For the next several days I will be posting about the World Congress of Families. This year it is being held in Sydney, Australia. Remember how we helped to raise funds for Angela to attend? She is sending daily reports of the presentations, interviews she is able to have, and more. I am excited to share with you what she is experiencing. There are so many around the world - politicians, religious leaders, community organizers, trained professionals, and others - who are dedicated to defending the family. I will try to post each day's events in order so you are not reading them backwards as you scroll down. I have broken up Angela's summaries into several posts so it isn't overwhelming to see a HUGE post. Remember, if you have any questions you would like her to ask when she gives her interviews, leave them in the comments and I will pass them along to her.
Message in a bottle
I told you last week I'd show you several different really cool ways to recycle plastic bottles. This idea falls right into that really awesome category. Seriously. You do this for any niece or nephew, as invitations to a birthday party, for a grandchild, even to the love of your life and you will be branded "THE TOTALLY AWESOMEST COOLEST ONE" for the rest of your life. Or at least for the day.
Can you imagine the surprise on the face of your pirate wannabe when they get their own message in a bottle? And then their glee when they finally figure out how to get the message and goodies that are hiding inside? Believe me, the thrill is beyond compare. Oh, and did I mention these are sent in the mail? What kid doesn't love getting their own mail?
Here's how to make your very own message in a bottle:
an old plastic bottle (water or juice bottles are perfect)
clear packing tape
address labelFirst with the X-acto knife slice a "door" in the middle of the bottle but only on three sides. Fold the "door" out so you can wash and dry the inside of the bottle really well. Stuff your message and trinkets inside. Here I'm sending an invitation to come visit us on the farm. There's a tractor with the invite on the other side, Jolly Ranchers, and 'hay'. Close the "door" and tape shut. Adhere the label over the edges of the door so they can't be seen. Make sure all edges are taped down really well. You can super glue the lid shut but I usually don't. Take it to the post office and mail. Depending on the weight it will cost anywhere from 81 cents to $2.
The recipient will have to cut open the bottle to get all the goodies inside. Or if they are diligent enough take all the tape off of the address label and then open using the door you already created.
This is a great way to send souvenirs from your vacation, deliver birthday wishes, or even start a personalized treasure hunt. Have fun!
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