Upcycled Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls – 5 Ways

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We all have waited for Spring and with Easter coming I thought I would do a few crafts using Fiora Toilet Paper Rolls. We all have the empty rolls so why not have some fun and use them.

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Funeral Flowers

From flowers to statues, what should you send to a funeral?

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 What is the right thing to send?

What do you send to someone who has lost someone they love and care for? We suggest that you send something that you feel the family would like and something that you can say you were proud to see at the funeral home or church. In the past, funeral arrangements looked a lot the same, and very traditional. Now when we take a funeral order we ask the sender if they’d like something traditional or nontraditional and 75% of the people pick nontraditional. People are choosing stepping stones and angels and creating something that the grieving family can have as a keepsake.

Work within your budget

Most people have a price point in mind relating to what they’d like to send. So if you want to spend $30.00-$35.00 we would suggest a plant, anything in the $40.00 range and up and we can do a really nice fresh arrangement. Sometimes the sender wants to know what has been sent by others already so they can send something different. Everyone is different, and we work with everyone to make sure they get what they want.

We can help you at Coborn’s Floral

Working with the families planning the funeral can be very tough and rewarding at the same time. Some families want to have everything that was loved by the deceased represented somehow. In that case we do the best we can and suggest that the person ordering the arrangement bring in some personal items. Again there is no right or wrong way to celebrate the life of your loved ones.

A comment we once had from a guest that I will always remember is: “When I walked into the funeral home I saw this beautiful piece from the back of the room, it was a unique design. I was hoping the whole time as I was waiting to get to the front, that it would be the one I sent….and it was!” She was so happy and the family members all wanted to take that same piece home with them. The guest and the family were happy, and I was too. That is the experience I want all of our customers to have. So it doesn’t matter if you’re consoling the grieving family or if you are part of the grieving family, we can help you. We will make it as easy as possible to make the celebration of life perfect for everyone. We encourage you to ask questions, because planning a funeral is hard and we can make it just a little easier if we know what you want.

So in conclusion, work within your budget and send something that you feel good about and something that honors your lost loved one in the best way possible.

Coborn’s Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose

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Wow how the summer has flown by and now we enter into August. The last month before school starts and everyone’s summer becomes a memory. The flower gardens still look very nice and soon the fall mums will be coloring our front porches. With all the summer and fall colors that brighten our world we still look at roses to be a special flower. Yes some of us are able to grow them in our short MN growing season but our greenhouse growers still do a great job providing us with them year round.

During the month of August we have a rose special of a dozen roses for only $7.99, which is a savings of $7.00. This gives our guests a great opportunity to have fresh flowers in their homes and offices. It’s a great time to give someone a gift of roses. They can be a friend, neighbor, family member or the love of your life. There is a saying that certain colored roses mean different things, but that isn’t as important as choosing the color that strikes your eye. Some people just love orange or yellow or pink, and because they’ve been told that red is for love, that’s the color they go with. Well people, it’s time to pick your colors and enjoy roses for their beauty.  The colors have been grown in so many different shades and colors and bi-colors that anything goes.

Even though I’ve attached the meaning of the roses on the bottom does not mean I agree or disagree with the meanings, it’s just that everyone needs to choose by personal preference. Personally I like to mix it up a little bit and get different colors by the mood I’m in, or by what mood my husband is in.

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How to Create a Birch Tree Cake

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With cake decorating comes a lot of requests for some really fun and different cakes. One of the most recent cakes I was asked to make was a cake to look like a Birch Tree. This has become more and more common as people have been using the woodsy theme for Weddings, Birthdays and even Baby Showers! So for my blog today I am going to show you how to create a Birch Tree style cake with matching cupcakes. However, this time around I am going to show you in a video! The videos are below, have fun creating! And remember to comment to my blog with photos of your creations or any questions you have for me!

How to Create a Birch Tree Cake

How to Twist Colors with Frosting and make matching Cupcakes for your Birch Tree Cake

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Sartell, MN – Pine Cone Road

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DIY Menu Boards

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Let’s face it, life is busy. By the time you get yourself and everyone out the door, spend 8 hours at work, pick up the kids from daycare or activities, and arrive home to find no groceries and no idea what to make for dinner, you might feel a little burned out. With just a little bit of planning, you can better be prepared for the 5:30, “What’s for dinner” question.

In comes the Menu Board. Here is the best way it works for my family and myself. I go through the Coborn’s flyer on Sunday – the first day of the sale for those of us in Minnesota – find the sale items that would work for dinners that month, plan my list so that I have everything that I need for meals for the entire week, and off to the store I go.

For example, if spaghetti sauce, ground beef and pasta are on sale, guess what Monday dinner is going to be? Find a good price on a chuck roast? Simply pick up some carrots and potatoes and get ready for a slow cooker Tuesday. Finish out your week and it’s as easy as that. Then you can simply write your meals on your board and you have a plan. When Monday morning comes, all you have to do is check your board and see that you are making spaghetti for dinner that night and grab the ground beef out of the freezer so it can thaw out by the time you get home. Even though this adds a little extra time on Sunday and some planning on my part, oh, how happy I am the rest of the week that I took that time to plan my meals!

Now on to the fun part! Making the Menu Board. You know I love my crafting and I couldn’t make just one menu board for this blog; I had to make two. So here are the photos of the boards I made along with instructions and some free printables to help you along the way. Don’t you love the colors I chose? Don’t worry, you can simply use the same design and use colors that will fit better in your kitchen. I would love to see the boards you make, so please be sure to comment with photos below! Have fun!

DIY Chalk Menu Board

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DIY Chalk Menu Board
  • 17” x 23” Chalk Board
  • Chalk
  • 1- 8½” x 11” Thick Tan Card Stock
  • 1- 8½” x 11” Thick Off White Card Stock
  • 1- 3½” x 8” Note Pad
  • 12”x12” Thick Patterned Card Stock (Click Here for printable box diagram)
  • 3 Shades Burlap Material (Small pieces for flowers)
  • Jewels (To decorate flowers)
  • Hot Glue gun & glue sticks
  1. Click Here and print this printable on tan card stock.
  2. Cut out the days of the week.
  3. Arrange evenly on board.
  4. Glue days of the week onto board as shown.
  5. I cut out the word MENU (two-inch letters) with my Cricuit® (You can hand cut or buy sticker letters if you do not have a Cricuit®)
  6. Glue 'Menu' letters onto your board as shown.
  7. Glue Note Pad onto board as shown.
  8. Use chalk to write the menu items for that week.
  9. Create box out of the patterned paper to hold my recipe cards for the week. (Click Here for the box diagram printable)
  10. Draw around the diagram onto patterned paper.
  11. Cut out and fold it to make the box.
  12. Glue the backside of the box to the board as shown.
After you have followed all of the instructions you can add your burlap flowers and jewels. Here are a couple of videos that make it easy. Looped Burlap Flowers and Burlap Rose


Here is another fun DIY Menu Board that you can make. Remember, the colors I used on this one are kind of funky, so just use the colors what will work best for your kitchen and home decor!

DIY Magnet Menu Board

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DIY Magnet Menu Board
  • 12”x12” Frame
  • 12”x12” Metal Sheet
  • 2 - 8½” x 11” Thick White Card Stock
  • 7 Small Clothes Pins
  • Teal, Lavender & Yellow Paint (Or colors of your choice)
  • Lavender/Purple Ribbon
  • 1 Wooden Spoon
  • 12”x12” Thick patterned Card Stock (Box pattern attached)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  1. Paint wooden 12"x12" frame teal.
  2. Glue metal sheet into frame. (I had bought that at the craft store, too).
  3. Using white paper, I cut out the letters S, M, T, W, T, F, S (For the first letter of the days of the week)
  4. Glue letters on to sheet of metal as shown.
  5. Type or write your meals on white paper and cut out.
  6. Cut out "What’s For Dinner," (I used my Cricuit®, but you can hand cut)
  7. Glue words on to sheet of metal as shown.
  8. Click Here and print box diagrams on patterned paper. (Two boxes will need to be made. One for recipes that need to be used and one for recipes that you have used. This makes it easy to cycle through.)
  9. Cut the box pattern out, then lay it out on the backside of the paper, drawing around it.
  10. Cut out and fold to make boxes.
  11. Glue the backside to the sheet of metal as shown or add a strip of magnet to the bag so you can remove the boxes and move around at any time.
  12. Paint the wooden spoon yellow and allow to dry.
  13. Add ribbon bow around spoon.
  14. Glue spoon to frame edge as shown.
  15. Paint 7 small clothes pins.
  16. Glue on to metal sheet as shown or add magnet strip to the back of each clothes pin so that you can remove pins at any time.

There you have it. Two menu boards that serve double duty, adding some character to your kitchen and helping simplify your busy life.

Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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