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