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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."

Frightening Halloween Garland

This Halloween decorating idea is both fun and spooky. Make a Frightening Halloween Garland to hang over your mantel or on the wall. Party guests will love this fun alternative to the traditional Christmas decoration. Easy to store, this Halloween decoration idea is the perfect addition to your other decor. This Frightening Halloween Garland will soon be a new favorite. Kids will also appreciate its not-so-spookiness and may even have fun helping you create the garland.

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts

Beginner

SeasonFall

Materials:

  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Wicker White, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Autumn Leaves, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Pure Orange, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Fresh Foliage, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Violet Pansy, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Enamels™ - Licorice, 2 oz.
  • #1 Liner paintbrush
  •  3/8” Flat paintbrush
  •  #3 round paintbrush
  •  5 – 2” clear glass ball ornaments
  •  1 Yard orange/black tinsel garland
  •  10 Small clear round gems
  •  Glue

Instructions:

  1. Using flat brush, stroking from bottom to top, paint one ornament Fresh Foliage and one Wicker White. Alternate Pure Orange and Autumn Leaves for pumpkin.
     
  2. Apply facial features and details with liner brush and desired color(s). Create any dots using handle end of a paintbrush or the liner brush tipped with paint.
     
  3. On remaining two ornaments, paint stripes with round brush using all colors except Wicker White. When dry, paint Wicker White starbursts with liner brush. Glue 5 gems randomly on each striped ornament.
     
  4. To create garland, start at center and lightly tie one ornament. Working out from center, attach rest of ornaments approximately 5” apart.

Notes:

  • Insert a paintbrush handle inside ornaments to hold as you paint.

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