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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."

Owl Pumpkin

Create an Owl Pumpkin with paint, wood and foam. This will give your easy Halloween craft an unexpected texture and look. This isn't an ordinary pumpkin that you might see on a neighbor's front porch. Instead, it's a cool and unique take on no carve pumpkin ideas. Be different and creative with this owl and add some personal touches. This is also a great project to work on with the kids - the lack of sharp objects makes this a fun and age-appropriate Halloween craft idea. Owls are super trendy, so be sure to get in on the crazy with this cool project.

Owl Pumpkin

Materials:

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics DAO3 - Buttermilk
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics DAO67 - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics DAO93 - Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics DA264 - Mustard Seed
  • Americana Writers DAW67 - Black
  • Americana Spray Sealers DAS12 - Americana Gloss Spray
  • Americana Brushes DBF2575-B - Flat 3/4"
  • Americana BrushesDBF3008-B - Shader 8
  • Unfinished wood pieces: two XXL ovals, Forster Woodsies; two 1 1/4" flower pots; two 1 1/2" circles and two 1" split balls; one 7/8" x 1.26" split egg; two 1 3/4" hearts; two 3" x 4/5" ovals, Laras Crafts L20067; oval and teardrop shapes in 3/4" to 1 3/4" wide range
  • Foam plate
  • Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Two foam pumpkins: 3 1/2" X 5"; 6 1/4" X 8"

 

Instructions:

  1. Preparation: Remove all stickers or labels from surfaces.
     
  2. Remove stems from two pumpkins and glue smaller pumpkin on top of large pumpkin.
     
  3. Glue largest feather ovals and teardrop pieces over bottom edge of each 3" x 4/5" oval; gradually go around wing, overlapping feather pieces off sides. Beginning at bottom area of wing, layer smaller pieces over foundation until wing is completely covered in feathers.
     
  4. For ears, refer to photo for placement and glue rim of pots on owl head.
     
  5. Use flat brush and Raw Sienna to paint pumpkins, ears, and wings, working paint into crevices of feathers.
     
  6. Refer to photo for placement, paint Buttermilk oval on chest with flat brush. Paint two XXL oval pieces Buttermilk for brows. Let dry.
     
  7. Use shader brush and Mustard Seed to paint split egg for beak, two 1 1/2" circles for eyes, and two 1 3/4" hearts for feet; let dry.
     
  8. Use shader brush and Lamp Black to paint 1" split balls for eye centers; let dry. When dry, glue Lamp Black eye centers over Mustard Seed circles.
     
  9. Refer to photo for placement and glue feet, ears, brows, beak, and eyes to owl.
     
  10. Referring to photo for placement, glue wing to each side of owl.
     
  11. Refer to photo and use Black Americana Writer to paint scalloped lines for feather details on chest, curved lines for bags under eyes, nostrils on beak, and bushy hair on brows.
     
  12. Spray owl with Americana Gloss Sealer; let dry.
     
  13. Glue fringe to top of head, covering hole where stem was.

 

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

 

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