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    • Former MSE Andrea
    • By Former MSE Andrea 8th Sep 09, 1:37 PM
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  • Noggin the Nog
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    There's a craft website that has a whole pageful of projects on making stuff (mostly for kids but not all) out of old cereal boxes, including a cereal box haunted house, laptop, woven spectacles case, hanging mobile - loads of different stuff.

    I particularly liked (for all ages) the idea of using cereal boxes as gift boxes - colourful, looks good and saves buying wrapping paper.
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  • emmasmum01
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    • 8th Sep 09, 3:25 PM
    heres one to keep kids amused for a while. great 4 parties
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    • 8th Sep 09, 3:25 PM
    get a bigish cereal box and tear off the little bits on the top.

    stand the box on it's end and then get your kids together (adults too!!) and take turns picking it up with your teeth. your not allowed to use hands or put hands or bottom on floor. after everyones had 1 go tear about an inch off the top so the box gets smaller. the ones who fail have to wait for new box. it's great fun trust me.
    you'll think its easy but trust me not as easy as it looks.
    • Nile
    • By Nile 8th Sep 09, 4:27 PM
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    Get the scissors out and create your own cheap version of a magazine file, ideal for storing copies of magazines and papers.

    Click here to use as a guide


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  • m3jns
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    • 8th Sep 09, 9:57 PM
    Cereal Boxes
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    I've used them in the past to make Gaskets to replace old ones when changing things like a thermostat on a car engine I even used one as a waterpump gasket once, and the gasket i made was still on the waterpump some seven year later with no problems.

    Also another tip :

    Make two doughnut type rings out of a cereal box, Ideal is draw around a saucer then something a little smaller like a cd, and cut out the ring and remove the middle to. Put both rings together, then start winding old bits of wool around the rings keep going round and round makeing the hole in the middle smaller, Then when you have wound enough wool on the rings, get some scissors and slowly cut around the outside edge. Get another piece of wool, and put this inbetween the two rings and tie tightly all the pieces of wool you wrapped around the rings. Once the wool has been tied around the middle between both rings, you can remove the rings. then roll the wool atound in your hands, and it makes a pom pom. Lovely to let the kids have a go, stops them feeling bored all the time.
    • aloiseb
    • By aloiseb 8th Sep 09, 10:02 PM
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    I cut mine into different sized rectangles and use them for notes to the milkman, and shopping lists. If I'm going on holiday I make a big folding triptych style one so I can make several lists all in one place.....v v sad.

    My favourite ones are made from biscuit cartons not cereal cartons - the original pleasure of the biscuit lingers on when you see the picture of it on the back of your shopping list - never feel like that about cornflakes somehow.
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    • By digital1 8th Sep 09, 11:25 PM
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    Cut them up for postcards - for competition entries! Depends on how thick the card is though.
  • bootfinder
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    I've used them in the past to make Gaskets to replace old ones when changing things like a thermostat on a car engine I even used one as a waterpump gasket once, and the gasket i made was still on the waterpump some seven year later with no problems.
    Originally posted by m3jns
    I've done something similar to replace a washer on an old outside tap.

    Boring as it is, though, the main thing we do with old cereal boxes is COMPOST them!
  • khawk
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    • 9th Sep 09, 8:23 AM
    cereal boxes
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    • 9th Sep 09, 8:23 AM
    We also make the pom poms, I sometimes make them into templates for card making or cut them down to be embroidery skein holders.
  • Sarahfb
    A good babysitting cereal box tip that has been past down to me is to cut the cereal box into small square pieces.

    Each square is worth 1hr of babysitting. With your group of friends who all need/willing to babysit distribute 10 each, so everyone has 10hrs of babysitting. If you need a babysitter for an evening, pay one of your friends with the cereal squares, the squares are passed around the group for years without ever having to part with money - just don't sneakily add more squares!

    Tried and tested trick with my family.
  • wendyA2
    Cereal box
    Hi - I use cereal boxes for sending the stuff I am selling on ebay. They are really light and sturdy, making them ideal for posting. A few people have left feedback saying what a good idea it was and that they would use them for the same reason.
    • KxMx
    • By KxMx 9th Sep 09, 9:18 AM
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    As I do card trading (trading cards) the mini boxes you buy in packs are ideal for sending a 72-card set. A bit of packing on top and they're ready to go.
    • muffin_man
    • By muffin_man 9th Sep 09, 9:28 AM
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    Get the scissors out and create your own cheap version of a magazine file, ideal for storing copies of magazines and papers.

    Click here to use as a guide


    Originally posted by Nile
    Usually do this as well, although I always turn the box inside out first...if you split it very carefully along the vertical join you can just flip it round and stick it back together making a nice neat looking file case. If its for longer term storage, leave all the tabs etc intact and you can still close it at the top to keep the dust out.
  • moneynovice123
    Cereal box uses
    When I was child we always used to use them to make insoles for our shoes - even if you use the foam insoles I think the cardboard gives you some insulation against the cold ground in the winter. Give it go, what have you got to lose!
  • Fig Roll
    Some very good suggestions here, I'm going to be using some.

    Recently I turned a cereal box into a car park for my sons cars.

    I cut the the side off and drew spaces for him to use.

    Close to being destroyed now due to over use, will have to make another one this weekend I think!!

  • Grandma Hobbit
    It's not just cereal boxes. there are so many cardboard items around and recycling facilioties are not always to hand. I am fortunate enough to have a wood burning fire with a back boiler. I have an enjoyable winter time seeing the cardboard disappear, keeping warm and heating the hot water. It's what would happen in a landfill site but I cahanel it faster through my fireplace. - Graham Hobbs
  • Alker
    Cereal boxes
    Good for lining ordinary envelopes for sending photographs through the post.
    • Jesthar
    • By Jesthar 9th Sep 09, 10:28 AM
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    We used to do all manner of things with them when I was litle (back in the days when H&S had not yet decreed toilet roll middles as unsafe for craft work), from pinball machines (I kid you not!) to aeroplanes to weaving looms.

    Still, the absolute favourite has to be one of the simplest - pompom templates! Some of the robins, snowmen and Santa pompom decorations I used to make and sell at christmas craft fairs still appear every year of various friends' Christmas trees.

    Also used to keep me occupied for hours, even after I worked out how to make them from start to finish in 30 minutes flat...
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    • purplecatlover
    • By purplecatlover 9th Sep 09, 10:43 AM
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    mine are used with the sides ripped out either

    with holes punched to make thred sorters for cross stitch

    or with a empty chinese takeaway container as a means of removing moths from the hosue without touching them or risking them escaping.
  • Wiggynut
    I've been known to tear a tiny bit off a cereal box and use it to pick my teeth!

    I've recently used the box to make some small foot shapes which will be covered in material... I'm hoping to make some mini converse shoes for a stop motion armature doll!

    very useful for paper-mache projects as it can be used as a strong base/armature.
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