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10 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes


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Gift Bags
Paint it one solid color, or let the colors of the cereal box do the decorating for you.
Paint it one solid color, or let the colors of the cereal box do the decorating for you.
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Decorative gift bags are beautiful packages for presenting a gift. Not to mention they save you on wrapping paper time and waste because they're great to save and re-gift. But nice ones may cost anywhere from $3 to $5 a piece, putting you over your gift budget. So, we'll show you how to make an easy and cute gift bag out of materials you already have at home.

For this project, you'll need a cereal box, spray adhesive, decorative paper and any crafty notions you have stashed away for projects, like buttons, sequins, ribbons and fabric trim.

Start by cutting the tops of the box with scissors. Get your paper ready and spray a side of the box with spray adhesive. Attach the paper and do this on each side, working your way around the box. Creasing it at the box edges will help it stick a little better. Once the box is covered with paper, it's time to decorate.

Use ribbon to create handles by punching two holes on each side near the top and knotting the ribbon on each side. Add a little spray adhesive to the back of some zigzag or fringed trim to outline the bag, and then decorate with buttons, sequins, stick on letters or whatever you have in your craft kit. Creating your own gift bags lets you customize it to any occasion, and your crafty creation will probably be received as well as the gift itself.


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