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I found a creative way to wrap Christmas packages. I refused to buy wrapping paper, bows, or ribbon this year, so I began to save cereal boxes, oatmeal cartons, etc. I have accumulated quite an interesting array of grocery containers and they work just perfectly for most of our gift items.
My kids have started saying, "Mom has gone green!" Just think of all the space I am saving in a landfill by not adding to it with my pile of discarded wrapping paper. The boxes can be compacted and used in our garden this spring!
By Tabitha from Depew, OK
I've wrapped gifts with the Sunday comics paper but have never even thought of wrapping with cereal and other food and drink boxes! That is a fantastic idea! Thanks!
My goal for this month is to declutter and sell my extras on ebay. In the past I have used the free flat rate shipping boxes from the post office. However, with prices on shipping so high, it seems I get less bids. I discovered that I can ship a lot of what I sell in cereal boxes. They are sturdy (and I also reinforce each direction with tape), and much lighter than the post office boxes, or regular cardboard boxes. Lighter packages mean less postage, which in turn increases the likely hood of someone bidding on my item.
I, too, am an eBay seller, and packaging is very important to me (whether I am buying or selling.) Cereal boxes and the likes don't really offer a lot of protection unless it is something like clothing or something light and fluffy like that. Not good for glassware, china, jewelry lots, etc.
I think most people would rather pay alittle more for shipping and have it get to them safely.
Check your local stores for boxes, packing peanuts, etc...most places are more than happy to give them to you. Even college offices have these types of things that they need to dispose of. Cuts down polluting Mother Earth with these reusable resources. Post a "Wanted" on your local Freecycle group for packing materials.
Some regular corrugated boxes aren't that much heavier than the cereal boxes, but give much better protection.
If you ship books, pamphlets, etc that may need some reinforcing, please use corrugated cardboard and not cereal box/poster board type of cardboard. I have had 2 books ruined lately from eBay sellers as they used lightweight cardboard for reinforcing, or just wrote "Don't Bend" on the pkg, and of course both books were not adequately packaged, and they got damaged. This is not USPS's fault, it was the seller's.
Putting books or clothing and the likes in a plastic bag before packaging is much appreciated, and doesn't add to the weight of the pkg. yet it protects the items from wetness.
In every package (eBay and non-eBay) include an invoice, or at the least, a piece of paper with the shipping information (who the pkg is going to and their address as well as your return address.) If the shipping label gets destroyed, at least there is a "second chance" for the pkg to get to its' destination with the information enclosed in the pkg.
If you have a Paypal acct, I highly recommend using the shipping label option through PP if you own or have access to scales for weighing the pkgs.
Hi - I've done quite a lot of selling on ebay. Did you know that you can go to www.usps.com and get all the boxes and mailer bags, any size, delivered to your home for FREE? They are priority boxes and are flattened so there are many per package. If you don't wish to ship priority, you can simply fold them inside out so the priority info is inside. MUCH much better than a cereal box. I received one very poorly packaged item before Christmas and I was very disappointed. If I'm packing something breakable, I often cushion the sides and corners with empty soda cans - they don't add hardly any weight and don't crush easily inside a box. And they are recyclable. No need for packing peanuts either!! There are SO many thrifty ideas for packaging - but PLEASE don't take a chance on cereal boxes and risk a disappointed customer! And a disappointed customer isn't likely to bid on your items again - plus you risk an unfavorable feedback.
I believe a seller would get more repeat customers if the package is wrapped professionally. I sure wouldn't want to receive an item that was mailed to me in a cereal box. I sell on eBay and I've mailed out a number of items in the large 10 x 13 inch clasp envelopes and have used bubble wrap around the item. You can purchase a box of these envelopes cheap enough at an office supply store and they average out to be 20 cents per envelope. I use padded envelopes when I ship books by media mail and I've never had a complaint of a book being damaged. Too many sellers put the blame on the post office for items that have been damaged, and it's actually the seller's fault in the first place. I get a big laugh from some of these auction pages that say that the seller is not responsible if any item is damaged in the mail. Very few items are ever damaged in the mail, it is the shipper who is at fault.
I used to add on a small handling fee and no longer do that. I charge exact shipping and I print off my own shipping labels and indicate the cost of shipping. I don't have anything to hide from the buyer, and I believe that my sales have increased because I want to be fair and honest in my business practices. I own two scales, one is for heavier packages and the other scale is for my lighter weight packages.
As a buyer on ebay, I don't mind inexpensively packaged stuff, but if it something really worth something...don't skimp. One time, I was surprised when I bought an mp3 player and paid $8.00 shipping and the guy put the mp3 player in an unpadded envelope and paid 67cents to mail it. No padding, etc. Boy was I rather surprised at his "cheapness"....not even CLOSE to $8.00 worth of shipping.
I appreciate sellers who try to keep down costs. I don't mind the priority rates, but they do add up quickly. I especially appreciate sellers who don't try to make extra money on the s/h which quite a lot do.
i wouldnt recommend using cereal boxes they are flimsy and would not hold up very well during shipping..its not worth a few pennies to get bad feedback..i say get a padded enevolope or a decent box.. from another ebay seller
also you can get any type of box for free at your local grocery store just ask the kid when hes putting the stock out..he will be happy you took them off his hands less work for him..also he will give you the packing material to if you ask..i have never paid for boxes or shipping material or bubble envelopes..
This is the perfect way to save your Easter ham. A big ham fits perfectly in a recycled bag from a large box of cereal. For ham, I especially like the very large corn flakes bags. It's wonderful as you have no mess with going in and out of the bag as anything messy stays inside the bag. The ham can be "carefully" sliced inside the bag, if you're just slicing a small amount and don't want the mess. You can save the messy stuff inside the bag for future recipes. =
I save all cereal bags when the box of cereal has been eaten as they are too good to throw away. In my opinion, they are better than anything you can buy to store food or other things in. They're even good to cover seeds, that you have started indoors. Like Thrifty Fun, cereal bags are absolutely wonderful!
By Suzy from Clinton, TN
Use cardboard cereal boxes to make shipping envelopes. Deconstruct the box so it lays flat. Take off the small end on the right side or tape it down. Tape down the flaps on the top and bottom of the front of the cereal box. Cut a small slit on the top and bottom flap of the back of the box. Then cut that section out. This makes the outside flap. It'll be the last thing you tape down to seal the envelope. Tape the top and bottom flaps down like you did on the other side of the box. Also tape down the middle flaps. Fold over the flap you just created at the end to form a crease, but don't tape down. Fold cereal box in half. Tape the sides together to form your envelope. Then stuff your goodies inside. Fold over the creased edge and tape shut. Add shipping label and mail.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
Most cereal boxes can be converted into boxes to store magazines. Just remove the top flaps and cut the upper third of the box off at a diagonal angle. You can put contact paper on the outside of the box to make the box look better.
That sounds like an excellent idea!!!!!! You could also trim the outer edges with a bit of lace or rickrack to match your color scheme.
I use the jugs that cat litter comes in. I cut them down to the size I need. They line up niceley on my shelves in my craft room to hold books, paper, patterns.
I find cereal boxes on their own too flabby for magazines. (They tip over if not completely full.) What I do is cut thin corrugated cardboard to match the sides and bottom and glue them to the inside of the cut cereal box. This makes them more sturdy and you still have a smooth surface on the outside to decorate.
I am starting to sell things on Ebay. I recently read an article about packaging in a newsletter from recyclebank.com. The article suggested reusing what we already have. I thought of an idea so astonishing that I shut down and rushed over here to share it.
From here on, my packaging material will include at least one of the bags from the cereal box. I am making little bill caps and I will tape the bill to the little card from bias tape. It will keep the brim from bending or getting smushed in transit. The hat will go inside the cereal bag from which I have wiped the cereal debris with a damp cloth. Of course I won't use them right away. They will need to be dry when I send them out. These go out in envelopes.
For items requiring a box, I will cut the bags in strips. I also use the plastic grocery store bags to pack things. If you rumple them and ball them up, they make good padding and you don't have to buy anything. The added advantage is no printer's ink from newspaper packaging.
By Marty D. from Knoxville, TN
I seldom use waxed paper. In fact I usually only use it when my husband makes hamburgers on the grill, to layer the raw patties in so they won't stick.
When empty, I use wide "scotch" tape to stick the top together of cereal boxes, then cut the top and bottom off to the depth of approximately 2 inches
I have been selling some of my daughter's outgrown clothing on ebay. To ship the items, I save and use empty cereal boxes and wrap them in inexpensive brown craft paper.
I use cereal boxes to hold craft stuff. I use one for colored paper, one for wax paper, and one for little paint holders. I glue a piece of construction paper to the front, and let the kids color it.
The bags that cereal comes in are great for storing all the leftover veggies in the freezer. I use a clothespin or chip clip to hold it closed.
You can use cereal box liners for tracing patterns and cutting sewing patterns. When cereal box liners are empty, carefully pull them apart to flatten at the seams. If done slowly, they won't tear.
Before throwing out that cereal box consider saving the pieces to uses as patterns for quilt pieces, purse patterns, etc. Simply cut away the 2 large front and back pieces and save in a Ziploc bag.
I use the cereal box liners as a protective surface when children are painting or gluing. Open the bag up on the seam so that you have a good size surface.
After a box of cereal is done I save the inner wax bag to reuse as wax paper. I cut it to lay it out flat, to use it to protect the kitchen table when the kids are doing craft projects or using playdoh.
I save old boxes to wrap in gift paper to make my wrapping experience as stress free as possible by having them ready now. Using colored duct tape to finish the edges also adds to the festive mood.
Cut the whole box diagonally, close the top flaps and tape them shut, voilá! Two magazine files free!
My kids are always tearing the boxes that playing cards come in. I cut a Little Debbie oatmeal box down to where it is a little taller than the cards and put the cards in it.
One thing I do as an avid recycler is to use the empty bag inside the cereal box for crushing graham crackers to make crust. I use crackers and dried bread to make crumbs for meatloaf.
I wanted a simple solution to throw out small trash and recycle cardboard boxes. I cut the four edges of the box along the creases, then I put tape on the top of the edges to make them smooth.
Here is what I do with some of my extra cereal boxes, and the end of the duct tape roll that has no adhesive on it. I join them to make pencil boxes for the table.
The waxed paper liners from cereal and cracker boxes have so many uses. The paper is very good quality. After you finish your box of cereal, take out the liner, and open it up so it can lie flat. It's best to do this over the sink to catch any crumbs. Wipe down with a sponge and allow to dry before using. Make sure you recycle the box, too!
Reusing A Cornflake Box. I am presently working on a 100 other uses of cereal boxes but I will just give you the best one of them.
This is a guide about making paper hats from cereal boxes. The light cardboard of these boxes can be reused in fun projects with the kids.
This guide is about cereal box purses. A fun reuse of a cereal box is to make a purse.