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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."

Mini Pinecone Christmas Tree

Mini Pinecone Christmas Tree
Mini Pinecone Christmas Tree
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Dress up your Christmas table with the darling Mini Pinecone Christmas Tree. Learn how to paint pinecones to look like adorable tiny Christmas trees! This is a great project for kids and adults alike, and the results are just lovely. Make several of these pinecone Christmas trees to arrange on your Christmas table, or turn them into ornaments for the tree. You could even use them in a Christmas village. Kids will love decorating their own little pinecones when they make this easy Christmas craft.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsNature Material, Paint

Primary TechniquePainting

Easy

HolidayChristmas

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Pinecones
  • Green paint
  • White paint
  • Paint brush
  • Mini jewels/dodads to add
  • Hot glue

Instructions

  1. Paint your pinecone with green paint then dry.

  2. Add in white paint for a snow-capped look – let that dry.

  3. Hot glue on jewels/bling as ornaments!

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What a sweet idea! I'm sure kids would love choosing the pine cones and making these tiny Christmas trees to place around the house.

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