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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."

Spring Butterfly

By: Jenny Mueller for Glue Dots

This spring butterfly from Glue Dots is the perfect crafting project for kids of every age! It is a great springtime craft that is so easy to make!

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Materials:

  • Craft Glue Dots Sheets
  • Mini Glue Dots Sheet
  • Recycled paper towel tube
  • Bright construction papers
  • Two, 10m m wiggle eyes
  • Four, curling ribbons, multi-colored
  • Fishing line
  • Pipe cleaners or Chenille stems
  • Pen
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors 

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper towel tube to measure 8-1/2" in length. Cut one piece of colored construction paper to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and wrap around paper towel tube. Attach construction paper to paper towel tube using Craft Glue Dots on Sheets.
     
  2. Cut out wings from one color construction paper and wing spots from two other colors of the construction paper. Use Craft Glue Dots to attach spots to wings.
     
  3. For wing tabs, fold straight edges of each wing back 1/2" and use Craft Glue Dots to attach to the back of paper towel tube.

  4. Use Mini Glue Dots to attach wiggle eyes to top portion of the paper towel tube.
     
  5. Attach pipe cleaners or Chenille stems to inside top portion of paper towel tube using tape.
     
  6. For hanger, punch two holes at top of body aligning holes with wings and cut the desired amount of fishing line. Thread fishing line through the holes and knot ends together.

  7. From each curling ribbon, cut 30" lengths. Tape one end of each of the ribbons to the inside bottom of the body. Use scissors to curl ribbons.
     
  8. Use the pen to draw the butterfly's mouth.

 

 

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This is such a cute project. I will get everything cut and ready and then the grand kids can take it from there. I have four of them that I will be watching during the summer so a project like this is gratefully accepted. Thank you for sharing it for free.

For a kid's crafts, this is pretty detailed in its measurements. It seems pretty long and complicated but you can cut out the paper before hand so that the kids can just glue everything together. This project encourages the kids to get creative while having fun and it's a great way to spend an afternoon.

This is a sweet little project and as a former teacher this would have been so cute to teach colors and shapes and how to follow directions. I think we would have used glue sticks or paste as an alternative way to out this together. For older kids, I could see adding some glitter too!

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