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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."

Bearded Santa Jar Lid

Go green this year and reuse your household items. Take a jar lid and get creative. This bearded Santa has a face made out of a jar lid. Use some paints and other materials and you have a new kind of jar lid.
 


 

Materials:

  • DecoArt Products Required
  • No-Prep Metal Paint
    • DMP01 - Bright White
    • DMP06 - Bright Orange
    • DMP11 - Real Red
    • DMP20 - Bright Blue
    • DMP32 - Coal Black
  • Foam plate
  • Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3/8" button wood plug
  • 1/2" flat brush
  • Liner brush
  • 10-mm round foam pouncer brush
  • Craft foam in red and white
  • Ruler
  • Small sharp scissors
  • 3/4" white pompon
  • White curly doll hair, Westrim Crafts
  • Regular-mouth metal canning jar lid

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix one part each Bright Orange and Bright White. Use flat brush and mixture to paint jar lid and button plug. Let dry.
     
  2. Mix small amount of Real Red with Bright Orange/Bright White mixture for cheek color. Refer to photo for placement and use pouncer dipped into mixture to paint cheeks on face; let dry.
     
  3. Glue back of button plug on lid for nose.
     
  4. Use end of paintbrush handle dipped in Coal Black to dot on eyes and let dry.
     
  5. Use liner brush and Bright White to paint moustache, eyebrows, and highlight on eyes. Let dry.
     
  6. Refer to photo for placement and glue curly doll hair pieces from upper left side to opposite side for sideburns and beard.
     
  7. Mark 2" from corner on each side of foam and cut off corner of red foam piece for hat shape. Glue with point upwards over top of lid.
     
  8. Cut 1/2" x 2.5" piece from white foam for hat cuff. Glue across bottom of hat above eyebrows.
     
  9. Glue pompon over tip of hat.
     
  10. Finish item as desired to create ornament, gift tag, pin, or magnet: for pin, attach self-adhesive pin back to upper center at back of completed lid; for magnet, attach 1" piece of self-adhesive magnetic strip to back center of completed lid; for ornament or gift tag, formloop from 10" length of 3/8" wide ribbon and glue between ribbon ends, aligning edges; glue ends to upper center back of lid.

 

Note:

  • We used a new lid with silver finish and minimal lettering. Using lids with printing or colors may require basecoat of Bright White.
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Good and easy craft to make for teachers, neighbors, etc. Thanks Fave crafts for another great idea! Linda

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