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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."

Twisted Foam Flower Craft

By: Gail Griffin from purplehuesandme.com
Twisted Foam Flower Craft

"I want to share with you a fall flower I made out of foam sheets from the dollar store (thinner than the foam sheets found at most craft stores) to compliment a pumpkin I was decorating. It was easy to make since all of the foam used to make the flower was hand twisted to help form the shape and texture. Other materials used included scissors, foil, hot glue, floral wire stem, and acrylic paints. To start, an assortment of petal shapes were cut out from two inch wide strips, folded and twisted together. It was fun to open the twisted petals to see the texture and shapes created! Next, the scraps were twisted, too, to form the center that included a foil ball wrapped in foam. A floral wire stem was inserted and glued into the center. To form the flower, the twisted scraps were glued to the foam ball and then petals were glued on starting with the smallest, in graduated sizes. The orange color was toned down by mixing acrylic paints that were smoothed on with a sponge."

Primary TechniqueFlorals/Wreaths

Easy

SeasonFall

Materials List

  • Foam Sheets (orange, yellow - Dollar Tree)
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Hot Glue
  • Floral Wire Stem
  • Acrylic Paints (yellow & purple)

Instructions

  1. To begin, cut out two inch wide strips of orange foam sheet, diving the strips into two sections for the largest petals, three, sections for medium size petals and four, for the smallest petals.

  2. Next, cut out the petal shapes, saving all of the scraps.

  3. To add texture, fold the petals in half and start twisting from end to end. Enjoy twisting the scraps, too, since they'll be used for the flower center.

  4. Have fun opening each petal to see the texture and shapes the twisting created!

  5. Next, ball up a piece of foil and place in the center of a small piece of yellow foam.

  6. Wrap and stretch the foam around the foil and insert a floral stem in the center using glue to adhere.

  7. Begin gluing on the twisted scraps around the foam wrapped ball.

  8. Once all of the twisted scraps are glued on, begin gluing on the smallest petal, slightly overlapping around the base of the flower center.

  9. Continue gluing on the petals by size, from small to large in rows, around the center until you're satisfied with the flower shape and fullness.

  10. To tone down the orange color, mix yellow and purple acrylic paint with a little water and smooth onto the petals using a small damp sponge to obtain different autumn hues.

  11. Now, stand back and admire this amazing creation!

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