Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mason Jars Part 3 - Doily Vase

Hello again! This is Part 3 of my 3 part blog on how to decorate our new PURPLE mason jars.  Last week I showed you how to turn your jar into beachy table decor.  Today I will show you how to turn your jar into a beautiful vase!

You will need the following supplies:
- Quart size mason jar
- 1 bottle Mod Podge, glossy
- foam brush
- 1 bag doilies, 6.5"
- 1 spool jute rope

First, you will need to cut off about 1.5" from the bottom of your 2 doilies. 

Next, center one doily onto the front of your mason jar.  Line up the cut off edge with the bottom of the jar.  Using your foam brush dab mod podge onto the doily.  You may need to use your fingers to smooth the doily down and get all the bubbles out.  Cover the whole doily with mod podge, smoothing down the edges as you go. 

Once you are done with the front side and it has dried, turn your jar over.  Repeat the process of gluing down your doily to the back of your mason jar.  The edges of the two doilies should overlap on the sides of the jar. 

Once your second doily is well adhered, you may cover your entire jar with a thin coat of mod podge.  Let it dry completely.  Once it is dry you can add your jute rope.  I measured out about 5.5 feet of rope.  Place the middle of your rope over the center of the front of your jar. 

Wrap the rope back and forth 4 times, your last wrap should bring you back to the front of your jar with about 8" left on both ends. Knot it then tie a bow.

Voila! Now you have a new, beautiful vase!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have some new ideas for how to dress up your mason jars.  Until next time, happy crafting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

EZ Crochet Dishcloth

As seen on the Joy of Crafting show! This Saturday's "Crafting with Gloria" features an EZ Crochet Dishcloth!  If you know 2 basic crochet stitches...chain and single can create this washcloth!  Register now!  The workshop is scheduled for this Saturday, February 28th from 2pm-3:30pm with a $5 workshop fee.  Bring a size H crochet hook and a skein of cotton yarn.  We carry the Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarns in a wide variety of solid or variegated colors and the Clover crochet hooks.  *Workshop is only at the Pearl City Ben Franklin store.  See you there!
gloria @ Pearl City

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Crochet Class at Enchanted Lakes: Learn to Crochet

Hey everyone. We have a new crochet teacher here at Enchanted Lakes (Kailua).

It consists of 4 sessions total for only $50. Classes are held on Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1pm to 3pm.  Fran will teach you the basics of crochet and you'll eventually move on to her advance class.  You'll be making hats/beanies in the last 2 sessions of this beginner's crochet class.

If you're interested in taking her class come down to Enchanted Lakes and sign up!

Have a Craftastic Day!
Julie @ Enchanted Lakes

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mason Jars Part 2 - Beachy Table Decor

Hello again! This is Part 2 of my 3 part blog on how to decorate our new PURPLE mason jars.  Last week I showed you how to turn your jar into a beautiful candle holder.  Today I will show you how to dress up your jar to use as table decor for a wedding or any other type of party.

You will need the following supplies:
- Pint size mason jar
- 1 2.5" burlap roll
- 1 spool 7/8" satin ribbon in your color of choice
- 1 bag seashells
- 1 roll 1/4" double sided tape
- E6000 glue or a hot glue gun

First take your burlap roll and wrap around your jar to measure how much you need.  It should overlap about 1/4".

Apply double sided tape to your strip of burlap.  I put one strip on the top and one on the bottom.  Remove the tape backing and place burlap on jar.  Try to line it up so the ends meet in the middle of one side of the jar.

Next, do the same to your satin ribbon.  It should only need one strip of double sided tape. Place the satin ribbon over the burlap. Make sure the ends meet at the same place as the burlap.

Finally, turn your jar so that the side where the ribbon ends overlap is in the back.  Pick out your favorite shell and use either E6000 or a hot glue gun to adhere the shell in the center of your ribbons.

Voila, you're done! This project is great because you can customize it to your own color scheme and it is very fast and easy to make.  You can place it on your table as is or use it for flowers, utensils, or anything else you can think of! Enjoy and come back next Thursday to see Mason Jars Part 3 - Doily Vase.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mason Jars Part 1 - Candle Holder

Our new mason jars are in and the color for this year is PURPLE! Inspired by the new color, I'm going to have a 3 part blog featuring different ways to decorate your jars.

My first project is a mason jar candle holder.

You will need the following supplies:
-1 pint size mason jar
-E6000 glue
-1 bag glass gems (any color, I used Clear Luster)

 Starting at bottom of jar, place a small amount of E6000 where you are going to place your first gems.  Also put some glue on a few gems.  Wait about a minute or two for the glue to get a little tacky.  One by one place your gems on the jar.  They may slide a little so hold in place until they start to set. Place gems on 1 row at a time. Make sure they are close to each other and there are no big gaps.

Once you finish placing gems on jar, let it dry for 24 hours before handling. 

Use either a battery operated candle or Firefly Lights to give your candle holder a nice glow. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts - Episode 407 Distressing with Ink Pads

JFlo shows a quick tip and trick on distressing with ink pads. Experiment with different ink pads and colors to create an aged look to projects.

Add stamping ink to projects to create a distressed look

chipboard piece
acrylic paint
Distress Ink (or stamp pad)

Be sure to check out our previous post today - Julie from our Enchanted Lake store shares another great way to distress wood using acrylic paint.

How to Distress Unfinished Wood with Acrylic Paint

SPC Unfinished wood (your choice)
Paint Brush
Acrylic Paint (2 colors)
Cup of Water
Paper Towel
Scratch Paper

Step One:
You can clean your SPC unifinished wood with a damp paper towel (optional). 

Choose your base paint and paint your wood.

Step Two:
Let your base coat dry. Squeeze your distress color (second acrylic paint) onto scratch paper. Dip your paint brush and brush your paint onto your scratch paper until paint looks a bit dry.

Step Three:
Brush along the edges of your wood until you are satisfied.

Once you are done let your paint dry.

And you're done!

Have a Craftastic Day!
-Julie @ Enchanted Lakes

Friday, February 6, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts - Episode 406 Painting on Driftwood

JFlo paints on small pieces of driftwood and then turns it into a magnet.

Mini Painted Driftwood Magnets

Click the link to view the how-to video on our YouTube channel: Crankin' Out Crafts - Episode 406 Painting on Driftwood

acrylic paint 
drift wood
E6000 glue

These unique hand-painted magnets would make a great party favor or family activity!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts - Episode 405 Two-part Resin

JFLo will show you how beautiful two-part resin can be and give your next craft project a high gloss glass-like finish.

Add embellishments and a glossy finish with resin

View our newest episode here: Crankin' Out Crafts - Episode 405 Two-part Resin

two part resin (EnviroTex Pour-On Resin)
Popsicle stick
paper cup

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts - Episode 404 Distressing Wood

In today's episode, JFLO will show you some tips on how to distress wood. Turn your unfinished wood piece to shabby chic antique.

Learn how to distress wood with paint and sandpaper

unfinished wood
light color acrylic paint (we used Chalky finish Americana Paint)
dark color acrylic paint
sand paper (lightweight)
Heat Tool (optional for faster drying)
cloth (to wipe sanding dust away)

Be sure to check back with us again this week! We have more ideas coming on how to decorate unfinished wood pieces.