Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mother's Day Pendants

Hi there! Looking for a personalized but easy gift to make your mom for Mother's Day? I have the perfect thing! These pendants are super easy to make and are so precious.

You will need the following supplies:
- Sweet beads Fundamental Findings pendant, any style
- Mod Podge, matte or glossy
- a photo sized to fit your pendant (print multiple copies in case you make a mistake)

First, either use the image template that comes with your pendant or use the pendant itself to trace the shape onto your image.

When I used the image template I noticed it was a little too small and when I used the pendant to trace it was a little too big.  I used the bigger one and just trimmed it down a little bit.

Next, use a little bit of mod podge to glue your photo into your pendant. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Finally, use the epoxy dome that comes with your pendant and press it over your photo.

You can use any photo for this project but I recommend not using an original.  Make a copy on printer paper or photo paper.  You can also add a quote to your photo in Microsoft Word or Photoshop.  To make it a complete necklace you can put your pendant on a nice chain or cording and maybe add some charms or beads to dress it up, all can be found in our Bead Shop.  Moms will adore this gift!

Until next time, happy crafting!
Rachel @ Mapunapuna

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Beautiful Flower Centerpieces

Hi there! Today I will be showing you how to make these beautiful flower pomanders.  They make excellent centerpieces for your upcoming grad or birthday parties, weddings, or just for your home!

You will need the following supplies:

- 1 qty. 5" Styrofoam ball
- 2 or 3 sheets of scrapbook paper, any color (I like the look of the ones with pearl finish)
- Victoria Lynn White Pearl Corsage Pins
- a flower punch, any brand or style
- 1 qty. glass candlestick
- E6000 glue

First, use E6000 to glue the Styrofoam ball to the glass candlestick.

Next, punch out your flowers.  You will use 2-3 sheets depending on how big the flower is and how close together you place them.  Use your finger nails to gently curl up the petals.

Use the corsage pins to attach the flowers to the Styrofoam ball.  I layered 2 flowers together in order to better cover the Styrofoam.

Continue until you cover all the Styrofoam.

These also look great hung.  Use a needle and suji to string through the Styrofoam and make a loop or use E6000 to glue the suji down.  They look nice hung in a cluster at different lengths.

Until next time, happy crafting!
Rachel @ Mapunapuna  

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fun Felt Dolls

Today we'll be introducing a simple little craft with felt and yarn. What's great about making your own dolls from these materials is how simple it can be and how unique you can create it. These are fantastic for customizable gifts.

Here are the Materials you will need:
   Black/brown and pink embroidery thread (For face details)
   Fiberfill stuffing
   Both regular sewing needles and embroidery thread needles (these have a larger eye)
   Construction paper and pencils (these are for making your doll patterns.)
   Pins (to pin your felt to your patters.)

Additional items if desired:
   Needle threader

All your supplies can be bought at Housemart Ben Franklin Crafts! Here are a few sample products that are available.

First step:Cut out shapes you'd like to create for your Felt Dolls. Hair? Eyes? Clothing? All of the above ^_^

The examples above was using construction paper. Once those are cut out to your liking, you can use chalk to outline these patterns onto your felt so you may cut them. Arrange your eyes, accessories and clothes on the doll and sew the necessary pieces onto both front and back pieces. Using the pins, to keep the felt pieces together does help. 

Second step: sew the front and back pieces together, leaving room for stuffing to go in.

Third step: Stuff it with fiberfill and sew the last hole shut.

This is pretty much the steps in a nutshell.

Here are two cute finished dolls. The one on the left does not have any fiberfill, while the one on the right is stuffed. (If there are any World of Warcraft fans out there, it's a night elf.)
Fun Felt Dolls!!!!!
Have fun and keep on crafting!

Monday, April 20, 2015

How to make a mermaid crown

2 eye lash yarn spools (color and length of your choice)
Ka Lina yarn (color of your choice)
Fizz yarn (color of your choice)
Paper Stem Wire
Starfish (optional)
Hot Glue Gun (optional)

Step One:
Gather your supplies

Take 2 paper stem wire.  Measure the paper stem wire against your head and bend the wire accordingly.

 Step Two:
Twist the two wires together to form a circle.

Gather your 4 strands of yarn and cut off about 1 yard.

Tie a knot with your 4 strands onto your round paper stem wire.  Start wrapping the strands around your crown.  If you need more yarn to fill your crown, cut about 1 yard and continue.  Just add as you go if necessary. *Don't forget to tie a knot each time you start.* When you reach the end the a knot to secure the 4 strands of yarn. 

Your mermaid crown is complete!

Step Three:  (optional)
This step is optional.  If you want to add a starfish onto your crown, attach a starfish with a hot glue gun.  Place the starfish where you want on your mermaid crown.  And your done!

Have a Craftastic Day!
Julie @ Enchanted Lake

Friday, April 17, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts Special Edition -ep415 Grad Signs with 808 Urban

In this Special Edition of Crankin' Out Crafts, our friends at 808 Urban help to demonstrate the different ways to decorate foam boards with Montana Gold Spray Paint and Acrylic Markers. 

Grad Sign Samples by 808 Urban

Check out our Special Edition episode with 808 Urban here: Crankin' Out Crafts Special Edition -ep415 Grad Signs with 808 Urban

Montana Gold Spray Paint and Acrylic Markers are available at our stores. Don't forget to also pick-up your Graduation sign supplies like foam core boards, glitter, paint and more.

Thanks to Chika, Prime, and Jesse "dak.1ne" who helped film our segment! Learn more about 808 Urban on their website and on their Facebook page here.


Sigaya Webster created a Money Rose and Butterfly at our workshop last Friday!  Join us on Fridays from 10am-12pm and learn to make one for yourself!  Practice with our special Ben Franklin play money or use your own real crisp $$$ bills.  We can also teach you to fold a shirt, frog, or heart to attach to your leis for a Money Lei for that special graduate.  Any graduate would be happy to receive a lei in their school colors with $$$ attached!  Or, a bouquet of real roses with one or two $$$ roses!  There's a nominal fee for the rose and butterfly although the other folded "money" is free! 
gloria @ Pearl City   

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Apple Jar

Hi there! National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4- 8 and I have the perfect craft for you to give to your favorite teachers! This apple jar is easy to make and will fit right in on the teacher's desk.

You will need the following supplies:
- 4 oz Jelly Jar 
- 1 qty. 1/2" x 3/4"craft cork
- Americana Multi- Surface paint in red, apple green OR Krylon Spray Paint (recommended if doing several jars) in red and green
- brown acrylic paint
- paint brush
- cardstock to match the color of your green paint
- Marvy Uchida large oval punch (purple)
- hot glue gun
- chalkboard labels (either style)
- Bistro chalk marker


First, unscrew the lid of your jar and paint both pieces using the green paint.  Paint the outside of the jar red while the green paint is drying.  If using the Americana paint, you will need to do several coats.  Let the paint dry completely between each coat.  You can use a blow dryer or heat tool to speed up the wait time.  Also if using the Americana paint, all 3 pieces of the jar will need to be baked in the oven in order for the paint to set.  Follow baking instructions on the paint bottle.  If you do not bake it, the paint will scrape off.

If you are going to make several of these jars, then I recommend using the Krylon spray paint.  This brand, as opposed to other spray paint brands, specifically says that it can be used on glass.

Once your jar is painted, use the brown acrylic paint to paint the cork.  

Next, punch out an oval from the green cardstock.  Partially re-insert the punched out oval into the punch in order to create a leaf.  Flip over and punch out one more. 

Gently fold the leaves in half to give them some dimension.  Reassemble the jar.  Use hot glue gun to adhere the cork and leaves to the lid of the jar.  There is an oval on the front of the jelly jar where you can place the chalkboard label.  Use the Bistro chalk marker to write the teacher's name. 

And there you have it! You can put a little treat inside and it can be reused for desk supplies like paper clips or rubber bands.  Teachers will surely feel loved when they receive this specially made jar.

Until next time, happy crafting!
Rachel @ Mapunapuna 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts -ep414 Graduation Sign Board Decorating

JFlo will demonstrate how to apply glitter with mod podge to foam core.  This will make your sign POP!

Decorate your graduation sign with glitter

Mod Podge
flat paintbrush
scrap paper

Check back on Friday for a Special Edition of Crankin' Out Crafts that you won't want to miss!

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Selfies By The Seaside" Nautical Theme Store Event at Enchanted Lake (Kailua) Saturday, April 18

Hey Everyone, It's that time of the year once again.  Enchanted Lake will be hosting a Nautical Theme Store Event "Selfies By The Seaside" this Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 2pm.  Come and join us! We will have tons of different "Nautical" make and takes along with in-store demos (Fees will vary on project).  We will also have a special appearance by Joy from "Joy of Crafting."  

Don't forget it will be a Instagram party as well.  Take a picture with your creation(s) and tag @bfcrafts #bfcrafts on instagram and you'll receive a special coupon on your total purchase for that day.  Hope to see you there!

Have a Craftastic Day!
Julie @ Enchanted Lake

Crankin' Out Crafts -ep413 Foam Board Tips & Tricks

Watch as JFlo demonstrates how to cut foam board with some simple tips and tricks.

Learn how to cut foam core on Crankin' Out Crafts

Foam board
Utility knife
scrap cardboard

These foam board tips come in handy when making name signs for graduation day and parties. Check back soon for another video on foam board!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fancy Treat Bags

Hi there! Today I will be showing you how to fancy up plain paper craft/treat bags.  It's the perfect way to create unique goodie bags for your upcoming parties!

You will need the following supplies:
- Paper Treat Bags, any color
- Border/edge punch, your choice of design
- Accessories to attach, for example: ribbon, glitter tape, washi tape, flowers, gems, etc.

First, you will need to cut in the sides of the bag, about 1 inch down. You only need to cut the 2 sides, not the front and back of the bag.

Holding the front and back edges together, insert the top of the bag into your edge punch.  You will need to turn your punch over so you can align the edge of the bag with the edge of the design.  Carefully place the punch and bag down on the table and press down.

Be extremely careful while removing your bag from the punch as it might get a little stuck and it does rip easily.  I recommend keeping a tweezers handy.

Now repeat on the other side of the bag.  Depending on the size bag you use, you will have to adjust how you line up your punch so that there isn't a gap in the middle.  Another way to do it is to make your first punch in the center of your bag then work outwards.  That way the design will be even on both sides.


Once the design at the top of your bag is punched out you can begin to decorate! Use double sided tape, glue dots or craft glue to adhere your accessories.

There you have it! These are perfect for every occasion and are completely customizable.

Until next time, happy crafting!
Rachel @ Mapunapuna

Monday, April 6, 2015

How to make a graduation tassel two different ways (Part two)

Welcome back for the second part of how to make a graduation tassel two different ways.  Here I will show you a second way of making a tassel.  It's great for graduation centerpieces, party favors and much more.
Let's get started.

DMC Floss (your choice of color)

Step One:
Cut your chipboard to the size you want to make your tassel (I'll be using 1in x 2in). Prepare your DMC floss by taking off the paper wrapped around it. Cut off about 10 to 12 inches.

Step Two:
Place the DMC floss and line it up towards the bottom of your chipboard cut out. Start wrapping your DMC floss around the chipboard to your desired thickness (I've wrapped around 30 times).


Get your scissors and cut the bottom.

Step Three:
Cut your 10 to 12 inch DMC floss in half.  Take one half of the floss and thread it through the top (middle). Tie a knot to secure the middle and take it off the chipboard.  Make another knot at the top to create a loop.

Take the left over string and wrap it around the tassel below the knot (Wrap around 4 times). Tie a knot to secure the ends. Trim of the excess string (optional) or let it blend in with the tassel.  You can also trim the bottom of the tassel if it's uneven.

And you are done!

That completes the series of the graduation tassel two different ways.

As Always,
Have a Craftastic Day!
Julie @ Enchanted Lake