Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sending a Sweet Treat

I know that every other day, I post something that I proclaim as my favorite whatever in some category or another. I'm highly excitable, optimistic person and I'm prone to a little bit of hyperbole, although really, at the time, I do consider whatever it is to be my favorite. I have a lot of favorite things. But really, and truly, this may be my favorite package out of all of my favorite packages so far.

My youngest sister, Becky, is a college student . So, when I received a poster in the mail packed in a huge cardboard tube, I looked at it and could only think the thought of someone who has been mailing way too much stuff in the past six months: I must send something in this.

Almost immediately, I realized that a huge poster tube makes the perfect funny and embarrassing package. Getting a tube in the mail is a rare occurrence, but getting a decorated one? Very rare, indeed.

I couldn't get over the image of Becky going to the commons with package notification in hand, and being given a four-foot peppermint stick. And then having to walk back to her dorm with it. Funny, cute, unexpected. Goofy. Check, check, check, annnnnnnd check.

If you want to send a giant peppermint stick:

You'll need:
  • a mailable poster tube
  • white duct tape
  • red duct tape
  • packing tape
  • 3-4 bags of candy
  1.   Wrap the tube in white duct tape. Create a finished look by tucking the ends of the tape inside the ends of the tube. 
  2. Starting the red duct tape at an angle, tape a candy cane pattern onto the outside and tuck the ends of the tape inside the tube.
  3. Fill with candy. 
  4. Secure the caps on the tube with packing tape.
  5. Mail and be prepared to be stared at in the line at the Post Office.

Last night Becky called to say that she had picked up her candy cane. It makes me happy knowing that, even though we're apart, I can still treat and tease her like a big sister should.   My work here is done.

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