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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."

Prettiest Ever Hot Glue Flower Lights

Have you ever seen hot glue crafts this stunning?

By: Gail Griffin from
Prettiest Ever Hot Glue Flower Lights
Prettiest Ever Hot Glue Flower Lights
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Hot glue is typically used as an adhesive for craft projects, but rarely is it at the forefront. Use hot glue in a completely unique way by making the Prettiest Ever Hot Glue Flower Lights. The hot glue flowers can be used in a variety of ways for upcoming craft projects. Attach stems and turn them into a whimsical translucent bouquet, or attach them to strings of lights to create a DIY garland for outdoor summer parties at night. A smaller hot glue flower would also make a darling embellishment for a handmade card. No matter what you use them for, this hot glue gun craft is one you shouldn't miss. 

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts



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Has anyone made these yet? It really is a clever idea, though at first it seemed like it might be pretty labor intensive, once you get the hang of it, I would imagine it could be therapeutic. I wonder if you could add some food coloring or tint or if glue sticks come in colors! Imdo,love adding the lights. If they are the newer LED lights that are cooler to the touch, so that would,work fine! Thanks for sharing!

Glue crafts are so unique. I've tried failed with one. I'm wondering if you were to succeed with this, and wanted to make enough for a string of lights, could you use an alternate method? Like cutting chunks off of a glue stick and using the parchment paper and cookie sheet in the oven, or on an electric griddle. Or, using the glue gun on a electric griddle at low heat to allow for more working time, and control. Does anyone have any knowledge on this? I feel it would also allow easier attachment of petals, and the ability to create more petals at a faster rate.

Wow, this is interesting and different. I've hand made flowers before but never thought of using a hot glue gun to make petals. I think attaching them to a set of lights is interesting. I'd try it with a set of blue lights too. I'm honestly a little skeptical about what the lights could do to the petals. Some lights do radiate heat. I think I'd plug a set in for a few hours to see if they truly remain cool before attaching the flowers. I think this would look pretty on a wreath, swag or as a cluster of lighted roses in place of a wall sconce for a party or holiday such as Easter or Christmas.


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