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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."

Glittery Christmas Pinecone Ornaments

By: Liz Revit

Make a statement with Glittery Christmas Pinecone Ornaments from Liz Revit. It doesn't cost much to create this pinecone Christmas craft. Best of all, it's a fun project.

 

Glittery Christmas Pinecone Ornaments

 

Materials

Glittery Christmas Pinecone Ornaments
 

  • Assorted pinecones
  • Americana acrylic paint by DecoArt in the suggested colors: Indian Turquoise (top photo), Winter Blue (in the three step-by-step pictures), Country Red, Avocado Dip, and Hauser Light Green
  • American Painter #5 round (series 4000)
  • Glitter, of course, in assorted colors
  • Black, 26-gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain-nose pliers

Instructions:

  1. Paint the tips of the pinecone with paint as shown above. Work quickly because you want the paint to remain wet.

    Glittery CHristmas Pinecone Ornaments
     
  2. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle lots of glitter on the pinecone. Let dry completely.

    Glittery Christmas Pinecone Ornaments
     
  3. Use 9 inches of wire, and bend it in half to form a loop. Take the loose ends, and gently twist a few times to secure the loop. Now wrap the loose ends around the pinecone's stem. Push down any loose ends with your chain-nose pliers.

    Glittery Christmas Pinecone Ornaments
     
  4. Hang on your Christmas tree!

    Glittery Christmas Pinecone Ornaments
     

 

 

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Another way to do this that is LESS MESSY (but more expensive!) is to use Extreme Glitter Paint by Plaid. I have recently fell in love with the stuff and now have four hues (gold is my favorite, not really happy with the results of the black though)! For extra color punch, paint the pinecones first and then go over it with the glitter paint. I did see some less expensive "posterboard" type glitter paint at Micheals, but haven't tried it yet. It says "paper and most porous surfaces" so I think it would work well on the pinecones. Happy Crafting!

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