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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."

Mother's Day Bird Frame

Mother's Day Bird FrameCreate a pretty picture frame for Mom this Mother's Day with this decoupage craft from Amy Anderson. A bird silhouette adds a fun touch to this scrapbook-paper picture frame.

 

Materials:

  • 438 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Ballet Pink, 2 oz.
  • 526 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Soft Apple, 2 oz.
  • 940 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Coffee Bean, 2 oz.
  • CS11201 - Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
  • Plaid ® Wood Surfaces - Mini Silhouettes - Bird
  • Amy Butler Scrapbooking Collection by K&Company – Lotus Tea Box Paper Stack & Brads
  • Craft Glue
  • Painter’s Tape
  • One small orange button
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Craft knife & mat
  • Wire cutters
  • Wood frame – 12” x 12” with 5” x 7” opening

 


Mother's Day Crafts

 

Find this Mother's Day project and 18 other Mother's Day crafts in the Mother's Day Crafts: Blogger Edition 2010 eBook. This free downloadable guide is perfect for anyone who wants to show how much they care. Make a gift for a mom or mother figure in your life using these creative craft project ideas.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Remove the frame stand from the back of the frame and paint Coffee Bean. Paint one of the bird mini wood pieces with Coffee Bean as well. Allow both to dry.
     
  2. Basecoat back of the frame Ballet Pink including the sides. Allow to dry.
     
  3. Use the painter’s tape to section off the back of the frame (and the sides). Paint the front of the frame with Soft Apple and allow to dry.
     
  4. Select one sheet of scrapbooking paper. Use the craft knife and mat to trim this paper down approximately 1/2" on each side. Also trim the area around photo window.
     
  5. Select a second, coordinating sheet of scrapbooking paper and trace the bird on the back of it. Use the craft knife and mat to trim the piece of paper to fit.
     
  6. Apply the piece of paper from step 4 to the frame using the Mod Podge. Allow to dry and then coat the entire frame (and frame stand) with Mod Podge. Apply a second coat and allow to dry.
     
  7. Apply the piece of paper from step 5 to the bird piece using Mod Podge. Allow to dry and then apply a second coat.
     
  8. Cut the coordinating ribbon to fit around the edge of the frame. Glue down using the craft glue.
     
  9. Clip off the back of the brads using the wire cutters. Attach the brads at each corner of the frame and window using the craft glue.
     
  10. Glue down the bird piece with the craft glue. Glue the button as the eye to the bird.
     
  11. Allow the project to dry for at least 24 hours before using.

 

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