Monday, February 19, 2018

Mermaid Jar

Happy Monday, art movers, shakers and makers!

I am so excited for beach weather! Here is a mermaid mason jar project that will light up any beach themed home or party!

Supplies : 
mason jar
pink tissue paper
gloss mod podge
light blue acrylic craft paint
blue ribbon
black paper
double sided tape
twinkle lights 
cup of water for 

First, glue tissue to mason jar and let dry. Cut out a mermaid silhouette with HouseMart Ben Franklin's complementary Accucut machine that is free to use!  Use double sided tape to secure to the inside of the jar.

Thin out some of the light blue acrylic paint with water and "watercolor" some of it over the top and bottom of the tissue covered mason jar.

Allow to dry and then tie jute, ribbon, and starfish to the outside!

Throw some tinkle lights in there behind your mermaid silhouette and you have yourself a fancy magic nightlight!

 Have fun crafting!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Heart Bracelet

Hearts in a Row Bracelet

36” ‘010 gauge Stainless steel with nylon coated wire
Magnetic clasp (Gold or Silver)
2 ½ Safety chain to match the gold or silver clasp
2 crimp beads (2 by 2) to match the clasp
49 4mm bicone beads for one color heart (quantity may vary based on the size of bracelet)
        COLOR A
51- 4mm bicone beads for the other heart (quantity may vary based on the size of bracelet)
Crimper and wire cutter (or scissors)

Attaching the clasp
1-     Thread the magnetic clasp and safety chain onto the wire
2-     Put two end of the wire together and thread crimp bead onto both wires and push all components to the folded center of the wire, which should be the other end.
3-     Crimp the crimp bead

4-     Thread bead A on one wire and cross thru with the other wire in the opposite direction/. Make sure you balance the bead in the center
5-     Thread one bead A on each wire
6-     Thread bead B on one wire and cross thru with the other wire in the opposite direction
7-     Thread one bead B on each wire
8-     Thread bead A one wire and cross thru with the other wire in the opposite direction.
9-     Repeat steps 5 to 8 until desired length.

Ending bracelet
10-  Put two ends of the wire together and thread crimp bead, safety chain and the clasp onto both wires.
11-  Thread both wires back thru the crimp bead going towards the bracelet.
12-  Tighten
13-  Work your way back thru the bracelet with remaining of the wire. (Go thru at least 3 beads)
14-  Crimp the Crimp beads and cut remaining wire.

       It is a beautiful bracelet to make for a friend. Enjoy

                    Joy @ Hilo Ben franklin

Saturday, February 10, 2018



SPC - 885827163684
Paper Accents Vinyl Letters    2-X   2-O
Krylon Chalky Finish Bonnet pink
Cherry Blossom Pick
White Deco Marker

Stick the lower case X and O on the board in the order of XOXO

Spray Paint the board with the Chalky Finish Bonnet Pink
Let dry

Peel the stickers off the board

Trace the letters with the White Deco

Hot glue the Cherry Blossom buds on to the board

   Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Sunday, February 4, 2018

                                            Bamboo vase

Bamboo vase
Purple Orchid
11” Succulent/Fern pick green
Oasis Dry Small Piece
Tint spray paint Rhasberry Orchid
Glue gun

 Spray Paint the bamboo vase and set to dry
Put the Oasis in the bamboo vase
 Stick the flowers in the oasis and then hot Glue the Flower and the Succulent to the inside of the vase

                  Joy @ Hilo Ben Franklin

Monday, January 29, 2018

Upcycled Party Decor

Hi and happy Monday! To beat those Monday blues, I thought we could talk a bit about parties! I've been loving all the cute fun bright spring decor I've been seeing around and wanted to show you a cute way to turn paper bags into hanging poofs! They would be great around the main buffet table, or around a photo booth!

craft paper bags
hole punch
double sided tape

First cut all the tops of the bags. I used 10 bags per hanging flower fan.

I hole punched my bags on both sides of the bottom flap (4 holes per bag) 

String together all 10 bags!

Use your double sided tape (one piece in the middle, and one on the top) to attach all the bags together! This will also cause the tops to open more!


Ta Da! Tie off your string and trim the excess!
Have fun throwing spring parties!!

Bethany @Enchanted Lake


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!

wood frame
hot glue / hot glue gun
assorted moss
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?


  • 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

  • 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!