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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cereal Box Crafts - Reusing Cereal Boxes

By Scarlet

A huge part of going green is just changing your mindset so that you are always thinking about how you can reuse or recycle to avoid throwing things away. An item as simple as a cereal box can have tons of uses! Here are a few craft ideas for you to reuse your cereal boxes:

cereal box crafts1.    Magazine/Book Holders

Draw a diagonal line across the cereal box about three inches from the bottom on one side and about 10 inches from the bottom on the other. Flip the box around and draw another diagonal line in the opposite direction using the same measurements. The sides of the cereal box should be connected with a straight line and then the top portion above the line on all sides can be cut off. You can likely find uses for even those scraps if you add them to your craft box. The cereal box has now become an excellent holder for magazines, soft back books, and papers you may want to sort.

2.    Bookmarks

Now is when you can use some of the cereal box scraps you have saved to cut into nice even strips. Any size you prefer works fine. I like 1 ½ by 6 inches. Then use a hole puncher in the middle of the short side of your bookmark to punch one hole. If you choose to decorate your bookmark, do so now in the manner of your choice, then tie a ribbon through the hole.

3.    Desk Organizer

The cereal box can be laid flat on the table and you can trace circles around objects that you would like to reuse to hold things like pens. Then cut out the circles and slide the canisters into the box and tape it shut. For example, an empty oatmeal canister can be used to hold paper and an empty toilet paper roll can hold colored pencils.

4.    Gift Bags

A cereal box makes a great little gift bag!  It is very easy to trace a circle about the size of a mug near the top of the box in the middle and then draw a straight line across the top of the box so that intersects half way up the circle you traced. Then draw an arch over the top of the circle using a bigger circular object and remove the top portion of the box to be left with a nifty gift box.

5.    Book Covers

The thin but firm cardboard of the cereal box also makes a great book cover if your kids want to make some of their own books. Just fold the sheets of paper in your recycling bin in half to create the inside of the book which can be a great painting or sketch book. Then unfold the cereal box and place it over the interior part of the book and trace the measurements so you can cut out a perfectly fit cover for the book.  

All of these ideas can be used with no cover on your cereal box if you dig the recycled chic look. Or they can be made quite beautiful by covering the box with recycled wrapping paper, paint, fabric or other embellishments.  

Have you tried any of these cereal box crafts? What is your favorite?

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On Friday, January 27, 2012, aquariann.com wrote

Cute ideas! I use cereal boxes to make dividers to organize my comic books.

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