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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."

Canning Jar Reindeer

By: The Designers of Deco Art

This cute little reindeer makes for a great ornament to decorate your tree. It's easy to make and you can use household items for it. The base is a canning jar lid. Then you take some paints, add a face and you're done.

Materials:

  • DecoArt Products Required
  • No-Prep Metal Paint
    • DMP01 - Bright White
    • DMP11 - Real Red
    • DMP29 - Burnt Sienna
    • DMP32 - Coal Black
  • Foam plate
  • 1" wood split ball, Lara's Crafts U10722
  • E6000 industrial strength craft glue
  • Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft foam in beige, brown
  • Small sharp scissors
  • 1/2" flat brush
  • Liner brush
  • Regular-mouth metal canning jar lid
  • Pattern

 

Instructions:

  1. Use flat brush and Burnt Sienna to paint top of lid.
     
  2. Mix one part Bright White with one part Burnt Sienna. Use mixture to paint split ball.
     
  3. Refer to photo for placement of muzzle and glue flat side of ball to jar lid.
     
  4. Use end of brush handle dipped in Bright White to paint ovals for eyes.
     
  5. Use end of brush handle dipped in Real Red to dot nose on muzzle.
     
  6. Use liner brush and Coal Black to paint line for mouth and dots for pupils of eyes.
     
  7. Trace and cut two ear patterns from brown foam; cut two antler patterns from beige foam.
     
  8. Refer to photo for placement and use glue gun to attach ears to back edge of lid; glue antlers behind ears on back of lid.
     
  9. Finish item as desired to create ornament, gift tag, pin, or magnet.

Pin: Attach self-adhesive pin back to upper center at back of completed lid;
Magnet: Attach 1" piece of self-adhesive magnetic strip to back center of completed lid;
Ornament or gift tag: Form loop from 10" length of 3/8" wide ribbon and glue between ribbon ends, aligning edges; glue ends to upper center back of lid.

Note: Let dry after each step.

Helpful Tip: We used a new lid with silver finish and minimal lettering. Using lids with printing or colors may require basecoat of Bright White.

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You said...using household items? Since when do people have ALL those materials lying around the house? I sure don't. No thanks, I'll make my own decorations that don't cost a arm and a leg. Not every town has a Michaels or a craft store. Wal-Mart only carries so much stuff!!

So cute!!! Love it! You could also glue on wiggly eyes instead of painting them. To make this project cost less (if you don't have the paint on hand) and/or to add more texture to the project glue small peices of brown streamers or crepe paper on the lid (you need to use liquid craft glue). Also could use a round paper coaster in place of the lid (use a glue stick with these). Using this, you can punch a hole at the top of the coater to thread the ribbon through. I KNEW I should have bought those brown paper streamers when they were on clearance! Instead of a bead for the nose you could use a small heart painted a lighter brown than the streamers. Then add a teesy wensey red heart to the middle. For the deer hunter in your life you could use camo paint instead of the brown and maybe add a florencent oragne bow tie to the bottom of the lid. I am so totaly going to make these!

So cute!!! Love it! You could also glue on wiggly eyes instead of painting them. To make this project cost less (if you don't have the paint on hand) and/or to add more texture to the project glue small peices of brown streamers or crepe paper on the lid (you need to use liquid craft glue). Also could use a round paper coaster in place of the lid (use a glue stick with these). Using this, you can punch a hole at the top of the coater to thread the ribbon through. I KNEW I should have bought those brown paper streamers when they were on clearance! Instead of a bead for the nose you could use a small heart painted a lighter brown than the streamers. Then add a teesy wensey red heart to the middle. For the deer hunter in your life you could use camo paint instead of the brown and maybe add a florencent oragne bow tie to the bottom of the lid. I am so totaly going to make these!

So cute!!! Love it! You could also glue on wiggly eyes instead of painting them. To make this project cost less (if you don't have the paint on hand) and/or to add more texture to the project glue small peices of brown streamers or crepe paper on the lid (you need to use liquid craft glue). Also could use a round paper coaster in place of the lid (use a glue stick with these). Using this, you can punch a hole at the top of the coater to thread the ribbon through. I KNEW I should have bought those brown paper streamers when they were on clearance! Instead of a bead for the nose you could use a small heart painted a lighter brown than the streamers. Then add a teesy wensey red heart to the middle. For the deer hunter in your life you could use camo paint instead of the brown and maybe add a florencent oragne bow tie to the bottom of the lid. I am so totaly going to make these!

The Canning Jar Lid Reindeer can be made from the metal lid of frozen orange juice.

Great idea. Have tons of these lids to use and hate to throw them out. Thank you!

It,s adorable plan on making some.

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