recycled gift box tutorial

thought i’d share this little idea i had for recycling cereal boxes, probably not the most unique, but crafty and green nonetheless!

you’ll need:

a cereal box
a glue gun
your hands

that’s it!

first gently break down the box along the side and the bottom.

this is what it will look like. (yes, we shop at wal-mart, and that is my breakfast about 90% of the time…i’m boring)

turn inside out and bend all flaps to the inside to make them more pliable. then use your hot glue gun to attach the sides and bottom together.

then, tuck in the top like you normally would on a cereal box!

place your gift inside, wrap with wrapping paper, or simply decorate with a ribbon or yarn! easy peasy, and totally free! that’s my kind of project!

tune in tomorrow for a jean skirt refashion! (for the sadester, of course)

***If you have used any of my tutorials, I’d love if you’d add a quick pic to my flicker group! Thanks!***


  1. I just found your blog through your Sew, Mama, Sew! tutorial. Thanks for sharing it! I noticed your “I belong…” button and was thrilled to see that you live in Gilroy. I’m in Morgan Hill; perhaps we’ll run into each other at a stake event sometime! You can visit my blog at

    Terri C.

  2. I would have enver thought of that! What a gret idea…I am going to start saving my boxes now! Thanks!

  3. So simple but so great looking. I will be using this idea.

  4. To think I have trashed millions of perfectly good gift boxes away over the last 25 years!!!! Great idea Jessica thanks for sharing;) I did post those pic’s on your flicker:)

  5. Thank you for the compliments on the onesies and other projects I’ve been working on! The book wreath was super easy and took about 10 minutes during nap time. I found the tutorial at Her’s turned out fuller than mine but I still like it!

  6. Hi Jessica. I love your blog! I saw this and thought of you and all your great projects. (I’m not assoctied with Scrapbook Trends)

    Scroll down to the Home Idea book.

    I think you have some great projects that would go perfectly with what they’re looking for.

    Have a great day!

  7. They look so classy – great tutorial.

  8. i LOVE this!! what a great idea!! i’m really trying to go with the green theme this year and so this is perfect! thanks for sharing. i found your blog from sew mama sew and was immediately in <3 with your posts and projects (and became a follower). :o)

  9. Great idea! Perfect for the holidays.

  10. Genius! I hope you don’t mind but I’d love to feature you and this idea on my blog

  11. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. It is really a great tip!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this, I’m all about saving money and always reuse gift boxes/bags but have run out – I was just thinking (literally 10 minutes ago) that I didn’t have anything to put my mum’s birthday present in and then I read this!!
    Also, nothing boring about that cereal – it’s my favourite :)

  14. Fantastic! I was just thinking a bout gifts I need to take home to my cousins little girl and this seems like a really great way to package her gifts!

  15. I’ve been making gift “bags” from cereal boxes by cutting the tops off after turning, making 2 holes on each side for the straps and gluing tissue paper on the eges for decor, never thought of using it as a box actually, do love the idea and versatility, thanks!

  16. Another box I find great to use are the boxes where the soap from Costco/Kirkland comes in, they hold 3 bars of soap so when you turn them it makes for a beautiful blue gift bag!

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