Simply Spooky – DIY Halloween Floral Arrangements

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Dar

Fall is here! The leaves are turning colors and the nights are getting cooler. I love the warm colors of autumn and as I drive through the back country roads, I see fields of pumpkins and make a mental note as to where they are. Each year my family picks a new pumpkin patch to visit and after we find that perfect pumpkin, we begin the carving. Everyone loves creating their unique jack-o-lantern for Halloween; some are cute and some are scary and they are all very cool.

With that creepy, scary holiday right around the corner, we have a fall crazy daisy bouquet available for the month of October for only $4.99 and you’re saving $3.00 from the original cost of $7.99. They are long lasting flowers that have a great pop of color. You can arrange them in so many different ways like: in a pumpkin, a painted tin can, a seasonal tumbler or a vase. You can give them as gifts to your friends, relatives, daycare providers or even a co-worker. It’s an inexpensive way to make someone’s day or you can just treat yourself to a bouquet and create your own masterpiece. Here are 4 simple steps to make the arrangements shown in this blog.

  • Four simple steps to make a Halloween Floral Arrangement with a Cash 'N Carry Bouquet. www.cobornsblog.comPurchase plastic tumbler cups from the Coborn’s General Merchandise Department.
  • Place water soiled piece of green floral foam into tumbler cups.
  • Cut crazy daisy stems to desired length. (Note: These do not need to be cut underwater or at an angle, just simply cut with a scissor.)
  • Place stems in green floral foam to create desired arrangement.

Did you know that Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday, with Christmas being the first? With that being said, I invite you to check out our Halloween giftware, fall mums and bouquets. We have a lot of fun Halloween goodies here at Coborn’s!

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I hope you take time to enjoy this season with friends and family. If nothing else, take a drive with your windows down and enjoy the colorful trees and the beauty that surrounds us. Maybe stop at Coborn’s and pick up a pumpkin to carve or set out on your step. Have a Spooktackular Halloween!

Dar
Coborn’s Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids, MN

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How to use the round icing tip

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Amanda
Coborn’s Cake Decorator

I would like to share a secret with you. I don’t like specialty tips. I can’t make those push flower tips work right. There’s an endless list of fancy tips with strange shaped ends that I throw in a little tiny junk drawer in my tip tool box. Sure, once in awhile when I’m feeling a little crazy I might test one out, but in the end I always go back to my favorites; Rounds, stars, basket weave, and a leaf.

For this little talk I’d like to tell you all about my most trusted tips. The round tips! So many sizes, but in the end, let’s face it – it’s just a tube with a round hole in the end. I’d like to show you some of the most basic and classic things you can pipe with these guys. And I know right now some people are saying, “But I can’t draw!” We’ll get to that and you’ll see it’s actually pretty simple once you break it down.

So, without further ado let’s begin our little lesson featuring the humble workhorse of the tip drawer, the round tip!

Go-to Round Tip Sizes

The top 4 go-to round tip sizes and how to use them in many different ways. www.cobornsblog.comToday I’m going to be using 4 sizes of tips, sizes 1, 3, 7, and 10.  The larger the number, the larger the hole in the end of the tip. There are, of course, sizes in between but the difference between a 6 and 7 or a 3 or a 4 isn’t really much when you are starting out.  A size 1 is good for tiny details like dots and strings. The 3 is the one I use to write with the most, along with drawing lines, vines, small flowers. A 7 is good for piping medium sized figures and shapes and if I’m writing on a large cake I could use this one. The 10 is great for balloons, polk-a-dots, and piping large figures. You can see from the picture the nice range of size you can get with these four sizes.

Three Basic Shapes

You can make three basic shapes with the round tip that will help you create almost anything. www.cobornsblog.comWhen piping borders or shapes or even complex drawings you use 3 basic shapes. A line, a dot, and a teardrop shape. All of these shapes can be combined to create endless designs. Here you can see those along with the bubble border. On the surface it seems simple enough, but the trick to piping is to avoid those little tails sticking up in the air. Take a look at the next image to see the right way and wrong way to make a dot.

How to make a Dot

The right way and the wrong way to make a dot with the round tip. www.cobornsblog.comLet’s start with making a dot. First you just aim and squeeze. Keep the tip close to the surface of your cake, holding the tip at a 90 degree angle.  You want to put the frosting in the precise spot, not let it fall where it wants. Remember, you are the boss here. Apply pressure until your dot is the desired size, hold the tip steady; as your dot grows you may need to lift the tip up, but just slightly since you don’t want to make a cone.  When it’s the size you want stop squeezing, after the flow has stopped give a very small circular flick of the tip. This will take care of that little peak that gets left behind otherwise. If you still have a point on top, let the frosting sit for a bit, and when it firms you can tap it down. However, if you are covering a cake in dots it can be a time saver to not have to go back and fix each one.

How to make a Teardrop

How to make a teardrop shape with a round tip. www.cobornsblog.comFor the teardrop shape it ‘s a similar motion. This time, however, you want to hold your tip at a 45 degree angle. Make your little frosting dot the desired size, then as you let off the pressure you are applying, pull a little tail out across your surface. Depending on how much pressure you are still applying you can make as short or long a tail as you want.  The important part is the initial frosting blob you make, otherwise you are just drawing a line. You will use this teardrop technique a lot when icing your cakes.

How to draw a Balloon

How to draw a balloon with a round tip. www.cobornsblog.comI think we are ready to start drawing the basics. Let’s start with balloons. Balloons are 3 simple shapes. The round dot, a long line for string, and the little teardrop shape for the reflection. (That little white dot does wonders in making your balloon look extra awesome.)  Simply pipe a dot, I prefer the size 10 round, then using a size 1 make you string. Finally, use the same size 1 to make the little teardrop white reflection on the balloon. That wasn’t too hard! Note: if you are having trouble with the size 1 for the string a 3 works, too, I just really like skinny strings. If the line is breaking while drawing you may be trying to draw your line too fast. If it’s getting too squiggled then you may need to squeeze a bit more gently or move your drawing hand faster.

How to draw a Heart

How to make a heart with the round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comA heart! For anytime you need to tell someone you love them. It’s much easier, and faster, just to pipe one than trying to draw it out. It’s 2 teardrop shapes. Just have an imaginary line on the cake where you are going to put it. Then have the tails of the drops angle towards each other, meeting on the way down. That’s about all there is to it!

How to draw a Daisy

How to draw a Daisy with a round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comNow, let’s get a little more fancy – daises. Start with a circle. If you need to, you can use a little cookie cutter, a small cup, a film canister (ok, the chances of you having one of those may be slim) and mark a little circle as a guide. Then start making your teardrop shapes with the big end starting on the line of the circle, pulling in the middle. It’s okay if the center where they meet is a little ugly, we’ll cover it up. Once you have all your petals you put a dot in the middle. You can use a size 3 round and make itty bitty flowers or a size 10 for giant ones. I usually use a 7 for these. For simple leaves you can use, once again, your round tip! Make more teardrop shapes, but this time have the big end start near the flower and pull outward. Instant cute little leaves! Extra bonus: Make your flowers with just a few big petals in bright colors for a groovy look. For a more natural look use a smaller size tip with 8 or so petals in a color you find in nature. Play with the length of the petals too; have some fun!

How to draw a Butterfly

How to draw a butterfly with a round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comAfter this you can let your imagination go. Take, for example, this butterfly. I broke it down into the basic shapes. The wings are teardrop shapes, made like you would make a heart. Then pipe skinny lines for antennae and a thicker line for the body. With this method you can draw so much more than you think.

The Sky is the Limit

Try making these great shapes with your round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comYou can create all of these characters with the round icing tip. www.cobornsblog.comOnce you practice a bit you can use different sized tips. Mix big butterflies with little butterflies for variety.  Draw a big ladybug with a trail of baby ladybugs. Drawing with a 3 or 1 round is a little different, so make sure you do a test on a surface that isn’t your cake.
Think about what you want to draw and then look at the shapes involved. In their most basic forms everything can be broken down to lines, circles, and drops. You can stack shapes and give your piping extra depth. By changing the pressure you apply you can affect the sizes without even having to change tips. When someone comes in with a request for, let’s say.. a guy floating in an inner tube surrounded by alligators, I don’t panic. I just see a bunch of circles and lines.

Practice up, folks. Next time we meet we’ll do a little creative writing lesson. Stop plopping boring writing on your beautiful cakes. Make it part of the design! I’ll share some of my favorite “fonts” to write with.

 

– Amanda
Coborn’s Cake Decorator, Sauk Rapids, MN

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Spring DIY

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Lynell

Hello, everyone! Spring is finally on its way and what a wonderful time of year! The green grass is starting to grow, flowers are starting to bloom, trees are starting to bud and we can finally go outside without coats, mittens, hats, scarves and boots. It’s also a great time to bring the joy of spring inside with cheerful Easter centerpieces. Remember Easter is Sunday, April 20th this year!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”-Robin Williams

Colorful Spring Centerpiece

Let’s start with a bright and colorful ”Egg-stra” Special Easter Centerpiece.

 You will need:

  • Large glass vase
  • Cylinder vase that fits inside the large glass vase
  • Individually wrapped chocolate Easter egg candies (jelly beans would work, too)
  • Various colored peeps (bunnies or chicks)
  • Artificial Gerber daisies or your favorite spring flower
  • Easter grass

Directions:

1. Wash both glass vases. Place the cylinder vase into the large glass vase. You can use duct tape or putty to hold the cylinder vase in the center of the large vase so it does not move.
2. Next, add layers of sweets in the space between the two bowls.

  • Layer 1 – Individually wrapped chocolate Easter eggs
  • Layer 2 – Four Peeps (stuck together in a row) in the large vase above chocolate eggs. Face Peeps outward. Keep adding Peeps around the entire inside of the vase. Stuff candies or Easter grass behind the Peeps to hold them in place if needed.
  • Choose another color of Peeps and begin another layer. Again, add candy or grass to hold in place. Continue layering until your large vase is filled.

I bought some colorful artificial Gerber Daisies at a local craft store and put them in the small glass bowl make sure they are tall enough to hang out over the top, but not too tall if it is in the center of your table while people are eating. Add a touch of Easter grass in between the flowers to hold the flowers in place.

3. Arrange flowers and Easter grass in cylinder vase

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You will need:

  • 2 square glass bowls
    (small glass bowl needs to fit inside large glass bowl with enough room to fill in-between the layers with candy)
  • Green styrofoam block
  • Pink Gerber daisies
    (artificial or real)
  • Light pink flowers
  • Pink Peep bunnies
    (2 packages of 12)
  • Pink ribbon with white polka dots
  • Straight wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Light green paper Easter grass
  • Easter candy

 Directions:

  1. Cut styrofoam to fit in the smaller square glass bowl. Arrange dark and light pink flowers; poking the stems of the tallest flowers in the center and shorter ones around the perimeter.
  2. Poke each Peep with a piece of wire and poke the wire into the styrofoam.
  3. Create your favorite type of bow with ribbon. Attach the bow onto a piece of wire and poke it into the styrofoam.
  4. Place the small glass bowl in large glass bowl. Add light green Easter grass to the bottom. Add a layer of Peeps to go around the sides of the glass bowl. Add individually wrapped candy or jellybeans to hold Peeps in place. Continue around your vase until it is full.

 

Carrot Snack Bags - Fun DIY to make with your kids! Directions at www.cobornsblog.com

Carrot Snack Bags

You will need:Carrot Snack Bags - Fun DIY to make with your kids! Directions at www.cobornsblog.com

  • Clear triangle-shaped bags (cake decorating bags work great!)
  • Orange-colored snacks
  • Green ruffled ribbon

My grandson, Payten, and I put together some carrot-shaped treats to decorate the plates for Easter dinner. I bought some clear triangle-shaped bags from a local craft store. I held the bag while Payten filled them with gold fish crackers and tied the tops with a green ruffled ribbon to make them look like the tops of a carrot. You also can use cheese balls, but remember that they can get a little messy and then you might have to lick your fingers. It was a lot of fun to do this project with Payten, except when he kept eating the gold fish crackers!

Wishing that your Easter is decorated with the love, peace and joys of spring!
Happy Easter!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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