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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."

Beautiful White Topiary

By: Annabelle Keller for Styrofoam Brand Foam

This beautiful white topiary lights up any room and works as a great gift to anyone and everyone.
 

Beautiful White Topiary

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Products:
    • 1" x 12" x 36" Sheet, two
  • Other Materials:
  • Clay pot, 5"
  • Gift wrap, bridal
  • Acrylic craft paint: white wash, white pearl, gold
  • 3/4" flat, Paintbrush
  • Spray paint, gold glitter
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2" x 4 yds, wired
  • Silk bridal sprays, 11 small
  • Pearl & floral streamers, four
  • Floral wire, 6", cloth-covered
  • Sharp pencil
  • Yardstick
  • Serrated knife
  • Old candle
  • Sea sponge, small
  • Scissors
  • Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions:

  1. Wax knife blade with an old candle. Cut from sheets of STYROFOAM brand foam three squares in each of the following sizes: 9", 8", 3". Cut two 5" squares. Stack and glue foam squares together, creating "packages". Sand rough edges with a scrap of foam.
     
  2. Wrap packages. Stack and glue packages together, turning packages on an angle (refer to photograph).
     
  3. Paint pot with two coats of white wash; let dry. Lightly sponge with white pearl and gold paints.
     
  4. Using 3 yds of ribbon, make a six-loop bow with 12" loops and 18" tails; secure with wire. Using remaining ribbon, add two more 18" tails.
     
  5. Center and glue packages to rim of flowerpot. Glue bow to top. Glue three floral sprays to center of bow and four pearl/floral streamers under bow. Glue floral sprays on corners of middle and bottom packages.
     
  6. Spray completed topiary with gold glitter.

CAUTION: Handle assembled topiary by pot only
 

 

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