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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."

Baby Food Jar Soy Candles

By: Cathie Filian

Recycle empty baby food jars into cute soy candles for decorating a baby shower or to give as favors for those attending the baby shower. Follow this tutorial by Cathie & Steve to create a batch of candles in less than an hour.


Baby Food Jar Soy Candles


Materials:

  • Recycled glass baby food jars
  • Soy container-blend wax
  • Cotton-cored wick
  • Metal wick base
  • Candle thermometer
  • Skewer
  • Large glass measuring cup
  • Microwave
  • Optional: fragrance or color chips

Instructions:

  1. Thoroughly clean the baby food jars. Attach the metal wick base to one end of the wick, following instructions on the package. Wrap the other end of the wick to the center of a skewer; balance the skewer across the opening of the jar. The skewer will keep the wick straight during the pouring and cooling stages.
     
  2. Place the soy wax in a large glass measuring cup. In a microwave, melt on medium temperate in short intervals. (1 minute at a time) Remove and place the thermometer in the wax, stir as needed, until the melted wax has reached a temperature of 160 degrees (never heat above 160 degrees). Note: One pound of melted soy wax will make 2-1/4 c. liquid wax.
     
  3. Cool the wax to 110 degrees, pour it very slowly into the prepared jar. Make sure the wick is centered and taut. When the wax is completely cool, trim the wick to 1/4" long. In order for the fragrance to settle, wait four days before burning.
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Use the baby food jar contents in cakes or breads in place of some of the oil. Applesauce would be ideal! If the label is colorful & cute I'd leave it on & careful clean it then use wax the same color as the original contents. It would make a cute baby shower game prize! Yvonne

Where do you get old baby food jars from? I'd hate to buy them with the food in it only to waste the baby food. Dig

If you have a freecycle group in your area, I'd post a wanted there.

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