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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."

Painted Clay Pot Mother's Day Craft

Painted Clay Pot Mothers Day Craft

Surprise Mom with two gifts in one by presenting her with a flower or plant in a hand-painted terra cotta pot. This Painted Clay Pot Mother's Day Craft is perfect for spring. DIY Mother's Day craft area great way to show you care. Take the time to design your clay pot according to your mom's likes and personal aesthetic so she's sure to appreciate the finished project. She can display it outside or indoors, making it appropriate for the ever-changing seasonal weather. Crafts for Mother's Day don't have to be complicated - use paint and a cheap pot to bring your project to life in no time at all.

Primary TechniquePainting



  • Americana Multi-Surface Acrylics
    • Cobalt
    • Deep Turquoise
    • Turquoise Waters
    • Melonball
  • Water container
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Burlap
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #8 round brush
  • Terra cotta pot
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Wooden dowels



  1. Using a 3/4" flat brush, paint the top rim of the pot in Melonball.

  2. Using a 3/4" flat brush, begin painting the pot starting at the top with Melonball and go down approximately 1/3 of the way. While the paint is still wet, use the same brush (no need to rinse) and brush on Turquoise Waters around the middle, making sure to overlap with Melonball.

  3. While the paint is still wet, use the same brush (no need to rinse) and brush on Deep Turquoise around the bottom, making sure to overlap with Turquoise Waters.

  4. Using a 3/4" flat brush, paint the two wooden dowels in Melonball.

  5. Using the pattern cut three pennants/triangle shapes from the burlap.

  6. Using a 3/4" flat brush, loosely paint the pennants with Deep Turquoise. (Do not paint to the edges.)
  7. Use a pencil to loosely draw "MOM", with one letter on each pennant. Using a #8 round brush, paint the shape of the letter "block style" in Melonball. Rinse brush and paint "MOM" in Cobalt. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the pennants to a piece of twine. Tie knots in between the pennants. Tie the pennants to the painted dowels.

  8. Stand the dowels inside on eitherside of the pot. (Refer to photo for placement.)

Painting the Seasons with Americana Multi-Surface Acrylics


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