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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."

New Baby Banner

Welcome a new little one home with this New Baby Banner.  Made using a random assortment of materials, this banner is great for a DIY baby shower.  Cute baby ideas like this are perfect for little girls and boys alike, and can easily be used to decorate a nursery or bedroom after the baby shower is over.

New Baby Banner

Materials:

  • Three 12 x 12 inch sheets of cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Stamping ink
  • Stamp set
  • Variety of patterned papers
  • Fabric scraps for tearing into strips
  • Fuse Creativity System® Starter Set
  • Micro-Tip® Softgrip® Scissors (No. 5)
  • LED SureCut™ Folding Rotary Paper Trimmer (12")

 

Instructions:

  1. To make this garland, I first cut 3 sheets of 12 x 12 inch cream colored cardstock into 12 x 6 inch pieces and fold 5 of them in half.

    New Baby Banner
     
  2. To cut the circular opening, I centered the cardstock strip over the medium cutting plate and then centered the die, upside down, over the cardstock and ran it all through the Fuse Creativity System®.

    New Baby Banner
     
  3. Next, I placed 5.75 x 5.75 inch pieces of patterned paper inside the folded sections of cardstock and ran a long length of twine through each of the sections placing it near the fold. After adjusting the panels to have an equal amount of space between them, I tore 1 inch wide strips of fabric and tied them to the twine between the panels.

    New Baby Banner
     
  4. A set of stamps and black ink were used on white cardstock and then cut out using a pair of Fiskars scissors.

    New Baby Banner
     
  5. A 1.75 inch x 5.75 inch strip of green patterned paper was added to the bottom inside of each panel to appear as grass and the cutout stamped images were adhered. I then applied adhesive around the perimeter of the panels and sealed them closed.

    New Baby Banner
     
  6. The panels and fabric strips were adjusted as needed.

    New Baby Banner
     
  7. This is a project that I would have been thrilled to have made as a child because it combines several mediums, several techniques, and can really stand out as a decor piece in a home, yet it wasn't overwhelming and was easily completed in one art session!
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