Pepsi DIY Drink Holders

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Summer is finally here! With summer comes camping, picnicking and getting together with friends and family. We sit around, play games, visit, eat and drink. In comes the problem. Where do you set your Pepsi? So the crafter in me came up with a solution, the Pepsi DIY Drink Holder.

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Wrapped in patriotic duct tape for the 4th, holding my Pepsi (which is also Red, White and Blue, I can be so festive)! Feel free to buy a few different colors and patterns of duct tape and that way each person in your family knows which one is theirs.

I used Progresso soup cans since they are nice and wide. They can hold a 12 oz. can, 12 oz. bottle and even my 20 oz. bottles of Pepsi.

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They are pretty simple to make! Step by step instructions below.

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Pepsi DIY Drink Holders
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Ingredients
  • 4 Progresso Soup Cans
  • 4¼” Threaded 36” Steel Rods
  • 8 Nuts
  • 8 Washers
  • Colored Or Patterned Duct Tape
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Wrench
  • Socket Wrench
Instructions
  1. Clean 4 Progresso soup cans making sure all labels have been removed and cans have been washed.
  2. Using the ruler, find the center of your can and mark it with the marker on the bottom.
  3. Drill a hole through center using a ¼” drill bit.
  4. Decorate can using duct tape by layering 3 rows around the can.
  5. Make sure the top row of tape folds over the cut edge of the can to cover any rough edges.
  6. Attach one nut onto the threaded end of the steel rod.
  7. Apply Gorilla Glue to the flush side of a washer and place the non-glued side towards the threaded nut.
  8. Place can on rod making sure the glue side of the washer is on the bottom of the can.
  9. Apply glue to the flush side of another washer and place over the rod on the inside of the can making sure the glue side is towards the bottom inside of can.
  10. Thread on a second nut and tighten with a wrench and socket wrench.
  11. Repeat until all four cans are done.
  12. Let dry over night.
  13. Poke into the ground and place your nice cold Pepsi in your cool looking holder.

Please comment below and show me how your Pepsi DIY Drink Holders turned out! Have a great 4th!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Father’s Day 6-Pack

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching, so it may be time to start thinking about what to get Good O’ Dad.

How about something really special? Something made by the kids, all filled with his favorite treats. This is what I have come up with for this year. It’s very simple, sweet and made from the heart. It’s easy to personalize and fun to create! Don’t forget to stock up on all of Dad’s favorite treats at  your local Coborn’s to create the Father’s Day 6-Pack.

Father's Day 6-Pack
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cardboard 6-Pack Bottle Carrier
  • 6 Empty Bottles, washed and stickers removed
  • 2 Cups Each of 6 Treats (must fit through the mouth of the bottle)
  • Black chalkboard Spray Paint
  • Chalk
  • Plastic Wrap
  • 6 Rubber Bands
  • 6 Strips 4"x1.5" Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue or Scotch Tape
Instructions
  1. Begin with 6 glass bottles that fit into 6 pack carrier.
  2. Wash bottles and remove all stickers/labels.
  3. Fill each bottle with Dad’s favorite treats. Remember the size of the mouth of the bottle to ensure you can pour the items into the bottle.
  4. After filled, place a small piece of cling wrap over the opening of each bottle and secure with a rubber band.
  5. Trim edges of plastic wrap to keep it neat.
  6. Wrap 1 strip of paper around neck of bottle and secure with Hot Glue or Scotch tape.
  7. Take the 6-pack carrier outside and set it on some old newspapers.
  8. Spray paint with black chalkboard paint, you will need 2 or 3 coats.
  9. When the 6-pack carrier is completely dry, write notes and draw pictures for Dad using chalk.
  10. Place the 6 bottles into the carrier and you are done!
Notes
Be careful not to bump the carrier, as the chalk smears easily.

Ideas for Treats in your bottles
- Caramel Bites
- Cherry Balls
- Gummy Bears
- M&Ms
- Mike & Ikes
- Nerds
- Peanuts
- Reese's Pieces
- Skittles
- Sunflower Seeds
- Trail Mix

 

I hope you have a fun time making this unique and fun Father’s Day Gift! Comment below with photos of your final products, I would love to see them!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Pink Polka Dot Cake

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Well, my oldest daughter is now a three year old. Of course, as a Mom, I want to give her whatever she wants and this year, for her birthday, she wanted to have a pink bowling party. So we went bowling and ordered pizzas, pretty simple. But, I couldn’t just let it end with that. So we went back to our house and had cake, ice cream and presents!

Pink Party

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Practical Party Planning with Holly - www.cobornsblog.comWhen I asked Grace what kind of party she wanted, because if you know me you know there must be a theme, she said “pink”. Well we did PINK! For decoration we had pink tissue paper balls, pink balloons, pink crepe paper streamers, pink plates, pink polka dot treat bags, pink polka dot napkins, pink cups and pink polka dot straws. I served pink lemonade, pink ice cream and pink cake with pink icing. It was pretty cute and Grace loved it all. Planning any kind of get together can get really stressful, but as I was icing the cake and Grace looked and me and said “I really like my pink cake Mom!” it made all the fuss worth it.

With all of my pink decorations and white polka dots on the napkins, straws and crepe paper, I decided to make a polka dot cake to match. It turned out super cute and was really easy. So I want to share with you how I made it so you can do it too!

Pink Polka Dot Cake #DIY - www.cobornsblog.comIcing the Cake and Cupcakes

First off, I made two 9” round cakes and 24 cupcakes with two strawberry box cake mixes. After they cooled I began to ice the cakes. We love the buttercream icing from the Coborn’s Bakery, so I went over to the bakery and got the “Good Stuff”. They sell it in the cases by the cupcakes and they typically have white and a couple other random colors to choose from. I bought two and a half pounds, but I should have just bought three because I ran out before all 24 cupcakes were iced.  I put A LOT of icing on the cake. So you may be able to get away with only two pounds. I colored the icing myself at home to make the best color match, however if you wanted a certain color, I would think the nice people in the bakery would dye some for you. Long story short, I iced my two round cakes together to make a higher cake with an icing layer in the middle. I did that with just a butter knife. I then did a simple icing of the cupcakes with a pastry bag and round tip. Click here for more ways to ice a cupcake.

Decorating the cakes

Pink Polka Dot Cupcakes #DIY - www.cobornsblog.comThe next steps are really easy. I bought Over The Top Party Pink Sanding Sugar from the cake aisle along with Over The Top White Sugar Beads.  I simply sprinkled the top of the cake with the Sanding Sugar. Then I took the White Sugar Beads and created a polka dot pattern on the top of the cake to match the décor. I used the rest of the beads to make a border against the plate and the bottom of the cake and voila, the cake is now decorated. For the cupcakes, I sprinkled the Party Pink Sanding Sugar on half of the cupcakes and did one White Sugar Bead on the top of the other half of cupcakes, this way they all coordinated with the cake, but were a little different.

Making the Cake Topper

Now on to the cake topper. I had purchased polka dot pink straws from the party store when I purchased my tableware, but who really uses a straw? So I knew I would have leftovers to use for my cake. I took three straws to use for my cake topper. Next I took three pink paper plates to cut out circles for my saying. My Mom has a Cricut™ cutting machine that we used to cut out white vinyl letters to write out “Grace is three”.   I then placed the vinyl on the round circles. Next I simply hot glued the straws to the back of the circles. The last thing I had to do was to arrange the straws and stick them into the cake. I also placed a pink number three candle and my cake was complete.

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I realize that you may not all have a Cricut™ cutting machine at home, so I made Free Printables for you so you can make these at home. Obviously I do not know the name of the person for whom you are making the cake, so the printables read “Happy 3rd Birthday”. Each printable has four sheets. Sheet one has the Happy, Birthday and 1st – 5th circles. Sheet two has 6th – 14th circles, sheet 3 has 15th – 21st circles and the fourth sheet has 30th – 100th, by decade. Click the links below for different colors. I made a pink version, green version, blue version and one white version with just black text so you can print on whatever color you wish. I would just suggest using a heavy/thick card stock so that the circle stand up nicely against the straws, if you do not have a heavy/thick card stock, you can just glue the circle a little farther down the straw to add a little stability.

 

This cake and these cupcakes are cute and fun for any birthday party. I hope you can use some of the ideas I gave you here to make your own!

 

Party On,
Holly
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Valentine Sundaes

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DIY How to make a Valentine Sundae - www.cobornsblog.comValentine’s Day is always a special time to celebrate with loved ones. This cold day in February has an extra special meaning for me; it was the day my second son, Mathew, was born. I remember it like it was yesterday, a big Minnesota snow storm outside and a sweet baby boy in. Year after year, it was heart-shaped cake after heart-shaped cake. Mathew begged me to make something else. So this year, I will be making my son a fun little gift in a glass. Today I am going to share this idea with you and you can make this festive gift for your friends and family. I call it the Valentine Sundae.

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DIY Valentine Sundaes
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Ingredients
  • Glasses: Think how many Valentine Sundaes you want to make. Consider the size and shape you want based on the candy you choose.
  • Candy or Nuts: Consider colorful items to go into the glass.
  • Something White: Taffy, Marshmallows, Curling Ribbon, Bow, White Carnations, and Cotton Balls could all work.
  • Flexible Straws
  • Toothpicks
  • Something to resemble a Cherry on Top: A Red Sucker or Red Heart Candy would be perfect.
Instructions
  1. Put 1 straw in the center of the sundae glass.
  2. Keeping it straight, add a little bit of candy around the straw so that the straw stays in place.
  3. Add one or two more straws and bend those two straws.
  4. Add more candy, filling the glass.
  5. Put curled ribbon (or whatever your white items are) on top of the candy.
  6. Put a toothpick in 1 candy heart set in the middle straw; if the straw is too tall, cut off part of the straw.

If you need a few ideas, remember that most kids love Skittles, men often love peanuts and pistachios, and most all women love chocolate.

Giving a Valentine Sundae is a fun and easy way to brighten the day of your teachers, friends, co-workers, moms, dads, significant other, grandparents, day-care-providers, coaches etc.

Happy Crafting,
Lynell

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A Little Luxury Gift without a Luxury Price Tag

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Need a special gift that is a true luxury without a luxury price tag? Simply pair a couple apples with a package of Four Brothers Creamy Caramel Dip and wrap it up. This year’s apples are particularly delicious – juicy and crisp and very flavorful. They are the perfect complement to this Coborn’s exclusive, rich and creamy, gourmet caramel dip. These “sweet” gifts are great for co-workers, party hosts, neighbors, and even close friends. They are simple, gourmet, inexpensive and oh-so-delicious!

Caramel Apple Holiday Gift
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Ingredients
  • 1 Green Apple
  • Red Apple
  • 1 Container Four Brothers Creamy Caramel Dip
  • 1.5 Sq. Ft. Clear Cellophane
  • 1 Ft. Holiday Ribbon
  • Holiday Décor Garnishments
Instructions
  1. Place the caramel dip container on the center of the cellophane.
  2. Place the apples on top of the caramel dip. You can use two smaller apples or one giant one.
  3. Pull the cellophane up to surround the caramel dip and apples, and then tie your ribbon around the top.
  4. Finish the gift by tying on some holiday décor garnishments, whether pine boughs and a cinnamon stick or some Christmas bulbs.

The Four Brothers Creamy Caramel Dip is one of the signature Coborn’s family products that honors the company’s heritage and history. It was the four Coborn brothers in the third generation in the company who really began the growth of the Coborn’s chain of supermarkets. Click here to read more about the Four Brothers brand.

Lynell
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