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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."

Recycled Metal Art Collage

By: Mary Lynn Maloney for Jacquard Products

Do you like making art more than making dinner? The Piñata Inks from Jacquard Products can help you turn metal kitchen utensils into a fun and colorful collage.
 

Materials:

  • Mini muffin tin
  • Jacquard Piñata (Sunbright Yellow, Calabaza Orange, Sapphire Blue, Lime Green, Chili Pepper Red, Claro Extender, Clean Up Solution)
  • Sponges
  • old metal measuring spoon
  • Beacon Adhesives Glass, Metal & More Glue
  • 22 gauge wire (blue, pink, orange, silver)
  • Vintage kitchen/homemaker image of choice
  • small canning jar lid
  • Three white plastic shank buttons
  • Nunn Design Metal Embellishments (Flower, Heart Charms)
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue

Steps:

  1. Wash and dry muffin tin. Squeeze a few drops of Sunbright Yellow onto a piece of sponge. Randomly dab the top surface of muffin tin. Do not put color into the muffing cups yet. Repeat with Calabaza Orange. Follow with random dabs of Sapphire Blue. Allow some areas of colors to mix and puddle together while letting some areas dry first before adding the second color. Squeeze a random drop of Claro Extender and/or Clean-Up Solution on a few areas of the tin. This creates an interesting spreading effect, and will change the appearance of the colors. Experiment with this part; it’s great fun.
     
  2. Squeeze a few drops of Lime Green into the top row of muffin cups. Follow with a drop of Extender. Move the tin around to spread color inside of cup. Repeat process on the second row of cups using the Sunbright Yellow. Repeat process, alternating the Green and Yellow, on remaining rows of cups.
     
  3. Lay metal embellishments onto scrap paper. Squeeze a drop of Calabaza Orange onto their surfaces. Let dry, then follow with Chili Pepper Red and Sapphire Blue.
     
  4. Cut shanks from the white plastic buttons. Repeat the coloring process from Step 3 on the surfaces of the buttons.
     
  5. Cut colored wires to 30" lengths. Attach the metal embellishments to the wires by wrapping and twisting. Arrange the embellishments to dangle over the tops of muffin cups, as shown in photo. Wrap and twist wire around to back of tin. Twist wire tightly to secure to tin (this also serves as a hanger for the finished piece). Cut any excess wire.
     
  6. Use Tacky glue to adhere vintage image to inside of muffin cup. Use Glass, Metal & More Glue to adhere canning jar lid around muffin cup. Glue measuring spoon vertically below canning lid. Glue a button into a spoon. Glue remaining buttons in muffin cups on either side of spoon. Let piece dry thoroughly.
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