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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."

Summer Party: Lanterns

By: My Mind's Eye

Create a collection of paper lanterns in the coolest "Breaking Free" papers for a summer party. Leave as permanent features hanging under your outdoor umbrellas or scatter around tables in your home. For the matching table decorations for this summer party collection, including coasters, napkin rings and placemats, check out this article.

Summer Lanterns for Party Decor  Summer Party Lantern 1

Materials (For Lanterns, Placemats, Coasters and Napkin Rings):

  • 4 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free Sunkissed “All Girl” Die Cut paper (placemats)
  • 2 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Cowabunga” Oh So Very Cool Dots
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free Sunkissed “Sweet” Flora paper
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free Cowabunga “Beach Bum” paper
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Wild Ride” You are a Star paper
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Lighten-Up, Baby!” Dots paper
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Lighten-Up, Baby!” tag
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “You are a Star” tag
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Summertime Boy” tag
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Summer Camp” proceed with adventure tag
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Sunkissed” Only Smiles – Girl title
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Sunkissed” Only Smiles – Girl tag
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Sunkissed” All Girl tag
  • 1 – My Mind’s Eye Breaking Free “Fruit Flavored” Lovin’
  • 2 – My Mind’s Eye Penny Lane “Maggie Mae” Chloe Lynn Bright Moons paper (placemats)

***Also used: ribbon, glitter glue, bling, stamps & brown ink, ceramic coaster ***

Materials can be found at My Mind's Eye.

Lantern Instructions:

  1. Cut paper to 8 x 12 and fold in half length-wise.
  2. Fold up 1 ½” border.

    Lantern Instructions 1
  3. Make a straight cut every ¾” leaving 1 ½” border.

    Lantern Instructions 2
  4. Unfold and adhere 1 ½” x 12” strip of contrasting paper (inked) on border do not put adhesive to edges if you want to sew.

    Summer Lanterns 3
  5. Sew edges, if desired.
  6. Add stamping and glitter glue now. Allow to dry.
  7. Roll up and glue or staple the short edges of the paper together.
  8. Cut strip of paper to 1” x 8” and add to lantern for handle. (I used a brad.)
  9. Punch holes on opposite sides of lantern and add tag using jute.
  10. Embellish with ribbon, glitter glue, bling, stamps, etc.

Lantern 5    Lantern 6

Lantern 7    Lantern 8

Check out the matching table decorations for this summer party collection!

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i just wish it was a video were the shoe you step by step lol lol i just broke to much paper am new of this but i will keep trying becouse i like it..

I wish we had a template with the directions that would help me I'm not quick at photos LOL love this lantern. Razzy

What a great idea for outdoor festivities in the summer. I remember making these in grade school! What about stringing a bunch along with lights in them , like the Christmas lights that don't get very hot. I just don't understand what the tags are for.


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