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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."

Bring peace into your home or your garden with this vintage inspired Peace on Earth Plaque. Great for decorating both indoors and out, this cute plaque can be customized to suit your needs and can easily say whatever you'd like. If you're gearing up for the Christmas holidays, you could also use this plaque as a winter decoration, as well. Hang it on a wall or let it rest on your mantel to add a festive touch to your holiday decor. No matter how you use it, this plaque is sure to add year-round comfort to your home, either indoors or out!

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  • Blank wooden plaque for this project, a plaque sized 12” x 4.6” was used
  • Acrylic paint in the following colors: white, powder blue, light green, plum and antique bronze
  • 2” sized laser cut wooden letters for this project, the word PEACE was used
  • 1” wide metal lace
  • 10/32 paint brush
  • Clear-drying gel glue (such as Bostik Clear Gel)
  • Quick-drying clear matt spray varnish
  • 220 grit sanding paper
  • Standard scissors
  • Candle and box of matches
  • Old cloth
  • Newspapers to protect the working area
  • Screws or adhesive glue to affix the plague to the wall



  1. Sandpaper the top of the plaque thoroughly and dust well with a dry cloth.
  2. Age the plaque with the candle’s smoke. Light the candle and bring the candle closer to the plaque. Drag the candle all along the plaque in a circular motion. You will see darker shapes forming on the surface of the plaque. Do not hold the candle too close to the plaque.

    Peace on Earth Plaque
  3. Give the plaque a wash with the white paint.

    Peace on Earth Plaque
  4. Repeat the aging technique with the candle’s smoke, and then sandpaper the plaque again to partially remove some of the paint.
  5. Apply single coats of the powder blue and light green acrylic paint in random areas, one at a time, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next color.

    Peace on Earth Plaque

    Peace on Earth Plaque
  6. Cut a strip from the metal lace that would fit onto the bottom of the plaque. Apply the gel glue to the back of the metal lace and glue it onto the plaque. Weigh down the lace with a heavy book until the glue has dried.
  7. Give the letters an uneven wash first with the white paint, and then with the plum and antique bronze paints to give the letters an aged look.
  8. Glue the letters onto the plaque and allow to dry thoroughly.
  9. Spray the front of the plaque with the varnish and allow to dry. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area when using the varnish.

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