If you think cereal is just for keeping tummies happy then you are in for a truly unique, super cool treat for today’s How To’sday tutorial. Today Amanda George shows us how to upcycle a cereal box into a project that will keep your crafty taste buds tingling with happiness too!
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One of my favorite things about mini albums is that there are so many different ways to make them. There are paper bag minis, toilet roll minis, chipboard albums, and the list goes on! I’d like to share how you can make a mini album by upcycling your cereal boxes! I like this because the pages are thinner than the heavy chipboard but still sturdy. Plus, you get more for your money. I buy the chipboard mini albums when they have them for $1 at my local chain craft store and they come with several pieces of chipboard= lots of minis out of 1 pack!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2-4 Cereal boxes (depending on the box size and number of pages you want to create. I used two regular/small boxes and one “family size” box not pictured and was able to get eight pages)
- 6×6 solid or patterened cardstock (I used both)
- Krylon Spray Adhesive (or other strong bonding adhesive, non water-based!)
- 2 pieces of pre-cut chipboard (optional)
- 1-3 jump rings (depending on how you prefer to bind your album)
- Hole Punch (or Crop a dile)
- Xacto knife
- Newspaper/ plastic- or something to keep your surface clean from the spray
The first thing to do is to take a piece of your chipboard and trace it onto the inside of your cereal box. Remember to trace the holes as well! The two pieces of board you have are for the covers. (You can omit the chipboard all together and use your own cardboard template from the box if you wish). Don’t forget to save your box tops 😉
Depending on the size of your box and your chipboard you may be able to get 2-4 pages out of your box. You can see here I only had room for two pages as it was a small box. DO NOT FRET! You can use the extra cardboard for sturdy pockets, framing, tags or pull out photo cards! It’s up to you, but you don’t have to feel like it’s a waste. I stop at the creases because I’m afraid it will be bumpy, but you can certainly break the rules if you want!
After you’ve traced, use your scissors to cut out your pages. I recommend using smaller scissors to get a more precise cut than the longer utility scissors.
After you’ve cut, decide how many rings you’d like holding your album. I started with just one and decided I wanted more later. Use your hole punch where you’ve already traced or line up your holes now, or you could use your Crop-a-Dile if you have one and reinforce the holes with eyelets. I would do this after you adhere cardstock.
After you’ve got all your pieces cut and punched its time for adhesive! When you’ve decided which side of the paper you’d like to use turn it good side down. Spray the paper with your spray adhesive and let it set for almost a minute. This will get your surface nice and tacky and make for a stronger bond. You don’t have to worry about it drying on you because as it dries it gets tackier. I just want to say I really love Krylon Spray adhesive because it doesn’t warp your board. I’ve tried other methods in the past and my boards started to fold and separate.
Another side note: Because one side of your board has bold colors/print I would not recommend using less-expensive, thin paper because the colors will most likely show through.
Now carefully line up your piece and place on top of the tacky surface. Be careful not to let your cardstock stick to the newspaper like I almost did. Use your craft knife to cut off excess paper. If you find some edges of your board aren’t completely covered it’s okay. You can use your ink later to fill it in.
Punch out your holes again!
Repeat this process on the opposite sides.
After both sides have cardstock adhered you can ink. It makes it look a little smoother IMO. As you can see I don’t have the best Xacto skills :/
Finally, place your jump rings!
Obviously this isn’t the final final product! You still have embellishments to add! Time to get creating! I like to use twine, buttons, embossing, ribbon/fibers, bling, feathers, pom poms, anything you’d like! Remember you can use that extra cereal box space for flip up pieces, pockets, pullouts, tags, etc! You could also make a frame by cutting out the middle of one page and gluing it onto another, allowing space in the middle for a photo and enough edges to frame it nicely. Those are just some ideas I have. There are tons out there! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
P.S. The I used MME Lime Twist for my papers and coordinating solid cardstock. The ink is Tim Holtz Distress in Seedless preserves and the nifty inking tool is also Tim Holtz/Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
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I love it Amanda! Thanks to your fabulous idea I wont feel so bad that I shamelessly ate two big bowls of Lucky Charms out of the “Family Size” box for breakfast. I need to put that cardboard to use!
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I’ll see you tomorrow for a blissful Mid Wee Mojo! Always the highlight of my week.