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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."

Daisy Container

By: Barbara Matthiessen from Beacon Adhesives

Turn an old coffee container or oatmeal container into a lovely daisy container from Beacon Adhesives. This is great for holding anything you wish like kitchen utensils, gardening materials or even snack treats.

Materials:

  • LIQUID LAMINATE
  • GEM-TAC
  • 9” X 5” round, clean & dry container (an old coffee or oatmeal container works great.)
  • 8” X 17 1⁄2 piece of plant print paper
  • 1 1⁄2” X 17 1⁄2” polka dot paper to coordinate with plant print.
  • 4 1⁄2” circle of polka dot paper
  • 35” of coordinating decorative ribbon
  • Seven 7/8” white buttons
  • 4 1⁄2” silk daisies
  • Soft bristle craft brush, 1” wide, scissors, paper trimmer

Instructions:

  1. Working in small sections, brush LIQUID LAMINATE over a portion of the container and immediately place paper over wet surface from the container base up to the top, smoothing with your fingers as you go. Continue until the entire container is covered.
     
  2. Brush a topcoat of LIQUID LAMINATE over the entire container and let thoroughly dry. For a glossier finish, brush another coat of LIQUID LAMINATE over the first.
     
  3. Cover the lid in a similar way.
     
  4. LIQUID LAMINATE as above the 1 ½” wide piece of polka dot paper around the canister, slightly overlapping, and then coat over top with additional LIQUID LAMINATE.
     
  5. LIQUID LAMINATE polka dot circle to the center of the lid, following above instructions. Dry well.
     
  6. Glue ribbon with GEM-TAC around the base of the canister over the print, covering area where polka dot paper meets the print paper. Use GEM-TAC to glue the buttons on top of the upper ribbon as in photo and then glue silk flowers to the center of the lid.
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nice idea

i really like this idea its something i can enjoy with my grandchildren cause we eat alot of oat meeal looking forward to sharing this with my grandchildren!

My first thought was to use mod podge instead of liquid laminate. I have used mod podge in the past on many different types of surfaces (cardboard keepsake box) and it worked great. I also thought of putting to use the many plastic coffee cup to use and giving as gifts to my coffee dringing friends. mary

THESE COMMENTS ARE INTERESTING TO READ BUT WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS? mod podge IS PROBABLY THE SAME AS LIQUID LAMINATE . RIGHT?

We get confused when we don't have the same products - what is Liquid Laminate? The sort of "glue" you that u would use for decoupage? And I assume GEMTAC is just regular glue? Thanks

never thought of this idea. I'm going to try it. My fiance drinks coffee so I can take his containers and make them all pretty )

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