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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."

Pebbled Garden Decoration

By: Kathleen George for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

You can purchase the pebbles or find smooth natural ones in your very own garden.  These garden stone crafts make beautiful outdoor decorations that will endure all the elements. Great gift idea for a gardener.
 

Pebbled Garden Ornament
 

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Ball, 5"
  • Small, river-washed pebbles (available by the bag in craft stores)
  • Latex adhesive for ceramic tile
  • Sanded tile grout
  • Acrylic exterior satin varnish
  • Black fine line permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Palette knife
  • Disposable bowl, small
  • Bucket of water
  • Household sponge
  • Soft, clean rag
  • Rubber gloves
     

Instructions:

  1. Sort pebbles into dark and light piles.
     
  2. Use marker to draw spiral around foam ball, from top to bottom, or draw custom pattern.
     
  3. Use palette knife to spread 1/8"-thick layer of tile adhesive onto small area of ball, along marker line. Note: Rest ball in small bowl while working to prevent rolling.
     
  4. Firmly press one or two rows of black pebbles into adhesive along entire marker line, placing pebbles close together; add adhesive as needed. Repeat, filling remaining spaces with light-colored pebbles for contrast; let dry completely.
     
  5. Following manufacturer's instructions, mix grout. Put on rubber gloves. Use tip of damp sponge to rub grout into spaces between stones. As you work, remove excess grout from stones with clean side of sponge. Note: If using sanded grout, rinse tools in bucket, not sink; discard water outdoors.
     
  6. When ball is completely grouted, wipe away excess once more using damp sponge. Let ball dry slightly. Repeat sponging until stones are clean.
     
  7. When dry, rub ball with clean rag to remove grout residue and restore shine.
     
  8. If using outdoors, follow manufacturer's instructions to apply one or more coats of sealer to ball.
     

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For more project ideas, please see styrofoamstyle.com.

 

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I made one with using a larger, flat stone on the bottom so it would stay where I put it. I also put a few in a terra cotta saucer covered with more pebbles. Great project.

Even though we like it, ours doesn't look as nice. It seems we got too much grout and the rocks are not as distinct. It took a long time---certainly not a quick project.

I tried this and it was really easy. Almost goof-proof! I didn't want it to roll around in my garden, so I sanded a flat spot and covered it with a flat piece of tile. Thanks for the great idea!

These look gorgeous and fun.

I use alumium pie pans and buy the ready mixed sand and cement and after i get it mixed with water and pour it in the pie pans, I use marbles or pretty stones, or beads to decorate it and use them for stepping stones in the gardens. Mary Sadler

Very Cool can't wait to try it!

Lindisimo proyecto, muchas gracias. Besitos.

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