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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."

Unicorn Coloring Technique

On the hunt for coloring techniques with colored pencils? This will make you look at coloring differently.

Unicorn Coloring Technique
Unicorn Coloring Technique
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New coloring techniques are so much fun to practice! Learn how to color using the unicorn coloring technique. Unicorn coloring is a technique we invented here at FaveCrafts that involves rainbow colors and glitter! You'll want to color little splotches, almost like cow prints, that blend neatly into one another. Choose a corner of the image and move to the opposite corner as you color. Start with red and then move through the rainbow, changing colors as you slowly move across the image. Make sure you press lightly so the colors blend smoothly! Once finished, add the final detail glitter! Every coloring page can be magical with this fantastical technique.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueColoring

Easy

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Set of colored pencils in rainbow colors
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Coloring page (I used this one)

Unicorn Coloring Technique

Instructions

  1. Don't press too hard with the colored pencils!

  2. Hold the pencil at an angle so you get soft strokes instead of hard lines.

  3. Start in the upper lefthand corner and gradually color towards the bottom right.

  4. Color in a sort of splotchy way---almost like a "cow print!" Have fun with it!

  5. Color in "rainbow order"---you don't want colors that don't blend well to mix and turn brown.

  6. To finish, add a bit of glitter to your image! I added blue glitter where there was blue color on the page. You can choose any glitter colors you like! Silver would be very magical.

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I do the adult coloring books. I have not done mine since the dead of winter, though, and seeing this is like it will breathe new life to my work. I wonder how she came up with this? I like the addition of the glitter idea! so I would add glue carefully to the area, perhaps a glue stick or glue pen, then shake loose glitter? I know they have glitter glue in pens, though, too!

You know, I think it would be a fun idea too to color with colored pencil and then use a glitter gel pen to add sparkly accents to certain areas! Loose glitter REALLY pops though, even more than in glitter glue!

I have not seen this coloring techinque used yet but it is so unique and I like the way it seems to give depth to the picture and the glitter gives it that pop. A great rainy day craft to do with the kids or for when you have your grandkids. I must get the supplies to have them do this.

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