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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."

Wise Craft

Wise CraftWise Craft
By Blair Stocker
Gifted by Running Press
www.runningpress.com
Reviewed by Melissa Conner, Editor of FaveCrafts.com

 

One of my all-time favorite memories is going thrift store shopping with my sister.  We'd scour the racks looking for hidden gems that we could use in our craft projects.  Old sweaters, glass jars and bottles, and countless pieces of jewelry came home with us and were transformed into bags, vases, mantel decor and accessories.  I still love browsing through old book stores, resale shops, and garage sales looking for old items that I can make new again...and I'm always looking for new and creative ways to liven up my home with these old, but not forgotten, items.

When I found out about Wise Craft, a book about turning thrift store finds and other bits and pieces into lovely home decor accents, I was so excited to read it.  Little did I know how much this book would influence my creative lifestyle.

Filled with 60 amazing projects for turning thrift store finds, fabric scraps, and natural objects into stuff you'll love, Wise Craft is an inspirational book that will motivate you to look at everything in a new light.  Based on the popular blog of the same name, Wise Craft teaches readers how to turn old things into new objects for your home.

Woven Chair BackWise Craft breaks down projects into seasonal sections so you can easily enhance your home no matter what the season.  With holiday themed projects as well as everyday decor that's inspired by Mother Nature, each section has projects for every taste and style.  The Fall section, for example, has great Halloween ideas, as well as projects that can easily be used for Thanksgiving or just general decor that you can use throughout the season.  The lovely Gathering Bunting is one such example.  Great for using for Thanksgiivng or even a fall wedding decoration, this project allows you to showcase a selection of your favorite photos on a lovely bunted banner.  You can also embellish this garland with lovely felt flowers to add splashes of warm color to your cherished black and white photos.

One of my favorite things about the projects in Wise Craft is that they can be made with things that I have in my house already.  Old tee shirts, leftover yarn, fabric scraps, and even old Barbie dolls can be transformed into something truly extraordinary.  And oftentimes you may even find that browsing through Wise Craft inspires you to create something of your own design!  As I looked at the Modern Crocheted Doily project in the fall section, I couldn't help but think of how I could turn this into a larger blanket or afghan to drape over my couch.  The lovely Summer Sherbet Picnic Blanket, made with old striped shirts, could also be made out of denim squares or a collection of well-loved fabric scraps.  The pattern for this project could also be adapted into a stunning paper project or a wall hanging for your living room.

Once I started reading Wise Craft, I found it near impossible to put down.  As a crafter who is constantly inspired by what's around me, I couldn't wait to dive in and start making all the projects in this awesome collection.  I have to say that it's rare to find a book that contains SO many great ideas, but this one certainly does.  If you're a DIY'er who loves to look at old things in a new light, you're going to love browsing through Wise Craft...and you may even find a new appreciation for thrifting, garage sale shopping, and you may even find yourself thinking twice about tossing all those old paper and fabric scraps!

 

Check out the Woven Chair Back for a little sneak peek of what's inside Wise Craft!

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