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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."

Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece

Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece

This Independence Day, decorate your table with a Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece. It will look cute and patriotic, and it will also be unique amongst other people's store bought decorations. You could make it during a 4th of July party with your friends or craft club and send them home with a DIY wine bottle centerpiece for next year. This recycled wine bottle craft is bound to be used year after year.

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  • Empty blue wine bottle
  • Ball of red woolen thread
  • White paper raffia
  • 7 silver jem tin wires, 26 gauge and 14” long (found these at a baking supply store)
  • Green florist wire
  • Green floral tape
  • 2 sheets of ordinary white printer paper
  • 1.6” star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Pencil
  • Standard scissors
  • Super Glue


  1. Wash the bottle and allow to dry upside down overnight. If necessary, use mineral turpentine to remove any glue residue from where the label was stuck.
  2. Add a drop of Super Glue to the heel of the bottle and glue the one end of the red woolen thread to the bottle.
  3. Wind the thread in a criss-cross pattern tightly all around the bottle until you have covered approximately 2” of the bottle. Cut the woolen thread and glue the second end of the thread to the bottle so that the thread won’t come undone.

    Stars and Striples Wine Bottle Centerpiece

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 but now use the white paper raffia.

    Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece

  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3, again using the red woolen thread.

    Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece

  6. Now make the floating stars:

    Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece
    1. Use the cookie cutter to trace two stars onto the white printer paper and cut then out.
    2. Add Super Glue to the one star.
    3. Put one jem wire on the star before adding the second star on top of the first, and pressing down so that the Super Glue will stick the two stars together.
    4. Cut a piece sized 11” from the green florist wire and use floral tape to secure the bottom of the jem wire to the piece of floral wire.
    5. Continue making the other floating stars in the same way.
    6. Before adding the stars to the bottle, cut away different lengths of the bottom parts of the floral wire, so that the stars will not all be at the same height.

      Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece

      Stars and Stripes Wine Bottle Centerpiece

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