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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."

Spiral Beaded Christmas Trees

Spiral Beaded Christmas Trees
Spiral Beaded Christmas Trees
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Spruce up your holiday decorations with these Spiral Beaded Christmas Trees. These DIY Christmas decorations are easy to make and stunning. They can be used as table decorations or made into Christmas ornaments with the addition of a hook. With the right lighting, these Christmas tree crafts twinkle. They're picturesque when they can reflect the dancing flames of a fireplace or the solitary glow of a flickering candle. You'll be mesmerized by how beautiful and festive these decorations can be, and you'll be impressed with how quickly you can make them. 

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsBeads

Easy

Materials List

  • 35 clear 6mm beads
  • 35 green 8mm beads
  • 18" 20 - 24 gauge jewelry wire
  • wire cutters
  • 18" silver cord
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon
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We tried these today my granddaughters enjoyed doing them - even the 6-year-old. She did not put beads all the way along the wire in all of hers, but had me use crimp beads so she could have 2 or 3 here and there along the wire - very effective she also suggested that we make earrings using finer wire a great idea.

What a great way to add a decoration to your tree. I have all the materials already even the beads. This will be on my "to-do" list for the holidays.

These spiral beaded trees are so pretty! For extra sparkle, I am going to place a battery tea light candle in the center of the spiral. Several of these trees would look great placed within a strand of twinkle or small rice lights on a mantle or table center piece!

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