How to use glow stick tubes for mailing

Earlier this week, I ran a giveaway for Sharpie pens. (If you missed the post on the plethora of awesome Sharpie products, you can check it out here.)

The giveaway ended last night, and we have two winners.

Congratulations Abigail and Susan!

If they are reading the blog today, they’re going to see how their prizes are being mailed. But it’s a great tutorial, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show you all how to make an easy, small mailing tube.

My kids adore glow sticks! And fortunately for me, they’re usually super cheap at Target. Fifteen for $1. Can’t beat that, especially when the tube gets re-purposed for fun mail.

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I recommend keeping the tube for the glow sticks until you’ve used them all. Once you’ve used them, just wrap the tube in wrapping paper. You can use any wrapping paper, but this is some of my favorite paper.

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It came from Ross and is unlike any other wrapping paper I’ve used. It’s practically un-tearable. It’s not like regular paper. It has similar qualities to a foil wrapping paper without being quite so fickle as foil. It’s almost plastic-like. Seriously, it’s awesome. Every time I use it I want to go back to Ross and hunt down some more.

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When you wrap the tube, be sure that you end with one straight line. You can use a small piece of tape to hold it in place, but you’ll also need to use packaging tape down the length of it to ensure it doesn’t come off during shipping.

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After adding contents to the tube,  you can seal the ends with more packaging tape if you’d like. The ends actually stay in pretty well, so I didn’t bother with more tape. Add your address labels and postage, and send your package on its way!

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Mail Tip: While I prefer to use fun stamps for fun mail, when I have a smaller package like this, I use a printout from the post office. They take up less space on these small packages and allow the paper to be seen.

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