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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."

Black and Gold DIY Coasters

By: Zakkiya Hamza from inkstruck.com
Black and Gold DIY Coasters
Black and Gold DIY Coasters
This image courtesy of inkstruck.com

If you want to update the look of your home without breaking the bank, try these Black and Gold DIY Coasters. Rather than investing in a room remodel, you can update smaller items in your house with do it yourself projects like this. The tutorial shows you how to make coasters that have a chic and modern look, and only cost a few dollars to make! Black with an abstract and gold design, DIY crafts like these homemade coasters can easily spruce up your space no matter your budget.

Time to CompleteIn an evening

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What are these coasters made of? I do not go to Ikea as the one near us is not eay to get to because of traffic but this is such a cute and simple project and I like the black and gold. Just paint the coaster and when dry come back with another color and you are done. My kind of craft. Super idea. And you can choose different colors too.

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