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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."

Around the World Paper Chain

By: The Designers of 7 Gypsies

Create a beautiful vintage decor item with this Around the World Paper Chain from 7 Gypsies.  Paper garlands like this look stunning in a library or reading room, and can also be displayed on a Christmas tree for a unique and whimsical look.

Around the world paper chain

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • String


Instructions:

  1. Use a circle stencil (or bottom of a tin can) to trace circles and cut. Each globe contains 7 circles. (the more the merrier!) we cut three different size circles to create dimension in our paper chain.  Fold each circle in half.  Select two folded circles, use any type of adhesive (we used a tape runner) and glue two flat sides together. Repeat until you get to the last circle you need to glue.  Place string in the middle of the circles before you glue the last one on, then glue the last circle on to form a ball.

    Paper Garland
     
  2. Repeat steps one through four until you have string of paper globes!
     
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I love this. It would be great for a kid's geography class. The question I want to know is, are these photo copies of maps? It just says "paper" on the directions. Sally

Hi there - If you have maps or copies of maps, you can absolutely use them. The paper can have any pattern, really, in this case it just happens to be map-themed. Thanks - Julia from FaveCrafts

Clever and attractive! A great way to recycle Christmas cards! It would look nice on a mantle with greenery...

I think this is a great idea.Maybe one could use maps of favorite vacation spots.

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