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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."

Retro Striped Christmas Tray

By: Holli Long for Plaid's Mod Podge

If you're looking for Christmas crafts to make, this Retro Striped Christmas Tray from Plaid is one of the best decoupage projects to tackle! Turn a simple tray into a decoupaged, colorful tray for serving holiday treats.

Retro Striped Christmas Tray



  • Finished wood tray, white
  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Graffiti Pink, Fresh Foliage
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Scrapbook paper, 3 sheets – coordinating holiday
  • EK Success Large Paper Punch – ornaments
  • Wood craft balls, 4 - 2-inch large with a flat side for adhering to a surface
  • Ribbon, 3 feet of coordinating
  • Buttons –recommend Blumenthal Lansing





  1. Take one sheet of your scrapbook paper and trim to fit the inside of your tray. Set aside.
  2. Use the paper punch to create ornament shapes from the other two sheets of paper. Set the ornament shapes aside.
  3. Paint the craft balls with Graffiti Pink. Allow to dry and then use the end of your paintbrush to add Fresh Foliage polka dots. Set the balls aside.
  4. Mod Podge the paper to the inside of your wood tray. Add a medium layer of Mod Podge and apply the paper. Smooth down thoroughly and allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
  5. Seal the inside of the tray with a coat of Mod Podge. Adhere the ornament shapes to the tray with Mod Podge, then allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
  6. Seal the entire tray with a coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry and then add another coat.
  7. Glue the craft balls onto the bottom of the tray as feet.
  8. Glue the ribbon and buttons onto the top of the tray as shown. Allow to dry for 24 hours before using.
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