The holidays. The lovely fourth quarter of the year when budgets and patience are stretched to the limit. What if there was a way to save money on both holiday decorating and gift giving by using one type of item? It is totally possible.
Whip out the Chinese Take Out Carton. Say what?????
Indeed, these wonderful food carrying containers make for both fantastic decorating tools and great gift holders. And you can buy Chinese Take Out Containers in quantity at places such at The Dollar Store and Oriental Trading for way less than a dollar per container.
Here are some examples of how easy it is to decorate with take out containers.
Cute Seasonal Centerpiece
1 Take Out Carton Seasonally Decorated, 1 Tin Can, 1 Small Piece of Floral Oasis, a Handful of Real or Fake Flowers, and some tissue paper.
Put tin can in takeout carton. Insert flowers into the Floral Oasis in small arrangement. Put flowers in oasis down in tin can. Spread out flowers and center. Place tissue paper over top of tin can and flower stems to cover. Voila! You are done with a classy, inexpensive centerpiece.
Simply line a seasonal take out box with wax paper and put in your desired food item. If it is a treat that goes stale easily, place into Ziploc bag and put in carton. Close up and you are good to go.
A great way to get the kids involved in holiday decorating and gift prep is to buy the white Chinese take out boxes. Let the kids paint the exterior with a holiday color palette and add stickers or other embellishments if they like. Now that’s a super low cost project for the whole family!