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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."

Top O' the Morning Leprechaun Greeting

By: Cheryl Ball for Delta Creative

This adorable smiling Top O' the Morning Leprechaun Greeting sign from Delta Creative is sure to bring your home the luck o' the Irish. Display it outside your front door or in the driveway to celebrate in St. Patrick's Day festivities this March. A great easy painting craft for St Patrick's Day! Find more St. Patrick's Day craft projects, recipes and fun facts in our FREE St. Patrick's Day eBook.
 

Smiling Leprechaun Sign

Materials:

  • Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint:
    • Georgia Clay (2097)
    • Jubilee Green (2421)
    • Christmas Green (2068)
    • Lime Green (2489)
    • Santa's Flesh (2472)
    • White (2505)
    • Gleams 14K Gold (2604) Delta Ceramcoat All-Purpose Sealer
  • Delta Ceramcoat Satin Exterior/Interior Varnish
  • Delta Stencil Magic® - Checkerboard Medley
  • Delta Paint & Toss Sponges
  • Delta Stencil Adhesive Spray
  • Delta Sobo Glue
  • Wood Oval - Walnut Hollow - # 0277
  • Piece of wood - 5 1/2" x 13" - or desired size
  • Wood stake
  • Brushes - 3/4" flat, #1 liner, #4 flat
  • 1 yard - bright green 1" grosgrain ribbon
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Tracing paper
  • Palette
  • Pencil
  • Graphite
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sanding block
  • Masking tape
  • Cardboard
  • Wood pieces - Lara's Crafts:
    • 6 - 2" X 2" scalloped heart - U10763
    • 3 - 1" X 1" scalloped heart - U10762
    • 2 - 1-1/2" X 3/4" primitive heart - U10751
    • 1 - 6" X 1-1/8" ruler - U10307
    • 1 - 5/16" birch button - U10715
    • 1 - 1-1/4" X 1-1/4" square - U10254


Instructions:

  1. Apply a coat of All-Purpose Sealer to all wood pieces. Let dry and sand smooth.
     
  2. Trace patterns onto tracing paper. Position face pattern into place on the oval, slide graphite between and retrace lines with pencil. This will transfer the pattern to the wood.
     
  3. Paint in the following sections. Let the paint dry before adding a second coat if needed. A blow dryer will speed up this step:
    Christmas Green - rectangle wood piece
    Lime Green - three large scalloped hearts and one primitive heart, band on hat and small square in center of wood square.
    Georgia Clay - Beard
    14K Gold - Remainder of wood square for buckle
    Santa's Flesh - face
    Black - hat, ruler, and edge of rectangle piece
     
  4. Spray the adhesive to the back of the stencil following label instructions. Line up the largest stencil squares along the bottom edge of the plaque. Tap the flat end of the Stencil Sponge into Jubilee Green and tap off excess on palette. Pounce onto the stencil. Carefully lift the stencil off and set aside, blow the paint dry. Re-position the stencil and continue stenciling until the whole rectangle is stenciled.
     
  5. Secure the three small and Jubilee Green wood hearts to the cardboard with masking tape - this will make stenciling easier. Stencil the medium size checks on the larger hearts with Lime Green. Use Jubilee Green and the small squares for the small hearts. Add Jubilee Green cotton swab dots to the Lime Green large hearts.
     
  6. Paint the beard and eyebrows with Georgia Clay. Brush mix Georgia Clay and Santa's Flesh and paint in the cheeks and the wood button for the nose.
     
  7. Add Black cotton swab dots for the eyes. Use the Felt pen to draw in the mouth.
     
  8. Use the liner brush and Santa's Flesh for wavy line on the beard, high lights on cheeks, nose and eyes. Use Georgia Clay for the line under mouth.
     
  9. Position the face on the rectangle. Line up the lettering under the face and transfer to wood. Use the liner brush and White paint to paint the lettering. Add cotton swab dots to the ends of the letters.
     
  10. Detail with felt pen - Buckle, around beard, and hat band.
     
  11. Varnish all pieces and glue into place.
     
  12. Paint the stake Lime Green if desired, nail sign to stake and tie a bow around the stake.
     
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Hi. Direction 2 says to trace patterns onto tracing paper. Where are the patterns that you need to trace??

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