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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."

Uncle Sam Sign

Uncle Sam says "God Bless America" in this whimsical sign perfect for Independence Day or Americana home decor anytime. A pattern makes Uncle Sam easy to paint. For another Uncle Sam craft, check out this fun, painted Fireworks Tube.

Uncle Sam Sign

Materials:

DecoArt Products Required
Americana Acrylics

  • DA102 - Medium Flesh
  • DA114 - Light Cinnamon
  • DA143 - True Ochre
  • DA155 - Soft Black
  • DA166 - Deep Midnight Blue
  • DA167 - Payne's Grey
  • DA172 - Black Plum
  • DA185 - Light French Blue

Americana Gel Stains

  • DS30 - Oak

Wood Sealer

  • DS16 - Americana Wood Sealer

Supplies

  • Brushes by Daler-Rowney/Robert Simmons Brush Co. - T60 6, 10 Flat; T55 3/4" Flat; T51 2/0 Liner; T57 1/4" Angle Shader
  • Supplies - Tracing and graphite paper, fine sandpaper and tack cloth, hot glue gun and glue, wood glue, 2 sawtooth hangers, yarn for mustache, X-Acto knife
  • 3/4" wood (all pieces)
  • Pattern


Instructions
:

Transfer pattern to wood, cut out pieces, sand rough edges and wipe off dust. Seal with Wood Sealer. Transfer pattern.

Uncle Sam

1. Face is Medium Flesh shaded with Lt Cinnamon.

2. Eyes are Dark Chocolate. Cheeks are drybrushed with Gooseberry Pink. Add a dot of White wash to each cheek.

3. Beard and mustache are White Wash shaded with Lt. Cinnamon.

4. With X-Acto knife, make lines in Uncle Sam's beard. Sand edges around all wood pieces, then antique with Oak Gel Stain. When dry, seal with Wood Sealer.

5. Use several strands of yarn about 13" long and loop from end to end several times. Tie a 13" strand of yarn around the middle of the other yarn and glue to Uncle Sam's face using hot glue or tacky glue.

Hat

1. Paint Dove Grey; shade with Lt. Cinnamon.

2. Stripes are Rookwood Red shaded with Black Plum.

3. Hat brim is Deep Midnight Blue highlighted with White Wash.

4. Use wood glue to attach brim to hat.

Sign

1. Center is based with Lt. French Blue shaded with Deep Midnight Blue. Lettering is Black.

2. Stripes are from inside to outside as follows: Rookwood Red stripe shaded with Black Plum. Sable Brown stripe shaded with Lt. Cinnamon. Deep Midnight Blue stripe shaded with Payne's Grey. White stripe along center section of the Blue.

3. Attach hangers to back of sign.

4. Use wood glue to attach Uncle Sam to sign as shown.

Star

1. Base with True Ochre, shade with Lt. Cinnamon.

2. Lettering is done with Black.

3. Use wood glue to attach star to sign as shown.

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This wooden Uncle Sam is very classy and also nostalgic with a modern twist! This would look great on the front door, patio, or propped up on the buffet table for the Fourth of July celebration party! As an added option for even more whimsy, add some glow in the dark paint here and there, especially on the white areas! Fun project and thanks for sharing!

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