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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."

Hair Accessories with Buttons

By: Blumenthal Lansing Co.

Show your fashion side with your stylish hair. Create your own hair accessories using buttons. You can make your own headband and barrette.

How to Make Bows, Hair Pins and More: 33 DIY Hair Accessories

 

 

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Materials:

Headband:

  • 1/4" wide elastic headbands, 3 bands
  • Favoite Findings Ocean #434, 1 bag
  • Confetti button #3203, 1 card
  • Glass e-beads, turquoise
  • Needle and thread to match
  • Scissors

Button Barrette:

  • 4" metal barrette
  • Glass e-beads, turquoise
  • Favoite Findings Citrus #426, 1 bag
  • Confetti button #3220, 1 card
  • Ribbon scrap
  • 22 gauge wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Ruler
  • Glue


Steps for Headband:

  1. Center Confetti button on one headband and stitch in place with needle and thread with an e-bead in center of button. Stitch in place, and carefully knot on back.
     
  2. Stitch 4 stacks of 2 or 3 smaller buttons - also with beads at the center of either side of the large button as above. Alternate button colors and stacks. Repeat with 4 stacks on the other side of the large button.
     
  3. On a second headband, stitch 5 stacks of smaller buttons as before. Repeat with 5 stacks on a third headband.

 

 

 

Steps for Barrette:

  1. Glue a small piece of coordinating ribbon to top of barrette.
     
  2. Cut 9 pieces of wire 6" long. Thread the wire up through one hole of a Confetti button, two smaller stacked buttons, then through a bead. Thread the wire down through the buttons to the back. Even out both ends of the wire and twist at the back of the button to secure.
     
  3. Repeat step 2 on each 8 sets of smaller stacked buttons alternating colors.
     
  4. Wrap the wire ends of large button stack around the barrette in the center, and twist the wire ends together under the button. Cut the twisted wires to about a half inch, and curl the ends up under the button with the pliers.
     
  5. Repeat step 4 with the small button stacks, arranging 4 stacks on either side of the center button to cover the barrette.
     
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