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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."

Easy Burlap Ruffle Lampshade

By: Beth from Unskinny Boppy

If you love the look of rustic sewing craft ideas, then you'll love creating this Easy Burlap Ruffle Lampshade. Use burlap scraps and a sewing machine to add new life to a decorative piece. This is a simple and inexpensive project for sewers at all skill levels.



 

Materials:

  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. First, cut a long strip of burlap about 6″ wide.


     
  2. Take your scissors and snip one single strand of the twine about 2″ from one side of the edge.
     
  3. Then just start pulling and gathering the burlap along that one strand so that it starts bunching up on itself along one side.
     
  4. Keep pulling until you have the entire length of the burlap strip gathered up.
     
  5. To hold your gather in place I put a single dot of hot glue on the pulled strand. (BTW- Please tell me your glue gun is as ugly and well-used as mine! Look how gross that sucker is!)


     
  6. This is also a good thing to do if your string breaks along the way. Glue down the part that is gathered, then just grab another strand beside that one and start pulling again. You’ll eventually get it all gathered up. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
     
  7. Once you finish one side, do the other side the same way.
     
  8. You’re gonna have all sorts of fuzz and strings hanging off the ruffle, so just give it a quick haircut before you use it. Warning: The front of my shirt was COVERED in burlap lint during this craft night, so be sure to wear an old shirt for this project.


     
  9. Once you have several strips ruffled up, you can just hot glue them end to end to create a long runner or garland out of them. The hot glue doesn’t show up on the burlap so just glob it on there really good. Nobody will notice. If you don’t have a hot glue gun then you can just tie a knot in the two threads once you get to the end of a run. Or, if you’re a perfectionist you could always sew them end to end with a needle and thread. I’m not a perfectionist.

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