Sometimes, Life is just a bowl of Cheerios. And then there are those days when you think, well, that’s just the way the Cookie Crisp crumbles!
Apart from recreating [really witty] new sayings, cereal boxes, or any food box, can be repurposed into both practical tools and fun projects.
- 1. Mailers/gift boxes. Turn a cereal box inside-out to create a custom gift box or mailer. Here’s another tutorial from Curbly.
- 2. Drawer and desk organizers. Cut off the bottom 3-4 inches of several cereal or food boxes. Arrange them in a drawer to keep thumb tacks, rubber bands, pens and paper clips neatly organized. Bella Dia has a great photo tutorial. You can also use them for desktop organizers, per Martha Stewart’s suggestion.
- 3. Postcards/greeting cards. I remember doing this project in grade school. Cut down a colorful cereal box into mailable postcards or greeting cards. This is a fun (and cheap) way to encourage children to write thank-you notes. Go here for USPS size requirements to mail postcards.
- 4. Magazine holder. With a few simple cuts, a cereal box-turned magazine rack can help tame the clutter in your house. If you want to get extra fancy, cover the box in contact paper or scrapbook paper. Check out this simple set of instructions at RePlayground.
- 5. Giant building blocks. Kids just love blocks. Save a bunch of food boxes in varying sizes. Be sure to tape the open end of the box. When you have about 8 or more accumulated, hand them over to your aspiring architect and let her imagination fly!
- 6. Document/photo protector. Cut two pieces of cardboard from a cereal box to protect a photograph or document when mailing or storing.
- 7. Scrapbooking. Cover pieces of cereal box cardboard with scrapbook paper and use them in your scrappy projects. Scrap Matters has an awesome project made from cereal boxes.
Don’t toss the cereal bag into the recycle bin! You can reuse a cereal bag for snack storage, to pack away frozen food, as separators between frozen food (cut down into smaller shapes), in place of wax paper (if it is a typical waxy-style bag), for packing lunch items…or to store almost anything! It will save you money on purchasing Ziploc bags, not to mention cut down on your need for extra plastic.
Photo by Bubble Pop 2007.