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31 Things You Can Make Out Of Cereal Boxes

You see crispy crunchy breakfast, I see a totally sweet Cookie Crisp nightlight.

1. Flashlight

You can turn a cereal box, soda can, and torch bulb into a little flashlight with some basic folding and cutting. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how.

2. Mail Organizer

Cover cereal boxes with pretty fabrics, add a strip of cotton twill tape and labels, and stack them on the wall for a nifty organizer. The full tutorial is here.

3. Mini Notebooks

Cut out a segment of the box, fold in half, fill with blank or lined paper, add a button and cord, and decorate with pretty paper along the binding, as done here.

4. Mini-er Notebooks

Make tiny notebooks from 2” x 4” cut-outs. Great for writing lists or quick notes. This tutorial shows you how.

5. Gift Tags

Cut little rectangles out of the sides of cereal boxes and decorate with patterned paper. All the details are here.

6. Drawer Organizer

Line the insides of cereal boxes with patterned papers and arrange them in a drawer to keep your office supplies sorted, as done here.

7. Business Cards

Print out your info on the inside of a cereal box for economical and funky business cards. Here are the details.

8. Piñatas

This post shows you how to make mini piñatas by cutting animal shapes from cereal box cardboard and decorating them with fringe.

9. Desk Organizers

All you have to do is cute up boxes (slanted tops are helpful for storing papers) and cover with decorative paper, as done here.

10. Thread Spools

You can easily cut out little spools for winding embroidery thread from the sides of cereal boxes, as done here.

11. Gift Bags

This quick tutorial explains how to make gift bags for any occasion by covering boxes with decorative paper. Punch holes at the sides to insert ribbon for a handle.

12. Gift Boxes

Use this template to cut out a funky shape from the side of cereal box that turns into a nifty folded box.

13. Wallet

Follow the tutorial and digram found here to fold a wallet — all you’ll need is some elastic and and a hole puncher.

14. Seed Starters

This blogger made little planters to fill with dirt and seeds. You can also add Dymo label plant markers if you like.

15. Postcards

A 4” x 6” piece of cardboard becomes a postcard with some basic line marks on the back. This post explains how.

16. Pencil Case

Some folding, cutting, and a Velcro closure transform cereal boxes into pencil cases. Read about it here.

17. Ornament

These directions show you how to weave yarn through a cardboard circle to create a colorful hanging ornament.

18. Trivet and Coasters

This blogger made chic modern table decor by cutting up and layering used boxes.

19. Bookmarks

Cut strips 1 1/2” x 6” in size and string a ribbon through a top to create a bookmark, as done here.

20. Lamp

Punch holes in old cereal boxes and place a light inside for unique night lighting. This post has more info.

21. Globes

This blogger made decorative globes from strips of old cereal boxes. These could be fun party or kids room decor.

22. Clutch

Use cereal box inserts to add sturdiness to a no-sew leather clutch. Follow this detailed tutorial.

23. Sunburst Mirror

Yes, this is made from a cereal box. Thin strips of cardboard can be arranged in a sunburst design around a mirror — with some patience and this tutorial.

24. Wall Hangings

Cover boxes with decorative paper and mount them on the wall like this blogger for simple decorative art.

25. Letters

Check out these directions for creating 3D painted letters to match your party theme.

26. Photo Frame Mat

Accent your photos with fabric-covered cardboard mats, like this blogger.

27. Present Toppers

Use leftover boxes to cerate poofs and bows for gift embellishing. This post has more details.

28. Necklace

This tutorial is for a surprisingly easy piece of jewelry. Just roll strips of cardboard and cover in varnish to create beads. String them into a necklace and you’re done.

29. Cupcake Box

Reuse as a cupcake carrier — just turn into a horizontal box and add tape at the corners to prevent the lid from falling in, like this blogger did.

30. Puzzle

Use this template to cut out puzzle pieces from an old box. You could repaint with another design before cutting, or keep the cereal box motif.

31. Basket

Weave strips of cardboard into a colorful square basket, great for storage. Get the details here.

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