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45 Creative and Crafty Cereal Box Craft Ideas

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


I spent some time doing a Google search to find projects for cereal boxes, and I'd like to share with you the outstanding craft projects that I found. All the site addresses below will take you directly to the page where you will find the cereal box craft pictured. I hope you never feel the need to throw away another cereal box, that you'll want to make a craft with it instead.

For the instructions to make the giraffe cake stand shown above, go to the Kix site.


1. Cardboard Birds

Follow the tutorial at Home-Dzine and you'll find that making cardboard birds is so much easier than you'd imagine.


2. Haunted House

I'll have to make one of these haunted houses with the little granddaughters this year. I know they will each want to make their own haunted house and since cereal boxes are so easy to come by, they can do just that. Find the instructions at Handmade Charlotte. I plan on using flameless candles behind the haunted house to make the windows glow.


3. Gingerbread House

A great gingerbread house for the kids to decorate without frosting. Or, you actually could use this for the base of a gingerbread house using graham crackers and frosting. However you decide to decorate your gingerbread house, you'll want to go to inner child fun for the instructions and the house template.


4. Scarecrow Centerpiece

It'll be easy to make a Fall centerpiece for Halloween and Thanksgiving this year. Just follow the directions given at Crafts by Amanda to make this scarecrow centerpiece. Although the directions use a coffee can for the scarecrow, the same instructions can be used with an oatmeal box.


5. Cereal Box Elephant

This cereal box elephant is so cute and easy to make when using the tutorial and templates that you'll find at Pink Stripey Socks.


6. Baby Blocks

Doesn't this look like a fun project? The tutorial for making these baby blocks can be found at The Educator’s Spin On It.


7. Pendants

Who would have imagined that these pendants started out as pieces of cardboard. To make these pendants, you'll want to go to, and follow the directions given at SUZY’S SITCOM.

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8. Parking Garage

Imagine the hours a little one could spend playing with their matchbox cars in this cereal box parking garage. Their imagination will be working overtime.


9. Fun Letters

Check out this tutorial at A Girl and a Glue Gun that gives great directions on how it is done.


10. Woven Sun

This is a great project for an art class, a scout camp or a party activity. You'll find the directions for making a woven sun at michele made me. This is a great use for all the end pieces of yarn.


11. Drawer Dividers

This is an inspiring way to use cereal boxes to organize office, dresser drawers and bathroom drawers. Find all the instructions for making these drawer dividers at iheartorganizing.


12. Gift Tags

If you find that you are spending too much money on purchased gift tags, here is a great money saving and recycling idea. Find the instructions for making these gift tags at Hometalk.


13. Picture Frame Matting

Have you ever wished that you could find a particular themed matting for a picture? I love the way this project gives a simple and easy solution to that problem. Find the tutorial for making picture frame matting at AMY J DELIGHTFUL.


14. Mini Pinatas

Individual mini pinatas will be the hit of your party, whether that is for a birthday party or a patriotic holiday.

15. Cereal Box Guitar


16. Marble Run

Can you imagine how many hours can be spent with a simple little cereal box marble run? What the fascination of rolling marbles is, I don't understand, but I do know that kids love this. The instructions for this super easy project can be found at made by joel.


17. Make Your Own Book

Help a child make their own book using a cereal box for the cover, and then see what kind of book they can write. They can even illustrate their book. Be sure they add their author name and the date so you can tuck it away later and keep it for them when they are grown. Making memories!! Find the instructions to make a book at Alpha Mom.


18. Wallet

You know how kids love to play "store" so it stands to reason that those shoppers should have a wallet to pay for their purchases. To find the instructions to make this cereal box wallet for business cards, go to Vicki’s Vault.


19. Wall Hanging

This is really an amazing project. The tutorial at Our Home Story is easily understood. This is definitely something I'm going to have to make.


20. Retablos

Retablos were wooden boxes used by Peruvian people to depict important historical, religious or everyday events. You can make a retablos of your own by following the directions that you can find at Kids & Glitter.


21. Easter Baskets

This is such a cool and inexpensive way to make Easter baskets for your family.


22. Mini Pocket Journal

Make your own little mini notebooks to carry with you in your pocket or purse. It's always nice to have a quick place to jot down ideas or lists that you want to keep. Go to the crme de la craft site for the instructions on how to make this mini pocket journal.


23. Secret Vintage Book Box

I love the idea and the looks of this cereal box craft. You'll find the directions for making this secret book box by going to the me and my shadow site. Fantastic project!!


24. Mail Box

A letter to Santa mail box is a real winner. It looks like a real metal box. Find the tutorial at Crafting My Home.


25. Giant Flowers

A beautiful and inexpensive idea for party decorations. Find the instructions for making this craft at The Merry Thought.


26. Halloween Theater

You'll want to go to the Ziggity Zoom site for the directions on how to make this little theater. Imagine all the skits can be played out with the different puppets the kids like to make.


27. Giraffe

Here is another great animal made using a cereal box, with the instructions at Pink Stripey Socks. I love the great patterns given for these zoo animals.


28. Special Treat Boxes

You'll find the template and directions for making these treat boxes at STUFF YOU CAN'T HAVE. I like the idea that cereal box cardboard is easy to paint, so the boxes can be any color that you want.


29. Prince or Princess Crown

One of the nice things about using cardboard for making these crowns is that the cardboard can hold the buttons and gems that the kids want to decorate their crown with. The directions for this project can be found at A LITTLE LEARNING for two.


30. Craft Organizer

Here is a craft that helps keep all your craft items organized. The tutorial for this craft organizer can be found at CRAFT-e-CORNER. This is a great organizing the craft room idea.


31. Gift Box

Never again throw away an empty cereal box when you can transform it into a useful gift box. The really great idea and the directions for making the gift boxes can be found on the instructables site.


32. Milk Carton Wallet

Show the kids how they can make their own wallet by going to, and following the instructions given to make the wallet, at Lobe Stir. This also teaches them about recycling.


33. Thankful Turkey

A great craft for the kids to make to them aware of what they are thankful for. Then use the turkey as a centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table and fill with fruits or candies. Find the instructions to help you make this project by going to the CRAFTS BY Amanda site.


34. Peg Ponies

Imagine what a great time the boys and girls will have making these peg ponies. An inexpensive, but oodles of fun to make, craft. Find the tutorial for making these peg ponies here.


35. Mosaic Frame

A very useful item made using mosaic cut pieces of cereal box for the frame decoration. I also love the idea of a framed blackboard. The tutorial can be found at infarrantly CREATIVE.


36. Photo Frames

Make photo frames that can stand on their own by following the instructions given at style with a

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38. Desk Organizer

You can make this desk organizer, to look perfectly in your office, by choosing paper to match your décor. You'll find the tutorial for making this desk organizer at MOD PODGE ROCKS.


39. Winter Diorama

This is really a cute idea and I think the kids will have so much fun making a winter scene of their own imagination. The instructions for this project can be found at the Kix site.


40. Castle

The Kix blog has the directions for making this super cute castle. Easy to make and inexpensive. Your little prince or princess will love it.


41. Cereal Box Aquarium

Go to Best Ideas for Kids to find the directions and patterns for making your own aquarium.


42. Little Pig

Make another animal from cereal boxes by making this little pig. You can make an elephant or horse or giraffe or a bird. All those ideas are found here in my cereal box crafts article.


43. Turkey Puppets

You can use these turkeys as puppets, or add them to a Thanksgiving centerpiece or wreath. Go to Blissfully Domestic for the tutorial.


44. Sail Boat

What fun you'll have making this cute little sailboat. Find the directions for this project at First Palette.


45. Cardboard Hat

I know this looks like a difficult project, but take a look at the tutorial at the Let's Do Something Crafty site and you'll change your mind. Outstanding craft!

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

Did You Find A Craft You'd Like To Try? - or leave a comment.

AbsorbArt from United States on October 09, 2016:

The giraffe is really cute! Love your creativity!

Carol Morris on June 21, 2016:

Fantastic, you've helped me out a lot with loads of lovely ideas to make with the kids this summer.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 05, 2014:

Thanks, Hajo9, for your comment. So many amazing things can be made with recyclables.

Hajer from Tunisia on October 04, 2014:

This is wonderful, you're creative!! :)

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