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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."

Relaxation Reminder

Remind yourself to relax with this wall art painting project. Soft, beach colors, touchable texture and a starfish combine for beautiful decoration for any room (but especially good for the home office).

Materials:

DecoArt Products Required
Americana Acrylics

  • DAO58 - Antique White
  • DA234 - Calypso Blue
  • DA255 - Bahama Blue
  • DA257 - Bleached Sand
  • DA259 - Cocoa

Triple Thick Gloss Glaze

  • TG01-3 - Triple Thick Gloss Glaze, 2-oz. Brush-On

Snow-Tex

  • DAS9 - Snow-Tex

Other Materials:

  • Starfish (approx. 8")
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • 2" stiff bristle brush
  • 1" flat brush
  • 1" round foam pouncer brush
  • Sea sponge
  • Foam brushes
  • Foam plates
  • Lo-temp glue gun
  • Adhesive scrapbooking letters (We used 50606/ABC's, 1" to 1-1/2", by Pebbles, Inc.)
  • 12" x 16" wrapped canvas


Instructions:

Note: When painting, always apply to top and sides of canvas and allow paint to dry after each application.

  1. Basecoat canvas Bleached Sand.
     
  2. Place canvas vertically. On edge of left side, mark canvas lightly with pencil and ruler 6" from bottom edge; mark canvas 11" from bottom on right side edge. Refer to photo and draw a curvy line between marks.
     
  3. Refer to photo for placement and attach letter stickers to canvas; adhere well. Use foam pouncer to paint Bahama Blue over letters to avoid seepage underneath stickers; use foam brush to paint remaining lower section of canvas below line.
     
  4. Use 2" brush and dry brush technique to paint Antique White in vertical and horizontal directions over upper section.
     
  5. Use 2" brush and dry brush technique to paint Calypso Blue in horizontal direction over bottom section; follow curve of line when dragging brush across canvas and over sides. (Note: Brush gently over lettering to prevent seepage under stickers.) Remove stickers from canvas.
     
  6. Use sea sponge to apply light coat of Cocoa over upper section. Repeat with Antique White over some areas of upper section.
     
  7. Use flat brush to apply thick coat of Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to lower section for water surface; allow glaze to dry thoroughly.
     
  8. Refer to photo and use sea sponge to apply Snow-Tex thickly across line in irregular width, applying a thinner application on both sides of line. Allow Snow-Tex to dry thoroughly.
     
  9. Refer to photo for position and glue starfish to canvas.

 

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This is a real nice relaxing painted canvas of a starfish to remind you of the ocean which helps me to relax. I like that you can paint any colors on canvas and put what you want to use for your scene. I would also like to use card stock to decorate the background and put some driftwood and then maybe shells on canvas. These will make great gifts for the holidays or even a birthday.

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