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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."

Bright Ribbon Eggs

By: Kathleen George for STYROFOAM Brand Foam

These beautiful, elaborately decorated eggs are a step above traditionally dyed Easter eggs. They work perfectly as an eye-grabbing centerpiece or a unique place card.

Bright Ribbon Eggs

Materials:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Egg, 6"
  • Floral-print tissue paper, one sheet
  • Ribbon: wide, three different styles of choice, total of four 16" lengths; narrow, one 10" length
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewer
  • Paintbrushes: 1" stiff; small flat
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Thin, white craft glue or découpage medium

Steps:

  1. Cut or tear tissue paper into 1" - 2" pieces. Push skewer into center bottom of foam egg for handle.
     
  2. Working one section at a time, use stiff brush to spread thin layer of glue onto egg surface.
     
  3. Use small brush to gently spread glue onto back of one tissue section, paying close attention to edges. Position paper on egg, and carefully smooth tissue onto egg, clipping edges as needed to paper lays flat against surface. Use same brush to apply additional tissue paper until egg is covered, overlapping pieces as needed.
     
  4. Place skewer in heavy glass or jar; let egg dry completely. Remove skewer.
     
  5. Cut four 16" lengths from ribbons of choice. Beginning and ending at center bottom, glue ribbons lengthwise around egg, dividing it into eight equal sections as shown. Clip ribbon edges as needed so ribbon lays flat against surface. Apply additional glue to clipped edges as needed; secure ribbon with pins until dry. Remove pins.
     
  6. Tie narrow ribbon into bow and glue to tip of egg; trim ends as desired.


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Why not start some memories with the family by making these super pretty ribbon easter eggs to use as some decorations around the house in a cute little bowl. This is a super easy and inexpensive project to do and you can use up your scrap ribbon. Add these with the braided egg (see the tutorial) for a textured look of two different eggs.

I remember that my mother made decorative eggs like this. She added glitter to the glue for a nice effect.

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