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With school about to start, you are bound to have a few more cereal boxes cluttering your recycle bin.

We thought of a clever way to reuse those empty boxes and maybe help your kids stay organized as they transition into their school routines.

Supplies:

  • Three empty cereal boxes – approximately 11 inches by 8 inches by 2 inches
  • 12-inch by 12-inch Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge (matte finish) or white tacky glue
  • Foam brushes
  • Ruler
  • Pen/marker
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Binder clips, if needed

Instructions:

  1. Adults may need to help kids measure and cut boxes. Starting from the bottom, measure 8 inches, 6 inches and 4 inches tall, using a craft knife or scissors.
  2. Adults should also help measure down 2 inches from the top on one side. Draw a diagonal line between the corner on the opposite side and cut out.
  3. Let kids get creative, covering each box with paper, making sure to cover the edges and line the inside — mix and match paper on the boxes for a unique and colorful presentation.
  4. Glue boxes together, shortest to tallest, and let dry. If boxes seem to separate while glue is drying, attache binder clips where edges meet.
  5. Wrap ribbon around base, securing ends at center of front with glue. Let dry.
  6. Wrap another piece of ribbon around your fingers, trim and secure ends together with glue. Let dry.
  7. Wrap a third piece of ribbon around the center of the loop, trim and secure ends. Let dry. Now you have a flat bow.
  8. Glue the bow over the ribbon band on the boxes. Let dry.

You can find step-by-step photos for all our craft projects on our Pinterest page. Be sure to follow us at https://www.pinterest.com/upstateparentsc/ for parenting tips, back-to-school tips, recipes and much more.

If you make one of our projects or have an idea you would like us try, please send me a note at mlavine@UpstateParent.com.

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