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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."

Spring Message Chalkboard

Spring Message Chalkboard

This Spring Message Chalkboard is a simple craft to hang on a wall or in the kitchen to remind yourself or family members of events or to-do lists. You only need a few materials for this DIY craft project and the full instructions tell you how to make this chalkboard. The clothespins attached to the board allow you to hang up lists, photos, reminders, etc. for all to see before they walk out the door. Embellished with cherries and hearts, this easy craft only involves painting and gluing, and it will definitely remind you of spring, if nothing else.

Primary TechniqueMixed Media

Easy

SeasonSpring

Materials:

  • Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
  • Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Colors
  • Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Neons
  • Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Trinkets
  • FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Sky Mist, 2 oz.
  • Small wood chalkboard
  • 5 Clothespins
  • Scrap burlap cut into 1"x1” squares

Instructions:

  1. Basecoat chalkboard frame and clothes pins with light blue, let dry.

     
  2. Following direction on Mod Melts create several pink hearts, and several cherries as shown.

     
  3. Glue Mod Molds designs to burlap squares as shown. Glue to clips and glue clips to bottom of chalkboard.


 

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