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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."

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Amy LynnAmy Lynn is the "Voice of an Angel", and webmaster of Annika's. She is a Christian Trekkie driven to create all kinds of things, from art online such a graphics, and websites, to things offline like quilts, jewelry and more. Amy is a published author and poet, and never bored!

 

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I'm also confused on step 18 where it says "starting with top... just as we did on other side" However, this is where we actually begin to add the outside beads (so other side yet) HELP I gave 3 stars because I can't complete until I get better explanition for step 18 (Plastic Cavas Wind Spinner)

Hi there, Be sure to leave your comment on the project itself, perhaps others have run into the same problem and have insights to share. Also, try contacting this designer via her website (listed above). Thanks!

Hello-I am confused with the sixteenth step for the garden wind spinner from plastic canvas could you please help me -thank you

I'm also confused. did you ever get a reply?

when it says to work to the double yellow does that mean in each section or down to the middle where the pink 45" is I need help.

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