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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."

Upcycled Foil Collage Greeting Card

Use the foil lids from yogurt, applesauce cups, and any other lids you would usually throw out for the Upcycled Foil Collage Greeting Card. This is an easy craft that helps you create a gorgeous greeting card for any occasion. Nothing compares to receiving a handmade card from a friend or family member because it shows they care. Everyone at a party will pass your cute card around for others to admire. You are being a wonderful friend to the environment when you make this foil craft, too.

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts

Easy

Materials:

  • Foil lids
  • Alcohol inks and applicator
  • Embossing folders
  • Tacky glue
  • Cardstock
  • Empty mason jar
  • Paper punches or dies
  • Diecutting machine (optional)
  • Decorative brads
  • 1/16” hole punch

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry several foil lids and smooth out some of the wrinkles with your fingers.

     
  2. Punch out desired shapes and place inside an embossing folder. Run the folder through a diecutting machine for a deeper impression, or you can rub the bottom of a jar firmly over the closed folder for a lighter impression.

     
  3. Color the plain unprinted sides with alcohol inks.

     
  4. Arrange and glue the embossed shapes into a desired collage on a 4”x6” piece of cardstock.

     
  5. Embellish with a few brads, such as for the center of the flowers as shown.

     
  6. Adhere the foil collage panel to the front of a slightly larger folded card.
     

 

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