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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."

Wrapping Paper DIY Christmas Wreath

Wrapping paper crafts are perfect for Christmas.

Wrapping Paper DIY Christmas Wreath
Wrapping Paper DIY Christmas Wreath
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Make a wreath out of wrapping paper! Wrapping paper crafts are wonderful for Christmas, and one way you can use this handy material is by making the Wrapping Paper DIY Christmas Wreath. This easy Christmas craft features just a few basic materials to make a completed decoration. If you see a particular roll of wrapping paper at the store that you love, especially if it's after Christmas and on clearance, you can use that to make your wreath. With such a versatile and even flexible type of paper to work with, your DIY wreath will come together in no time.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsPaper

Primary TechniqueRepurposing

Easy

HolidayChristmas

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Foam wreath
  • Hot glue
  • Wrapping paper

Instructions

  1. Trim the wrapping paper into thin strips.

  2. Hot glue the end and then begin wrapping the strips around.

  3. Add in new pieces as needed, securing with hot glue as you go.

  4. Trim the wrapping paper to create a paper bow.  Secure it to the wreath.

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