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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Apple and Pineapple Wreath

By: Annabelle Keller for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

This festive autumn and winter wreath is easy to make and looks great on any door and is a warm way to welcome guests into your home.

Apple and Pineapple Wreath


  • STYROFOAM Brand Products:
    • Egg, 5-7/8" x 3-7/8"
    • Balls, eight 3"
  • Artificial pine wreath, 24"
  • Chenille stem, 12", green
  • Fabric: 3/8 yd. red print; 1/3 yd. green print; 5/8 yd. gold print
  • Thread, gold
  • Needle
  • Double-faced fusing, 1 package
  • Floral wire, 22-gauge
  • Cinnamon sticks, eight 1" lengths
  • Dried materials: Yarrow, eight stems; Sweet Annie, 1 package
  • Awl or other tool with sharp point
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter (optional)
  • Wire cutters
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Thick, white craft glue or low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

For pattern, click here.



1. Flatten tops and bottoms of foam balls by pressing against a tabletop. Cut 16, 3/4" strips of red fabric, cutting selvage to selvage. Wrap two fabric strips around each ball, gluing ends. With scissors, carefully poke a hole in top of each apple; add glue and insert a 1" cinnamon stick.

2. Fuse, wrong sides together, two 2-1/2" X 10-1/2" pieces of green print fabric. Using pattern, cut out eight leaves. Glue leaf to base of each stem.


3. From gold fabric, cut six 3/4" strips selvage-to-selvage and 46 3-1/4" circles. Wrap fabric strips around egg, gluing ends.

4. To make yo-yos, turn under 1/8" on edge of each circle; sew running stitch around edge and gather tightly; knot and cut thread. Glue yo-yos to egg in rows, leaving bare a 2" opening at back and a 1 -1/2" circle at top.

5. Cut two 7-1/2" x 18" pieces of green fabric. Remove backing from one side of double-faced fusing and finger press to wrong side of one fabric piece. Using patterns, trace five small and nine large leaves on paper backing; cut out. Cut 14 9" lengths of floral wire. Fuse leaves to wrong side of remaining fabric piece, sandwiching length of floral wire between leaves; wire should be positioned 1/8" from leaf tips, with excess at the stem end. Cut out leaves; trim wire stem to 1-1/2".

6. Poke 14 holes in top of pineapple with awl; glue leaf in each hole.

Finish Wreath

7. Make hanger from chenille stem.

8. Form "nest" for pineapple in bottom curve of wreath by bending up several pine branches from back of wreath. Nestle pineapple in bottom curve of wreath, resting against bent branches; glue in place.

9. Arrange and glue apples to wreath. Fill in with stems of yarrow and Sweet Annie.

10. Bend pineapple leaves.


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