Ribbons (Satin, grosgrain, holiday, Twine)
Glitter glue (Stickles, Glitter Glue pens)
Stickers (Christmas Theme)
Memento ink pads (Reds, greens, browns)
Eclips Machine or Sizzix Big Shot with Christmas theme dies

Use the Scrapbook Paper to cover the midsection of the clear pails. Use the Eclips machine to cut out the words on the front of the pail and any other designs you want (we used it to cut out the snowflake and lettering)! Glitter glue can be applied ANYWHERE and I encourage you to put it EVERYWHERE on these awesome pails!! Use the Hot Glue Gun to wrap the twine and ribbon around the pails. Ink the edges of the paper cutouts with an inkpad to give it more dimension.

Thanks for looking and CRAFT ON!!!! ~ Deborah @ Market City

Monday, December 2, 2013

For those on your Naughty-cal List

We're going to take some time off from talking about Christmas decor today to talk about Christmas gifts. I know, it's not really a big leap, but gift giving IS an important part of the holidays, right? And on that note:

Check out these hand-made, cute, sea-loving totes! These chevron patterned, canvas totes are sold in gray and red, and all I had to do to make them gift-worthy is decorate them with some nautical flair.

One the first bag I painted a sand dollar using turquoise Ceramcoat acrylic paint. You can free hand your design like I did or use a stencil.

On the second bag I simply hot-glued some rope in an anchor shape. I would suggest using Fabri-tac to attach the rope if you're planning on washing the bag.

One little word of warning about these bags: they have a plastic lined interior which makes them great for taking to the beach, but unfortunately also makes them unable to stand up to heat. So that means no iron-on patches or transfer paper for these guys. Just stick to your normal paints and fabric glues to keep them, and your recipients, happy.

Now, who's ready for some nautical gift giving?

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

Kahului Elves

Aloha Crafters,

Todays Idea and Inspiration come to you from the hard working elves from Kahului BFC. 

As a team our night crew decided to wear pajama pants and design our own festive t-shirts with glitter glue, pom poms and felt!

Here are a few of my favorites,

And last but not least, our confused elf, who thinks she's a reindeer. 

I hope you enjoyed our festive t-shirts, we had lots of fun during this busy black friday with our outfits!

Happy Crafting!

Lani @ Kahului

Friday, November 29, 2013

11th Annual Hilo Christmas Craft Fair - Friday, Nov. 29th from 1pm-9pm & Saturday, Nov. 30th from 9am-3pm

Join us for our annual Hilo Christmas Craft Fair on Friday, November 29 from 1-9pm  & Saturday, November 30 from 9am-3pm at the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, $1 Admission Fee. Event is sponsored by HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts Hilo. 
Start your holiday shopping at the Hilo Christmas Craft Fair

Shop for handmade crafts and gifts for the holidays! Vendors include: Charlotte Grimm & Raquel Boromeo, Kamano Wood Arts, Mejiro by Oona Menezes, 808 Kettle Corn & Sweets, Gifts by Mamie, Hawaii’s Finest Big Island, Anela’s Jade, Hoomana Oils and more. See Hilo store for more details.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Day - 20% Off BYO-Bag Sale - Thursday, November 28th - One Day Only!

Bring your own reusable bag on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 28th and save 20% Off* your entire purchase! Oahu and Hilo stores will be open from 9am-2pm and our Kahului store will be open at night from 8pm-12am.

Shop with us on Thanksgiving Day!

Also, be sure to check our sale flyer this week to see our ONE DAY SPECIALS for Friday, November 29th only and our Santa's Helpers Sale - Friday, November 29th to Friday, December 6th. Sale flyers also available for viewing and download on our website here.

*This promotion cannot be combined with your Ben Franklin Craft Club discount and any other discounts or coupons. Discount does not apply to Custom Framing, all pre-orders, Gift Cards, consignment or My Locker items. Limited to stock on hand. No rainchecks.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving from the HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts Ohana!

CraftStar Workshops with Amy Tan

We are so happy and excited to announce that Amy Tan, founder of Amy Tangerine is coming back to Hawaii to teach two workshops at our HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts Store in Mapunapuna! Workshops are both on Saturday, December 7th. Amy will be teaching a Project Life Workshop from 10am-11:30am and from 1pm-2:30pm Lovely Layouts - 2pg. Scrapbooking Layout. Cost is $75 each workshop, with a bonus kit included.

Limited Seating! Sign-up today!

Sign-ups are going on now at our Mapunapuna store and space is running out fast! See our flyer on our website here for more details.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Get on the Shabby Chic Grapevine

I've seen a lot of fall decorations made with grapevine wreaths lately; especially, I think, because the woodsiness of grapevine can really enhance the feeling of autumn in your home. However, once we move past fall, you shouldn't put those decorations away; you can easily update your grapevines for Christmas. Here are a few Christmas grapevine decorations for you to peruse:

First, a simple and wondrous, wintry wreath. The shades of blue and gray and the glittery, icy, frosted accents make your "winter wonderland" easy to achieve. If I could, I would do up my whole house in these vintage hues, they give me such a feeling of calmness and serenity, like a quiet, winter morning.

Next up, here's a fun idea for a tall window or door; how about making a grapevine snowman? The homely and rustic grapevines are spray painted white and then wrapped in lights for extra appeal. A pretty piece of ribbon then becomes our snowman's scarf. Our "Frosty" catches everyone's gaze without going overboard.

And last, here's a beautiful grapevine chandelier to hang in your home. Again with this piece we've taken the rustic grapevine and added some glitz in the form of glittery ornaments and a deep, teal color. The end result is a chic and playful hanging that has hints of a primitive, unsophisticated style.

I hope you enjoyed our grapevine, shabby-chic Christmas ideas. Only 29 more days to go til everyone's favorite time of year!

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rainbow Deco Mesh Christmas Tree

Aloha Crafters ~

Today's Idea & Inspiration is a festive Rainbow Christmas Tree. Our deco mesh comes in a variety of colors and limitless uses. The above example uses 5 colors of the rainbow wrapped and tucked in the tree. Giant bows were formed and tied with wire to the spots where the deco mesh was tucked in the tree. Giant poinsettias were then added. This tree is a visual reminder of how blessed we are to live in this land of aloha, beauty and rainbows. 
Happy Crafting!
Robin @ Kahului

Friday, November 22, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 318 - Fall Monogram Wreath

Puna joins us one last time to demonstrate how easy it is to use a grapevine wreath to make a quick and chic fall themed wreath.

Decorate your door with a Monogram Wreath

Grapevine wreath
Assorted picks
Large flower accent
Burlap ribbon
Wooden letter
Stamp inks
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
*Optional - wire

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Make 30 Christmas Cards for $30!

Make 30 Christmas Cards for $30!

Christmas Card Workshop on Sunday, December 1st from 2-5pm at our HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts stores.

Learn card making techniques on stamping and embellishing. Workshop includes supplies to make 30 cards & envelopes. Make 5 different card designs (6 cards of each design). Please feel free to bring your own paper crafting tools. Space is limited.

Sign-up today at our Mapunapuna Ben Franklin Store.

Happy Crafting! Beth @ Mapunapuna BFC

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 317 - Turkey Favor Bag

Want to give a special treat to your guests on Thanksgiving? JFlo shows you how to make up these cute bags.

Dress-up a gift bag for Thanksgiving!

Googly eyes
Small handle bag
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

Use felt instead of paper to turn this embellishment into a decoration to put on a t-shirt or cloth bag.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Gift Giving -Clear Petri Dishes

Need a small container for gift giving this Holiday Season?! Check out our clear Petri Dishes!! 

Clear Petri Dish containers
Scrapbooking papers
Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Spray paint and Glitter Blast Spray

1. Use Spray Paint or paper to cover the entire container. We used spray paint and then sprayed Glitter Blast on top!

2. Cut out pieces of paper and glue them  into any design you would like (Santa, Reindeer, Elf, Snowman, Holly, Poinsettia, Snow Flakes) If you need some inspiration, pick up a coloring book and cut out pieces from different colored paper. 
3.  Add Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms, bells, glitter and ribbon. Then fill it with Homemade (Or even store bought) candy, cookies, fudge, fruitcake, mochi…. Almost anything!!

Thanks for looking and CRAFT ON!!!!
~ Deborah @ Market City

Monday, November 18, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 316 - Golden Leaves Wreath

We're kicking off a special Fall and Thanksgiving week today with Puna, who's here to show you how to make a Golden Leaves Wreath.

Create this golden wreath for the holidays!

Watch our first Thanksgiving craft project here: Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 316 - Golden Leaves Wreath

Styrofoam wreath
Gold poster board
Glitter paper in accent colors
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

This wreath can easily be adapted for Christmas with the addition of red and green accents.

*Don't forget to scroll down and ready today's earlier post from Enchanted Lake featuring projects using twine!

I Twine All the Time

You know what I love? TWINE! Yes, twine, because twine is so versatile. You can use it to hang things or string things, or even to cover things. That's what we did today, see?

Yep, we just started carrying this 100 yard spool of twine at our stores. That's a lot of twine! We used it to wrap around these bottles and jars, AND a large ornament, AND had some left over. Do this with twine, it's so easy, and you'll have some lovely decor pieces when you're done.

Puna @ Enchanted Lake

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Inkagold Table Trees

Aloha Crafters,

Todays Idea and Inspiration is a jingly and fuzzy table tree. They're fun, and festive and the whole family can make a tree in their favorite color!

Nani Sparkle Yarn- Grass Green (30071453)
Nani Sparkle Yarn- Pure White (30136383)
Inkagold Paint- Emerald (30142962)
7" Paper Mache Cone (30121472)
10" Paper Mache Cone (30109045)
3/8" Gold Jingle Bells (30086411)
1/2" Mutli Colored Jingle Bells (30086413)
Sponge Brushes 
Hot Glue

Optional instead of inkagold
Ceramcoat- White (77624882)
Delta Acrylic- Holiday Green (30098130)

1. Sponge paper mache cone with Inkagold paint.
2. Wrap yarn around cone.
3. Glue on jingle bells, and you're done!

Happy Crafting!

Lani @ Kahului

Friday, November 15, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 315 - Christmas Yarn Wreath

This last decor piece is a sure to please both your aesthetics and your budget. Bora walks us through making a radiant wreath.

Christmas Yarn Wreath

Styrofoam wreath
Scrap paper
Rhinestones or buttons
Circle punch
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

This wreath makes such a classy statement hung on the front door or railing.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Glitter-it Grinch Ornament

I have become Glitter-it crazy. There are so many different ways to use this product. I have been decorating ornaments with the Glitter-it. The newest one is the Grinch ornament.

Supply list:

Glitter-it glue

Vintage & Sparkle Glitter - Hollywood Hills

Black- Scribbles paint

Yellow Decocolor Paint Markers

Nani yarn

Happy Crafting! Beth @ Mapunapuna BFC 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 314 - Ombre Frame

JFlo is here today to show us how to jump on the trendy ombre train by making this darling frame.

Create an Ombre Frame for your favorite photo! Makes a great gift!

Balsa wood plank
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

An ombre frame would make a super special, handmade Christmas gift for those trendsetters on your list.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 313 - Iced Peppermint Frame

Lisa is back just in time to help us kick off our "Even More Christmas Decor" week. Join her today to make a super sweet frame.

Iced Peppermint Frame

Bare wood frame
Acrylic paint in white and red
Mod podge
Diamond dust
Paint brush

Frame that sweet picture with this sweet frame and everyone is sure to be envious.

*Don't forget to check out our earlier post from today - Awesome ornaments from HouseMart BFC Enchanted Lake! 

Clearly Awesome Ornaments

Sometimes I think that an empty, clear ornament can be as daunting as a blank white page. It seems like there are a lot of people who are at a loss as to how exactly to decorate an ornament, often because there are so many options to choose from, or because making an ornament can seem way too complicated. The funny thing is that my most favorite ornaments I've made this season are also the simplest and easiest ones I've ever done. Check it out:

Here's a super cute, whimsical ornament decorated simply by scribbling polka-dots onto it using a DecoColor pen. I absolutely love this fun ornament.

The next ornament is a bit classier, but definitely not any harder to make. I used a copper metallic marker from Letraset to swirl it out, and I didn't even bother trying to make the swirls evenly spaced or the same size.

And last, here is a sparkly, wintry ornament made by covering the inside of the ball with Glitter-It glue from Beacon, and then sprinkling in Twinkle Flakes until the entire interior is covered. It looks a lot like glass with frost crystals on it.

See? No painting or sculpting involved in making these wonderful Christmas crafts. Just how I like it!

Thanks for stopping in,
Puna @ Enchanted Lake