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      ATLEAST 2 weeks before Christmas, make sure you have a big enough table cloth &
      it’s really best to iron it right before you set the table because of all the
      wrinkles & creases that can occur. Or, put a towel on the table under the
      creased places & iron them out right there. If you do not use a steam iron then
      double up on the amount of towel that you place btwn.

      table & tablecloth.
      Lightly spray the creased area w/ water & gently iron w/ your flat iron. When
      you iron like usual, place a towel or sheet under the ironing board so that as
      the items drape down on the floor, they won’t pick up any stray marks, dog hairs
      or whatever else could be there.

      Holiday Gift Wrapping
      By Arleen M. Kaptur
      Gifts can be store bought or home-made. Some have sentimental value shared by
      the giver to the recipient, while others mirror a person’s interests, likes and
      A package that is thoughtfully wrapped and presented or placed under a tree will
      share delight even before it is opened.

      Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. Many can now be purchased in a rainbow of
      colors. If you purchase or have a solid color box, cut out patterns such as
      snowmen, snowflakes, or other designs and line the box with tissue paper that is
      in contrast to the color of the box.

      This way the cut-outs will be shown with
      the hint of the tissue paper just behind.

      Use an X-Acto knife for best results – available at any hardware or craft store.
      Also remember that if you can’t find tissue paper in the exact color you are
      searching for, layering the paper will increase the depth and magnitude of the
      shade that you are trying to achieve. Too dark – remove a tissue or two; too
      light – add more.
      To add a special touch to your package or gift tags, choose a design that has
      features you can outline with a glitter pen. Then the sparkle and shine will add
      so much to the gift.
      Raffia has been a staple accent for packages in the last few years.

      Cut 6″
      pieces and bundle in the middle with a twist tie.

      Make several of these bundles
      for a more pronounced showing; fluff out; and attach to the package with a glue
      You can attach a small felt ornament to one of the strands or a jingle bell.
      Wallpaper also makes a nice gift-wrapping material if you can find some really
      interesting designs.
      Using those metallic star stickers that we are all familiar with and a plain
      index card, create a Christmas tree, wreath, or star and use as an attractive
      gift tag.
      Creating your own gift-wrap from plain white paper and embellishing with designs
      can be an afternoon of fun for the whole family.
      Use light-weight felt or fleece and tie with yarn – add cut out snowflakes or
      other designs.
      A light-weight towel (bath or kitchen) adds a special second gift.
      Christmas material can also be purchased by the yard to use as wrapping paper.
      Drapery tassels can be used to “tie” up a gift and give it a “Victorian” feel.
      Paper doilies over solid color gift wrap gives a package a “delicate” feel.
      A very large gift in a very large carton – spray paint the box (removing the
      gift first), and then replace the item.

      Add some features such as stencils or
      other effects and no paper is needed. Tie with festive cord and you are ready to
      There is no end to the possibilities.
      The most important gift is your love and your time – creating your own
      wrappings, cards, tags, etc. gives the recipient double the gift value – ENJOY


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