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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."

Recycled Cans DIY Candle Holder

By: Gail Griffin from purplehuesandme.com
Recycled Cans DIY Candle Holder
Recycled Cans DIY Candle Holder
This image courtesy of purplehuesandme.com

Recycled items make some of the best crafts! This Recycled Cans DIY Candle Holder uses recycled beer and soda cans to create a gorgeous candle holder in the shape of a flower. This DIY project will be an elegant touch to your home and your garden! By placing a jar over an LED candle, you can make an adorable light for those summer nights. This earth-friendly craft is completely functional. You'll never have to spend money on a candle holder again. By just using recycled cans, you'll have one of the most beautiful crafts you've ever made.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsPaint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting

Intermediate

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What a wonderful way to recycle. Who doesn't have cans around. I love finding ways to use them. But this is one of the prettiest ideas yet. And it's so easy to do. There's nothing to it except cutting, painting and gluing. It's DIY 101. Thank you for sharing this great project.

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