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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."

Balloon Flower

Looking for a creative outlet? Why not make this wonderful (and easy!) crochet craft? This pretty balloon flower will impress everyone. The Balloon flower has lavender cup-shaped petals with dark veins and yellow stamens.

Balloon Flower

Materials:

  • Red Heart Yarn, Center and Petals – Lavender #584 6 yds.
  • Stamens – DMC #973
  • H hook
  • I hook 

Instructions:

Center and Petals:
Rnd 1 – With H hook and lavender ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join to beg sc.

Rnd 2 – With I hook (ch 2, dc, trc, dtrc, trc, dc, hdc) in same sc, *(hdc, dc, trc, dtrc, trc, dc, hdc) in next sc, rep from * 3 times, join to top of beg ch 2 and fasten off. (5 petals)

With 6 strands of DMC #333 make veins as follows – sew strands from center of each petal to top, continue to back of petal, then behind to next petal for all 5 petals.

With two 6 strands DMC #973 make 1 french knot in center of flower (wrapping thread 5 times around needle before making french knot).

(Behind Petals – With H hook and green sc in between any 2 sc of center of flower, ch 3, evenly space 3 more ch 3 sps around, join to beg sc.
(Continue with established in general instructions.)

General Instructions:

  1. If sewing flower directly to crocheted item omit instructions between [ ].
     
  2. If continuing a pattern behind the petals of a flower, use all instructions for the flower then crochet the following:

Rnd 1 – (Behind Petals)
With H hook and 30” strand of yarn (left behind flower) work in center of the
flower *sc between any 2 sc, ch 3, cont from * around evenly spacing 3 more
ch 3 sps, join to beg sc and fasten off. (4 ch 3 sps)
Continue with your pattern.
 

 

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