Tutorial: Cereal Box Organization

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Last week I splurged and bought a box of cereal (I am frugal on my Peace Corps budget). I love cereal and consumed the box rather quickly, it was delicious. I didn’t want to throw the box away because it looked like it could be valuable, instead I looked online to see what I could make from this cereal box. I was overwhelmed by a plethora of amazing ideas – I had no idea you could make so many things, it makes me want to go out and buy more cereal, for several reasons! You should take a gander at all the possibilities. One project stuck out to me because I had been desperately needing some small storage containers for toiletry items. I immediately set to work and after I completed the first one I knew I needed to document the second. So here is a tutorial on how I made two storage boxes from a box of cereal.

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Cereal box

Magazine (or any type of paper)


Glue Stick



Step 1: Cut box in half and glue tabs.

This can be done haphazardly if you want short containers (such as mine) or you can measure exactly in half if you want them to be as tall as possible. You can really make them any size, one tall and one small, it’s up to you. Take the half with the open lid and glue the tabs back down. I placed glue on the tabs and then placed a book inside to keep it weighted down while it dried. Keep it like this while you start on the other half already secured.

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Step 2: Covering the sides (inside and outside).

Tear out a page from the magazine, it doesn’t matter what it looks like because it won’t really be seen. Fold it in half long-ways and cut on the fold. Place one end on the inside of the box all the way down to the bottom and then fold over to the outside of the box. Cut paper so it is flush with the bottom of the box. Always make your fold before you apply glue! Then glue down your paper so that it covers the middle side of your box on the inside and outside. Do this for both sides.

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Step 3: Covering the ends.

Now take out two pieces of magazine paper, you will see these so take a paper which has specific colors you are looking for (or even just writing). Lay one piece flat on the table and place your box so that half of the bottom is in the center of the paper and glue. Hold in place for a minute while it dries. Now place glue on the side of box and tip the box over so the side is being glued down. Hold until dry.

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Step 4. Covering the remainder of the sides.

This step is similar to wrapping a present. The pictures are much better at explaining, just pretend you are wrapping a box – crease and fold. Just follow along with the example and remember to make your folds, unfold, glue, fold again and hold until dry.

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Step 5: Finishing touches.

The last part is now folding the paper sticking in the air down into the box and gluing. Trim the top of the paper before gluing down, so that when it is folded inside the box the top of the paper is flush with the bottom of the box. Then repeating all the steps for the other side of the box and the other box itself. You can leave the bottom inside unfinished or you can trace the bottom of the box on the paper and then cut out a rectangle to be glued to the bottom.

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I hope this has been helpful! Happy crafting!

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