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I have an extraordinary amount of packages to ship for the holidays! Seriously a ton! Over the years I have had to come up with creative ways to wrap gifts that will be shipped across the country or even to far parts of the globe, so that they will not look all squished and "flat" when the box is opened.
My very favorite (and I really mean this!) is using Duck Brand® EZ Start Printed Packaging TapeThis strong, yet festive tape is my favorite for several reasons. The tape quality! It holds up to the worst shipping conditions, and the tape and EZ Start ® tape dispenser does not leave you trying to find the ends of the tape stuck back on the roll! Never happens. It really is so easy to use!
The holiday prints Peppermint and Ornaments are what I am using this year, but they have every day prints of Daisies and Paisley's that are perfect for shipping packages after the holidays too!
Let me help get your creative juices flowing! I'll share a few of my favorite ways to dress up my holiday packages and then a bonus idea I use to bring the festive into my home!
Cut a large gift tag shape out of card stock paper (or buy large tags)
Cover the front side of the tag in Duck Brand® EZ Start® Printed Packaging Tape.
Glue down (I really use a loop of tape so the bottom tag can be reused) a smaller tag in a coordinating color to write your to/from info.
Hole Punch a hole in the center top of the tag, and tie a ribbon or string throught the hole.
I hate the look of flattened ribbon when sending a gift to someone. So my trick is to use plain wrapping paper ( kraft paper brown, reds, green's and whites are my favorite!) and dress it up with these festive holiday designs. Criss Cross like above, or diagonal stripes, use your creativity!
I love making cute miniature banners with EZ Start ® Printed Packaging Tape! It's perfect for any time of year and really brightens up a birthday gift too!
Let me show you how I did it!
1) Cut out onto paper or card stock a small double triangle or other shape see below
2) Using a sharpie marker trace your double triangle template onto the packaging tape:
3) Cut out shape from packaging tape.
4. Line up the sticky back side center of the shape over the string like below:
5) Carefully fold the two points of the triangles together and press to form one triangle flag
6) Repeat process spacing your Mini triangle flags apart at desired distances.
I prefer an odd number of flags on my banners, but it's up to you.
Then just hot glue the ends and the underside of each mini flag to the package with a tiny dot of hot glue (or clear tape will do)
Sorry I actually shipped my packages before I realized I forgot to take a photo of the package with the green banner by itself! Here's a close up of a different banner though!
Light Switch Covers
I promised you a bonus idea for the home, and here it is! Add just a bit more pizzazz all over your house by adding Duck Brand ® EZ Start ® Printed Packaging Tape to all your light switch covers! Its easy to remove after the holidays and even though you can see the seams of the tape in the photo above, you can not see them from across the room, Everyone will wonder how you did it!
Here's my ez peazy tips:
Remove cover with screw driver
tear off stips of packaging tape slightly longer than longest side of cover.
Align one edge of tape along side the center opening of the light switch cover
gently press down and over the edge.
Cut off extra over lap along the outer edge.
Repeat on other side.
Repeat with smaller strips along top and bottom edges that are still exposed.
Replace cover on light switch.
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|My Prayer Basket is a wooden sleigh handmade by my father!|
I love simplicity! The holiday season seems to bring out the chaos, and that can drown out the easiest ways to help your family focus on more than just the glitter and gifts. Here is a great tradition you can start whether you are single, empty nesters, or filled to the brim with people in your home.
Grab a basket, tuck in all those Christmas cards. Set the basket on your dinner table.
If you are a follower of my blog than you may know that one of my biggest posts was on all the different things you can freeze in ice cube trays for later use.
This is EXACTLY what I do with my leftover cranberry sauce. I freeze it in cubes.
Now, if you have jellied cranberries like i do here, than you may find that your cubes don't exactly freeze up into solid cubes. (If you have a non jellied version then you won't have that issue) For the jellied sauce cubes, I don't bother to pop the frozen cubes out of the tray to store in freezer bags, I just put the tray in a gallon size ziplock bag and store the whole tray in the freezer and pop/scoop the cubes out as needed.
Each cube is about 2 Tablespoons (1/8 cup)
so 2 cubes is about 1/4 cup.
You can use the thawed cubes to make up cranberry muffins, breads, and even pancakes.
My favorite way to use them is in smoothies!!!!
They aren't as tart as you might imagine and a touch of honey will fix that for you!
Here's how I make mine, but feel free to play around with it!
1 cup milk
2 cubes (1/4 cup) frozen Cranberries
1/2 banana or 1/4 cup (2 frozen cubes) pumpkin puree
Optional: 1-2 teaspoons honey
2 Tablespoons of soy protein powder
Place all ingredients in blender.
Blend on high 15 -20 seconds or till blended.
What do you do with your leftover cranberry sauce?