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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."

Au Naturel Birdseed Wreath

By: Edwin R. Smith for STYROFOAMâ„¢ Brand Foam

This birdseed-covered wreath pays tribute to our feathered friends. Look closely and you'll see two, quietly nesting quails.

Au Naturel Birdseed Wreath

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Products:
    • Wreath: 14" x 2-1/2" x 2"
  • Birdseed, 4 C.
  • Sunflower seeds, 4 C.
  • Acrylic paints: candy bar brown, straw
  • 1" foam brush
  • Small artificial quail birds, two
  • Large sponge mushroom
  • Red/burgundy artificial berry sprays, 12" lengths with approx. 24 berries per stem, two
  • Artificial greenery: pine tips; trailing foliage
  • Naturals: green reindeer moss; bear grass; white Queen Anne's lace
  • Chenille stem
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Craft sticks
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral U-pins
  • Thick white craft glue

Instructions:

  1. Basecoat top front of wreath with two coats of straw paint and sides with two coats of candy bar brown. Let dry between coats and colors.
     
  2. Using a craft stick, spread a thick layer of glue in a 3"- 4" section on top front of wreath. Sprinkle immediately with birdseed, firmly pressing seed into glue with a clean craft stick. Repeat around wreath until completely covered with birdseed. Allow to dry.
     
  3. Follow Step 2 to cover sides of wreath with sunflower seeds. Allow to dry. Check wreath and fill in any sparse areas with additional seeds.
     
  4. Break sponge mushroom into two pieces. Using photo as a guide, glue and insert one mushroom piece standing on end inside center bottom of wreath. Glue remaining piece perpendicular to base of first piece.
     
  5. Insert and glue bear grass and a berry spray, forming a vertical line on left side of sponge mushroom pieces. Fill in around mushroom and berries with pine tips and trailing foliage, adding more berries as desired.
     
  6. Glue quails tucked inside floral cluster. Glue Queen Anne's lace and reindeer moss to accent birds. Glue a few remaining sunflower seeds near base of one bird as if he were eating.
     
  7. Twist ends of chenille stem together to form a loop. Glue and insert loop in top center back of wreath for a hanger. Secure hanger by inserting floral pins into foam over chenille stem.

 

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I agree with Liz DeSole that from the ingredients like the glue,floral pins and paint I see on this wreath I am assuming this is to be kept inside. I agee I will use a paste of flour and water or peanut butter and no paint and pins so I can put it outside.

I'm not completely sure but this craft project, to me anyway, sounds like the wreath is meant for either an inside decoration or on out side of a door with a porch. This is still a great idea for a beautiful decoration and the birds wont be able to get to the bird seed at all. Of course, your idea for an outside wreath, especially for the birds, is an absolute wonderful idea as well. Thanks for these fabulous and fun ideas. I can't wait to try both ways of crafting this beautiful wreath!!

I think this is a wonderful idea - however one thing concerns me about the ingredients - the glue. I don't believe its a good idea to use glue to stick the birdseed to the wreath - isn't it possible that the glue could get eaten along with the birdseed - when I make it I am going to make a paste using flour and water - just like you would make for a paper mache' project.

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