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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

6 Comments 18 April 2015

Thank you Nicole from Sketch42 for sending in this perfect Shavuot table napkin do-it-yourself craft!

All of the items here can be purchased at M and J Trimmings in Manhattan so head on over there for some great Shavuot table inspiration! They have tons of ribbon, trim, feathers, flowers and more. The creative possibilities are endless! Its time to spruce up your Shavuot table!!

Summer Cloth Napkin Dip Dying and DIY Coaster:

by Nicole Cohen

This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color, andI have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair.

So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost.

After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)



  • 4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
  • Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange
  • Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque

Project 1

Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins

  • Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.
  • Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear.
  • Dry and iron.

Project 1: 

Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow.

  • Begin the  bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
  • Staple them together at the midpoint.
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun.
  • Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other.
  • Place the napkin inside.

Project 3:

Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster

  • Remove the tape from the edge of your cord.
  • Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying .
  • Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist.
  • Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster.
  • After the glue dries, turn it over and voila!

Finished Look


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Make Your Own Paper Flowers to Decorate Gifts and Desserts

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Make Your Own Paper Flowers to Decorate Gifts and Desserts

No Comments 20 May 2011

These crepe flowers are perfect to make all by yourself for a bridal shower, to top holiday desserts, send a creative hostess gift, use with a placecard holder, or infuse with bright colors for a kids birthday party! Try them on top of our Cheesecake Pops for Shavuot!.



  • crepe paper
  • scissors
  • glue dots
  • ribbon
  • crystal clear box (can be found at clear bags)
  • macaroon (or sweet of your choice)


1. cut crepe paper in to 4 x 4 squares; 3 squares per bloom
2. stack 3 sheets and fold in half
3. cut into half circle (round the edges)
4. layer the petals (staggered)


5. pinch from the center (underneath) and twist to secure
6. feather crepe paper with fingers to create a full bloom
7. attach bloom with glue dots (and ribbon, if desired) to top of favor box
*another option: put the bloom on a cake ball lollipop


Thank You Jackie Wonders for your gorgeous photography!

Huge thanks to Posh Paperie for sharing  their DIY craftiness!
Please check out their site for the coolest
hand drawn map invitations and cards!
here’s a sneak peek!



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A Healthy Passover Snack for Picky Eaters

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A Healthy Passover Snack for Picky Eaters

5 Comments 16 January 2011


KOSHER RECIPE: Makes 6 Banana Bites

In the world of simple Kosher Recipes, these banana bites are a big hit when little friends get together on the Jewish holiday. The ingredients are all available Kosher for Passover, which makes life much easier  during that hectic holiday week. Kosher kids can stand in an “assembly line” and join in on this yummy DIY snack…Reprint from disney family.com

Recipe Ingredients

1-2 bananas
4 oz chocolate – milk or plain
Dried coconut
Chocolate sprinkles
Colored sprinkles

Kosher Recipe

Directions Cont’d


Peel the banana and trim off the ends. Chop the flesh into 6 bite sized pieces.

Break the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Put the bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water and melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool slightly.

Push a straw through the banana, and then drizzle melted chocolate over each piece. (Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it will still taste delicious!)


Roll the chocolate-covered banana in the coconut or sprinkles. Let the chocolate harden, and then serve. Store in the fridge and eat within 24 hours.


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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

No Comments 25 April 2010

A couple of years ago, I did this project with my two little sisters for my first apartment. I hung it above a chinese console that I painted lime green!

I love that its easy enough for a kid to make, plus it helps kids learn about mixing and juxtaposing interesting colors… and I think it turned out pretty cool!

I used 1 large canvas, 2 different widths of painter’s tape and acrylic paints… It took about an hour and a half and my sisters LOVED making it! I wanted it to be really bright and colorful, but you could limit your color palate and create something a little more sophisticated.

Happy DIY!



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