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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."

Christmas Nested Egg Dolls

Looking for a unique Christmas craft to make this holiday season? Try creating the Christmas Nested Egg Dolls. You can make them as personalized as you want and they make a great holiday gift or home decor.

Christmas Nested Egg Dolls

Materials:

Plaid Supplies-

  • 2151 - FolkArt ® Gems™ - Diamonds, 2 oz.
  • 2715 - FolkArt ® Shiny™ Acrylic Paint - Licorice, 2 oz.
  • 401 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - True Blue, 2 oz.
  • 402 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Light Blue, 2 oz.
  • 437 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Lipstick Red, 2 oz.
  • 449 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Olive Green, 2 oz.
  • 478 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Lime Yellow, 2 oz.
  • 660 - FolkArt ® Metallics - Pure Gold, 2 oz.
  • 901 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz.
  • 917 - FolkArt ® Artists Pigments™ - Yellow Ochre, 2 oz.
  • 923 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Clover, 2 oz.
  • 949 - FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Skintone, 2 oz.

Other Supplies-

  • #5 & #12 round brush
  • #1 Liner brush
  • ½” flat brush
  • 1” flat wooden star
  • 10” – DMC Precious Metal Effects cording
  • Unfinished nested egg dolls
  • Transfer paper
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife and blades

Instructions:

Tree-

  1. Transfer gift designs to base of largest doll. Basecoat doll with Olive Green, painting around packages. Paint base of doll Yellow Ochre. Referring to photo for color placement, paint gifts accordingly. (Do not paint ribbons and bows)
     
  2. Starting at bottom of tree and painting upwards, apply branches using #12 round brush and Clover. Start stroke from bottom and draw up with less pressure. Overlap each layer of branches slightly and finish at top.
     
  3. When dry, paint a highlight on each branch as shown using a mix of equal parts Clover and Lime Yellow. Wipe excess paint off so brush is slightly dry.
     
  4. Using opposite end of small brush, apply Pure Gold dots to create garland. Paint bottom row first which will then give you placement for next row on up.
     
  5. Paint bows and ribbons on gifts and apply white dots to edge of tree “skirt” using opposite end of largest paintbrush.
     
  6. Cut tips off of bottom of star using craft knife. Paint star Yellow Ochre. Apply glitter paint and glue to top of tree when dry.

Santa-

  1. Transfer pattern to middle egg doll. Referring to photo, paint accordingly.
     
  2. Shadow lines are made by mixing equal parts Wicker White and Licorice, Lipstick Red and Licorice, Peach Perfection and Lipstick Red.
     
  3. Apply glitter to hat band, cuffs, edge of coat and bottom of pants.
     
  4. Eyes are made using opposite end of smallest brush with Licorice.

Toy Sack-

  1. Transfer pattern to smallest egg doll. Refer to photo for color and placement.
     
  2. Paint stars Pure Gold.
     
  3. Fold lines on sack are made with equal parts True Blue and Licorice.
     
  4. Tie silver cording around neck of sack.
     

 

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Je serai ravie si je recevais ces modles.

I, too, would like to know where the patterns are that we are told to transfer to our dolls. I probably can fake it, but would feel more confident if I could see patterns.

So where do I get the pattern for the painting?

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