fabuLASH ceramic mug: Heat Transfer Vinyl

Yes, you can apply heat transfer vinyl to a ceramic mug!

We’re crazy about using heat transfer vinyl on ceramic items like mugs and plates because it can add a cool texture element and isn’t terribly hard to apply.

We LOVE this craft from Craftables 

Heat transfer vinyl on unconventional surfaces looks so good, and because it’s not shiny like Oracal 651, it looks very professional. For this project we decided to experiment with foil HTV, glitter HTV, regular smooth HTV, and smooth metallic HTV.

 The silver is smooth HTV, the black is glitter HTV, the gold is foil HTV and the yellow (below) is regular smooth HTV.

For this project, you will need:

  • Smooth HTV, or whatever iron-on vinyl you choose to use. We currently sell an array of glitter HTV which you can purchase here
  • Heat gun
  • Mug! Make sure it’s porcelain, not plastic.
  • Squeegee or credit card
  • Towel or oven mitt to protect your hands from the heat!

Our heat gun is just a standard industrial heat gun and our mug is your run of the mill white ceramic mug.

How we did it:

  • First, we made sure our iron-on vinyl design fit on our mug.
  • We then placed our design where we liked on our mug.
  • To make the design lay flat, we cut between the petals so the vinyl could more easily bend to the curves of the mug. For the eye design we did not have to do this!
  • Next we turned our heat gun on the higher setting and applied it at a slight distance to the design on the mug. Make sure you have a towel on hand because your mug will get hot!
  • Apply the heat no more than 5 seconds at a time, and in between heat cycles use your squeegee or credit card to make sure the HTV is sticking and smooth on your mug. If you apply too much heat for too long your carrier sheet will start to shrink and that will warp your design.
  • Once your design seems to be completely adhered to your mug (ours took around 6 cycles of heat, 5 seconds each cycle) let your mug cool for around 20 seconds.
  • After 20 seconds, peel off your carrier sheet and enjoy!

One last tip- these mugs are not dishwasher safe so it would be best to hand wash this design. This is a great method to apply a decorative element to projects that won’t have to be exposed to hot water. You can easily preserve this design by hand washing the inside and the rim. We had the hardest time removing the foil HTV from the surface of the mug and in my opinion, it looked the best! So if you’re looking for a more permanent option, try the foil HTV!

So, it is possible to apply Heat transfer vinyl to a porcelain mug with a heat gun!

Keep creating!

We’re excited to use this process to apply HTV to decorate:

  • plates
  • pint glasses
  • picture frames
  • candle votives
  • vase
  • bowls
  • trays
  • cell phone cases

If you have any other ideas or have tried this, let us know what you think in the comments below!

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

~Groovy~ DIY Tie-Dye Headbands ✌️☮️

We love this Tie-Dye DIY Headband from t-shirts idea, from DIY Candy! Easy to make, and they look great! Both kids and adults will love this fashion craft!

We love tie-dye, its festive and fun!

Tips and Tricks for Successful DIY Tie Dye

Before you begin, here are a few quick tips! DIY tie dye projects are relatively easy, but there are a few things you should know:

  1. Wear gloves unless you want your fingers dyed for awhile. Also wear an apron or old clothing and cover any working surface. Tie dye stains most things and it’s permanent on fabric!
  2. Use cotton items. Some poly blends will dye, but are much more likely to fade during the wash cycle. Stick with 100% cotton.
  3. Tie tightly as material (like a cotton t-shirt) expands when it’s wet.
  4. Make sure to get dye into the folds if you want the fabric completely covered with color.
  5. Remember your color wheel! Select colors that are next to each other. I’m sure you remember that red and blue make purple. Don’t choose complimentary colors; you’ll make a brown mess if you combine orange and blue (for example).

Here is what to do:

  1. Pick a basic tie-dye kit, which you can find at almost any craft store! If you are wondering how to tie-dye a headband, this kit works perfectly. However, if you choose to buy your tie-dye separately, make sure you have rubber bands, gloves, and plastic wrap (these supplies are generally included in a kit.) 
  2. You can use a plain white t-shirt to turn into fabric for the DIY headbands. Feel free to also use ANY light colored t-shirt you have around the house. You will need a sewing machine and good pair of scissors to put the headbands together. 
  3. One of the most fun parts about using tie-dye is the different patterns you can make depending on how you fold and bundle your fabric. It is always such a fun surprise to see how they turn out after the colors have set! Once you have chosen your pattern, fold and bundle accordingly, apply tie-dye according to package directions, and wrap in plastic wrap to keep moist. Click here to learn about several different tie-dye folding techniques. 
  4. For more vibrant colors, allow your DIY headbands to set for 6-8 hours. If you want to produce more pastel colors only let set for 30 minutes or so. Once the dye is set to your desired intensity, unwrap, remove rubber bands, rinse off the remaining dye, and toss t-shirt(s) alone in a hot washer with minimal soap. Dry normally and you’re done! 

You have now created some one-of-a-kind fabric for some adorable DIY headbands! Bellow are an array of styles of headbands you can make with steps and tutorials included!

Try one of these three methods to make your gorgeous DIY Tie-Dye Headband! 

  1. Braided DIY Headband 

    If you can braid, you can make this tie headband! Cut your fabric into nine 1/2-inch strips, long enough to wrap around your head. Create three braids. Connect the ends of each braid individually by own running them through your sewing machine. Once each braid is connect separately, line up each braid and run through the sewing machine again, attaching them to each other. You’re done!

  2. Knotted DIY Tie Headband 

    Once we got the hang of this tie headbands technique, we loved it so much that we had to made it twice! Follow the tie headbands tutorial linked here and adjust them to fit your head!

    Tie headbands are nice because you can adjust them easily on your head! And oh so cute!

  3. Twisted DIY Headband 

    To make this twisted DIY tie dye headband just followed the steps linked here. This was definitely the easiest to make, and we just love the way this style lends itself to really letting the tie dye patterns stand out!

Which DIY Headband is your favorite?? Let us know in the comments! 😊

Also, don’t miss out on our RABOM exclusive NEW Tie-Dye Print! Order yours today! (Link in photo)

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

What does the fox say?… Leaf Card Craft! 🍁🦊

We absolutely LOVE this cute fall craft from Glued To My Crafts! Perfect for any day of the year to recreate and send to family and friends! Happy crafting 🙂

Materials:

  • Decorative leaves (real or fake, your preference!)
  • Large glue dots
  • Colored Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive runner/glue stick
  • Medium sized wiggle eyes
  • Small brown pom pom

Directions:

  1. Make your card and card front. Use scissors to trim it down in size. Your cards can be any size, as long as your leaf fits on the front of it, with space around for embellishments.
  2. Next, grab your leaf and glue dots. Adhere your plastic leaf to the front and center of your card!
  3. Grab your remaining Cardstock and scissors. Cut TWO small triangles for the fox’s ears and adhere those onto the card.
  4. To finish your card, adhere the wiggle eyes and pom pom nose to the leaf. Then add other embellishments before mailing away!

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

12 Tips For Trick-Or-Treating with Toddlers 🎃🍬

It’s almost time for Halloween! You have probably been planning your child’s costume for weeks now. But have you made a plan for what you will actually do on Halloween?

We LOVED all of these great tips from Pick Any Two. 

Check out these great tips to help make your toddler’s first Trick-or-Treating experience a memorable one!

  1. Choose the right costume

There are some adorable costumes out there, but remember that simple beats cute-but-complicated any day of the week. Avoid itchy fabrics, elaborate headpieces (your kid won’t keep it on anyway), and outfits that don’t fit properly—just imagine your child tripping on her princess dress on the way up your neighbor’s doorstep, causing candy to fly everywhere!

Comfortable shoes are also a must, no matter how cute the princess heels look in the store. And most kids don’t like wearing masks for long, so try nontoxic face paint instead.

2. Be Visible 

Even if you aren’t intending to be out after dark, it’s not a bad idea to slap some reflective tape over your toddler’s costume, just to be safe. Take a small flashlight along, too, in case you end up candy-gathering for longer than you expected.

3. Talk about Halloween etiquette 

The last thing you want to be doing while trick-or-treating is nagging your kid at every door to “remember to take just one.” Have a short conversation beforehand about how only a single piece is allowed at each house unless the homeowner indicates otherwise. That two-minute chat could save a lot of headaches later in the evening.

4. Inspect all candy before anything is eaten 

An adult should always look through the loot first to identify possible choking hazards, foods your child is allergic to, and any candy that’s open or just looks off.

5. Prep for unexpected surprises 

Being scared is part of Halloween’s charm, so chances are high that at some point someone will jump out and say “boo!” or you’ll pass an older trick-or-treater with a seriously terrifying costume.

But those kinds of unexpected surprises can be too frightening for a toddler. Be sure to prep your little one ahead of time; explain that some people enjoy feeling a bit scared, and that none of it is real.

6. Skip the super spooky houses 

Some people get really into their Halloween decorations. If you come across a house that you think will overwhelm your toddler, don’t feel bad steering him in the opposite direction.

7. Time it right 

Go early in the evening, and keep it short. Young children can’t hold up for too long, and everyone will have more fun if you stop before they’re too tired or overstimulated.

8. Have a candy plan

The temptation of a bucket full of candy is too much for a toddler to resist. (Heck, it’s too much for most adults to resist!) So go into it with a plan.

Tell your child ahead of time how many pieces she can eat that evening, how many she can have each day throughout the next week, and when the candy will be gone.

9. Consider staying home 

Handing out candy to other kids—with or without a costume—is often just as fun as trick-or-treating for young children. Just be sure to choose candy that’s toddler-friendly, since inevitably a few pieces will end up in his mouth.

10. Potty prep

Go right before you leave the house, just like always. Also, plan your route to have a stop back at home or at a trusted neighbor’s house, in case your toddler needs to go again.

It also helps to choose a costume that makes going to the potty easy—a long skirt that has to be lifted over her head or a head-to-toe costume that needs to be taken off completely just makes things more complicated than they need to be!

11. Pick an appropriate candy bag

Make sure it’s small enough for your toddler to hold himself and has an easy-to-grip handle. A small backpack is another toddler-friendly option!

12. Eat beforehand 

An early dinner or large snack will help ensure your kid isn’t begging for candy—at least not out of legitimate hunger!—all night long.

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Bubble Paint Monsters…Because not all monsters are scary!

The real excitement of halloween- candy and costumes…while that may not happen until October 31, that doesn’t mean your kiddos can’t celebrate up until then! Let’s kick off this spooky season with a fun and easy craft your little monsters will LOVE!

We love this sweet and spooky craft featured by Made to be a Momma!

Bubble Paint Monsters:

This craft is such a fun way to play with paint, a perfect craft for kids! Warning: this craft can get messy!

Materials:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Canvas or cardstock
  • Straws
  • Googly eyes to make monster faces come alive!
  • Sharpie/marker

How To:

  1. Use paint as your base
  2. Add about 2 tablespoons of paint into a small plastic cup
  3. Then add 2 tablespoons of dish soap to each color
  4. Next add 1/2 cup of water to each color..the measurements don’t have to be exact 🙂
  5. Mix paint mixture
  6. Carefully blow into the paint using your straw creating bubbles! (This step is not for small children)
  7. Dip your straw slightly in the bubbles and then blow through the straw onto the canvas, or dip your straw into the mixture and let drip on the canvas! Either way works!
  8. Once you artwork has dried completely, decorate it! We made our little splashes of color into friendly monsters!

 

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice 🎃🕯

Are you pumpkin spice obsessed?? I know we are! That’s why we are loving this DIY Pumpkin Spice Mason Jar Candle craft by She Uncovered! We promise, this project is not as intimidating as it may seem….plus your home will smell amazing in the process 😊

Materials: 

  • 4 small mason jar glasses, or two large ones
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup liquid oil such as olive or nut oil (walnut oil was used in this version)
  • One package of bleached candle wick (at least 12 inches)
  • 1 Ib of premium candle wax
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Medium-sized kitchen pot

To Make: 

Time: (40 minutes plus 2 days to infuse oil)

Level: Easy

  1. Buy and gather all supplies.
  2. Place oil in a pot and bring to a very light simmer over low heat (do not boil). Add in pumpkin spice and stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Place pumpkin spice infused oil in a jar and infuse for 2 days (or longer).
  3. Cut wax into small pieces and add to a pot. Heat up pot on medium-low until wax is melted.
  4. Cut your wick string to the length of your mason jar. Secure in place with a piece of tape.
  5. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into each mason jar (for 4).
  6. Fill remainder of mason jars with wax and stir to combine wax and oil. Make sure you do not pull on the wick.
  7. Place in freezer for 20 minutes to set or for an hour in the refrigerator.
  8. Enjoy! Light and fill your home with the delicious smell of pumpkin spice!

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XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

Apple of My Eye: DIY Craft 🍎

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time for the kiddos! We are loving this adorable craft from Crafty Morning. Great for teaching about the letter A, or doing a fall activity about an apple orchard! Just note that you will need to help your child with this project as it is kind of tedious. Enjoy!

Materials:

  • Construction paper (red, green, and brown)
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Tape
  • Scissors