Friends, as this pandemic continues to disrupt daily life, I continue to be so grateful for all those essential workers who are risking their own health and working hard each day to serve others. One group of folks in this category is delivery drivers/mail carriers. My online orders have definitely increased during this time, in part because it allows me to shop for things without leaving home, and in part because I can order things online that aren’t readily available in our grocery store (like paper towels). These drivers are putting in long hours to make sure we all have what we need and can stay safe, so I wanted to do something to show my appreciation. Back at Christmas time, I was inspired to create a little front porch station for the men and women delivering all my Amazon packages.
I filled a basket with bottled water, snacks, and candy canes and attached a “help yourself” sign. It was a huge hit! I had so much fun peeking through the curtain to see the drivers’ reactions, and a few even knocked to thank me in person and say it made their day. I thought now would be a great time to start another front porch station, this time including an additional essential item, homemade face masks. I packaged the masks in individual sandwich bags and added a little “thanks” topper using my Cricut machine. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can skip that part; just put the masks in bags without toppers or create your own using scissors and markers instead. If you want to make some like mine, here’s how I did it.
Cardstock (I used the Cricut Cardstock Princess Sampler)
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Step 1: Open the cut image and size it to fit the width of your sandwich bags.
I used the image Phrase Topper Thanks! (#M9B00F) from the Design Library and sized it to 6.5.”
Step 2: Send the image to your machine and follow the prompts to load and cut.
Make sure to set the knob on your machine to Cardstock. Place your cardstock on the cutting mat and load it into the Cricut machine. Press the “go” button when prompted by the software to begin the cut. This design has two separate pieces, so Design Space will also tell you to unload the first color and load the second before it completes the rest of the cut.
When the cut is finished, you will have two pieces; one that’s a solid shape and one where you can clearly read the word “thanks.”
Step 3: Add the topper to your bag.
To do this, you’ll start by filling your bag with a homemade face mask, then roll the top of the bag down several times. Lay the back piece of cardstock down and place the rolled part of the bag on top of it. Then, put the other layer of cardstock on top. Use a stapler to attach the two piece of cardstock and the bag together.
Now you have a colorful message of gratitude sealing your mask in the bag! Have fun playing around with a variety of color combinations to make them bright and cheerful.
I started out by making four, which I think will last a few days. Depending on how many deliveries we get, I may soon be making more!
Once the masks are bagged, it’s time to add some treats! I arranged mine on a tray along with some sweet and salty snacks, like Goldfish crackers, granola bars, and some chocolate candy.
All that’s left to do is add a quick note letting the delivery drivers know they’re welcome to help themselves to whatever they need. I hand lettered mine, but you can also easily make a sign using the Cricut if lettering isn’t your thing.
I’m really excited to be able to do something to show our gratitude to those who are working long hours delivering all kinds of packages and mail so that we can stay home but still have what we need.
If you create your own “Thanks for Delivering” Front Porch Station, I’d love to see photos! There’s no right or wrong way to do it; it’s the thought that counts! Share your pictures with us in the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so we can all be inspired as we share kindness during this difficult time.