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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."

Mod Pumpkin

By: The Designers of Deco Art

This pumpkin, dotted in eye-catching metallic colors, takes us back to the mod era. The metallic paints really do bring out the shine in this pumpkin.

Check out this project and more ideas in 17 Pumpkin Patterns: Free Projects for Halloween!

Materials:

  • DecoArt Products Dazzling Metallics DA261 - Festive Green
  • DecoArt Products Dazzling Metallics DA127 - Black Pearl
  • DecoArt Products Dazzling Metallics DA124 - Purple Pearl
  • DecoArt Products Dazzling Metallics DAO73 - Bronze
  • Dazzling Metallics Writers DAW71 - Gold
  • Americana Brushes DBF3008-B - Shader 8
  • Foam plate
  • 1/2", 3/4", and 1 1/4" round foam pouncer brushes
  • Foam or carvable artificial pumpkin, beige, approx. 6 high x 10 wide


Instructions:

  1. Remove all stickers or labels from surface.
     
  2. Refer to photo for placement of dots and use 1 1/4" pouncer brush dipped in Bronze to dot randomly on pumpkin. Let dry.
     
  3. Use 3/4" pouncer brush dipped in Purple Pearl to dot on pumpkin; let dry.
     
  4. Use 3/4" pouncer brush dipped in Festive Green to dot on pumpkin.
     
  5. Paint pumpkin stem Festive Green with shader brush. Let dry.
     
  6. Use 1/4" pouncer brush dipped in Black Pearl to dot centers of Bronze dots on pumpkin; let dry.
     
  7. Use Gold Dazzling Metallics Writer to outline Black Pearl dots; let dry.

 

If you like this metallic project we also suggest: Celtic Charm

 

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