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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."

Football Monster Halloween Craft

The perfect Halloween craft idea for the little ones is here. This Football Monster Halloween Craft is made from paper that kids can decorate and actually play with when they are finished. Kids of all ages will enjoy making these zany new toy to use outside. This makes a great party game or Halloween craft idea for kids to bring home. Nothing says "October" quite like scary monsters and a nice game of football. However, this Football Monster Halloween Craft is great for any month at all.

Primary TechniqueOther

Beginner

SeasonFall

Materials:

  • Plastic vampire teeth – the cheap kind with upper and lower teeth connected
  • Hot glue
  • Felt in various colors
  • Lots of cheap masking tape – painter’s tape won’t stick when you start painting
  • Recycled paper
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Trace around the teeth on the felt leaving 1-1/2″ on both sides.  The side pieces are 1″.
     
  2. Glue the upper and lower curves of the felt to the inside of the teeth.
     
  3. Cut the side pieces.  Fold the pieces over the sides of the teeth and glue in place.
     
  4. Cut a strip of felt to fit all the way around the outside of the teeth with the teeth partially closed. Glue in place.


     
  5. Begin building the paper football around the mouth, securing the first piece with glue.


     
  6. Tape down every layer of bunched paper with tape. Shape as you go.
     
  7. Paint it, then design the lips, eyes and stripes.

 

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