Repurpose Cereal Boxes into Back to School Set

Ready to send some kiddos off to school this fall? Ship them off with some cool school accessories that are truly unique and definitely won’t break the bank. In fact, it won’t cost you anything as it uses up something you probably have sitting in your cupboards right now–cereal boxes. I know our family goes through tons of cereal, so I’m constantly putting these in our recycling bins. The other evening while browsing online I found a really cute pencil pouch made from cereal box cardboard. (To give credit where credit is due, it was on craftzine.com) It looked really easy to make, so I gave it a test run and then let my Sunday School class make some as well. My kids went nuts over them, so I came up with a couple of other simple ideas to go along with the school theme.

Pencil cases, Bookmarks, and Notebooks

 This may be a good boredom buster for what’s left of our summer days. All 3 of these projects are pretty quick and simple. The pencil case takes the most adult help, especially with the folding. Want instructions on how to make these cute and colorful school sets? Here ya go…

Cereal Box Bookmark

Materials: cereal box, scissors, glue, hole punch, ribbon or yarn

Choose any part of the cereal box you wish to cut out. Cut two long rectangles that are the same size and glue them together. Punch a hole at the top and thread a ribbon or yarn through the hole. There, done. Easy, right?

Cereal Box Notebook or Journal

2 different journals/notebooks. As you can see, one is larger and opens like a book. The other I made smaller and it opens up from the bottom.

Materials: cereal box, scissors, stapler, blank or lined paper

Choose which part of the cereal box you want to cut out. Cut out two rectangles that are the same size, one for the front and one for the back side. Cut your plain or lined paper into rectangles that are slightly smaller than the covers. Insert them in between the covers, making sure they are lined up along the one edge. Staple on the outside “spine” edge. I also scored mine just a little inside of that edge so that it opens up easier.

Cereal Box Pencil Case

3 different pencil cases. Could also be used for pens, skinny markers, colored pencils, etc!

Materials: cereal box, scissors, clear tape, ruler, scoring tool (I used a butter knife), adhesive velcro circles, template (you can download this at http://cdn.makezine.com/make/craft/2010/03/pencibox.pdf

Open up your cereal box at the seams, turning the cardboard side face up. Trace the template and cut out. Looking at the template, use a ruler and pencil to draw lines where the folds are supposed to be. Then take your scoring tool and go along those lines–this will make it much easier to fold! As I mentioned previously, I just used the duller edge of a butter knife to score those lines. Now, fold the bottom tab in and the one side edge so that it doesn’t show. Tape along these lines. Put one “soft” velcro circle on the top tab and one “rough” velcro circle along the top box edge for closure.

Have fun! Rachel

4 thoughts on “Repurpose Cereal Boxes into Back to School Set

  1. Hopping over from The Frugal Girls linky party…..
    Love this project! Wonderful tutorial!!
    I invite you to link up this FABULOUS project at my linky party this week and join us every Thursday evening (through Tue.) to share your wonderful projects. 🙂
    Tracy
    Craft Junkie Too

  2. So cute!! I found you through Tracy’s (Craft Junkie Too) blog… so happy to have found you! 🙂

    I love these ideas and will be sure to craft with my two boys today… thanks to you!

    TFS, Cheryl @ CardsbyCG.blogspot.com

  3. I love this idea! Awesome to share with kids group. My husband is a youth minister, so I may pass this along to him!

    I’d love for you to share it on my “Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings” Thursday blog hop. Hope to see you Thursday!

    Melanie

    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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