10 Uses for Empty Cereal Boxes


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Kitchen-themed clocks can get pricey. Go for a more affordable option -- make your own using an old cereal box.
Kitchen-themed clocks can get pricey. Go for a more affordable option -- make your own using an old cereal box.
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Remember the days when analog clocks ruled the classroom? This was back when digital time telling was reserved for the microwave and wristbands -- back before practically everyone owned a cell phone. As the digital era continues, analog clocks are taking on a retro vibe. And if you need a vintage-looking timepiece for your kitchen, this recycled cereal box clock may be just the ticket.

Gather the following materials:

  • cereal box
  • protractor
  • quartz clock kit (found at most craft stores) and suitable batteries
  • Velcro with adhesive backing
  • stickers (or stencils) numbered one through 12
  • scissors

Begin by arranging the numbers on your clock. To achieve the proper angles, you may want to use a protractor. Once the numbers are secured, locate the center of your clock's face and mark it with a pen - this is where you will be attaching the clock's hands.

In the place you marked, cut a small, pea-sized hole. Then, place the clock mechanism inside the cereal box. Arrange it so the rod (where you will attach the clock hands) is poking through the hole you cut.

To attach the second, minute and hour hands, follow the instructions that came with your quartz clock kit. These directions may vary depending on the type of kit you purchased.

The last step is to apply strips of Velcro to the box's top flaps. This will enable you to open and re-seal the box to change the clock's batteries and set the time as needed.

With your clock fully assembled, you can insert a battery and set the time. All that's left to do is to look for a place to hang your retro, time-telling cereal box.

Another fun way to decorate your kitchen is with personalized placemats that can be used for pets, children, plants, or arts and crafts. See the next page for directions on how to make your own.

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