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Project

Cereal Box Organizer

Kids go through cereal fast. Make use of all the empty boxes by turning them into handy holders for their desks.

Introduction

Large boxes work well for books, small ones for supplies.

Materials

  • Utility knife
  • Contact paper
  • Double sided tape
  • Cereal boxes

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut box with a utility knife at desired angle and height.

  2. Step 2

    Wrap decorative or contact paper around box to see how much you'll need; unwrap; cut. Secure paper with double-sided tape; trim excess.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 15 2004

Reviews (36)

  • lila1 26 May, 2012

    i have used this method of boxes and wrappers many many times for various things, sewing kits, makeup kits, desk top organizer and even boxes to store underwear and sox inside of my dresser to keep everything neat. After wrapping with whatever you use the boxes becomes more sturdier and it will not wobble.. Inexpensive or leftover wallpaper is also fabulous and these containers last a very long time. This is a good way to recycle, try it, u will love it

  • clubsoda 3 Sep, 2011

    Several people are worried about the sturdiness. If you buy a roll of remnant/discarded wallpaper and use to cover with, it will add more strength than thin giftwrap, for example. Also, use bulldog clips to connect a couple together. That will make them both stronger. And finally, don't forget to cover a couple of tins for pencils and such to match (Coffee, soup, etc.)

  • B_R_P 18 Oct, 2010

    We did these for a Sunday School project. I spray painted them, which took a lot more paint than one would think! Because they were flimsy, we used Ice Cream sticks to hold them up, just one on each end. They stuck out a little bit, but it didn't matter. They were painted, too! We were doing a sea project, and added seaweed, seashells, and a felt fish.... they turned out cute, if a little small for folders.

  • B_R_P 18 Oct, 2010

    We did these for a Sunday School project. I spray painted them, which took a lot more paint than one would think! Because they were flimsy, we used Ice Cream sticks to hold them up, just one on each end. They stuck out a little bit, but it didn't matter. They were painted, too! We were doing a sea project, and added seaweed, seashells, and a felt fish.... they turned out cute, if a little small for folders.

  • alcorn1871 14 Apr, 2010

    I've been doing this for sometime to wrangle my sons stuff. I don't cover them. We use the colorful fun boxes to hold his Boy's Life magazines and comic books. I even have a "uncut" Cherrios box in my office cubical overhead to hold my drinking straws and other personal items.

  • shortshorts 20 Sep, 2009

    Hi i do this for all my tips for cleaning and etc, right at my finger tips great
    idea. thanks shortshorts

  • jessklein 2 Aug, 2009

    Hello to my new magazine, kids school papers, organizer!

  • want2decor 27 Jan, 2009

    Oh. That is so precious and I think that I have just found what I was looking for with my space. I may do it entirely different, but I will make it work.

  • kappyann 12 Jan, 2009

    The index card box, if you kept the theme as "cereal boxes" could be a "Grape Nuts" box or possibly an instant cereal box-- "Cream of Wheat"-- comes to mind--cut down to size. Other boxes could be from instant oatmeal box that contains individually packaged serving sizes. Individual serving size cereal boxes, like the type served at restaurants could be used if-tipped on their side. and cut out on tipped side.

  • KeShaJo 8 Jan, 2009

    I love this idea! Super frugal in a doomed economy!

  • mmici 17 Dec, 2008

    maybe the index box is made from a tea bag box?

  • DragonflyEvents 2 Nov, 2008

    What box is the index card box made of? Does anyone know

  • Nascargma 16 Oct, 2008

    ya know - that fed ex box is a great idea... have one sitting right here... just need the shelf paper

  • madamecraftsalot 6 Sep, 2008

    I wonder how a Fex Ex Box or Priority Mail box might work. They are pretty sturdy. Will have to test it out.

  • Yum-Yum 8 Jul, 2008

    I think it would be a good idea to save several cereal boxes before hand. Then, when you are ready to cover the box with coloured paper, slip an extra cereal box inside the box to make it stronger.

  • sewbozo 21 Jun, 2008

    I too have used boxes from Sam's Club. I've used them for sewing pattern boxes and all those litte things that you can't seem to find a place for.
    I also use some boxes for PATTERNS to make thicker boxes. I use pizza boxes and any other box that might work if I need something stronger. To do this I just open up the box of my choice and lay it out flat and trace around it. I also sometimes glue fabric on it while it flat too before I fold it togetther.

  • allthingsnew 3 May, 2008

    I've made these for magazines. The cereal boxes are not that sturdy on their own, so I stick pieces of cardboard on the inside of the box before covering it.

  • mjenn13 2 May, 2008

    I use the boxes from Sam's Club that Ziploc Freezer bags come in. They're bigger

  • musiclee 2 May, 2008

    Sams Club sells SIlk soy milk and 3 packs. The outer boxes work great as a filing system. They are the perfect fit for letter size paper. They are large enough to hold file folders

  • susycoop 1 May, 2008

    Try using the detergent boxes with flip-top lids, they're sturdy and you can keep the cover on if you want, make compartments etc.; also use empty cans, covered (short and tall, like tuna

  • KealaLR 27 Apr, 2008

    I've found that cereal boxes need to be "shored" up with extra cardboard to make them sturdier. But, since i have cats, i use the box their litter comes in as holders. They're much larger and are much sturdier for the bigger magazines.

  • mmacd 5 Apr, 2008

    It is a good look, however, I have found that the cereal box in just not strong enough for say magazines, they topple over It will organize loose papers, mail, or recipes.

  • limetent 1 Apr, 2008

    This is a great idea for my Daughters room also it helps her keep all her stuff together.

  • carabau 1 Apr, 2008

    Fantastic! I can't wait to finally organize the small piles of unread magazines
    just lying around waiting for my attention. K.I.S.S.!

  • carabau 1 Apr, 2008

    Fantastic! I can't wait to finally organize the small piles of unread magazines
    just lying around waiting for my attention. K.I.S.S.!

  • piyu 1 Apr, 2008

    this is a great idea and have been using it for a long time. As i am one of the families here in US who r on work permit and have to wind up and go back to home country in short time.This is a great and the cheapest way of organizing.

  • sunflower_mex 27 Mar, 2008

    Thanks for this! I keep lots of papers and stuff...i never think of that.

  • ashleyarsenic 21 Feb, 2008

    greatest idea!! those magazine organizers are so expensive too!!

  • natosha 9 Feb, 2008

    I have a family of 5 and just counted 12 boxes of cereal and 7 are open. That is a Great!!! Idea. Thank You, Natosha

  • madhujain 21 Jan, 2008

    i have been using this idea for a long time.its great.i also stuck one of the boxes with four plastic glasses,that way i could organize all my colors,pens and painbrushes.

  • dcyrill 17 Jan, 2008

    I like the milk carton idea also. I went shopping this week and threw away a ton of cereal boxes. But I have to remember to keep them and then do the craft. :) This should be fun for my kids.

  • SheRa 14 Jan, 2008

    You may also use scraps of fabric to cover the boxes, use decopage to slap on the material. Jeans are great to add pockets to the outside of the boxes to store pencils for the subject.

  • ratpack 11 Jan, 2008

    OMgosh that is such a great idea....I am such a RAT PACK I try not to be and I just can't stop it....lol I have an office that is suppose to be my husband and I have turned it into a junk room...HELP

  • mayflower082 6 Jan, 2008

    I really like this idea. As a beginning crafter, I am on a shoestring budget and we go through cereal so this would be a great idea for storing all of my craft magazines. Thanks for the tip.

  • mayflower082 6 Jan, 2008

    I really like this idea. As a beginning crafter, I am on a shoestring budget and we go through cereal so this would be a great idea for storing all of my craft magazines. Thanks for the tip.

  • 1michelle 21 Dec, 2007

    Kids also go through milk quickly. You can also RECYCLE A MILK CARTON. Cut it to length desired, and decorate as you wish. Use it for paintbrushes, markers, or pens and pencils etc.