What to Do with Those Mardi Gras Beads?
Last February, I ran in the 12th Annual Mardi Gras Run in Dallas, and the first thing I noticed upon arriving at the race was the huge crowd of walkers and runners. I was a little intimidated at first – as it had been quite a few years since my last 5K – but I ended up having a total blast. Some people were dressed in wild costumes and others had their faces painted. Everyone seemed to have smiles on their faces and there was a collective energetic spirit in the air. The best part was the group of event volunteers standing around the finish line with armfuls of Mardi Gras beads. As each race participant crossed the finish line, they were showered with beaded necklaces in bright green, gold, silver, and purple colors.
In the days that followed the race, I found myself looking at my beads in admiration of my accomplishment and also puzzled as to what to do with them. I’m a big fan of recycling and repurposing. So, I put on my thinking cap and came up with a solution… I could use the beads for gift wrapping!
To help you see my vision, I put together a couple of samples.
All I needed was my trusty glue gun, ribbon, brown wrapping paper and a few office supplies including markers, card stock, invisible tape, packaging tape, and boxes -- which I purchased at my local FedEx Office store. I think the wrapping and handmade gift tag turned out pretty nicely and it all has my own personal touch. What do you think?!?!!
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