10 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes


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Map of the United States
If you're really creative -- and patient -- cut out puzzle pieces for some extra challenge.
If you're really creative -- and patient -- cut out puzzle pieces for some extra challenge.
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If you've gotten your feet wet with some of our simpler projects and you're hungry for one that's a little more complex, then get out your cereal boxes because we're going to teach you how to make a colorful map of the United States.

For this project, you'll need a sheet of poster board, lots of different kinds of cereal boxes, an Exacto knife and some decoupage. It would also help to have a real map with each state outlined for reference. And if you really want to make it look good, print out the shape of each individual state on light paper to use as a tracing tool.

Begin by picking a state and cutting the shape out with an Exacto knife. If you want to use the print out as a guide, be sure to clamp the picture to the box so you'll get a clean cut without the knife slipping. Take your time when cutting tricky angles or shapes.

It's best to work across or up and down the map, cutting out states that are next to each other to make sure you like the way they're fitting together. Use different boxes for states that are next to each other to really set them apart. Lay it all out on your poster board to make sure everything is how you want it to look before you start gluing.

Once you're ready to attach the states, again, work from left to right or top to bottom, adhering states that are next to each other. When you're finished with the 48 contiguous states, you can either cut the excess poster board away or leave it so you can frame it. Just be sure to leave room for Alaska and Hawaii.

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