How to Turn a Cereal Box into a Beautiful Gift Box

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This morning when the kids got up I made them breakfast like I do every weekday morning. I was very energetic and poured cereal into a bowl. I’m not overly ambitious at 6 AM. After putting the bowls on the table I was left with yet another empty cereal box to throw into the recycle bin. I am sure just about every household in American throws away a cereal box or two every week! I decided to put my scissors and washi tape to good use and turn that cereal box into something slightly more useful!

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You can make this gift box out of just about any sized box you happen to have in your recycle bin. Tiny Jello boxes, medium sized granola bar boxes or giant cereal boxes…just start snipping and wrapping in washi tape!

Turn a Cereal Box into a Beautiful Gift Box 2

Turn a Cereal Box into a Beautiful Gift Box


One cardboard box
washi tape
tissue paper for stuffing in box before putting in your gift


Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 1

Choose which box you want to turn into your cereal box gift box. Size is flexible!

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 2

Cut off the top flaps of the box. Then cut the back panel of the cereal box as shown. Cut along the corners of the box with a pair of sharp scissors.

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 3

Cut the side panels of the box off, leaving the sides about an inch or two higher than the back panel you just cut off. Make sure you cut all the way to where to front panel is. You are going to be folding down these side pieces and taping them inside the box for a slightly cleaner look.

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 4

Fold the side pieces down and tape them inside the box. Fold the back panel down making a crease where it folds over. You may have to fold it backwards and press down firmly with your scissors to get a really nice, tight fold.

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 5

Fold the box over the top as shown and make a pencil mark where you will need to fold the box to create another crease. This flap will be folding back inside the box when you close the lid. Once you have the pencil mark made you can fold to create the crease.

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 6

In order to slide the lid  into the box you need to make it just a TAD bit more narrow than the base of the box itself. Using a pair of scissors cut just a SMALL amount of the box away from the edge of the lid. You want it to still be snug but not so tight fitting that it wont slide inside the box.

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 7

Now you are done with your gift box shape! Tuck the lid into the base and that is what the final product will be shaped like. Now, you just need to choose your washi tape patterns and start taping!

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft 8

I bought a TON of washi tape on Amazon and you can get really creative with patterns and colors. You could do with with duct tape, too, but it isn’t quite as easy to handle. Washi tape will peel off easily if you make a mistake or you realize your rows are getting a bit uneven. I chose to leave the inside of the box plane but if you prefer you can tape the inside as well.

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft Final

All you need after you are done covering your cereal box with washi tape is some pretty tissue paper and a gift to give! This is an incredibly easy way to find a new use for your old cereal box once the cereal is gone! With Christmas coming  up you can invest in some red and green washi tape and say goodbye to wrapping paper completely!

Easy Recycled Cereal Box Craft Final 3

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  1. Such a smart idea! I have a few gifts I need boxes for and I can't wait to try this.
  2. That's a great way to recycle cereal boxes. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Very clever. I always pin these ideas and mean to do them down the road. With the holidays coming up, I should really try this. I've never heard of washi tape before. From what I just read, it is made of paper or natural materials so it is also recyclable or compostable?
    • from what I have found it is a very sturdy tape that is actually made of rice paper? Not sure how accurate the internet is about that though! it feels like masking tape. I would think it would be recyclable but will have to look into it further!
  4. Love this idea. My aunt always recycled food boxes to wrap our Christmas presents but they never looked this amazing. I <3 upcycling. I'm now following you on Pinterest.
  5. I admire crafty people like yourself, this looks beautiful! I am all about reusing items (am a big thrift store junkie) and I love the new header!
  6. What a fun idea! Wish I could be that crafty.
  7. Adorable - and I think my kids could do this by themselves. I appreciate simple crafts. By the way, I love your new web design!
    • Thankyou! I am enjoying it too! Have a few little tweaks to make but it is a nice, fresh look. And simple crafts are the only ones I can handle! I am not all that crafty!
  8. Definitely Pin-ing this one for Christmas! We go through cereal like crazy over here!
  9. What a great example of upcycling! I bet kids would love making some of these to keep for themselves.

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