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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."

Light & Bright Tie Dye Shirt

This sweater from I Love to Create is a great one to make yourself. It only takes a few steps and you can wear it to an 80's party too. Scrunch the shirt together and get coloring.

Materials:

  • Tulip® Dye Techniques Kit™
  • 100% cotton sweater - white
  • PVC pipe - 6” round and 1-foot long
  • Spray bottle

 

Steps:

  1. Prewash fabric to remove sizing. Do not use fabric softener.
     
  2. Cover work surface with trash bags. Lay damp fabric on prepared surface.
     
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, add water to the Lime dye bottle, following instructions. Replace cap tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved.Lay the bottom portion of the sweater on pipe and scrunch fabric together, leaving upper portion laying out flat.
     
  4. Squeeze the Lime dye over the scrunched bottom portion of the sweater.
     
  5. Add water to the Turquoise dye bottle. Replace cap tightly. Shake until dye is dissolved. Pour dye into a spray bottle.
     
  6. Move the PVC pipe to underneath the top portion of the sweater and scrunch fabric. Spray top portion of sweater with Turquoise dye. (Refer to photo.)
     
  7. Cover fabric with trash bag or plastic tablecloth. Let sit 4-6 hours. Wash in a large load of water with a small amount of laundry soap. Line dry.

 

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