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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."

Patriotic Tie Dye Picnic Set

Create a patriotic picnic set in red, white and blue tie-dye. The tie-dye set from I Love to Create includes napkins, tablecloth, cup holders and an ice bucket. Tie-dye this polka-dot set for the 4th of July.

Tie-Dye Set for 4th of July


  • Tulip® One-Step Fashion Dye™
  • Tulip® Fashion Glitter™
    23550 Silver Fine Jewel
    23557 Royal Blue Jewel
  • Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint
    65023 Royal Blue
    65089 Silver
  • Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™
    BI15784 Glacier White
    BI15790 Crimson Red
    BI15796 Marine Blue
    BI15825 Royal Blue
  • Tulip® Fashion Glitter Bond
  • Aleene's® Platinum Bond™ 7800 All-Purpose Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Low tack masking tape
  • Foil
  • Ruler
  • Bucket
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Wedge cosmetic sponges
  • Foam cup holders, red
  • Tablecloth and napkins,100% cotton, white
  • Self-adhesive shelf paper
  • Fabric, ½ yard 100% cotton, white
  • Cup with 3” round opening
  • Iron



  1. Prewash tablecloth, napkins and fabric to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Iron to remove wrinkles.
  2. Cover work surface with trash bags.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, add water to dye bottles. Replace caps tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved.


  1. Lay tablecloth onto work surface. Fold tablecloth like an accordion. Wrap rubber bands around tablecloth to create 4” sections.
  2. Squeeze Red Dye onto every other section.
  3. Cover fabric with trash bag. Let set 4 to 6 hours. Wash in a large load of water with a small amount of laundry soap. Line dry. Iron.
  4. Place cup upside down onto shelf paper. Trace circle around cup, using marker. Trace a lot of circles, leaving at least 3” between them.
  5. Cut out around circles, leaving 1 ½” margin. Cut out inside of circles to make a stencil. Remove backing. Apply a random pattern of stencils onto white sections of tablecloth. Refer to photo for placement.
  6. Shake bottles of paint well. Squeeze a puddle of Marine Blue onto foil. Tap sponge into paint. Tap excess paint onto foil. Pounce paint into every other circle. Let dry.
  7. Squeeze a puddle of Glitter Bond onto foil. Sponge glue into one unpainted circle. Sprinkle Silver Glitter onto half of circle and Blue Glitter onto other half. Repeat procedure for remaining circles. Let dry. Gently shake tablecloth to remove excess glitter.


  1. Apply a line of masking tape 2” from each edge of napkin.
  2. Squeeze a puddle of Crimson Red onto foil. Tap sponge into paint. Tap excess paint onto foil. Pounce paint onto edges of napkin. Let dry. Remove tape.
  3. Repeat procedure in Steps 4 and 5 for tablecloth to make and apply circle stencils.
  4. Repeat procedure in Step 6 for tablecloth to paint each circle. Let dry.
  5. Start flow of 3D paint on foil, using even pressure on bottle for a smooth line. Outline each circle, alternating Silver and Royal Blue. Refer to photo. Let dry.

Cup Holders

  1. Apply tape to create a 1” stripe at top of cup holder. Refer to photo.
  2. Pounce Royal Blue inside lines of tape, using sponge. Remove tape right away. Do not wait for paint to dry.
  3. Draw small circles onto shelf paper. Cut out around circles, leaving 1” margin. Cut out inside of circles to make a stencil. Remove backing. Apply a random pattern of stencils onto cup holder. Refer to photo for placement.
  4. Repeat procedure in Step 6 for tablecloth, using Glacier White to paint all circles. Remove stencil right away.


  1. Lay fabric onto work surface.
  2. Fold fabric like an accordion. Wrap rubber bands around fabric to create 2” sections.
  3. Squeeze Red Dye onto every other section and blue dye onto alternate sections.
  4. Cover fabric with trash bag. Let set 4 to 6 hours. Wash in a large load of water with a small amount of laundry soap. Line dry.
  5. Follow Steps 4 and 5 for tablecloth to make circle stencils. Apply a random pattern of stencils onto fabric. Refer to photo.
  6. Squeeze a puddle of Glacier White onto a piece of foil. Pounce paint into circles, using sponge. Let dry. Remove stencil.
  7. Squeeze a thin line of 7800 All-Purpose Adhesive around outer edge of back of fabric. Place fabric right side out to cover outside of bucket, wrapping edges to inside. Secure with tape until dry. Remove tape.
  8. Wait 72 hours to wash. Machine wash warm on gentle cycle. Do not use harsh detergents or bleach. Remove promptly and line dry. To iron, turn garment inside out, being careful not to touch design with iron. Do not dry clean.


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My family doesn't go on picnics... But this will make an AWESOME gift idea... And I'm ALWAYS looking for those. FaveCraftsTieDie


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