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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."

Pine Cone Christmas Trees for Kids

By: Lisa Neri from cucicucicoo.com
Pine Cone Christmas Trees for Kids
Pine Cone Christmas Trees for Kids
This image courtesy of cucicucicoo.com

From the blogger: "This holiday craft is fun and easy even for little hands! Kids love painting and decorating these pine cone Christmas trees and seeing them come alive. It’s also a great way for them to have something to give to loved ones without having to spend money. Just stick a pine cone in some plaster of Paris, then once it’s dry, you paint it and sprinkle glitter on it. Once the paint’s dry, the real fun begins as you decorate the Christmas tree with beads, bells, pompoms, ribbons, buttons or fake snow! So much fun!"

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsWood

Beginner

Materials List

  • Pine cone
  • Bottom of a plastic milk bottle or other plastic container
  • Plaster of paris
  • Green paint
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Beads, bells, pompoms, ribbons, buttons, kosher salt, cotton balls, etc to decorate
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These little pine cone trees are adorable. Somehow, I remember doing something similar as a kid, but with glitter and glue. These look much nicer and I can see where it would be a blast to create these and use your imagination to decorate each one! Old buttons and beads would make cute embellishments and mini ornaments on this ornament! Great to hang on the tree, use in a table centerpiece or on the mantle!

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