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I love cereal! One of my all time favorites is Honey Bunches of Oats. It’s so perfect! Crunchy and slightly sweet deliciousness. I’m one who is completely happy to eat cereal anytime of the day. It’s the world’s easiest comfort food.


My love for cereal inspired this post of 17 Fun and Helpful Things to do With a Cereal Box. I hope you’ll be inspired too! There is so much potential for creativity right there in your cereal cabinet.

1. Easy Puzzle – This is the easiest activity to do with a cereal box. Just cut the front and back off the box, cut them into fun shapes to make puzzle pieces, and now you have two easy puzzles for kids!

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The Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal box made the cutest puzzle! This new cereal is available at Walmart. The cereal is yummy and my girl enjoyed her Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch puzzle.

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2. Snack Box

Cereal is not just for breakfast! I love to make little bags of cereal for my daughter to snack on any time. These cereal snack bags can also be taken to work, school, or for a snack in the car. At home, you can grab one and stir the cereal into some yogurt for a crunchy, creamy treat.

Check out this cute snack box I made for my daughter:

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Here’s how I made the snack box:

Line the sides of a cereal box with duct tape in a fun pattern.

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Use a knife or scissors to cut off one side of the cereal box.
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Use washi tape or a thin width decorative duct tape to line the cut edges of the box to create a more finished look.

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Fill small bags with cereal plus mixins like raisins. I used Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds and mixed in a tablespoon of raisins.

Place your cereal snack packs in the snack box along with fresh fruit, small bottles of water, and 100% juice boxes.

Try the new Honey Bunches of Oats Gluten Free Chocolate for a perfect gluten free snack option. I picked up a box at Walmart.

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3. Notebook – Cut the front and back off a cereal box (make them any size you like, but they need to be the same size). Trim a small stack of plain paper to match the size of the two cereal box pieces. Punch three holes down the left side of the cereal box pieces and the paper. Stack one cereal box piece on top followed by the plain paper and then the second cereal box piece. Tie a piece of ribbon or yarn through each hole to bind the notebook together (make it a bit lose so the note book can be opened easily).

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Isn’t that fun?! My girl really enjoyed “writing” a story in her notebook.17 Fun and Helpful Things to do With a Cereal Box 10

We had a lot of fun with those three cereal box activities. Here are more to try:

4. Drawer Organizers – Cut the top two thirds of a cereal box off and discard. Cover the bottom third of the cereal box with glue or spray adhesive, then cover all sides of the box with pretty craft paper.

5. Gift Tags – Cut shapes out of cereal boxes then cut a hole in each gift tag with a hole punch. Thread ribbon through the hole and attach it to a gift.

6. Pinata – Fill an empty cereal box with candy. Glue the top opening shut. Decorate the box with pieces of colorful tissue paper to make a pinata. Extra tip: make small, individual size pinatas with single serving size cereal boxes. Cute!

7. Kids Place Mats – Cut large rectangles from cereal boxes and paint them a solid color using non-toxic spray paint. Allow children to decorate the place mats with markers and paints.

8. Seed Starters – Cut the top three quarters of a cereal box off and discard. Fill the bottom of the box with soil and plant seeds. The box will become soft overtime, so keep it on a tray.

9. Play Masks – Cut mask shapes from cereal boxes. Cut out holes for the eyes. Use a hole punch to make holes at the end of the mask next to the eyes. Tie a ribbon to each hole. Allow children to decorate their masks, then gently tie the ribbons together at the back of the child’s head to keep the mask in place.

10. Postcards – Cut cereal boxes into 4 inch by 6 inch postcards.

11. Shipping Boxes and Envelopes – Keep cereal boxes on hand for shipping small items. Cut boxes down to the needed size.

12. Bookmarks – Cut cereal boxes into 1 1/2 by 6 inch strips. Use a corner punch to round the corners and a hole punch to make one hole in the top of each bookmark. Tie a piece of ribbon through the hole.

13. Wall Art – Cover cereal boxes with glue or spray adhesive then cover with decorative paper to make pretty wall art.

14. Kids Paint Pallet – Use cereal boxes to create painters pallets for children to mix their paints on as they create their painted masterpieces.

15. Photo Frame Mat – Cut large rectangles out of cereal boxes. Place your photo in the center of the rectangle and trace around the edges. With a knife, cut a little bit inside the traced area to make an opening in the mat to fit the picture. Use glue or spray adhesive to attach decorative paper to the mat.

16. Board Games – Give children large pieces of cereal boxes, paints, and markers and let them create their own board games.

17. Christmas Village – Starting on December 1st (or the day after Thanksgiving), make a Christmas themed building out of a cereal box. Use craft paper, glue, scissors, glitter, stickers, and other art supplies. By Christmas Eve you’ll have a whole village!


Post cereals come in a wide variety to please the whole family! Stock up at Walmart and be sure to save the boxes! Side note: You can earn $.50 with Ibotta when you purchase Post cereal at Walmart.

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What are your favorite Post cereals and how will you reuse the boxes at your house?

Have a great day!

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7 Comments on 17 Fun and Helpful Things to do With a Cereal Box

  1. Stephanie
    March 28, 2016 at 4:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you for sharing such fun ideas to upcycle the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal boxes (we have so many boxes of the Honey Roasted at our house – it’s our favorite!). I am going to have to try to make one snack box for each of the kids – it would certainly make snack time much easier here! client

  2. Starla J
    April 11, 2016 at 8:02 am (1 year ago)

    Oh fun! My kids will love these ideas. Thanks.

  3. Andrea
    April 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm (1 year ago)

    And then one could always turn a Post cereal box (or any cereal box) into a magazine holder…. 🙂

  4. Leigh Ellen
    April 11, 2016 at 3:40 pm (1 year ago)

    These are great ideas! I especially like the puzzle idea! Thank You!

  5. Ashley
    April 12, 2016 at 1:39 pm (1 year ago)

    These are all such neat ideas! Especially because cereal boxes are easily accessible and in abundance!

  6. María
    April 12, 2016 at 10:20 pm (1 year ago)

    I love these ideas! When I was little we’d draw paper dolls of ourselves on the inside of our boxes, then cut them out and design paper outfits.

  7. Victoria Osborn
    April 13, 2016 at 11:32 am (1 year ago)

    Such creative ideas! My kids would love to do some of these craft activities, thanks for putting this together!


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