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Make your gifts unique at Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Library

Thursday, November 24, 2011

(By Sabrina Westfall) Sandy Metzger used old sticks she had laying around to create the train track on top of a Christmas present. She uses a variety of recycled, natural and new products to replace over-done bows on top of gifts. She will be hosting a workshop at the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Library to demonstrate her techniques Dec. 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Bloomfield-Eastern Greene Public Library is offering a workshop to make your Christmas gifts more personal and unique.

The package-topper workshop will be Dec. 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and will offer a variety of materials to replace the overly done bow.

Interested patrons can register at the circulation desk by Nov. 30 with a fee of $2. The class is limited to 15 adults. Materials will be provided, but participants need to bring their own scissors. Workshop leader Sandy Metzger said if anyone has a glue gun or glue pot to bring it as well.

Metzger will provide an array of recycled, natural and new products to replace boring bows on top of Christmas presents.

"I use a variety of materials and a variety of styles," Metzger said. "I use one whole side of the community (for materials)."

This is her first year doing the package-topper workshop. In previous years she had helped people create wreathes and center pieces.

Metzger said the workshop will be fun, and allow participants to use the materials she provides to create whatever they can come up with.

"They (participants) will do a lot of experimenting. They come up with things I would have never thought of," Metzger explained. "Inevitably, someone who says they have no creativity usually ends up making something very creative."

Metzger has some of her package-topper creations on display in the library. She used a variety of materials, including flowers, leaves, and an old bird's nest that fell out of a tree.

Another of her creations used small sticks to create a train track, and she placed a small wooden train on the track to make it appear as though it is traveling across the package.

Another package was topped with a small stuffed dog, which Metzger assembled antlers onto. She also used ribbons and beads to decorate other packages.

If participants already have their gifts wrapped, they can bring them to the workshop to build onto them. Otherwise, materials can be used to easily assemble the topper later.

"That one (package-topper on display) is on a paper plate. All I have to do is use some ribbon or wire to attach it later," Metzger explained.

Metzger also encourages bringing a wallet-size photo of a child if anyone would like to create a personalized gift tag.

Bring a drink, snack and an open mind to create several unique ideas to top your gifts.

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