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DIY Thankful Tree

This is my favorite DIY yet. Lynda and I had such a blast making the RABOM Thankful Tree. We had the whole company in on this one by asking everyone to write down what they are thankful for. What better way to start meaningful conversation?

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You will need the following:

  • Old Coffee Mug
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Sticks, Twigs (whatever you can find on the ground)
  • Card Stock or thick construction paper
  • RABOM Washi Tape
  • RABOM Baker’s Twine
  • Hole punch (we used an adorable star hole punch)

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Let’s Make This Thing:

1. Spray paint your mug and sticks. We used one coat on the sticks and two coats on the mug.

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2. While your sticks and mug are drying, start to decorate your card stock with washi tape. Be sure to leave a spot for writing. (Some people are thankful for a whole lot!)

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3. Punch holes in the top right or left corners of your tags.

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4. Cut your baker’s twine into 8 inch snippets and thread it through your tags.

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5. Here is the fun part. Pass out tags among friends, family and coworkers and have them write down what they are most thankful for this year.

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6. Add marbles, rice or beans to your mug. Arrange your sticks and tie on tags.

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That’s it! You have an adorable thankful tree that can be enjoyed all holiday season.

Tips: Spray paint outside and with the direction of the wind. Otherwise you’ll be “goldfinger” for the rest of the day. :)

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I hope you have as much fun with this DIY as Lnyda and I! Let us know what you are thankful for this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving!!

- Lo

5 “More” Holiday Projects Using RABOM Ribbon

As promised, here are five more super simple holiday crafts that you can do using RABOM Ribbon!

1. Let the kids cut out holiday designs from old cardboard or holiday cards. Then punch a small hole at the top and have the kids string them onto ribbon creating their very own holiday banner.

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2. Whip up some holiday fudge (with peppermint candy bits on top, of course), and use RABOM’s ribbon or baker’s twine to tie wax paper around your fudge. Pass them out to the neighbors, they will love it!

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3. Before saying grace at the holiday dinner, pass the end of a ribbon around the table so that every family member is “connected.” This is something the kids will remember for years to come. Want your last name on custom ribbon? We can do that at RABOM!

4. Tie up those holiday napkins and place setting cards with bright, seasonal ribbon to make the table extra festive.

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5. Make aprons for the little ones using holiday placemats and satin ribbon.

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Which project is your favorite? We’d love to hear how you plan to use RABOM ribbon this holiday season! Comment below with your project idea.

- Lo

DIY Burlap Advent Banner

I know it’s crazy, but the holiday season is quickly approaching. What better way to kick start the holidays than with an advent banner that is fun for you and the kids? Plus, it’s the perfect size to hang over the fireplace.

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You will need:

1. First, we cut our 2.5″ burlap ribbon into 12″ pieces.

2. Fold in 1″ on left side, fold 1/2″ on right side. Then take right side and fold in 3 inches to make the pocket. You will need to make 25 pockets.

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3. Stitch the pockets with your baker’s twine.

4. Cut your satin ribbon into 12″ pieces and tie them into bows. You can mix and match colors as you wish. You need a total of 25 bows.

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5. Time to make your pockets pretty. Attach your bows with a drop of hot glue. Make sure to leave room for the numbers. We went the simple way and wrote our numbers with sharpie but feel free to get as creative as you’d like.

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6. Put your banner together by stringing the backs of each pocket to a long strip of baker’s twine. Attach bells or other embellishments as you wish.

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We made our advent banner pop by pairing it with a triangle bunting made from wrapping paper. If this project doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, we don’t know what will.

- Lo

RABOM’s Fall Tent Sale

Our Fall Tent Sale was this past Saturday!

We had shopping, crafts, food and fun for the whole family. Here’s a few pictures from our day!

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We will be starting a new series of tutorials soon, so keep checking back to see all kinds of fun crafts and projects. Have a great day!

- Lo

4th of July Cookout

We took a break from the hustle and bustle of ribbon world to enjoy a good old fashioned cookout. There was plenty of laughter and great food. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the afternoon.

Good food…

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Great friends…

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I’ve also added in a really simple and festive way to keep your hands free while digging into the goodies. Tie your plasticware onto your paper plate!

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Supplies:

  • Patriotic ribbon – I recommend 3/8″
  • Paper plate
  • One hole punch
  • Fork/napkin

Directions:

1. This tip/craft is so easy, it doesn’t even need directions but I’ve posted step by step pictures showing how to make it anyways.

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Have a wonderful Fourth of July!!

 

-Logan

 

 

 

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Do you have any special plans for Memorial Day weekend? I always look forward to my family’s Memorial Day cookout. RABOM has a few crafts that can get you ready for the holiday weekend:

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Patriotic Windsock

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Patriotic Wreath by It’s A Muegge Life

I will leave you with a recipe for a Patriotic Refrigerator Cake. This would be a great dessert to take to a Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day get together. You can definitely change up the flavors and make this cake for any occasion. I was inspired by the Strawberry Refrigerator Cake found on Crystal & Co.. I changed up a few things to make it fit the patriotic theme, and it tastes delicious. I always love a really easy recipe that you can adapt to your needs.

Ingredients:

  • Box of White Cake mix(plus add-ins listed on the back of the box)
  • 1 tsp almond extract(optional)
  • 1 tub(15 oz) of strawberries in syrup
  • 1 small box of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • Blueberries

1. Bake the white cake according to the directions on the box. I added 1 tsp of almond extract to the batter because I LOVE almond cakes, but you may leave out the extract. You could also amp up the flavor by adding citrus juice and zest(a lemon and strawberry cake would be amazing :) ).

2. Let the cake completely cool before you move on the the next step.

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3. Poke holes in the cooled cake with the end of a wooden spatula or spoon.

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4. Puree the strawberries and syrup in a food processor or blender.

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Tip: Make sure your strawberries have COMPLETELY thawed before blending them. Mine were still a little frozen and I ended up with a smoothie consistency instead of strawberry chunks in a syrup. The cake was still delicious, but the consistency of the “puree” made it not absorb as well resulting in the Cool Whip layer not spreading over the strawberry soaked cake like it should. That’s what I get for being impatient. You live, you learn.

5. Spread the strawberry puree over the cake and allow time for it to soak into the cake. As you can see, the strawberry mixture didn’t soak in quite as well as it should since it was still a little frozen. Your cake will do much better than mine and won’t have as much puree sitting on top of the cake.

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6. Whisk 1 cup of cold milk with the vanilla pudding mix. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined. Spread the Cool Whip mixture over the cake. You may definitely omit the pudding and just use Cool Whip if you would like(I love all of the options you have in this recipe!).

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7. Since this is a patriotic cake, I put blueberries on top of the cake to add the “blue” element. Not a fan of blueberries? You could definitely use blue sprinkles.

I hope you enjoy making this cake for your next cookout! Have fun experimenting with different flavors to substitute in this recipe. I think I want to try lemon and blueberry next time:)

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family!

Elizabeth

 

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Picnic Time

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It’s finally time to go on a picnic or throw your picnic party. I have one more small craft to give your picnic that extra special touch. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of all of the bugs and mosquitoes we have in Tennessee. I have a way to help keep those pests from ruining your picnic. Let’s make a cute candle holder for a citronella candle.

Supplies:

  • Jar lid
  • Ribbon or washi tape
  • Double sided tape

Directions:

1. Grab a jar lid from all of the leftover jars you have laying around the kitchen. All I could find was a pasta sauce jar lid.

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2. Adhere some double sided tape to the back of your ribbon.

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3. Take off the paper backing and wrap the ribbon around the lid.

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4. Voila! You have a cute and simple holder/plate for your candle. You could also paint the jar lid if you would like.

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Grab your all of your basket fillers, and you are ready to throw a picnic party or go on a picnic with family and friends. You could also put all of your picnic crafts into the decorated basket and give the basket to a friend as a picnic gift basket…don’t forget to include a blanket :) A Picnic Gift Basket would be a great gift for a wedding. Have fun going on all of your picnics this spring and summer!

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Elizabeth

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Blog Shares

Today, I want to share with you a couple clever crafts from other bloggers that will make your next picnic a hit!

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Outdoor Entertaining Idea from Diane at in my own style.

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Roll & Wrap plus other Patriotic Picnic Ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.

I hope these ideas will help you throw a great picnic party. Check back later this week to see my final picnic post :)

Elizabeth

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Picnic Essentials

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When you are planning a picnic or picnic party, there are a few things that you MUST  have. Napkins, cups, and plastic cutlery are absolute essentials to every picnic. I have come up with a way to jazz up these items to make your picnic extra special.

Supplies:

  • Napkins
  • Forks, knives, spoons
  • Cups
  • Ribbon
  • Double sided tape or craft glue

Directions:

1. Let’s start with the napkins. I found some brightly patterned napkins at an Easter Sale that I thought would be perfect for my picnic. Fold your napkin around the cutlery and tie some ribbon in a knot to keep it in place. I used White RABOM Iridescence.

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2. Apparently I need to go shopping because all I could find in my pantry were plastic knives. Plastic forks and spoons are a great excuse to go shopping :) You could also tie your ribbon into a bow if you would like.

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3. Continue wrapping and tying until you have your desired number of napkin sets.

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4. Now it’s time for the cups. I used 1.5″ White Double Ruffle ribbon and layered a 5/8″ solid grosgrain down the middle to coordinate with my napkins. Layer the solid grosgrain down the middle of the double ruffle ribbon with some double sided tape or glue. Wrap and adhere the layered ribbon around the cup to add a pop of color.

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5. I used a different color of solid grosgrain on each cup so that no one would get their cups mixed up.

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Now your are almost ready to have a great picnic. Check back next week for a couple other items that will make your picnic an experience to remember!

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Elizabeth

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Picnic Basket

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Do you love picnics? I do! The weather is starting to get warmer, so it’s time to start digging those picnic baskets out of the back of your closets. I will be doing a “Picnic Party” series over the next couple of weeks to get you ready to take your family on a picnic or throw a picnic party for all of your friends and family. Let’s start out by making a super cute picnic basket that will be customized to your style.

Supplies:

  • Picnic Basket
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Silk flower(optional)

Directions:

1. Start out by choosing a picnic basket. I found this canvas one on sale, but a wicker one would be great as well. I probably would have gotten a wicker one if I didn’t get such a great deal on the lime basket.

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2. Choose the ribbon you would like to add to your basket. I wanted just one stripe of ribbon on my basket, but you could do multiple stripes or even make a woven design. I decided to layer 1.5″ white double ruffle ribbon and 7/8″ lime polka dots. I hot glued the lime polka dot ribbon down the center of my double ruffle ribbon.

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3. Glue down one end of the ribbon at your desired starting point. If you have a cloth or canvas basket, I recommend stuffing it with newspaper to help keep its shape while you apply the ribbon(one con about choosing a canvas over wicker basket). Very carefully adhere the ribbon to your basket a few inches at a time. If you have a wicker basket, you can weave the ribbon into your basket if there is enough space in the wicker weave to accommodate the ribbon.

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4. You could stop here, but I wanted to add another fun element to my basket. I added a silk jeweled tiger lily to the spot where my ribbons overlapped. Not only does the flower add an extra “springy” component to my basket, but it adds a great pop of color.

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Now your basket is done! Check back later this week for all kinds of fun things to put in your basket. If you are throwing a party, then you could use your basket as a centerpiece or a favor display. Start getting all of your favorite picnic recipes together!

Elizabeth

Tulle Candy Necklace

Tulle Candy Necklace

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I LOVED  candy necklaces when I was a kid. The one down side to them was that the candy touched your skin, so after biting off a few of the candies they could start to get sticky. Yuck. I think I have solved the sticky candy problem with this tulle candy necklace. Another plus to this necklace is the opportunity to use a wider variety of candy. I think these would be a great gift to include in your children’s Easter basket :)   I hope this becomes your kids favorite new craft!

Supplies:

  • Tulle
  • 1/4″ ribbon or baker’s twine
  • Individually wrapped candy of choice

Directions:

1. Start out by cutting a 24″-36″ piece of tulle depending on how long you would like your necklace to be. I cut my tulle 24″ long. Lay your tulle out on a flat surface.

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2. Place your candy at the bottom of the tulle strip. My tulle strip is 24″x6″.

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3. Fold the top of the tulle over the candy to create a 24″x3″ strip of tulle with candy in the middle.

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4. Take your ribbon or baker’s twine and tie bows in between each piece of candy making sure that the tulle is completely wrapped around the candy.

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5. Tie the ends of the tulle into a bow or knot and your necklace is done! Just untie a ribbon bow each time you would like to remove a piece of candy.

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This would make a great craft/favor for a birthday party. Have fun making your very own tulle candy necklaces!

Elizabeth

Wine Glass Table Decoration

Wine Glass Table Decoration

I love using wine glasses for decorations and gifts. I thought this decoration, a wine glass filled with tissue paper and curling ribbon, would make a great table decoration for a birthday or dinner party. I think I will have them do double duty as a decoration and favor at my next cocktail party.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to use wine glasses as decorations. You can stuff them with tulle, tissue paper, curling ribbon, ribbon korkers, flowers, and many other fun trinkets. Remember this simple and affordable decoration when you are decorating for your next soiree!

Elizabeth