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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."

Thrift Store Outdoor Lantern

By: Diane from inmyownstyle.com
Thrift Store Outdoor Lantern
Thrift Store Outdoor Lantern
This image courtesy of inmyownstyle.com

Make you backyard gorgeous again with this stunning Thrift Store Outdoor Lantern. You'd never know by looking at it that it's made from mostly recycled items. Check out your local thrift store or dollar store to find a nice a glass hurricane or vase to form the frame of your DIY lantern. You can clean out and reuse an old tuna can from last week's dinner to make the base.
With a coat of dark paint and a white candle, this elegant garden craft looks much more expensive than it actually is. Once they see it, your friends will be asking you to teach them how to make a lantern!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsGlass, Paint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft

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Great idea! An project that can upcycle or reuse items is not only great for the environment but is a wonderful way to challenge the mind with creativity and clever thinking, another option for this is to lightly paint or stain the glass hurricane for a pretty Subdued effect ...

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