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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."

Holiday Pastel Ribbon Wreath

By: Kathleen George for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

Conjure visions of sugarplums with this handmade holiday wreath that makes a great quick and easy holiday decoration.

Pastel Holiday Wreath

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Wreath, Round Face, 12" x 2 1/2" x 1"
  • Foam-safe metallic silver spray paint
  • Ultra-fine silver glitter
  • Pony beads, one package each: white; silver
  • Wire-edged ribbon, 1 1/4" x 5 yds. each: variegated light blue; sheer silver; sheer mauve
  • Thin silver or wire ribbon, 6" length
  • Metallic large berry sprays with leaves, assorted coordinating colors, six
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewer
  • Scissors
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
  • White, thick craft glue
  • Large cardboard box (Optional)
     

Steps:

  1. If desired, place foam wreath inside large cardboard box outdoors or in well-ventilated area. Spray paint wreath silver; sprinkle with glitter while wet. Let dry completely.
     
  2. Cut approximately twenty 4" lengths from each ribbon color; cut more as needed to fill out wreath shape.
     
  3. Apply dot of glue to opening of a silver pony bead; immediately insert one end of a sheer silver ribbon length through hole until tight. Let dry; trim excess ribbon above bead. Repeat to bead all silver ribbons silver; bead all blue and mauve ribbons white. Let dry.
     
  4. Refer to photo to join beaded ribbon lengths to wreath. Beginning just inside wreath opening, dot wreath with glue and use wooden skewer to push free end of one ribbon length into foam. Continue adding ribbons in concentric circles around wreath, cutting and beading more ribbons as needed. Offset ribbons slightly from circle to circle.
     
  5. Use fingers to bend ribbon lengths toward outside edge of wreath as shown. Twist wire ends, or knot thin ribbon ends, together to create hanging loop. Glue ends into center top back of wreath.
     
  6. Trim berry spray stems to 1" length. Apply glue to stems and insert into wreath opening as shown.
     

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This is a very pretty wreath. I would love to make it but like a previous poster it's not really clear. There is only that one small picture . It's hard to make out details from that. I think a set of battery operated twinkle lights wound thru it would add just the right touch.

This looks so pretty. Id truly like to try it. But some of the instructions are a bit unclear.

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