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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."

Plastic Spoon Garden Markers

Plastic Spoon Garden Markers
Plastic Spoon Garden Markers

Gather the kids to help you beautify your garden with the help of these thrifty recycled crafts. Plastic Spoon Garden Markers are simple crafts for kids to make that cost nothing at all. Your little ones will have tons of fun decorating these plastic spoon crafts, especially if they take their crafting time outside to enjoy the nice weather. Garden crafts like these are quick, easy, and super cute, so they're perfect for beginner crafters of all ages. You only need a few basic materials, and the results are so great! Purchase colorful spoons or paint plain white spoons different colors. Then, write the names of different herbs and spices on the markers for your garden. Embellish them as you see fit! This is such a great thrifty way to identify what plants are where in your garden.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsPaint, Plastic

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • 4 plastic spoons
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin paint: Sky Blue, Melonball, Chick, Peach Silk, Overcast, and Bittersweet
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Toothpick
  • Fine point black art pen


  1. Sand each spoon to knock off the shine.

  2. Paint each spoon with a thin coat of paint, leaving the bottom 2-inches of the handle unpainted. This is where the spoon will go into the ground.

  3. When dry, paint a second coat and allow to dry completely.

  4. Use micron art pen to write herb names on the spoons.

  5. Use a toothpick to dot on designs using the gray and brown paints.

  6. Let these dry for a full 48 hours before exposing to the outdoor elements.

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Talk about an easy project! This is it! I can't believe how easy and the best part is how cheap it would be to make. There are instructions with pictures but you hardly need them. This is so cute. I have a little porch garden that I stuck Popsicle sticks in. These would look much nicer.


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