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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."

Jack Skelington Bouquet

This Jack Skelington Bouquet from Glue Dots makes a great Halloween centerpiece. Ideas like this are great to do as a whole family. You could have this centerpiece out during trick or treating or have it be the focal point for your Halloween gathering. Create a Jack Skelington Bouquet and watch the Pumpkin King cast spooky enchantment in your home. This easy Halloween craft idea is perfect for families of Halloween movie fans. Bring one of the most iconic creepy characters to life with this Halloween centerpiece idea.

Jack Bouquet

Materials:

  • Glue Lines ®
  • Craft Glue Dots
  • Small clay pot
  • Acrylic paints
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Sculpey III Ivory clay
  • Clay modeling tools
  • Black fine tip Sharpie
  • Black ink pen
  • Black satin ribbon, decorative ribbons
  • Dew Drops (white)
  • Floral foam
  • Moss
  • Floral pins
  • Lollipops
  • White tissue
     

Instructions:

  1. From one package of Sculpey clay roll out 6 heads. Shape as desired and add eye-sockets and mouth using modeling tools.
     
  2. Poke a hole under each head with bamboo skewer BEFORE baking.
     
  3. Bake heads at 275° for 20-25 minutes. Let cool.
     
  4. Add a little glue to one end of bamboo skewer (not the pointed end) and stick into the hole you made earlier under the head. Hold in place until set. Glue on strips of black ribbon beneath head and add Dew Drop to the center.
     
  5. Paint clay pots with acrylics. Let dry.
     
  6. Cut floral foam to fit inside pots.
     
  7. Adhere decorative ribbons onto rim of clay pot with Continuous Glue Lines.
     
  8. Place a Craft Glue Dots on top of lollipop and place tissue over it. Secure ribbon. Add eyes using ink pen.
     
  9. Arrange ghoulish heads and ghosts as desired.
     
  10. Cover any exposed floral foam with moss. Secure moss with floral pins.
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