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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."

Butterfly Box

By: Sherri Ragsdale for Plaid

Stencil flowers and a large central butterfly on this decorative storage box, perfecting for spring decorating. Paint with acrylic paint in bright colors like Tangerine and Hot Pink.


Butterfly Box

Materials:

  • 223 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Bright Baby Pink, 2 oz.
  • 29146 - Simply ® Stencils - Value Packs - Butterflies
  • 410 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Lavender, 2 oz.
  • 413 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Pink, 2 oz.
  • 627 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Tangerine, 2 oz.
  • 634 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Hot Pink, 2 oz.
  • 901 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
  • 938 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Licorice, 2 oz.
  • Paper Mache box
  • Stencil brush
  • Liner brush
  • ¾" flat brush
  • Craft knife
  • Hot glue

Instructions:

  1. Basecoat box bright baby pink. Dry brush with wicker white and then tangerine. Allow to dry.
     
  2. Stencil the butterfly on top with pink. Allow to dry. Using the liner brush, make tangerine scrolls on the top wing and lavender lines on the bottom wing. Add hot pink dots to the body using the end of the brush. Outline the whole butterfly as shown in photo. Outline the outer edges of the top of lid. On the sides of the lid alternate pink and licorice strips using the liner brush. Also add to the scallops at the bottom of lid using licorice and the liner brush.
     
  3. Stencil flowers in tangerine. Outline in licorice with liner brush. Add small dot in center using lavender. Add larger dots around flowers using pink.
     
  4. To attach the lid to the box at back side, using the craft knife, cut corners and glue the back flap( back side of lid) to top side of box.
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