- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
creating magazine holders from recycled cereal boxes. If you are doing this craft with a group, precutting the
boxes and painting them white will make the craft go faster.
Tip: Cereal boxes and magazines come in a
variety of sizes. Before starting the project, be sure your cereal box will hold the magazines or books you plan to store in them.
Also check the height of your bookshelf—cut the box shorter,
- Step 2: Cut Cereal Box
Cut the top flaps off of the empty cereal box. Use pencil and ruler to
draw a line from the middle of the box’s top to one side at a
45-degree angle, straight across the side, and up the back at the
same angle. Cut on this line.
- Step 3: Sand Box
Lightly sand the outside of the cereal box to dull the shiny
coating. The paint will adhere to the box better if it is sanded
- Step 4: Paint Box
Spray the box with white paint, or apply white paint with a
sponge brush. Let paint dry. Two or more coats may be needed to over
the bright printing on most cereal boxes.
- Step 5: Decorate Box
The box is now like a blank canvas ready for your creative
ideas. Paint the box with sponges and stencils or use any decorative
technique you know to create a unique box.
To decorate a box like the example magazine holder, cut a small square
sponge stamp from an ordinary kitchen sponge and sponge stamp a border of
checks in one or two colors of green. Follow the instructions in the
Sponge Stamps and
Art project. Next, stencil in
greens and purples using an iris stencil on the box's sides
and ends following the
Stenciling Basics instructions in the
Greeting Card tutorial.
Tip: Almost any decorating technique can be used on these boxes.
You might cover a box in fabric that matches your decor. Or
paint a scene across several boxes with a circus, Old West, or ocean
theme. How about gluing pictures cut from old magazines to the box
and then applying several coats of a decoupage sealer? Or just paint
the box a solid color and let the kid’s paint, stamp, and glue their