The first time I saw the NABOB commercial where they went to talk to coffee farmers about people putting pumpkins in their coffees, I literally laughed out loud. And not just social media LOL, but my kids looked up and said, “What’s so funny Mommy?”
I thought how do I explain to a 7 year old and a 4 year old the pumpkin spice latte insanity. Which has made more yoga pant and Ugg boot meme’s than anyone can imagine.
The first time I tried one – ever – was this past October. I’m still trying to figure out what the hell the hype is about? It tastes like milk with lots of flavoured syrup. People go to coffee shops to buy this but you can’t even taste the coffee. That’s one hell of an oxymoron.
Coffee to me is like a best friend and I brew my coffee strong. There are very few things that smell nicer than the aroma of coffee early in the morning. And when you taste good coffee, going back to mediocre coffee is completely unacceptable.
I mean, I’m the person that brings their own tumbler full of coffee to my husbands “tea drinking Grandma’s house’ for Christmas morning breakfast. This is because I learned the hard way that they don’t drink coffee there, and found me some instant coffee one buried in the cupboards to have instead. I learned my lesson really fast after that.
Instant coffee. What? No. I am sure even NASA would even agree.
So when NABOB reached out to me to challenge me to decorate something other than my coffee this season, I was like bring it on. NABOB’s Full City Dark is one of my favourite coffees.
Now, Christmas decorating is a little out of control around our home. My husband even has a Clark Griswold jersey that is soon going to be pulled out of the bins in the basement. But what I love most of all is making cards. So that’s what I did instead.
I decorated my cards instead of my coffee.
And I did it by upcycling NABOB coffee bags into Christmas trees.
Want to make your own? Here’s how…
First, drink all of your NABOB coffee. Not all at once obviously, though 4 cups a day is totally normal around here.
Take the bags, clean them up properly, cut them vertically down all of the edges.
Next up, use scissors or a paper trimmer to trim the bags into approximately 1 cm strips.
Get kraft paper card stock.
Draw a tree shape in a simple triangle. Use a craft knife and a ruler to cut out the shapes on a cutting mat.
Then use additional card stock, and cut out a rectangle shape the same size as the front of your folded Christmas card.
Using permanent glue or Mod Podge (school or craft glue won’t cut as you need a stronger adhesive to attach the coffee bag strips to paper), glue the strips to the rectangular card stock shapes.
Place your tree cut out kraft paper cards over the new NABOB strip collages.
Glued them together, and trim off any excess edges.
And the result is a pretty cool upcycled Christmas card.
That’s some fun Holiday decorating, and would make a great addition to oh….maybe a coffee gift basket present for the coffee lover on your list.
Now NABOB and I want to see what what you would decorate instead of your coffee this season.
Share it with us on social media by using the caption “I decorated my ______ (insert your item of choice) not my coffee” using the hashtags #RespectTheBean #NABOBHoliday and we’ll be sure to share your decorations with our social networks. Perhaps you’ll get a surprise from NABOB for the best decoration. Hmm….
And by all means have some fun with it! Maybe decorate your bed? Your sweater? What about your car? Whatever you decorate, let us know and celebrate the Holidays with NABOB!
Disclaimer: This post was brought to you in partnership with NABOB. All opinions are my own.