On my husband’s birthday a friend surprised him by tying a large bunch of mylar helium balloons to his car. He brought the bouquet home, and they floated colorfully in our dining room for a couple of weeks. But after the helium leaked out, we were left with the mylar equivalent of wilted flowers. The party was over.
Looking at these deflated balloons I first said, “These have to go.” But as my husband went to gather them up, I had another idea. “Wait,” I said. “These can be recycled” So I took a pair of scissors and cut the bottoms off of each balloon. I now had a dozen brightly colored mylar gift bags! I could even clip off the pieces of ribbon attached to each balloon and use it to close the bag once the gift was inside.