Juice Box Gift Containers ~ 2 of 2 photos

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Juice Box Gift Containers ~ 2 of 2 photos
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Image by Urban Woodswalker
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I cut the boxes down…but I have no specific way as I allow the carton graphics to suggest the gift box closure. Some have a tabbed slot closure (the one on the right above) while others need a tiny square of "industrial" adhesive sided Velcro (the 2 on the left), and others I make a nice cutout and tie with a pretty ribbon instead (the box in the middle).

We have many gardeners and a landscape architect in my family, so I decided to cut out leaves with pinking sheers out of 2 recycled cookie boxes. Using a "I use Recycled Packaging " rubber stamp, and a handwritten note in Sharpie marker, I can staple or tape these leaves onto to each box in a pleasing manner . The box on the right has one stamped leaf, and another leaf with the name of the gift recipient on it and a "Happy Birthday " written on it (underneath). If you have not figured it out…the cookie box graphics are the orange and yellow leaves…and the blank side of those are where I stamp and right (the leaves below are turned upside down).

If you train your extended family to be eco-minded they will be very impressed at your clever boxes and never miss more traditional wrapping papers / ribbons for ANY holiday or birthday.

FINIS.

Mint julep cup with mint leaf impression
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Image by Bridgman Pottery
In his book, ‘Field Guide to Cocktails,’ Rob Chirico claimed that 73 percent of Southerners have not actually tried a mint julep. That sounds like a made-up statistic, but it’s probably not far from accurate either. Here’s how you can reverse this alarming trend:

Mint Julep recipe: take 4 fresh mint sprigs, 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey, 1 tsp powdered sugar, and 2 tsp water. Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a julep cup. Fill the it with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

The julep cup was my husband’s first great pottery idea. Actually, it was his second. The first was a microwave bacon cooker (which I have and will not make)