What kitchen in America doesn’t contain at least one box of cereal? We Americans love cereal – especially kids. You might love the contents of the box, but after you learn what all you can make from the boxes, you might love them even more than the cereal! Most cereal box crafts are really easy yet turn out some marvelous things for you, your home and your kids. The type of cereal once contained in the box doesn’t matter nor does the size of the box.
Cereal boxes of any sort can be used to wish others “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Easter”, “Peace” or other greetings. Whether the box is a miniature or a full-size you can make unique blocks that will spell out the word or phrase. Fill the boxes with a little bit of rice or beans. This will weight them down so they won’t be easily knocked over. Tape the opening shut. Wrap each box in decorative paper or cloth. You can turn the blocks sideways or stand them straight up, depending upon the design you want. To create less bulk for standing first cut the paper or cloth slightly wider and slightly taller than the box. Stand the box in the center of the cloth, on the wrong side of the cloth. Pull the fabric up to the top of the box and secure with glue or tape. Now fold the sides and secure them as well. Glue a piece of ribbon around the perimeter of the box, covering the sides and top where the package has been taped or glued.
Use cloth letters, paper letters, appliques, or even sticker letters to create the message. Or, use markers or paint to create the letters – or even numbers. If you’re using small boxes you can place one letter on each box. If you’re using large boxes you can use only one letter on each box or you can make one word on each box, depending upon how much room you have for displaying the message.
Use a single block, made from only one mini cereal box, to create an image that sits on a shelf. After covering the box in paper or cloth glue or otherwise attach a flat wooden shape, metallic number or letter, or even a flat ceramic or resin piece from a craft store. Fancy it up by gluing a tiny doily on one side, then gluing on a letter or other image.
Cereal boxes make great magazine holders for a desk or other area. Stand the box on a table so that the front of the box is facing you. On the left side panel, mark an area that is about 5″ from the bottom. Draw a straight line across that area of the side panel. On the right side panel you’ll be aiming for the two corners. Draw a line that goes from the left side panel to the right top corner. Turn the box over and draw a line from the top left corner to the right side panel (5″ from the bottom). After removing the top chunk of the box you can then decorate the remaining bottom part of the box. Glue or tape on paper or cloth. This makes a perfect magazine holder for a desk, counter or even the floor. Use large cereal boxes for this craft unless the books or magazines are child-size.
Create a girls’ journal by cutting the top and bottom off of the box. Cut along the right side panel, at the corner, where it meets the front of the box. Cover the box in fake fur or other material – or even colored paper. You’ll find it easiest to do this if you set the box flat, face down on the material. Fold the material over the backside of the box and secure with tape or glue. Now cut pieces of fabric or material to cover inside the front and back panels. Set the box so that the back panel is larger than the front panel and to where the front is facing you. Fold the right side panel over the top of the box to make a closure. Use a piece of velcro or other closure for the journal. On the inside cut a large square of magnetic sheeting and stick it to the inside back of the journal. Cut several more pieces which will hold a chosen notepad to the magnetic sheeting.
Make something similar – but much smaller – and create a fun diary for a little girl. On the inside glue a pocketbook calendar. You’ve seen them, haven’t you? They’re about the size of a checkbook and come with a decorated cover. Tear the calendar from the cover and glue it inside the new diary. It’s perfect since it has squares for writing, with a space for each date of each week of each month…
Create an art holder for a young child by first removing the top from a large cereal box. Use a cord, a length of ribbon, or something similar to make a carrying strap. Staple or otherwise affix the strap ends to the sides of the box, towards the top. Wrap the box in decorative paper or cloth to finish. Kids can slip their coloring pages or other artwork into the top of the box and carry the collection anywhere.
Pinatas are fun for any child, but when it comes to really little kids, you don’t want a pinata that requires a ball bat! Make a safe pinata by first taping the box top back in place. Open the bottom of the box, poke a hole and pull through a string, tie a knot to secure it, then barely tape the box shut again. Tape lengths of string – or yarn or ribbon – all over the box bottom. Tear pieces of colored tissue paper and glue them all over the box and around the taped string areas. Hang the pinata and let the kids take turns pulling a string. All but one of the strings will simply pull away from the box, but the kids who pulls the string that has the knot, will be the kid who pops the pinata. It’s safe fun and easy to create the unique pinata.
Many families make cereal a daily affair, but if you’ve just emptied a box, don’t even think about throwing it away! There are so many fabulous things you can make out of them that you’ll be doing cereal box crafts for a long time to come!