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  • An empty cereal box,
  • ruler,
  • scissors,
  • glue gun,  
  • pencil,
  • black 
  • colored markers
  • butter knife

 Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 1: Flatten the box, and cut the box in half by cutting along both folded edges.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 2: Cut the side flap off of each piece.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 3: Each piece should have a top and bottom flap. Choose the best looking flap and cut off the worst looking flap on each piece.

Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 4: Measure the length and width of one piece of cardboard (not including the flap) and round it down to the nearest inch.  See pictures below for details.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 5: Divide the length by 4 and the width by 3 ,and round down to an easy measurement. Choose the smaller of the two numbers for the size of your template. I chose 2.25”. Now measure one of the side panels that you trimmed off earlier to see if it is as wide enough to use for your template.  If it’s not wide enough ,use the other piece of cardboard to make your template. Make a square template that is the size of the number you chose. Mine will be a 2.25” x 2.25” square.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 6: Place the template right above the fold line of the tab in the center of the cardboard (brown side facing up), and trace around the template to draw a square. Use a pencil, I used a marker so that you could see the lines. Then place the template above that square lining it up the best you can and make another square. Repeat this, until you have 4 squares in a row.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 7: Now draw a square on either side of the third square from the bottom. Make sure to line up the template the best you can. The final design should look like a cross.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 8: Using your ruler, draw a line above and below the two side squares that you just drew. The line should be approximately ½” away from the square. No need to measure it, you can eyeball it, unless you want to be real specific.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

 

 

Step 9: Draw a diagonal line from the corner of the boxes to the line as shown below in the pictures. As you can see, I didn’t use my ruler, there is no need to be exact unless you want to. Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 10: Do the same thing above the box that is right below the flap.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 11: Cut out the box by cutting along all the outer lines.

Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 12: Decorate the box with colored markers. You can try paint, but the cardboard might warp from the moisture.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Step 13: Use a ruler and butter knife to make a crease along all the lines of the box.  Then fold the pieces to make it easier to form the box.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

Last Step: Using your glue gun, glue all the tabs to the inside of the box.
Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

 

YOU ARE DONE!

Make a Gift Box from a Recycled Cereal Box

From: http://blog.ecoetsy.com/2013/03/diy-small-gift-box-from-cereal-box/html


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