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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."

Beaded Ball Ornament

By: Dondi Richardson

Easy beaded Christmas ornaments are a great way to make your tree sparkle.  Try this Beaded Ball Ornament - you'll love the results and will save it for years.  Make one in all your favorite colors to really help your tree sparkle and shine.  These colorful beaded ornaments make great gifts for everyone on your list and are so easy and fun to make for crafters of all ages.

Beaded Ball Ornament

Materials:

  • 2-1/2″ diameter STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Ball
  • 3-5 oz. beads in varying sizes & shades of green
  • Approximately 200 bead pins, 1″ length
  • Silver embroidery floss, 12″ length
  • Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue*

 

Instructions:

  1. Select three to five different beads.
     
  2. Squeeze puddle of glue onto small area of ball. Insert pin into bead and press into ball in the glued area. Repeat with several more pins and beads to create an interesting arrangement.
     
  3. Repeat this technique in a larger area.
     
  4. Continue process until ball is covered, leaving enough space at the top for one bead. Squeeze puddle of glue in open space. Tie ends of floss into knot. Insert beaded pin through middle of knot and into open space of ornament, pressing bead down into glue. Let dry. Then hang as desired.
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I did something very similar. I used styrofoam balls and craft glue but instead of beads and pins, I took berry sprig holiday picks, cut off individual berries and left about a 1/2 inch of stem attached. I used the stem of the berry the way you used your pins stuck through the beads. I go to the clearance sales now and pick up all different kinds of berry sprigs. glossy, frosted, all different shapes, colors and sizes. They make wonderful gifts. Thanks for posting this way of making them!

simple idea but uses up all those homeless straggler beads!

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