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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."

Reader Tip for Using Left Over Yarn

By: Earle Miller

How to use left over yarn:


I collect the snippets in a plastic grocery bag, and when I have enough, I use it for pillow fill. With left overs from projects I make "Green" afghans, lap rugs and pillows. The colors and weights dont always match but people seem to like them because they have such an unusual look and they are Green.


I also use smaller amounts of left overs to make buttons for tying quilts, thus combining two of my crafts.


 

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I put them on the hedgerow in early spring, and enjoy watching the birds take them to their nest. We have very pretty birds' nests here. I make sure they are only about three inches long so the babies won't get tangled. We have done it for over twenty years, and seems there are the same families that come back each year.

I save the small balls I have left, when I have a good number of them, I wrap them by connecting the ends from smallest to largest and make a small rug or table runner...it definitely is colorful!

you can use for decorated tags and cards too

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