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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."
Converted Lantern Planters
Converted Lantern Planters
This image courtesy of thecountrychiccottage.net

In the Designer's Words:"Try using lanterns as planters around your home this summer. Shop your own garage or head to your local lawn and garden center to find a lantern that is perfect for your space.Grab your supplies and get started on your own outdoor project today.   If you are excited about using lanterns as planters, be sure to check out the wide variety of lanterns at your local store!"

If you are a big outdoor crafts enthusiast, you know that DIY planters and terra cotta pot crafts can be pretty limiting. There are only so many ways you can make clay pot crafts work in new and exciting ways. That is why these Converted Lantern Planters are so unique. Simple to create and adding stunning new dimensions to your green space, these garden crafts can be created quickly and are surprisingly easy to make. You will love adding these unique outdoor DIY ideas to your home. If you do not have an old lantern to use, try browsing your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft

Easy

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Lanterns
  • Coco liners
  • Potting soil
  • Plants

Instructions

  1. Line each lantern with a portion of the coco basket liner. The small lanterns each used a half of a liner each while the large lantern used almost two full liners.

  2. Once you have covered up all of the holes with your lining, just add in potting soil and any plants that you love.

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#BestIdeaEver I just love the look.

What a great idea. The stores are just filled with all sorts of beautiful lanterns, in many, many colors.Turning them into planters makes them more versatile. They will be heavier when filled, so the carrying handles will come in handy.#BestIdeaEver.

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