Monday, December 11, 2017

Cube Tree Ornament

Merry Christmas!
All of us at Ben Franklin are having so much fun decorating everything Christmas themed, from home decor, to ornaments, and from trees to centerpieces! Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a cube shaped "snow globe"!

cube glass ornaments
powdered snow
E6000 glue
long pointed tweezers
festive red ribbon
oil based white paint marker
1 inch tall trees

optional: sea glass spray in 'ice' color

Spray very top of ornament with very light coating of 'ice' Sea Glass spray. This will make it look more frosted!
Use white oil based paint marker to make small dots over the top and the sides, to make it look like snow is falling!

Coat bottom of tiny tree with E6000 glue. Using tweezers, place tiny tree through the top of the ornament. 

 Add powdered snow!

Write 'Let it Snow' on the outside of your ornament with the oil based marker and adorn the top with your cute ribbon!
Ta Da!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Felt Piontsettia

 Felt Poinsettia


Material List:
Needle with a big eye
Green felt square
Red felt square
6 Pearls
Hot Glue

1-Trace and cut the Flower pattern out of the red felt

2- Trace and cut the 5 Leaf’s with the green felt

3- Take one petal; fold in 4 at the base. Sew in the back and make it tight. Do the same to all 5 petals.

4- Face the flower down with the back facing up.

5- Place one leaf in between the 2 of the petals. And so on. Do the same for all 5 leaves.

6-turn over so the front is face up. Glue one pearl in the middle of the flower, the other 5 around it.

7- Take the twine, fold in half and tie a knot at the end. Then glue the end to the back of your flower.

                      JOy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Baby Hand-print Wood Disc

Happy Tuesday! Christmas is coming up fast, and recently, more personalized ornaments have been in demand- and who could argue? Christmas is a special time of year, and what better way to mark each year with one-of-a-kind ornaments? This time, I just did something simple- many of us have children, and watching them grow is a pleasure, and you can do just that with these ornaments! Here's how:


  • Hot Glue Gun Glue Sticks
  • Fake Flowers/Embellishments of Choice
  • Acrylic Paint OR Tempera Paint (Your Choice of Color, tempera is more child-safe)
  • Gel Pens or Paint Pens
  • Ribbon (Your Choice of Color)
  • Screw Eyes
  • Wood Disc

  • Paint your child's hand with the paint
  • Press their painted hand onto the ornament while the paint is still wet.
  • Write in the child's name and any other info as desired.
  • Embellish the edges as desired with the hot glue gun and embellishments
  • Glue on your ribbon bow to the top, and attach the screw eye behind the ribbon.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Super Cute Rustic Felt Christmas Tree

Happy Happy Holidays! 
This week I want to show you how easy it is to make that felt Christmas tree, perfect for your home table centerpiece!

4 sheets of green felt
sharp scissors
hot glue gun / hot glue
paper mache cone tree 

Cut out zig-zag strips from your felt!
(I started with one, folded it over, cut around it, then folded over the 2 triangles onto the remainder of the felt, and cut around those so that I got a perfect even row of triangles that were the same size!) 

Then when you've cut out all your strips of zig-zags, hot glue them in rows all around your paper mache cone! Be sure to overlap the layers and have fun!!

Happy holiday crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake 


Monday, November 27, 2017

Rustic Forest Christmas Wreath

Happy Monday! 
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! HouseMart Ben Franklin has many holiday themes to shop from including the traditional red and green, but also everything from rustic, to tropical, and even pastel themes! 
My personal favorite is definitely rustic. I made this wreath especially for the rustic theme, really pushing the forest woodsy feeling.

 12" holiday wreath
paper mache letters spelling JOY
acrylic paint in dark red and bright red
bristle paint brush 
White puffy paint or BoBunny Perler Pen
6 picks of red berries
4 picks of snowy pine needles
1 red cardinal
1 rustic brown snowflake
1 rustic sled 
thin floral wire
wire cutters
hot glue / hot glue gun

When I'm filling any wreath, I fill it by type, usually keep an odd number, and spread evenly over the space of the wreath.
First I started by placing the berries, and tying them on with florist wire. I made sure to leave room for the JOY to fit! Then I placed the snowy pine needle picks, and lastly placed where the bird, sled, and snowflake would fit!

Next I painted the JOY with dark red acrylic paint and set aside to dry. Once dry, I brushed it over lightly and unevenly with my stiff brush and with the bright red paint.

I secured the letters by pushing the wreath pine needles around the letters and securing them with hot glue and a hot glue gun.

I love this wreath so much! I hope you all enjoy wreath making this holiday! It helps to browse the aisle of picks and choose a theme if ever you need help with inspiration!
Happy crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gingerbread couple

                  Ginger Bread couple

Material List:
BOY                                                                                 GIRL
1 piece of tan felt                                                       1 piece of Tan felt
3x3 piece of White Felt                                             2x2 piece of White felt
White DMC Floss                                                        White DMC Floss
Needle with a Big EYE                                               Needle with a Big EYE
Adhesive 6mm Rhinestones                                    Adhesive 6mm Rhinestones
Small Piece of white yarn                                        Small Piece of white yarn
Fiber Fill                                                                      Fiber Fill
Christmas ribbon 3/8”                                             6” of sheer red ribbon. 3/8”
Hot glue gun                                                             Christmas Ribbon.
                                                                                   Hot glue gun

1-Trace and Cut out the Pattern for the Ginger bread People out of the Tan felt.
2-Trace and Cut the Hearts out the White Piece of felt. 2-for the boy & 1 for the Girl

3- Sew the Skirt onto the one of the Felt Gingerbread person. At the waist for the skirt
4- Start to sew the Ginger Bread people together with DMC White floss. Do not sew the head just yet. Leave it open.
5- Hot glue the hearts to them. The boy’s go one is on the belly and the other above.  Girls is actually her heart,
6- Fill the ginger bread with the fiber fill. When you reach the head fill it as much as you can. Then sew the head together.

7- On the girls sew the rest of the skirt to the back.
8- Glue the eyes on, and the smile, use the white yarn. Make a smile with hot glue and put the yarn on it.
9- If you can find 3/85” inch Christmas Ribbon. Take the Same one you used for the Girls Skirt. 6” inches piece. Cut in half. With one of the pieces, hot glue in Half. Make a bow and hot glue on the Boy.
10- with the Sheer Ribbon. Make a bow for the Girl. Hot Glue it onto the right Ear. Just like your picture.


                                           Joy@Hilo Ben Franklin

Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Shadow Box

Happy Monday!

Today I was inspired by these really neat lit shadowboxes that came in at Ben Franklin. They come with battery operated lights inside, and the front pulls away and is attached with magnets! The front is also made of a thick piece of clear acetate instead of glass, so you don't have to worry about it breaking! 

one wooden shadowbox
2 AA batteries
pack of 2 miniature trees
fluffy snow
peppermint baker's twine
assorted scenes on cardstock papers 
hot glue gun / hot glue
Mod Podge 
pop-up dots

First cut your cardstock paper background to the size of the interior of the box. Glue using your brush and Mod Podge.

Pop those batteries in, and glue down those trees and miniature house. Sprinkle some powdered snow around the house and at the base of the trees.

 For the final touch, wrap some baker's twine around the bottom, and cut out a holiday saying from your holiday cardstock. Adhere paper on the outside with a few pop-up dots for dimension so it pops off the background!

Ta Da!
So easy and so so cute!
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake