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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."

Ribbon Necklace

By: Stephanie Chan for The Silly Pearl Handmade

The great thing about this Ribbon Necklace is that it can also double as a bracelet!  This beautiful bead jewelry design is a great way to jazz up any outfit.  Dress it up or down and make one in all your favorite colors!

Ribbon Necklace

Materials:

  • Beads (I used an assortment of faux pearls and crystals)
  • 1 fabric flower (you can make your own by rolling up a 1-inch wide strip of fabric, hot gluing the end, and adding a piece of felt to the bottom)
  • Silk satin ribbon, 3/16” wide
  • Nylon beading wire (I used Beadalon 19-strand)
  • Jewelry wire cutters
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimp pliers
  • Jump rings
  • Bead stopper (optional)



Instructions:

  1. The rosette is optional but if you’re going to make one, cut out a round piece of felt to put on the back. But, I only put two lines of hot glue so the middle of the felt circle isn’t sticky…this is where the wire will thread through.

    Ribbon Necklace

  2. Cut a piece of beading wire by measuring your wrist (if you’re making it for yourself) and adding about 3 inches.

    Ribbon Necklace 
     
  3. Then either tape down one end to your table top or use a bead stopper and start threading on your beads at about 1.5 inches from the end of the wire.

    Ribbon Necklace
     
  4. After about an inch or so of beads, I threaded on the rosette. Note: put a small bead (these are 4mm compared to the others which are 6-8mm) on either side of the rosette; this will make the rosette sit better.

    Ribbon Necklace
     
  5. Then keep threading on beads – I did mine semi-randomly – until you reach about 1.5 inches to the end.

    Ribbon Necklace
     
  6. Now we’ll finish the ends with a crimp bead and a jump ring.

    Ribbon Necklace 
     
  7. After you’ve added the crimp beads and jump rings to both ends, you should have this:

    Ribbon Necklace 
     
  8. For the bracelet, you thread the ribbon through both jump rings, pull til the jump rings meet and tie a bow.

    Ribbon Necklace
     
  9. For the necklace, you have a few options. You can tie the bow at the back or on one side, both of which are cute in their own way. For the back tie, thread the ribbon through both jump rings to form a necklace. Don’t cut the ribbon yet. Throw the ribbon part around your neck.
     
  10. Pull the ribbon until they are even on both ends, and long enough to reach behind your neck and tie a bow.
     
  11. For a side bow, pull one end longer, long enough to reach all the way to the other jump ring and tie a bow.
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Easy, simple and a great ribbon ad bracelet jewelry set to make and give as Christmas gifts, a birthday or even Mother's Day . You can use up your left over beads to make your own design. There are so many possibilities and no end to how you arrange this piece for who ever you are making this for. Anyone make and have pictures?

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