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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."

Countdown to Christmas Wreath

This fun Christmas wreath craft project features 24 numbered tins on top of a wood base adorned with green tissue paper. Use this Countdown to Christmas Wreath as an advent calendar and fill each tin with sweets or other surprises. Learn how to make a Christmas wreath and discover how fun it is to decorate for the holidays. Use fun embellishments to make your design completely unique. This project gives you an excuse to gather up the kids and make memories. After all, the Christmas season is all about togetherness and family. The time spent working on this wreath will be something you cherish for years to come.
 

Christmas Countdown Wreath
 

Materials:

  • Tulip 3D Fashion Paint 65000 White
  • Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint BI15784 Glacier White
  • Tulip Fabric Glitter Spray FLSG1 Crystallina Glitter Spray
  • Plastic tablecloth
  • Card stock, red, turquoise
  • Satin ribbon, 2” wide, 1 yd, red
  • Wood wreath, round, flat
  • Circle pattern
  • Paintbrush, large, flat
  • Favor tins, silver, 24
  • Pencil
  • Tissue paper, lime
  • Candy
  • Scissors
  • Foil

 

Instructions:

  1. Cover work surface with tablecloth. Lay wreath onto work surface.
     
  2. Squeeze a puddle of Glacier White onto foil. Paint front and edges of wreath, using paintbrush. Let dry. Paint back of wreath. Let dry. Repeat procedure to apply a second coat of paint. Let dry.
     
  3. Trace 12 circles onto each color of card stock. Cut out, using scissors.
     
  4. Line up tins. Lay circles onto work surface. Apply Tacky Spray onto one side of each circle, following manufacturer’s instructions. Immediately press each circle onto center of lid of a tin.
     
  5. Turn tins over. Spray glue onto bottom of each tin. Immediately press tins onto wreath, alternating colors. Let dry.
     
  6. Turn wreath over. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to create a loop at upper edge of wreath and tails that extend below lower edge. Notch ribbon ends.
     
  7. Glue ribbon loop onto upper edge of wreath and tails onto lower edge.
     
  8. Cut one piece of tissue paper into 4” wide strips. Cut strips into fourths. Twist one end. Snip opposite end to create fringe to resemble pine needles.
     
  9. Spray Glitter onto fringed end of tissue. Let dry.
     
  10. Push twisted end of each piece firmly between tins.


11. Start flow of 3D Paint on a paper towel, applying an even pressure on bottle for a smooth line. Write “1” onto tin at upper center of wreath, using 3D Paint. Write appropriate number onto each remaining tin. Let dry.

12. Fill each tin with candy.

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