SnOw COOL! DIY fake snow ❄️

Learn how to make fake snow that is cold to the touch using just 2 ingredients you already have! Kids love playing with this DIY snow that feels SO real! We love this super COOL craft from Make Life Lovely!

It’s surprisingly easy to make snow at home that naturally feels cold when you touch it (without having to put it in the freezer), is really fun to play with, and is a cinch to make with just two simple ingredients.

Bonus:  This fake snow smells really amazing too!

Here’s how you can make your own snow without having to deal with freezing cold weather.  Your kiddos are going to love this!

How to Make Fake Snow

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. box of baking soda
  • 1 can shaving cream
  • Dish or container (to mix it all up in)

DIY Snow Directions:

Pour all of the 2 lb. box of baking soda into a plastic container with a lid.

Add some shaving cream, and knead it into the baking soda.  Add more shaving cream, mix, and repeat, until the mixture is the consistency of snow.

The DIY fake snow become light and powdery, and will leave very little residue on your hands when fully mixed.

Takes about 10 minutes to mix it all in with your hands. Your kiddos will love to help mix!

We used one full can of shaving cream, plus a small amount of another can, but this will depend on the size of the can that you use.

Our shaving cream scent was called “Arctic Snow,” which was perfect for this project!  I was going to add peppermint oil, but our DIY snow didn’t need it, since it already smelled amazingly brisk and cool due the shaving cream scent.

It was a nice surprise that our fake snow felt cold to the touch.  I’m not sure why the mixture is cold, but it definitely makes it more realistic, and even more magical!

To add to the magic, we couldn’t resist adding Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Christoff, and Sven to our DIY fake snow. Your little ones will be playing peacefully together with the snow for HOURS! Always nice for any mama! 😉

Would you ever have believed that it was so easy to make fake snow?  We truly hope you enjoyed this how to make snow tutorial.  If you give it a try, be sure to leave a comment and let us know how it went

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

Marshmallow Snowmen ⛄️

Marshmallows are the perfect snowman canvas!

We love this simple, and yummy craft from The Decorated Cookie. 

Materials: 
marshmallows
edible pens
skewers or lollipop sticks
candy corn
large gum drops
whole cloves or pretzel sticks
sharp knife
light corn syrup

NOTE: Feel free to use your creativity and any candy you find for the hat and nose! Use the larger marshmallows. Edible pens are available at craft stores, or you can find them online. Find skewers in the supermarket or drug store. If you can’t find candy corn, you can also tint fondant (found at the craft store) with orange food coloring to make the carrot nose. You can also substitute large chocolate sprinkles or pieces of black licorice lace for the cloves to make the snowman totally edible, or omit the arms altogether.

What To Do:
Skewer two marshmallows. Cut a large gum drop in half with a sharp knife and place on top of the marshmallows. Press skewer into gum drop to keep in place. Cut off the yellow bottom of a piece of candy corn and dab flat end in light corn syrup. Press onto the top marshmallow for the carrot nose. With a black edible pen, make dots for eyes and mouth. With any other color, make dots for buttons on the second marshmallow. Press cloves into sides for arms. (If you have difficulty getting cloves into the marshmallows, use a toothpick to make holes.) Let snowman rest on his back for a couple hours or overnight to let the nose dry.

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Lip Balm ➡️ Ornament

Beauty items can be great gifts for just about any gal on your list, so here is a simple DIY craft using eos Lip Balm to upcycle a lip balm present into a Christmas ornament for the tree!

We love this ECO-friendly craft from A Beautiful Mess!

Supplies:
Sparkling Ginger eos lip balm
super glue
2 bail bead caps
gold cone studs
small ziplock bags
mini gold tassels (one for ornament and a few for box decoration)
3 large gold jump rings
thin gold cord (cut into an 8″ piece)
printable ornament instructions
-pretty box to pack the kit in (like this one)

So, to make your gifting kit you’ll want to line your gift box with some pretty tissue paper and then divide each of your hardware parts (bail caps, jump rings, cone studs, and tassel) into a separate mini ziplock bag, so the recipient can see all the different parts easily. Add those bags into your box along with your glue, gold cord, and lip balm. Fold up the tissue paper, add your printed instructions on top, decorate your box with some ribbon or extra tassels and you’re ready to give your gift! Here’s what your kit will instruct the receiver to do once they have used their lip balm:

 

Take the super glue and glue as many cone studs as you would like all over your lip balm sphere.

Glue a bead bail directly on top and on the bottom of your balm.

Open your jump rings (should be easy to open large jump rings with just your fingers) and attach all three rings together, and then attach them to your tassel. Attach your tassel to the bottom bead bail.

Tie your gold cord to the top bead bail and your ornament is complete!

If you know a person that loves getting gifts and crafting too, then we think you may hit the jackpot with this gift idea this holiday season!

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RABOM 🎀

Give Thanks: DIY Thanksgiving craft 🦃

Thankful Pine Cones

Send the kids out to find some pine cones while you get Thanksgiving dinner ready and when they come back, all you need is some cardboard, scissors, a pen and twine to add this great little addition to any Thanksgiving table.

You can even have them write something they are thankful for making this a great educational lesson as well!

What you need:

  • Small pine cone
  • Recycled brown paper bags
  • Twine. Order your twine here!

These cute Thanksgiving decorations are very simple and make a great little craft for you to do with your toddler. Simply trace a leaf pattern onto the brown paper bag and cut it out. Write “Give Thanks” (or whatever you want your Thanksgiving message to be) onto the leaf and tie it onto the pine cone using twine.

PRO TIP: 

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This bakers twine is so versatile and, not to mention, cute! Use it for card making, gift wrapping, and crafting. 100% plush cotton, eco-friendly and four-ply. Made in the USA. Comes with 240 yards on each spool, in a variety of 15 gorgeous colors! Order today!

 

XOXO,

RABOM 🎀

 

Fall Leaf Wreath… in 5-Minutes! 🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂🍂

BEHOLD! The 5-Minute Leaf Wreath.

We adore this simple craft from shakentogetherlife.com 

SUPPLIES

  • 7-inch Embroidery Hoop
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • 12 foam leaves – this package was from a local craft store and had 12 leaves (3 yellow matte, 3 gold glitter, 3 brown matte, 3 brown glitter)
  • Ribbons and trim (craft ribbon, pom pom trim, twine, jute, ric rac, etc.)

Order your ribbon HERE 🎀

THE HOW-TO

  1. Gather your supplies and get your glue gun plugged in.
  2. Using the hot glue gun, hot glue the matte leaves around the embroidery hoop, alternating the colors and leaving space between each leaf.  I glued them on facing the same way – stems towards the center of the hoop.
  3. Now, glue the glitter leaves on in the spaces between the matte leaves.  I glued the glitter leaves on with the stems facing away from the center of the hoop.
  4. When all of your leaves are glued on, gather your ribbons and trim.  Use one length of ribbon (mine was about 14 inches long) to create a loop for hanging.  I threaded my ribbon through the metal tightener of the embroidery hoop – it is a natural hanger!
  5. Finally (see picture below collage), cut various lengths of your pom pom trim, twine, ric rac and ribbon and tie them around the center of the long ribbon loop you made for hanging.

This is the perfect super simple Fall wreath! It’s not fancy, it’s not fussy and it has just a hint of sparkle!  Who doesn’t love a project that takes just 5 minutes?!

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Pumpkin Recipes 😋🎃

When the holiday’s over, don’t toss it–cook it!

Here are 9 Easy Pumpkin Recipes for the whole family!

1. Smoothie Operator

Stir 1 cup pumpkin puree into vanilla yogurt. Layer with granola for a parfait.

2. Sugar-and-Spice Pumpkin Seeds

Toss pumpkin seeds in melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Bake at 300°F until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

3. Pumped-Up Pancakes

Add 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 1/2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice to your favorite pancake batter. Cook, then top with a dollop of pumpkin-flavored whipped topping (next).

4. Mousse Head

Fold 1 cup pumpkin puree and 1 Tbsp pumpkin-pie spice into 2 cups whipped topping. Use a dollop on top of hot chocolate.

5. Hummus Among Us

Combine 2 cups pumpkin puree, 2 Tbsp tahini, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and salt in a food processor. Serve with toasted pita bread.

6. Pumpkin Snowballs

Combine 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 tsp pumpkin-pie spice, 3 Tbsp pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup raisins in a mixing bowl. Form into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.

7. Puddin’ Pie

Combine 1 packet instant vanilla pudding, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and 1 tsp pumpkin-pie spice. Pour into a premade graham cracker crust. Chill two hours.

8. Oats and Honey

Stir 1/4 cup pumpkin puree into prepared oatmeal, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey.

9. Quite a Spread

Stir pumpkin puree and pumpkin-pie spice into cream cheese. Spread on toast or bagels.

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No Sew Pumpkin Apron 🎃

We are loving pumpkin season! 🎃❤️

Watch this simple and adorable tutorial from Kate Smith as she shows us how to create the perfect fall apron!

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Day of the Dead: DIY Lanterns 💀🕯

It’s SPOOKY season! We love these super simple Day of the Dead skull lanterns! These are not only simple, but oh so fun! 👻

Materials:

  • glass mason jars
  • black sharpie or craft smart marker
  • glow in the dark sticks

To Make:

First, paint a fun sugar skull or calavera design on the front of the mason jar. Next, cut a glow in the dark stick and pour the glow in the dark liquid inside the mason jar. Close the jar tightly and shake it making sure that the liquid covers all the inside of the mason jars. Make sure that you use gloves when you cut the glow in the dark sticks and do not let children handle them or cut them as the chemicals inside the glow stick can irritate skin and eyes. Some glow sticks also have glass inside so be careful when handling as there might be glass shards inside the glow stick. Proper safety materials like safety glasses and gloves should be used when recommended to protect eyes and skin!

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RABOM 🎀

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)

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RABOM 🎀

 

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