Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Lowly Cereal Box Gets Upcycled

I don't know if your family is like mine but we go through a lot of cereal. I feel like I am constantly putting cereal boxes in our recycle bin. That led me to beleive that there must be some great projects I could do with them instead. Here are some great ideas I came across.

3D Cereal Box Cardboard Stars:

These stars are amazing. Can you imagine making a few in different sizes and displaying them on a mantle or hanging them with fishing line.

Image & Idea: Grey Lustre Girl

Materials Needed:

  • Cereal Box
  • Scoring Tool (a letter opener or knife will work)
  • Hot Glue
  • Spray Paint

They are simple to make. All you need to do is cut out two identical stars from your cereal boxes, score them each 5 times from the centre to the tip of each point of the star, push the cardboard out where you scored it and glue the front start to the back star. A spray of paint in your favourite shade and voila - you've got an amazing star. Grey Lustre Girl has a great tutorial with photos to explain the directions.

The inspiration for the project above actually came from another crafter, Brandy from Gluesticks Gluesticks, who made the beautiful wreath below using paper.

Image & Idea: Gluesticks Gluesticks

BUT now that we know how to make the stars out of cereal boxes, the same beautiful wreath could be made using cereal box stars.

Cereal Box Map:

I love this idea because not only is it spectacular to look at it is also a great learning tool.

Image & Idea: Inhabitots

Materials Needed:

  • Many cereal boxes
  • Glue
  • Posterboard

My daughter is currently learning the provinces and territories in Canada. I can't wait to try this engaging project with her. Geography, crafting, recycling and fun all rolled into one project.

Cereal Box Park & Play Garage:

This idea is so cute and would be fun to make with the kids. Create your own parking garage for all their toy cars using recycled materials you have at home.

Image & Idea: Family Fun

Materials Needed:

  • 2 large cereal boxes
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 5 cardboard tubes
  • Yellow paper
  • Large book
  • Gray paper

The folks over at Family Fun have really simple instructions for this project. I see a rainy day project in your future!

Cereal Box Storage Bins:

Can you believe these are made from cereal boxes and fabric??? This isn't a simple project but if you are a sewer, it isn't too difficult. The ladies over at Urban Nest have provided a full PDF instruction sheet for you to follow. 

Image & Idea: Urban Nest

Materials Needed:

  • 3 Cereal boxes
  • 3/4 yard outside fabric
  • 3/4 yard lining fabric
  • Straight Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

What a beautiful way to recyle and organize your home!

Cereal Box Guitars:

How much fun would your kids have rocking out with these guitars made from what else - cereal boxes! 

Image & Idea: The Fraker's Acres

Materials Needed:

  • Cereal Box
  • Yarn
  • Scotch Tape
  • Painter's Tape or Duct Tape
  • Cardboard Tubes (from wrapping paper - yipee, more recycling)
  • 3 popsicle sticks

If you want to jazz them up a little more you can paint the boxes before you add the strings and neck of the guitar.

Cereal Box Sunburst Mirror:

This project is a little more complex but completely doable. It will be worth the work for the amazing results. Who would ever believe that this amazing mirror was made from an old cereal box headed for the garbage.

Materials Needed:

  • Cereal box
  • Hot Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Spray paint
  • Circular mirror
  • Plate hanger

The detailed instructions can be found at Stephanie Lynn's blog "Under the Table & Dreaming".

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