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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."

Phone Book DIY Ornaments

By: Michelle from 4men1lady.com
Whimsical DIY Christmas Ornaments
Whimsical DIY Christmas Ornaments
This image courtesy of 4men1lady.com

Transform old, unused phone books into something you actually want to show off with this Christmas craft idea. Christmas decoupage ornaments are a classy and unique way to spruce up your Christmas spruce. This tutorial will teach you how to make professional Phone book DIY Ornaments that will steal the show on your Christmas tree. Don't let those underappreciated phone books in your cabinet go neglected for another moment. They can find new life in the form of these recycled crafts. The sky's the limit with the amazing designs you create. This tutorial will give you some wonderful ideas.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsRecycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting

Intermediate

SeasonWinter

HolidayChristmas

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I think this should be an easy level kind of craft. Maybe locating the phone book will be the hard part but after its basically like making paper mache. They're the most unique Christmas tree ornaments and every one that sees them will ask where you bought them plus they're cheap.

What a neat idea...and I think I actually have a phone book somewhere! Sadly, these will be antique to kids, but just simply vintage to Mom and Dad. Very cute, very clever and easy to make! Thanks so much for posting this craft. I see them on my tree already!

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