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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."

Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries

Throw a party this July 4th and decorate your table with a few Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries. These fourth of July decorations are so easy to make and can be created using recycled glass mason jars. Now you can save money and celebrate the USA at the same time.

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Materials:

  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
  • Aleene’s Decoupage – Matte
  • Mason jar (wide mouth)
  • Brush
  • Cardboard circles – white, red or blue (for center of medallion) (I used circles from ribbon spools spray painted white)
  • Ribbons – various patterns and colors
  • Tissue paper (various colors of blue, light blue, aqua, turquoise)
  • White copy paper
  • Star punch
  • Scissors
  • Prima Resist Canvas Alphabet Sticker (I colored mine with blue marking pen)
  • Glitter alphabet letters (black)
  • Marking pen (black)
  • Clothespins
  • Electrical wire (approximately 40″ for each luminary)
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers

Instructions:

  1. Cut ribbons to 4″ lengths. Cut “v” from tips to create notched ends.
     
  2. Cut two streamers for bottom of medallion.
     
  3. Glue ribbons in place on cardboard, overlapping and alternating ribbon patterns until entire circle is covered.
     
  4. Glue ends of streamers to the back of circle.
     
  5. Use clothespins to hold the layers together while drying.
     
  6. With black marking pen, create dots and dashes around outside circle of second cardboard piece.
     
  7. Stick lettering in place. Let aside until ribbon medallion glue is set and then glue on front of medallion and set aside until dry.
     
  8. Punch layers of tissue paper. Note: it is easier to get the star punch to punch cleanly through the tissue paper if you sandwich pieces of copy paper to the outside of multiple layers of tissue. Pull the tissue stars apart and sort by color.
     
  9. Working small sections at a time, brush Aleene’s Decoupage on outside of mason jar. Use wet brush to pick up first tissue star and place it in the wet Decoupage medium. Brush gently over top of tissue to hold in place. Repeat until desired star patterns are glued to outside of mason jar.  Let dry.
     
  10. For wide mouth mason jar cut two pieces of wire – 17″ (neck) and 22″ (handle). Measure in approximately 2″ from each end of handle wire and turn up with pliers to create u-shape. Loosely wrap neck wire around jar and hold in place while catching the u-shaped ends under the wire. Pull neck wire snug around jar and twist ends several times to hold in place.
     
  11. Gently squeeze u-shape with pliers until it is snug around neck wire. Begin wrapping 2″ end around and around handle wire. Press end snug against handle or cut to fit. Repeat for second side of handle.
     
  12. Use round nose pliers to swirl ends of twisted neck wire.
     
  13. Apply glue to front of swirls and glue ribbon medallion in place on front of luminary. Use clothespins to hold in place while glue dries.
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