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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."

Perfect Christmas Tree Yard Stake

There is no way that Santa would pass up your yard with this DIY Christmas decoration on display. Create a Perfect Christmas Tree Yard Stake that will give your outdoor decor just the touch it needs for some holiday whimsy. This fun yard stake features your children's pictures and will put the whole family in the Christmas spirit. For a unique Christmas tree craft idea, make your kids the star and turn them into an outdoor decoration. This Perfect Christmas Tree Yard Stake will turn your property into Christmas Land.

Primary TechniquePainting

Intermediate

SeasonWinter

Materials:

 

  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Brush On - Wicker White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Brush On - Engine Red, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Brush On - Maple Syrup, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Outdoor™ Acrylic Colors - Brush On - Yellow Citron, 2 oz.
  • Simply ® Stencils - Dot Alphabet - Upper Case
  • Mod Podge ® Sparkle, 8 oz.
  • Wooden plaque
  • 2 wooden trees
  • Wooden stake
  • Wooden circles
  • Gingerbread man
  • Paint brush
  • Small tip brush
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black marker
  • Toothpick

Instructions:

  1. Paint outer edge of plaque trim Yellow Citron, two coats. Let dry.
     
  2. Paint top of plaque and stake Engine Red, two coats. Let dry.
     
  3. Paint 2 trees Yellow Citron, two coats. Let dry.
     
  4. Paint 4 medium circles Engine Red, two medium circles Wicker White, two large circles Engine Red, and one large circle Wicker White, two coats each. Let dry.
     
  5. Use small tip brush and use paints to decorate bulbs.
     
  6. Paint gingerbread man Maple Syrup, two coats. Let dry.
     
  7. Take black marker and make stitches around both trees, plaque edge and gingerbread man.
     
  8. Use stencil and marker to write "Santa, Stop Here" on right side of plaque.
     
  9. Paint Wicker White zigzags and dots for eyes on gingerbread man.
     
  10. Paint heart on chest and lips Engine Red.
     
  11. Paint buttons and bow on head Yellow Citron. Let dry.
     
  12. Paint Wicker White spirals and make Yellow Citron dots, then drag a toothpick through the dots to make snowflakes on plaque. Let dry.
     
  13. Paint Wicker White and Engine Red bulbs at random on both trees.
     
  14. Hot glue trees together and glue to left of plaque and glue gingerbread man behind the right tree.
     
  15. Hot glue Christmas bulbs onto the trees.
     
  16. Paint Mod Podge Sparkle onto gingerbread man, Yellow Citron edge of plaque, and all Christmas bulbs and swirls on plaque. Let dry.
     
  17. Glue pictures of family in frames
     
  18. Glue stake to the back of the plaque and place in ground or flower pot. Enjoy!

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