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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."

Sunflower Wall Pocket

An easy way to have a custom-made welcome basket for your door is to take a plain wall vase and decorate it with your favorite photos or artwork. If you're looking for homemade wall art, this Sunflower Wall Pocket is a great one-night project. To complete this project, you can use a photo from a magazine and embellish it with beads, tape, and thread. DIY wall art can help you create a more formal feel in your home and add a touch of color to an otherwise drab space. Use items you have at home to give this project a personalized touch - you'll love the results.

Sunflower Wall Pocket
 

Materials:

  • Plain wall vase
  • Photo or artwork
  • Two 8” X 10” Treasure Tape sheets
  • Diamond Beadlets
  • Shallow pan or tray
  • Kreinik #12 Braid in colors to coordinate with your picture

 

Instructions:

  1. Remove the red liner from one of the 8” X 10” sheets and lay your photo or artwork centered on the top.
     
  2. Remove the white liner from the other Treasure Tape sheet, and lay it on top of your photo.
     
  3. Remove this red liner and begin thread decorating. Lay the braid on the image, outlining areas, filling in areas, and ‘writing’ as desired.
     
  4. When thread decorating is complete, lay the photo in a shallow pan or tray and cover all remaining sticky areas with Diamond Beadlets®.
     
  5. Peel the white liner off the back of your photo and adhere image to the center front of your wall vase.
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