Monday, January 15, 2018

Moss Fairy Garden Frame

Happy New Year crafters!
I'm excited for spring and everything garden party! I was inspired by our collection of fairy garden decor trickling in and thought a frame would make the perfect addition!



Supplies:
wood frame
hot glue / hot glue gun
assorted moss
rope
oil based black paint pen
natural cardstock patterned paper
optional : mushrooms, succulents, fairies, butterflies, birds, sticks

First, cut your cardstock paper sheet to size, and place inside frame.

Trace your favorite quote or calligraphy phrase through the glass panel with the oil based marker. 
Allow to dry and then place in frame.

Then glue rope all around inside and outside edges, adding extra glue to the inner sides so that it is more secure.

Then glue in mosses and fun earthy natural accents! 


 



Ta Da!
All you would need is a cute little fountain and fairy scene to go with this cute frame!

Happy Spring!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Asian Floral Lanterns

Hello, everyone! New Year's has come and gone, happy 2018! I hope everyone has the greatest year yet! This year, it will be year of the dog, and Chinese New Year is hot on our heels, and what better way to decorate than with pretty paper lanterns? These aren't in the traditional red, but still, who could complain when they're this lovely?




Materials

  • White Paper Lantern
  • Black Paint (acrylic or watercolor)
  • Brush-preferably a Round. Size is based on preference.
  • Sakura, Plum, Apple, or Dogwood flower spray.
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks

Instructions
  • Remove all flowers off your spray. They should pop off nice and easy peasy. (I used plum blossoms for this one!)

  • Inflate your lantern by inserting the metal piece to create a globe shape.

  • Using your brush and paint, create branches across your lantern. You can concentrate them on the front, or have them wrap all the way around the lantern- totally up to you!

  • Hot glue on your flowers that you plucked off semi-sporadically onto the painted branches.

  • Done! Enjoy! :) It's also optional to put lights- like firefly lights or tea lights inside the lantern for nighttime use. It adds a soft, pretty glow!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Sea Glass & Starfish Light Catcher

Happy Monday!
Let's have fun this week with some tropical sea glass mobiles! After all, Kailua is a beach town! I was inspired by the ombre sea glass colors available at HouseMart Ben Franklin and thought this mobile would be great for a baby's room or even outside the front door to greet guests as they enter the house!
 




Supplies:
Resin starfish (a real one would break)
clear beading plastic string or fishing line
scissors
small silver crimp beads
hand held crimper
assorted bags of sea glass
jute

First I tied 2 strings to each starfish leg that were 2 feet long. Then I started with the darkest blue of sea glass and put the bead through on to the string, and finished each bead off by placing a crimp bead, and using my hand held crimping pliers, flattened out said crimp bead so that the sea glass couldn't slide down the string! I kept stringing and crimping, going from dark to light. I put more beads on the center strings, and as I went down, I spaced out the beads further and further from each other. 

One of the sea glass strands came with a sand textured bead as well as small clear sparkling faceted beads, which I incorporated into the ends of the mobile so that they looked like water crystals. This was really fun to make, and using those crimp beads made a world of difference!

When I finished, I trimmed all the excess strings off the ends, and secured the center of the starfish with jute so that it could hang from the middle.

Have fun making your mobiles! Feel free to make different kinds using different beads, or even get crazy with it and use felt flowers! Have a great week!

Bethany @ Enchanted Lake

 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New Year's Crowns!

Happy Tuesday, people! Christmas has passed us- and now we are headed straight to the New Year! New Year's Eve parties are a'coming, and I love to see all the cool decor and accessories that come. So, I have created simple crowns that you can wear to get that festive feel at home or at any New Year's party! All you need are a few different materials- chenille stems, glue, and rhinestones!



Materials

  • Chenille Stems (color of your choice, metallic colors preferred!)
  • Rhinestones, beads, pearls.. any embellishment of your choice!
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
Instructions
  • Take your chenille stems and create your base- 2 stems for a whole-head crown, and just 1 for a mini! You can either hot glue the ends together, or twist them together.

  • Next take a loose chenille stem, and fold it over to create a loop and 2 "tails"- make sure your 2 tails are fairly even in length.

  • Glue on your tails to your base, and glue the next loop on next to the first, overlapping the bottoms as desired.


  • Continue until your whole crown is complete, then glue on rhinestones and embellishments as desired!

  • Feel free to tweak lengths and sizes to create different style and effects! Happy crafting, and Happy New Year!











Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Nylon Flowers

Hello, and happy Tuesday once again! Christmas is already on Monday, can you believe that? It's insanity. Complete insanity. As per usual, I am now struggling to catch up on last-minute gifts, and this is a favorite craft of mine I always fall back on- nylon flower making! You can make simple to elaborate flowers, and turn them into hairpieces, floral arrangements- just about anything you can do with flowers, you can do with these!



Materials
  • Wire Cutters
  • Londy Wire
  • Nylon Thread (Nylon Sewing Thread)
  • Needle-Nosed Pliers
  • Low-temp Glue Gun + Sticks
  • Nylon Material/Tubing
  • Flower pistils/stamens (optional)
  • Solid, round cylindrical objects. (I used 2 sizes of stick glues here)
  • Floral Tape







Instructions
  • Starting with your wire and flower center beads, fold a small bunch of your beads in half, and wrap with wire.



  • Next, take your two cylinders, and these will be what we are using to create the petals. For this flower, you will need 3 small petals and 6 large petals. To create them, simply wrap the londy wire around the cylinder, and twist the ends together, trimming the excess, and leaving a wire tail about 1-2in long.


  • Then, after shaping all the petals, we'll need to wrap them in nylon. Take one of your nylon tubes, and stretch it over the wire frame, gathering all loose ends at the base of the petal, and bind with the nylon thread. Wrap the loose ends tightly, and firmly tug the string to snap it. Seal with a small amount of hot glue.


  • Take your 3 small petals and wrap the wire tails around the base of the flower center we made earlier in this pattern. Afterwards, wrap the remaining 6 large petals around the 3 small petals.







  • Finally, seal the wire with some hot glue- after it cools for a few moments, you can squish it down and compact it with your fingers. Use caution here! After this, wrap the stem with floral tape to hide the glue and wire, pulling tightly and covering the entire stem.








  • You are done! You can experiment with different petal shapes and layouts to create an endless variety of flowers- go crazy with your colors and shapes, experimenting will get you some very nice results. Enjoy! 



Saturday, December 16, 2017

PomPom Snowman

            Pompom Snowman



Material List:
White yarn
2 Sizes of pompom Maker (the biggest one)
Sharp Scissors
6” of turquoise satin Ribbon
Adhesive Rhinestone Colors: Black-Red-and Turquoise 6 mm
Pipe Cleaners Turquoise or a matching Blue
Fabric Tec



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1- The pompom maker opens from both sides, open one side. Start to wrap the yarn around it. Make it as full as possible; just make sure you can close it.
2- Open the other side and do the same. Cut the yarn when done







































3- You will need a 12” piece of the yarn
4- When both sides are fully covered with the yarn & closed. Take your scissors to cut down the middle of each side.
5- Take the yarn, put in the middle and tie real tight.
6- Then pull out the sides.


























7- It will have some pieces that will be longer than the others. Cut and shape with your scissors
8- Make another one smaller or bigger
9- Tie the 2 ends together to form your snowman, may need to reshape again
10- Tie the ribbon around the middle between the 2 pompoms.to makes the scarf
11- Put a small amount of the fabric Tec on the back of the rhinestones (just to make sure they stay on)





Black Rhinestones are for the eyes
Red Rhinestones- for the nose
Turquoise Rhinestones -is for the buttons on his belly
12- With the pipe cleaner, roll the ends into a circle on both sides of the pipe cleaner. Make the ends come out just little to form an ear muff. Put on the end. If you want to put some Fabric Tec on the ends.

     I really enjoyed making the snowman, Hope you do too.




                Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Little Lump 'o Coal

Happy Holiday! Christmas is fast approaching... like, light-speed. So, I thought of a fun stocking-stuffer! We sell geodes up at our registers for just $5, and kids (and adults!) just love smashing them open to reveal the lovely sparkles inside, so why not put a fun holiday twist on it? Turn it into.. a lump of coal! And don't forget- video their reactions for some great memories!





Materials

  • Black Paint
  • 2 Paintbrushes
  • Geodes
  • OPTIONAL Baker's Twine (or any ribbon of choice)





Instructions
  • First, take your first paintbrush and brush off all the excess powder and rock dust off your geode- if you don't, the paint may just fall off with the dust later! (You can also rinse your geode, but I was too excited to wait for mine to dry)

  • Next, simply paint the entire outer surface black. I did mine half at a time, and I painted two coats just in case!
  • Optional- wrap/tie the coal with a piece of baker's twine or ribbon- I prefer the baker's twine because it adds a simple touch, and gives it a bit of a comical air.