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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."

Merry Mantle Holly Leaf Garland

By: Lynn Spencer from nourishandnestle.com
Merry Mantle Holly Leaf Garland
Merry Mantle Holly Leaf Garland
This image courtesy of primecp.com

"Felt, glue and wire come together easily to fashion this garland that is a twist on traditional garland."

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Main MaterialFelt

Beginner

Materials List

  • The supplies listed will make a pretty dense 9-foot felt holly leaf garland with leaves that measure 4? by 2.5?
  • 2 yards of felt.
  • 2 paddles of 22 gauge green florist wire ( ended up needing only half of the second paddle,so depending on the length of your garland you may only need 1)
  • 3 bottles of Fabric Glue
  • Paper to make your pattern
  • Scissors
  • Pins

Instructions

  1. Decide on the size and shape of your leaf and cut a pattern out of card stock, cardboard or other stiffer than usual paper. (A cereal box would be great!)

  2. Pin the pattern to your felt and start cutting MANY leaves out. I used 2 layers of felt each time I cut so that those 2 pieces would align when I glued them together. For my 9 foot garland, I cut 200 pairs of leaves out.

  3. Cut your wire so that it will be as long as your leaf, with 4 inches extra. For my garland, I cut my wire pieces 8? long.

  4. Glue your leaves together, with a piece of wire running the length of your leaf.

  5. Once you have your leaves made and theyve dried, its time to make your garland. This is the very quick part of the craft. Grab 2 wired leaves and twist them together.

  6. Then go down a bit and add a third. I varied how close I would add the leaves and if I would add a pair of leaves together or not.

  7. I made my garland in 2 segments, so that the finished ends would be at either end of the garland and the unfinished twisted wire pieces would be wired together in the middle. This is where I added my red ribbon.

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