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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."

American Pride Freedom Table

By: Courtney Gibson for FaveCrafts

Show off your country pride with this American Pride Freedom Table. Great for outdoor BBQ's and 4th of July parties, this table is perfect for displaying your pride in America. Easy enough to do for crafters of all skill levels, this table is perfect for beginning painters as well as those with more advanced skills. If you have a long rectangular table, you can easily change this project to fit that style as well.

Primary TechniquePainting

Easy

SeasonSummer

Materials:

  • 1 roll of tape
  • Various star cut outs
  • 1 can of white spray paint
  • 1 can of blue spray paint
  • 1 can of red spray paint
  • 1 can of clear sealer

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Spray the whole table white let it dry.
     
  2. Cut out how many stars you want.
     
  3. Tape the stripes and the stars down.
     
  4. Spray the blue where your stars are.
     
  5. Spray the red for the stripes and then let dry and spray the whole thing with the clear coat.

 

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What a great way to up cycle an old table! And just in time for the Fourth of July! These are easy to follow directions and would make a fun project for the entire family to share some patriotic cheer. With a good sealing of clear coat as suggested, no ned to worry about a tablecloth. Add some coordinating napkins and red plates and glassware, are it really will be a colorful fourth! Super idea!

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