Lucas AllenHumble office supplies, such as erasers and duct tape, can be transformed into fun, fuss-free decorations
To get the dinner conversation started, provide some topics along with the soup and encourage guests to discuss them between courses. Print out a word (and its definition) for each guest, have the words blown up 400 percent and printed at the top of 11-by-17-inch sheets, then use the sheets as place mats.
Make a Statement
Let everyone see the writing on the wall with holiday messages spelled out in big, bold stencil letters. Attach them with Blu Tack (a puttylike removable adhesive) so they don't hurt the paint. For extra pop, place neon-bright construction paper behind a few -- or all -- of the letters.
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It's a Gift
Now duct tape has a thousand and two uses. Create a centerpiece for a holiday table by wrapping colored tape like ribbon around different sizes of plain white boxes. (Try the same