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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."

Candy Cane Santa

By: Craft Marketing Connections. Inc. for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

A cute Santa emerging from a chimney with candy canes cleverly hides an air freshener in this great holiday craft project. Embellishments like a jingle bell on Santa's hat and wax "snow" really make this Santa special.
 

Candy Cane Santa
 

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Balls, one each: 4"; 2-1/2"
  • Renuzit® LongLast® Adjustable Air Freshener
  • Clay pot, 4-1/2"
  • Plastic or flat wooden candy cane shapes, two 3/4" and three 1-3/4"
  • Acrylic paints: white; red; fleshtone; brown
  • Brush-on crystal glitter paint
  • Felt: black and red, 9" x 12" sheet each; white plush, 2-1/4" x 10-1/2" strip
  • Curly white doll hair, small amount
  • Half-round black beads, 6mm, two
  • Gold jingle bell, 12mm
  • Green plastic-coated craft wire, 16" length
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Metal tablespoon
  • Medium flat paintbrush
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Old toothbrush
  • Household sponge
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Pattern

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut 1/2" x 1-1/4" rectangle from sponge. Use sponge to paint brown "bricks" onto pot as shown. Dip sponge into paint, press onto palette to remove excess, and then press onto pot. Let dry.
     
  2. Thin small amount brown paint with water. Dip toothbrush into paint and spatter paint pot by running thumbnail across bristles; let dry. Note: Practice spattering technique on paper towels first. Open air freshener and place in pot.
     
  3. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut 2-1/4"-diameter circle from bottom of 4" foam ball; discard scrap. Use spoon to carve out foam from inside ball, until it fits over top of air freshener. Remove ball and paint it red for body; let dry.
     
  4. Cut small foam ball in half; reserve one half for a future project. Slightly shape flat side of half-ball (head) to fit around body. Paint head fleshtone; let dry.
     
  5. From white plush felt, cut one 3/4" x 10-1/2" strip (belt), one 3/4" x 7" strip (hat), and two 3/4" x 5-1/4" strips (cuffs).
     
  6. Beginning and ending at opening, wrap and glue 10-1/2" plush felt strip around body with one long edge aligned with center of ball. Larger area above belt is upper body. Replace body over air freshener.
     
  7. Cut patterns from felt as indicated. Roll and glue hat piece into cone shape, with long edges slightly overlapping. Repeat for each sleeve. Glue cuffs around bottoms of sleeves, aligning raw edges. Glue mittens inside sleeve openings as shown, thumbs facing each other.
     
  8. Glue bell to tip of hat and place hat on head, leaving most of face exposed. Glue white trim around hat, aligning raw edges.
     
  9. For eyes, glue flat side of beads to face. Place head on body. When pleased with position, glue head to body with hat sandwiched between. Glue doll hair to face for beard. Glue tip of hat to one side as shown. Position and glue sleeves to inside of pot on each side of face.
     
  10. Paint candy canes white; let dry. Paint red stripes over white; let dry. If desired, apply one coat of glitter paint to candy canes; let dry. Glue one large candy cane to each mitten. Bend and twist wire; glue ends to backs of large candy canes, leaving 1-1/2" wire tails at each end. Glue small candy canes along wire between large candy canes
     
  11. When gel is depleted, replace with a new air freshener.
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it is so cute. My kids loved it

A small clay pot could be used instead of the air freshener.

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