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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."

Styrofoam Flower Plant Stakes

Bring the outdoors inside with these cute Styrofoam Flower Plant Stakes from Plaid Enterprises.  This is an easy project for anyone to do, and it's a great way to bring the spring and summer colors into your home!

Styrofoam Flower Plant Stakes

Materials:

  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Hot Pink, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Turquoise, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - White, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Black, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Leaf Green, 2 oz.
  • Apple Barrel ® Colors - Canary Yellow, 2 oz.
  • Plaid ® Brush Sets - Learn-to-Paint - Brush Set with DVD
  • Styrofoam –variety egg shape pack
  • Wood hearts
  • 24 gauge wire
  • Black seed beads
  • 1” half wood ball
  • 2- 2” teardrop wood shapes
  • 2- 1 ½” teardrops wood shapes
  • 4-1” oval wood shapes
  • Green & white gingham fabric
  • 2 ½” terra cotta pot
  • Dowel rod
  • Spanish moss
  • Hot glue
  • Knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Satin sealer


Instructions:

  1. Cut three small foam eggs in half and basecoat with Turquoise.
     
  2. Using the end of a brush handle and White, add polka dots to the foam as shown. Paint the half wood ball with Canary Yellow. When dry hot glue the Turquoise petals to the ball as shown.
     
  3. Mix Turquoise and White together to create a light blue and basecoat the terra cotta pot. Allow to dry and seal with the satin sealer.
     
  4. Shape one large egg to make the butterfly body and paint with the light blue mixture.
     
  5. Cut the fabric to cover the outside edge, hot glue around the pot and fold the rest inside the pot. Push foam into the pot leaving a ½” for the Spanish moss. Hot glue moss to the top of the foam as shown.
     
  6. Cut the dowel rod to 8”for the butterfly and 6” for the small flower. Basecoat with Leaf Green.
     
  7. Mix Hot Pink and White to create a light pink and paint the wood hearts. Paint the 2” teardrops with Hot Pink; Paint the 1 ½” teardrops with Canary Yellow; Paint the 1” ovals with Turquoise.
     
  8. Insert the hearts into the sides of the butterfly body to create wings, hot glue if needed. Hot glue the painted shapes to the wings as shown.
     
  9. Using the end of a brush handle and White, paint polka dots to the wings.
     
  10. Paint Turquoise stripes to the body of the butterfly. Using Black and a liner brush paint the eyes and mouth.
     
  11. Bead the seed beads onto the wire to create 3” antennas and stick into the foam.
     
  12. Hot glue the flower to the 6” dowel rod and the butterfly to the 8” dowel rod. Insert into the flower pot.
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