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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."

Removable Shrink Plastic Lettering

By: Tiffany Windsor for Cool2Craft.com

Personalize a plain shirt with removable lettering custom made from shrink plastic. Tiffany Windsor demonstrates how to create with die-cut letters.

Inspired Shirt

Close-up Shirt

Materials:

  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Sizzix Alphabet Dies
  • Aleene’s Tack-It Over and Over Glue
  • Shrink plastic – clear
  • Oven or heat gun
  • Non-stick sheet
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Blue low-mask painters tape

Instructions:

This is a quick and easy project. Just grab your Big Shot and alphabet dies! Cut your plastic about ½” larger than the letter. Lay onto die, layer with the cutter pads and run through your Big Shot. Don’t worry that the plastic may crinkle slightly as once you shrink it you will not see the imperfections. Remember that your plastic will shrink to about 40% of its original size.

Die-Cut Lettering

Die-Cut Lettering 23

To shrink, place on non-stick sheet, place in oven and shrink according to package directions or use heat gun. If using the heat gun, I like to place my letters in a heat resistant tray so that they don’t blow away when using the heat gun! Sometimes I also use the end of a wooden skewer to hold them still while shrinking them with the heat gun.

Place shrunk letters face down on sticky side of tape. I like to use blue low-mask painter’s tape. Brush on acrylic paint. Note on this example that I wanted to match the safari pattern so I gave a quick brush stroke on each piece rather than painting the entire surface. Let paint dry completely.

Letters on Tape

Painted Letters

Apply a line of Tack-It directly from the bottle onto back of each letter. Let glue dry overnight or until completely clear. Remember it will still be tacky. Gently press glued letters onto wearable. When ready to launder, remove letters. Depending on how much lint fibers the glue has picked up, you may need to reapply glue in order to reapply letters on wearable.

Close-up Letters

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Hi Dogwild, Try looking here: http://www.cutratecrafts.com/search.php?task=run_search&search_term=Aleene%27s+&page=0 You can have it delivered right to your door. Hope this helps! -Editors of FaveCrafts

Love this idea! Unfortunately, Aleene's Tack It Over-and-Over Glue is nowhere to be found in my area! I've been looking for it for several years now; my "stash" is all used up. Would a spray adhesive work in a pinch?

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