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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."

Crafty Chalkboard Mugs

By: Fawnda Norman for Fireflies and Jellybeans

Make some fun chalkboard mugs for your mom on Mother's day thanks to Fawnda Norman. You can write her little notes to make her day. This is a great tutorial to follow.
 


 

Materials:

  • Mugs (either new or ones you already have!)
  • Painter's tape
  • Sand paper
  • Primer (not pictured)
  • Chalkboard paint (you can get this at most hardware, or craft stores)

 

Instructions:

  1. Tape off your mug where you want your chalkboard rectangle to be.


     
  2. Prime you mug in the area you taped off. Let primer dry according to the label.


     
  3. After the primer is dry, paint on your first layer of chalkboard paint. Let dry according to label.


     
  4. Paint on your second coat of chalk board paint. Let dry and cure according to the label.


     
  5. Remove the painter's tape.


     
  6. Rub some chalk all over the area you painted and wipe off to set the chalkboard paint up. Write whatever you wish on mug.
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@ angiewestback 3012030: We recommend you contact the designer, Fawnda Norman, to see if she has any suggestions about washing. If you click the link for her designer page at the very end of this project, you can find a link to her blog and contact info. Hope this helps! -- FaveCrafts Editors

What about washing?

What a great idea! Definitely going to make some of these. I'm thinking that the sandpaper is to rough up and take the some of the shine off of the cup a little bit on the area you're going to prime so the primer will adhere better. And then lightly sand the primer after it's dried to make sure there are no bumps for your chalkboard area.

Where does the sand paper come in? It is in the supply list, but not in the instructions. Do you sand before you primer or between coats of primer and chalkboard paint?

We need an answer to the sand paper use?

Great craft and I am going to make it. But what is the sand paper for? The instructions call for it but it is not used. Do you sandpaper the area after you tape it and before you prime it?

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