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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."

Recycled Glass Jar Christmas Lantern

Recycled Glass Jar Christmas Lantern

Make a Recycled Glass Jar Christmas Lantern and place it on your mantel this holiday season. Glass jar crafts are a great way to reduce, reuse and recycle all year long, but during the holidays, they are especially useful. Instead of throwing away your glass jars, use them to create pretty, shimmering lights that everyone will enjoy. If you like making Christmas Mason jar crafts and want to try something a little different, this is a great excuse to go green and decorate your space.
It's hard to imagine a more exciting way to celebrate the holidays than with a wonderful recycle craft like this one. Christmas crafts come in all shapes and sizes, but there's something extra special about being mindful of the environment during the holidays. Once you make this Christmas craft idea, you may find that you want to make even more recycled Christmas crafts. Don't be afraid to go wild and make this lovely glass craft for friends and family. Anyone would appreciate such a thoughtful DIY gift.

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



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  • Empty Nescafé Classic glass jar
  • Tescoma snowman cookie cutter
  • Left-over piece of paper
  • White acrylic paint
  • Two 15mm red pom-poms
  • Twenty 8mm clear flat-sided flower rhinestones
  • Piece of red satin ribbon
  • Paper raffia in the following two colors: light green and white
  • Small wooden snowman ornament
  • Battery operated T-light candle
  • Heritage spray-on contact glue
  • Quick-drying matt spray varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Small scissors
  • Pen
  • Brown packaging tape
  • Quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)



Make a snowman sticker:

  1. Glue a strip of packaging tape across the piece of paper. Place the cookie cutter onto the strip of tape and use the pen to trace the outline of the cookie cutter onto the packaging tape.

  2. Cut the traced snowman out.
  3. Spray contact glue onto the tape side of the snowman and allow the glue to dry. Then, position the snowman sticker on the glass jar and press down firmly.


Make the lantern:

  1. Use the paintbrush to dab a thin, uneven layer of white paint all over the jar. Apply paint all the way up to the top lip of the bottle, but do not paint the base of the jar. Allow to dry thoroughly.

  2. Gently remove the snowman sticker and clean up glue reside that might have remained.

  3. Glue the pom-poms to the snowman’s belly.

  4. Glue a row of evenly spread rhinestone flowers all around the jar’s shoulder.
  5. Spay the jar with the spray varnish and allow to dry thoroughly.
  6. Use a piece each from the red ribbon and two colors of paper raffia to add glue the snowman ornament to the knot of the bows.

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Fun and clever idea! This would be a fun scout troop or church group project for winter. You could adapt this idea using other shapes besides the snowman, such as a cat, a snowflake, star, holly shape or tree or even mittens! This could be personalized for a gift for the symbol that suits them best, or even a letter initial. Would look pretty in a grouping made from several different sized glass jars too. Fun idea!


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