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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."

FolkArt Mushroom Welcome Sign

By: Amy Anderson for Plaid Mod Podge

The iconic mushroom image is back! This folk-art-inspired sign from Amy Anderson is a great way to welcome guests into your home. The distressing gives it a flashback feel while the colors are perfect for a modern palette.

FolkArt Mushroom Welcome Sign


Materials:

  • Wooden scallop plaque by Walnut Hollow
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Sky Blue, Burnt Umber
  • Scrapbook paper, 4 coordinating sheets – I used the Cosmo Cricket Earth Love collection
  • Wood letters to spell “Welcome”
  • Candle
  • Scalloped scissors


Instructions:

  1. Prepare plaque.
     
  2. Paint the entire plaque and wood letters with Burnt Umber. Allow to dry.
     
  3. You are now going to distress the plaque. To do this, rub the candle on top the plaque in various places. Rub the candle on the edges as well.
     
  4. Paint the top of the plaque and the outside edge with Sky Blue. Paint two coats and allow to dry.
     
  5. When the paint is completely dry on the plaque, you will use the sandpaper to distress it. Lightly sand in the areas where you painted the wax, and the paint on top of the wax will rub away quickly. You’ll see the Burnt Umber start to show through through. Sand less for subtle distressing and more for obvious distressing. Be careful not to sand too much – you don’t want the unfinished wood to show through.
     
  6. Take the Cosmo Cricket paper and cut out a mushroom top shape. I did mine freehand. If you need to, sketch your mushroom top and stem on separate piece of paper first and use as a template. You should also cut the stem out at this time. I cut my stem out of three sheets of paper, and trimmed the overlapping edges using scalloped scissors.
     
  7. Mod Podge your mushroom down, starting with the stem. Mod Podge the bottom stem piece down first, then the rest of the stem, then the mushroom top. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
     
  8. Glue down your wood letters with craft glue and allow to dry.
     
  9. Mod Podge the entire plaque and allow to dry. Give a second coat and allow to dry at least 24 hours before hanging.
     

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