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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."

Pom Pom Clothespin Pushpins

By: Laura Bray from laurabraydesigns.com
Pom Pom Clothespin Pushpins

"I love having a cork board hanging over my desk. I use it as an inspiration board and I also load it up with reminders. I prefer to use clothespin push pins instead of regular thumbtacks. By simply gluing a flat, basic thumbtack to the back of a spring-loaded clothespin, I create a way to hang my papers without poking holes in them. Of course the added bonus is that are about a million ways a girl can decorate that clothespin. Lately, I've been gluing small pom poms onto the end of mine. Felt leaves make it look like a little flower. It's a quick and easy project that really makes my cork board bloom."

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts

Beginner

SeasonSpring

Materials List

  • Wood, spring-loaded clothespins
  • Folkart Paint in various colors
  • Yarn in varous colors to match your match paint
  • Clover Pom pom maker-small size
  • Felt
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • Thumbtacks

Instructions

  1. Paint one side of the clothespin. Set aside to dry.

  2. While clothespin is drying, Make pom poms following the instructions for your pom pom maker.

  3. Cut leaves from green felt.

  4. Glue felt leaves and a pom pom onto the painted side of the clothespin.Allow to dry completely.

  5. Glue 1-2 thumbtacks onto the back (unpainted) side of the clothes pin. Allow to dry.

  6. Press finished clothespin pushpin into your corkboard. Open clothespin to clip papers in place.

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