The Scoop on Shred
How to Package & Decorate with Fun, Versatile Shred
Looking for an alternative to tissue? Do you want to liven up your gift baskets, displays and other creative projects? Then it’s time to expand your use of shred. It’s a fun, versatile material that is quick to use—just fluff, stuff and go.
You have questions about this product; we have answers. Starting with…
WHAT IS SHRED?
Shred is a term for shredded paper, cellophane or wood that is used for packaging and decorating. It’s a product that adds distinctive color, texture and style to your projects, and can be selected to match any theme or color scheme. And we mean any--Almac offers 34 in-stock Pantone® matching colors and can work with you to create custom blends.
Shred is the perfect choice to showcase your product or gift items, especially when they need some extra care to avoid breakage.
Timely Tip: Fluff away!
Our shred will come to you in 1, 5, 10 or 40 pound bags or boxes, depending on the type. The product will be crammed inside the bags tightly, so be sure to fluff the shred when you pull it out of the bag. This is how you can create the volume you desire and stretch the product, saving money.
WHO USES SHRED?
Use Almac’s shred products, and you’ll be in very good company. The list is long and includes:
Gift basket, floral and catering businesses
Restaurants and bakeries
Trade show booth designers
HOW MANY TYPES OF SHRED ARE THERE?
Lots. Which is great for you, because it means you have so much to choose from. Let’s take you on a tour of the wonderful world of shred from Almac Imports Ltd.:
Long, elegant strands that shine make cello shred a good choice when you want a fluffy, light-catching product. Cello shred is a favorite for use in festive centerpieces for weddings, Christmas galas or New Year’s Eve parties.
With this product, the paper strips look like small accordions. Their whimsical shape makes crinkle cut shred a good choice for kid packages or for fun events like Halloween and Easter. It's designed to separate and hold things in place and is less abrasive and lighter to ship than wood excelsior.
An accordion that is a mix of two colors, this shred has double the impact. It comes in three kinds: the baby blend combines pastel blue and pink, and Christmas blend has the traditional red and green. The fiesta blend triples the color
Due to its natural look, this shred is popular for displaying and packaging food products or when you want a more rustic look to the décor. This product is an economical option and offers the highest support of all of our shred types.
Cover your food - Our shred is produced with non-toxic dyes, but is not made for direct food contact. Fruit and vegetables are the exception, if you know that they will be washed before eating. All other foods should be wrapped before placing in the shred.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WAYS I CAN USE SHRED?
Elegant table centerpieces:
Sports themed table decoration:
Food gift jars:
Clear glass balls can be found at your local craft store and then filled with some of our metallic, crinkle cut or cello shred. The result will be lots of shine to catch the lights and give your Christmas tree an extra glow! Or if you are going for an earthy look for your tree, fill the ball with our natural wood excelsior shred.
Timely Tip: Mix it up?
For added fun, mix shred types and colors. Experiment to find the best combination. This is also a way to stretch the budget, making higher-cost shred go farther by adding in lower-cost shred. For example, you could start with French vanilla & gold crinkle cut shred, and add in some less-expensive very fine cut shred in black—resulting in a classy look, perfect for a formal event.
WHAT IS SHRED NOT GOOD FOR?
Here’s some guidelines:
Light--Very fine cut shred
A little heavier--Natural wood excelsior shred
Timely Tip: Find your foundation
There are materials to use for a foundation that work well and reduce the amount of shred you’ll need.
Basket bases and box benches are two handy products that are designed to fit down into a box or basket. The firm, jiggle-free support they provide keeps items from shifting during delivery and shipping. They come in various shapes and sizes, with or without backs.
Brown kraft paper—easy to find and inexpensive. Wad this paper up and pack it down into the bottom, and it will hold your articles up handily.
Clean newsprint—easy to crumple and stuff into your base. Be sure to use only the non-inked variety (sometimes can be obtained from your local newspaper) to keep your hands and products clean.
HOW MUCH SHRED SHOULD I ORDER?
Timely Tip: Sample some shred
For a large-scale project you might be unsure about which shred(s) to use. And you wonder--is the shred I’m looking at really the right color, or is my computer monitor messing with me?
The most reliable way to be sure about the product before ordering is to get samples. For a minimal cost (samples are charged at regular wholesale prices, plus shipping) you can try some shred on for size. Then you will be absolutely sure about the products before committing to a large order. Call us toll free at 1 844 922 5622 and we’ll discuss the options with you.