What can you make from a cereal box?

[ 4 ] July 29, 2009 |

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We eat a lot of cereal in our house; in fact, our shelf looks like it belongs in a Jerry Seinfeld episode with boxes of cereal all lined up for the morning mix. Although the empty boxes can be recycled, here are some creative ways to re-use some of them first. These are great craft projects for kids–easy to do, free materials, and quick cleanup!

Make a Bookmark
Super easy, super fast, and you can never have enough bookmarks.

Supplies: Cereal box, ribbon, beads, scissors, hole punch

How-To: Cut a rectangle out of your favorite part of the cereal box. Hole punch the top end of rectangle . Thread ribbon through hole and tie a knot. Thread bead(s) through other end of ribbon and tie knot to secure beads in place.

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Make a Stationery Folder (pictured)
A great holder for stationery you already have or design your own to go inside.

Supplies: Cereal box, ribbon, metal fasteners, scissors, ruler, hole punch
Optional: Magazines, collage materials

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How-To: Use the large side of cereal box, including flap. Cut rectangle from box large enough to fold in half and fit stationery (e.g. For 5″ x 7″ stationery, cut rectangle 11″ x 8″ (do not cut off flap). Folded measurement: 5.5″ x 8″). Cut extra strip from box to hold stationery in place. Hole punch edges and secure ribbon. See photo for detail.

Make a Pop-Up Card
These make great cards for birthdays and other special occasions.

Supplies: Cereal box, cardstock paper, scissors, glue

How-To: Cut out your favorite character from a cereal box and glue onto a basic pop-up tab. To make basic pop-up tab, follow simple instructions on the Robert Sabuda website. Glue character to tab. Make sure the card can fold in half. Glue a piece of paper on back of cardstock to cover up pop-up tab.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Katy Killilea Katy says:

    i love that folder and will try to make one today!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Where are the images of bookmarks?

    And how about a periscope for a challenge, just cut holes in opposing corners and insert some small mirrors – salvage from makeup holders?

  3. jenn says:

    now I know why I have been saving these!

  4. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    Sorry, no photo of the bookmark or the pop-up card. I cut a rectangle about 2″ x 7″ and punched a hole at one end for ribbon. Super simple and quick!

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