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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."

Easiest Yarn Wrapped Spring Wreath

By: Maggie Kmiecik for FaveCrafts

Looking for something to do with those yarn scraps? The Easiest Yarn Wrapped Spring Wreath should probably be sitting on your door then! This simple wreath is great if you've never made one before and are looking to learn how to make a wreath. This spring wreath tutorial give you a chance to explore your creativity! Add fabric flowers or crochet some leaves to add around the edges. The possibilites are endless.

 

Materials:

  • 1 foam wreath form
  • Medium cardboard letters spelling out the word of your choice
  • Yarn scraps in assorted colors
  • Mod podge
  • Fabric glue
  • Scrap of fabric for hanging (optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Choose the color for your wreath and start wrapping it around the foam form. Coat a little section of the foam with Mod Podge and the wrap the yarn over it. This will help keep your yarn in place.
     
  2. After wreath is wrapped, start wrapping each letter. Put a little bit of Mod Podge on the back of your letter and adhere the tail of your yarn to the back. It will make wrapping the letter easier.
     
  3. Arrange your letters on the wreath.
     
  4. Add fabric glue to only the parts of the letter that are touching the wreath. Set back down.
     
  5. Once all the letters are set, place a book or a couple books on top of them and let dry over night.
     
  6. Once dry, tie your piece of scrap fabric to the top of the wreath and hang from your door!

 

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Fascinating! Very simple yet attractive. the colors compliment well with the white foam wreath. Maybe add a little glitters, or poinsettia to make it more lively.

I agree with the last comment. It is a nice wreath but could use a bit more filler. Cheerful crocheted flowers would be really nice, but plastic, paper, cloth or even dried natural flowers, leaves and branches would work. Lovely seasonal project!

I see this interpersed with just several crocheted flowers, small, to add even more fun!

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