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  • Hobbies: Create photo placemats

  • As the school year winds down, test-taking turns to celebrating and students who participated in everything from baseball to band, or chess club to the science fair, are attending banquets, award dinners and lunches.

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  • As the school year winds down, test-taking turns to celebrating and students who participated in everything from baseball to band, or chess club to the science fair, are attending banquets, award dinners and lunches.
    If you want to host a graduation dinner or other event where the guests will be sitting, an easy way to mark their place is with a photo place card.
    Begin with a small box. If your school has a die-cutting system, it is likely to have a box die cut. If a die cut is not available, take any small box and pull it apart to create a pattern. Mark all of the cut and fold lines, then assemble the box, mimicking the original box. For extra strength, laminate the paper first.
    Decorate the boxes with generic embellishments like stars or coordinate the decorations to match the theme of the event.
    A perfect way to personalize the place card is with a photo. Simply cut around the subject, cut out a matching shape from paper and sandwich a wooden toothpick or piece of thin gauge wire between the layers when gluing them together.
    Each box can be filled with goodies or shredded paper, but the ultimate customization for a sports event is to grow wheat grass or alfalfa sprouts in the box. Seeds will grow without dirt if you fill the box with crumpled paper towels and cotton batting. It is helpful to moisten the cotton before covering it with seeds, then water twice daily with an eyedropper or straw to keep the seeds moist.
    Two to three weeks of watering will result in a box full of lush greenery that will make the perfect host for a photo label. And if the special event includes a meal, the salad (or sandwich) can even be enhanced with the sprouts!
    Contact Sandi Genovese at sgenovese1@cox.net.

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