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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."

In need of some DIY home decor ideas? Try this Lovely Mod Podge Tray. This tutorial will take a plain wooden tray and turn it into a decorative platter perfect for serving. It's an easy woodcraft that will take you almost no time to complete. Choose a paint color and fun paper to match your other home decor. To really make the bottom of the tray pop, choose patterned paper. This is a great way to spruce up your home decor.

Simple Mod Podge Tray

Materials:

  • Mod Podge
  • Foam brushes
  • Paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wood tray

Instructions:

  1. Apply a coat or two of paint on your tray and let it dry.
     
  2. Cut your pattern paper to the size to fit into the tray.
     
  3. Take your mod podge with a foam brush and put a coat of mod podge on the wood and apply the paper to it. Let that dry and apply a "sealant" coat of Mod Podge. You're done- Enjoy!

 

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Even though this project is titled to be a Christmas tray in the video, the red color caught my eye and in could see this as a 4th of July summer tray in red, with white and blue accent colors. Of course you can create this in any colors to suit your decor or the holiday of your choice. It is a lovely and practical project and you could even upcycle a found tray at an estate or garage sale for even more cost effectiveness ....thanks for sharing a great idea!

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