Apple Of My Eye Cake Banner

 

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My friend Lisa introduced Ben and me to the Apple Farm a while back and we have fallen in love. Anytime we are there or are passing through we stop off at their gift store and pick up some fun baking goodies like this apple cinnamon muffin mix. With this being our first official full week back to school, I thought it was most fitting to whip these up while Wes was at school. This was one of those infrequent efforts on my part to be the Mom who has warm treats waiting on the counter when her kiddos get home from school.  And it was well received.

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While these puppies were baking, I was feeling crafty and decided to continue the apple theme with a mini pennant banner. Mini banners are my go-to project when I need a quick craft-fix.  Usually I make them with my Silhouette, but this time I decided to do them by hand with a paper cutter.

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Materials:

8.5 x 11 scrap book paper
Alphabet stickers
Bakers twine
2 kabob skewers or wooden dowels
Scissors and paper cutter

First, I cut the scrapbook paper into 1 inch strips.

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Then I applied the stickers to the ends of the pieces (see below). I made sure to extra room below the letters so I could cut out a triangle later on.

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Then I folded over the paper and cut off the excess.

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Using a hot glue gun, I applied a thin layer of glue in the middle of the paper and placed a strand of twine inside before sealing it shut. I continued this process with the remainder of the letters. Because I had so many word, I decided to create 3 separate rows.

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Then I cut out little triangles from the bottom of each rectangle to give them more of a “flag” look.

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Then I used two kabob skewers and tied the twine from each of them.

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I decided to transform the “muffins” into cupcakes with the addition of this insanely simple, yet amazingly yummy frosting recipe:

Ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons of whole milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and mix until fluffy. My frosting looks a but more like icing in these photos because I applied it to the “muffins” when they were still warm so it melted a bit. If you wait for them to cool then the frosting will be more fluffy.

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So yummy that this little guy couldn’t contain his sneaky finger from snagging a taste while I was taking a picture.

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These banners are super easy to make and you can customize them for any occasion.

Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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Comments

  1. Love it! Always looking for something easy and cute to top a cake or cupcakes.

  2. So funny, I have been going to the apple farm since I was a little girl. My family goes at least three times a year. A tradition that we LOVE. I sure wish they still sold the homemade ice cream in the old mill though :) we love the restaurant there, the little tea time, and the toffee cookies!

  3. I drive by Apple Farm all the time on my way to and from the boys’ Dr. office. It’s weird how I live near something and never go there– thanks for reminding me!

  4. Love this! Such a cute and fun idea!

  5. Adorable and yummy looking!

  6. Christine F says:

    I’m finally taking my husband up to SLO for the first time in October – can’t wait! I went to college there and haven’t been back in about 8 years! We picked the Apple Farm to stay and am so excited, never been there. It will be our Anniversary/Babymoon weekend! :)

  7. Love the Apple Farm! I’ve been going there since I was a child. Next time you stop, grab some of the s’more cookies. Trust me.

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