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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."

Evergreen Topiary

By: Not Just a Housewife

This topiary craft is so festive for winter. Use these simple instructions to make your own outdoor decorative topiaries, which also make great Christmas decorations.

Evergreen Topiary

Materials:

  • Drill
  • 1/16" drill bit
  • Plaster of Paris
  • 4" pots
  • Burlap
  • Sticks
  • Glue
  • Fake pine branches

Evergreen Topiary

Instructions:

  1. The first thing you need to do is tape up the hole in the bottom of your pot. This way the plaster won't get out.

    Evergreen Topiary
     
  2. Mix up the plaster directly in the post according to the directions on the package. Then put the sticks on the pots and let them sit for several hours until they have completely set up. I got my sticks in the backyard. I trimmed them off of one of my pine trees. Any stick would do. I cut them to be three different heights.

    Evergreen Topiary
     
  3. Drill holes in the top of each stick. The a few more at 45 degree angles just below the top of the stick.

    Evergreen Topiary
     
  4. I stripped the plastic off of the fake pine branches to expose the wire. Then I bent the wire in half until it snapped in half. If you have trouble breaking the wire you can use wire snips.

    Evergreen Topiary
     
  5. I put some glue on the hole before sticking the wire in it. Any glue would work.
     
    Evergreen Topiary

    Everygreen Topiary
     
  6. Here they are all glued! Just play around with the location of the branches until it looks like what you want. The holes are small enough that if you choose not to use that hole, you can't see it. No one will know :)

    Evergreen Topiary
     
  7. I used burlap but really you can use whatever fabric you want. Or, you don't have to use any at all. You could add pebbles or moss to the pots to cover up the plaster.
     
  8. Set the pot on the fabric and then bring all the side up around the stem. Since burlap frays so easily, I just pulled me of the strings and used those to tie the fabric. You could also use ribbon or jute.

    Evergreen Topiary

    Evergreen Topiary


 

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A great use for old, incomplete fake tree parts I have sitting in my basement!

What a GREAT IDEA! Super. Love em! Thanks for a wonderful and quick put-together.

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