Serious about Cereal { Box DIYs }

by Claire Minnaar


When you begin to calculate the number of cereal boxes the average family goes through in a month or three, you can quickly see why it’s high time we talk about ways to recycle this cardboard commodity! Armed with a pair of scissors, gift wrap, embellishments and some glue, you can quickly turn a bland box into an attractive and functional storage container – here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • Place a couple of boxes on their sides and stack them up to create your very own mini “paper tray”, which can go on top of a desk in the study or kids’ room. Alternatively, cut the two bigger panels of the carton at a diagonal angle to turn it into a handy filing box.
  • Get the kids in tow and make DIY guitars – simply cut a hole in the side of the box and wrap string or elastic bands around it which they can strum with their fingers (and eventually drive you up the walls!)
  • Cut the boxes down to the same height as one of your drawers and slot the mini boxes inside for convenient drawer dividers.
  • Turn the boxes into awesome three-dimensional numbers and letters with which to decorate the little ones’ learning space – or better yet, make kiddies’ building blocks out of the boxes!
  • Make your own puzzles – cut the front panel of the box into squares or triangles and let the kiddies reassemble it.
  • Collect cereal boxes for your little one’s birthday party and turn ‘em into goodie bags. Simply chop off the top flaps and cut two holes in the large panels, right across from one other, which will act as handles.
  • Use the cereal box as base for a shadow puppet theatre – check out this post for step-by-step instructions.

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