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Creative Cereal Box Crafts for Kids

Updated on July 29, 2012
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Cereal Box Crafts

I am almost positive that every household has at least one cereal box in their home. Even if you usually recycle your cereal boxes, there are some other great uses for these cardboard boxes even before you send that to that recycling bin. With a little creativity and a few extra supplies, you can turn a boring afternoon into some crafting fun!

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Simply wrap the decorative paper around the glued sides and cut to fit the box.  Decorate as desired.Decorating the outside personalizes the holder for each child.The cereal box holds a nice number of books neatly for any child.
Simply wrap the decorative paper around the glued sides and cut to fit the box.  Decorate as desired.
Simply wrap the decorative paper around the glued sides and cut to fit the box. Decorate as desired. | Source
Decorating the outside personalizes the holder for each child.
Decorating the outside personalizes the holder for each child. | Source
The cereal box holds a nice number of books neatly for any child.
The cereal box holds a nice number of books neatly for any child. | Source

Magazine or Book Holder

This craft is perfect for organizing your books or magazines in your home or classroom. In my fourth grade class, we had purchased organizers for our students to keep their reader's workshop materials in. I wish I had thought of this craft before we bought them. This is not only a great way to personalize their book bins, but it is also a great way to reuse materials. If you have an overload of magazines in your house, this would be a great way for you to keep them displayed neatly and organized.

Materials Needed:

  • Cereal box
  • Mod Podge or liquid glue
  • Foam brush
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors
  • Any additional embellishments such as stickers, glitter, etc.

To create your book or magazine organizer, cut the flaps off of the top of the box. Then on one side of the box, cut the side out about 2/3 of the way down. Then, using the Mod Podge, brush one side of the box and the cover it with decorative paper of your choice. Continue this with each side of the box. You can use one paper style or create a collage of colors and designs. Once all of the box is covered, you can add additional decorations to personalize the holder.


Picture Guide to Making a Cereal Box Notebook

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Glue the cardboard to the paper.Cut the paper to size.Decorate with items of your choice.You can use Mod Podge to seal the front cover if you are concerned that some items may peel or fall off.Taylor adds glitter.Finished notebook!  These can be used to hold pictures, create mini scrapbooks or writing.
Glue the cardboard to the paper.
Glue the cardboard to the paper. | Source
Cut the paper to size.
Cut the paper to size. | Source
Decorate with items of your choice.
Decorate with items of your choice. | Source
You can use Mod Podge to seal the front cover if you are concerned that some items may peel or fall off.
You can use Mod Podge to seal the front cover if you are concerned that some items may peel or fall off. | Source
Taylor adds glitter.
Taylor adds glitter. | Source
Finished notebook!  These can be used to hold pictures, create mini scrapbooks or writing.
Finished notebook! These can be used to hold pictures, create mini scrapbooks or writing. | Source

Notebook or Mini Scrapbook

To make this craft, you will need to cut the cereal box apart and create a front a back cover. This can be as small or as large as you wish. You could even cut it into a unique shape such as a heart or a circle.

Materials Needed:

  • Front and back of the cereal box
  • Mod Podge or liquid glue
  • Foam brushes
  • Blank or lined paper for inside
  • Scissors
  • Decorative paper
  • Additional embellishments
  • Hole Puncher
  • Ribbon or yarn of some sort

Cut the cereal box to the size that you wish. Be sure that you have a front and back that line up. Then cut your paper so that it is just about a 1/2 inch smaller than the front and back of the notebook. Spread the Mod Podge on one side of the cereal box and then place it one the decorative paper. When it is secure, cut the paper to meet the sides of the cardboard. Repeat for the other side. Line up the paper inside the front and back covers of the notebook. You can bind them together by hole punching the sides and tying a decorative ribbon. Your kids will fill these up and beg you to make more!

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Alex carefully glues the cardboard to add his decorative paper.He adds stickers that reflect his interests and make it his own.
Alex carefully glues the cardboard to add his decorative paper.
Alex carefully glues the cardboard to add his decorative paper. | Source
He adds stickers that reflect his interests and make it his own.
He adds stickers that reflect his interests and make it his own. | Source

Bookmarks

There is no need to waste a single bit of a cereal box. If you are making a notebook, you can save the smaller sides and create unique and personalized bookmarks with them. They are the perfect width and you can cut them down to the length that you desire.

Decorations can be as simple or as complex as you wish. Anything from stickers to glitter to drawings are a perfect way to personalize your bookmarks. If you are using this in a classroom for your students, you can even have students glue a list of reminders about reading on their book marks. These are a very easy and versatile craft.

Pictures for Making Cereal Box Monsters

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Grace folds the paper accordion style for the arms and legs.Alex carefully glues down his construction paper on all sides of the box.Both kids add their own ideas for faces on their monsters.Alex is very proud of his monster!
Grace folds the paper accordion style for the arms and legs.
Grace folds the paper accordion style for the arms and legs. | Source
Alex carefully glues down his construction paper on all sides of the box.
Alex carefully glues down his construction paper on all sides of the box. | Source
Both kids add their own ideas for faces on their monsters.
Both kids add their own ideas for faces on their monsters. | Source
Alex is very proud of his monster!
Alex is very proud of his monster! | Source

Cereal Box Crafts

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Cereal Box Monster

These cereal box monsters thrilled my kids! They had so much fun turning old boxes into scary creatures with crazy faces and hair. You can use this idea to make aliens, or robots or any other creature that you can think of.

Materials Need:

  • cereal box
  • liquid glue or Mod Podge
  • construction or other decorative paper
  • scissors
  • yarn
  • markers
  • buttons
  • any other additional decorative embellishments

There are not too many formal steps in this craft. Simply use the liquid glue or Mod Podge to cover the sides of the box and then place the paper over the glue. Children can use one color or vary the colors for each side. Then allow kids to create faces with different materials like buttons, construction paper shapes, pieces of aluminum foil, etc. We used Raffia ribbon and other yarn to create the hair on top of the monsters' heads. Then we created an accordion construction paper pieces to make arms and legs. You could even add shoes or hands if you want! The only thing that will limit your monsters is the imagination of your own little monsters!

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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Well aren't you funny? I actually have more ideas but ran out of boxes so I'll have to update them a little later.

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Cara-what a boxload of great ideas to reuse empty cereal boxes-who could have imagined! Thanks for sharing.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      So glad you found it useful HouseBuyersUS. Good luck to you! :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Very humbled by your kind words Rose. For one of Hubpages craftiest hubbers to say that I did a great job with this topic means a lot. Thanks for your continued support!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      I have complete confidence in you vocalcoach! If my little ones can do this, you definitely can. :) I so appreciate your visit, enthusiasm and share!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great job with this topic, Cara! You know that I'm always interested in crafty subjects, and you presented some awesome ideas here. There are so many possibilities for decorating cereal boxes for various crafts.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      What great ideas for using cereal boxes. Great presentation! I want to start with the magazine holder. With your instructions and a quick prayer, I think I can do this. I know one thing for sure - I'm voting up, useful, awesome and sharing. Thanks.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      It really is a useful holder isn't it? Making the monster cereal boxes for Halloween is a *great* idea Leah! Hope the boys enjoy it!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you found it fun and useful Alissa! Thanks so much for the share. :)

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      We have made the book holder out of a cereal box - I love it for holding all the kids' magazines! The monster project looks pretty fun, Cara - I think we'll do that one as Halloween approaches!

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      Alissa Roberts 

      6 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Love, love, love these ideas! Considering we go through at least 2-3 boxes of cereal a week, we could have a whole cereal box monster family in no time :) Definitely sharing this one - voted up!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Teresa. I have some more ideas but I ran out of boxes! I'll have to update it a little later. :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR

      cardelean 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome amberld! My daughter will be starting kdg this year and she really enjoyed creating these. We had a neighbor girl over that day and she is going into 7th grade this year. She really loved making the notebook and took the decorating ideas to a level that my little ones just aren't capable of yet.

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      Teresa Coppens 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love the bookmark idea and mini scrapbook. Clever ideas Cara!

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      Amber Dahnke 

      6 years ago from New Glarus, WI

      Some really great ideas on using cereal boxes! Would not have thought of all of them myself, and will definitely use in the kindergarten art classes I'll be teaching this year! Thanks for the ideas.

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