If you prefer to reduce the amount of trash you use, re-purposing items is a great away to avoid a quickly filling trash bin. Today we wanted to show you how to re-purpose cereal boxes since they seem to be one of those foods children go through incredibly quickly. This no-sew project takes 30 minutes max and gives you a new place to store papers and notebooks.
- Cereal box
- Pen or marker
- Fabric (fat quarter for standard size boxes and smaller)
- Start by marking your box with the shape you would like to cut to. For one box we drew sharp square lines and we used curved lines for a second box. The curved lines are more difficult to fold your fabric over and will require a few extra cuts, but are not much more difficult than straight lines. Once your lines are drawn, use scissors to cut along the line.
- Test wrap your fabric around the box to make sure it will fit completely around. You also want to be sure to iron your fabric well to avoid creases showing. Position the fabric so it overlaps on the tallest side of the box, or whichever side you expect to show the least.
- After your fabric is ironed and you’ve decided placement, add glue to one side of the box and lay your fabric on it. Use your fingers or preferred tool to smooth out any bumps. Continue for each side of the box. Let dry. Allowing the glue to dry will prevent the fabric from shifting in the next step.
- At the bottom of the box, fold the fabric down as you would if you were wrapping a present. Cut off excess fabric as needed.
- For the top of the box. Cut the fabric in a straight line from the top to where it meets the box. This will allow you to fold and glue the fabric down inside the box without any creases. Let dry.
- Ta-dah! You’re finished!