My goal for today is to get some of our gifts wrapped. I've gone back in the archives and made some lovely junk mail gift bows. Remember these? HERE's the tutorial, just in case you'd like to give 'em a whirl!
You know those cornstarch packing peanuts? The ones that are used for protecting fragile things people send in the mail? Well, guess what. I have a giant bag of them... Uh huh. Yet another thing I collect. Sigh... 'Bout time I use the darn things, don't ya think?
Yeah, me too.
Ok, so here's what you do...
And what you get when you're done is a snowy packing peanut Christmas tree! Seriously, this is so easy and all you need is a tiny bit of water. NO glue, man! Amazing.
Nice, eh? Almost as pretty as the real thing if I do say so myself.
Okay so... what else can you make with these packing-peanutty things? Hmm, well The Boy made this Hill of Snow Lantern with his packing peanuts.
Once completed, I like to run my hands gently over the surface of a junk mail collage. Why? Why, you ask? Well, if you must know, it's because the texture of a junk mail collage is, in a word, irresistible. I would describe it as "smooth yet nubbly". I know I probably shouldn't be manhandling the thing but it cannot be helped.
Don't worry. Very soon this sweet one will be in a new home. Safely away from my groping little hands.