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BEN’S BOUTIQUE

screen-shot-2018-10-04-at-11-34-33-amDid you know Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany is locally-owned and -operated – and has been for decades? The Smith family moved from Milan, Indiana, to the area in 1990 and opened up the independent shop, which is located at 420 New Albany Plaza in New Albany. Unlike big box stores, there is no corporate office that mandates what Ben Franklin’s sells. Instead, the family and their staffers offer a personal shopping experience that is geared to customers and includes a great selection of clothing and gifts in their store-within-the-store known as Ben’s Boutique. Sign up for Ben Franklin Crafts’ newsletter and get more details about the store at benfranklinartsandframing.com.

“SCENT-SATIONAL” THANK YOU GIFT

Creatively inspired by Ben Franklin Crafts in New Albany

 

By Morgan Sprigler

If you know me well, you know I love gifts. Gifts for any reason – especially thank-yous. But, when asked to create a business thank you gift for this month’s issue, I must admit I was a bit stumped. I knew I didn’t want to do something redundant like flowers or candy (not that these items aren’t appreciated). I wanted something for you readers that would portray your appreciation for your co-workers or business partners that was original and fun but still professional. I think I have produced something thoughtful and useful that anyone would appreciate. Read below to learn how to make a DIY “scent-sational” thank you guft. Happy Crafting!

 

Supplies

Decorative glass jar or vase with small opening and large bottom

Small glass or plastic jar/container with lid

Sturdy gift box

Wood moss or Easter grass

Small wooden dowel rods

Twine/ribbon/lace

Small flower embellishments

Jojoba or avocado oil (1 fl. oz. each)

Fragrance oil

Thank you card and envelope

Sharpie

Scissors

Hot glue gun

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Step One

Begin by cutting down your dowel rods, if necessary. This will all depend on how large or tall your glass jar is and how high you want your dowel rods to be. I cut mine down about 3 inches. This can be accomplished by using regular scissors. Be mindful of who is standing around you when cutting these, as they can go flying. Cut a piece of twine about 6 inches long and wrap around your dowel rods. Finish with a simple bow and set asideimg_6790


Step Two

Remove the lid on your box and hot glue it to the bottom (for traveling purposes). Fill your box with the wood moss or Easter Grass.


Step Three

Pour your oils into your small container and secure the lid. I recommend using this container to hold your oil instead of pouring it directly into your decorative jar for traveling purposes. You don’t want your oil to spill inside your box before you present it. Additionally, the recipient will have the opportunity to transfer the oil from the container to the jar, which is a unique and interactive experience.img_6797


Step Four

Decorate! Using your hot glue gun, apply lace or ribbon around the perimeter of the box. Wrap twine around your jar and glue your flowers wherever you see fit.img_6799


Step Five

Fill out your thank you card. I used the phrase, “We made a scent-sational team. Thank you for your partnership.” I love a good play on words. Have fun with this, although a simple “thank you” will suffice.

 

All the supplies used to make these diffusers can be found at Ben Franklin Crafts, 420 New Albany Plaza in New Albany, which is locally owned and now has an amazing selection of women’s apparel in what’s known as Ben’s Boutique.

 

I see these “scent-sational” diffusers adorning a desk in a lobby or office, a break room in a place of business, or even at the recipient’s home.

 

Gratitude in the work place is an absolute must. Positive reinforcement creates a positive environment.

 

Wishing you much success with this project, in business and in all your endeavors, both personal and professional.

 

Xo,

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