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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."

Snowman Belly Jars

These sweet little snowmen are chock full of marshmallows!  With some empty glass jars and some paint, you can create these Snowman Belly Jars from Amanda Formaro and fill them with yummy treats of your own.  One of these treat filled snowmen would be great for teachers, neighbors, and make great stocking stuffers for friends and family.

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snowman belly jars

Materials:

  • Glass jar
  • Crystal Gloss Enamel paint: white or Crystal and 3 other colors of your choice
  • 3D Gloss Enamel Writer paint in the same colors as you chose above

 

Instructions:

  1. Using Crystal Gloss Enamels, paint jar with White or Crystal and allow to dry.

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  2. Paint mittens.
     
  3. Paint button circles.

    snowman belly jars
     
  4. Paint scarf.

    snowman belly jars
     
  5. Using 3D Gloss Enamel Writers, outline mittens with matching color.
  1. Outline buttons with matching color.
     
  2. Outline scarf with matching color.

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  3. Use Crystal or White to add a few snowflakes to jar.
     
  4. Allow everything to dry completely before using. These can be baked on for a permanent finish, follow directions on the bottle.
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Such a cute idea. The only thing I altered was I painted the jars with white so you couldn't see thru and it made the rest of the colors stand out. I outlined the snow people in black and then did the rest in colors. I said snow people because I had to make a snow lady for my grand daughter. Then I filled them with their favorite candy. M Ms for her and jelly beans for my grand son. They really liked these. You could make these all year round. Bunnies at Easter, Hearts for Valentines, etc.

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