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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."

Upcycled Patriotic Shoes

Upcycled craft ideas can turn boring shoes into extraordinary pieces of art! This 4th of July, create your own Upcycled Patriotic Shoes from Savannah Starr using common items like doilies and Mardi Gras beads. The wilder the shoes, the better!

Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
 

Materials:

  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape
  • Shoes – red or color of your choice
  • Acrylic paint – blue or color of your choice
  • Paint brush
  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Crochet doily – round
  • Glitter – blue or color of your choice
  • Small and medium beads – red, white & blue or colors of your choice
  • Star beads garland

Instructions:

  1. Brush acrylic paint onto front of doilies. Let dry. Brush over paint with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
     
  2. Sprinkle glitter over glue. Let dry. Shake off excess glitter.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
     
  3. Cut doily in half. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion to back of doily.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
     
  4. Apply glue to top of shoe.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
     
  5. Glue doily in place.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
     
  6. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion glue to front sides of shoes.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
     
  7. Sprinkle beads into glue and use fingers to move them into position. Let dry.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes
     
  8. Apply strip of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape to back of shoe. Sprinkle with glitter. Glue star garland over glitter. Let dry.

    Upcycled Patriotic Shoes

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Embellish Shoes with Glitter Doilies.

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