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10 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes


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Postcards
Throwing a party and want a fun, creative invitation to send?
Throwing a party and want a fun, creative invitation to send?
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The price of a postage stamp is continuing to rise, and many people are choosing e-mail over snail mail. Postcards, however, cost less to send than a letter, and sending a homemade card can be a fun and unique way to keep in touch. With help from a few household items, you can make your own postcard -- leaving only the stamp to buy.

Before you begin cutting, trace an outline to ensure that the postcard will be the proper size for mailing. The dimensions of a standard postcard are about 4 inches by 6 inches. To get the size just right, use a ruler or trace around a postcard you already have.

Once you've finished cutting, flip the card over so the side with the design is facing down. Then, draw the placeholders for the mailing address and a postage stamp, and draw a line down the center of the postcard from top to bottom.

Now, on the right half of the card, draw three horizontal lines that are spaced evenly apart (you'll want to leave enough room for writing an address). In the upper right corner of the card -- still working on the back side -- draw a square that is about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch.

Bookmarks and postcards are fun in a useful way, but how about something that really ticks? See the next page for directions on how to make a cereal box clock that really does tell time.