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Uses for Cereal Boxes

Ways to reuse cereal boxes and the bag that comes inside the box. Post your ideas.


Reusing Cereal Bags

Do not throw out your cereal bags. When I finish a box of cereal, I shake out the waxpaper bag and reuse for storage, or reuse to freeze a package of meat from the meat department.


By Bobbie Gillette (01/11/2005)

By ThriftyFun

Fruit Roll-ups

If you make your own Fruit Roll up, use the plastic bag for the fruit to dry on. Open the bag up to lay flat. The plastic is so much stronger than plastic wrap and the dried fruit rollup pulls right off. The plastic is good for many many more uses. (01/11/2005)

By Lois of CA

Shake and Bake

I save my cereal bags and put flour and chicken in and shake to coat. I use for leftover homemade bread and rolls. Also bakery donuts and pastries. (01/11/2005)

By Belle


Cut off the front of each cereal box. After you have collected a few you can use them for preschool/school age games such as alphabetizing, looking for colors, sorting by attributes. Children love to work with cereal box fronts! (01/11/2005)

By Katie A.

Paper Storage

I use them for paper storage. I stack them up on top of each other and masking tape them together about four or five high. I sit by my desk and keep papers and such in them. I add other boxes to them, and it becomes an organizing area for paper and such. You can get quite creative with it, and even make larger box cubicles like these for shoes and such. (01/11/2005)


By Racer

Cereal Box Purses

I reuse cereal boxes (and other boxes )to make purses out of. Go here and you'll see my duct tape cereal box purse and koolaid duct tape purse, I'm under Tinkerbell. ... ba214b813d39aab0d0b&topic=16353.0(01/14/2005)

By Renee01

Gift Bags

I tear off the top flaps, paint them, then add embelishments to the out side, add two handles made from paper twist that has not been opened and have cute gift bags! This works with any cardboard type box. (01/15/2005)

By Gardenlady

10 Ideas to Keep and Reuse Old Cereal Boxes

Here are 10 ideas

1. Use as a mouse pad, I do.

2. Cut, make and decorate as CD containers.

3. Make up little homemade game boards for kids to use in traveling in the car.

4. Use as backing for posters or photos

5. Make home made targets for bow and guns.


6. Slide under your school books before you use the other protective book cover.

7. Design and make your own personal signs to decorate your home.

8. For over 19 years I have used calendar picture covered cereal boxes on my walls. Each holds special everyday items I now no longer ever lose.

9. A hot seat at a Ball park? Not if you bring a large cereal box that has been cut once with you. Also take bring along for bank fishing.

10. File folders

Now you think of more and never throw away those bags Cereal Bags either.

Happy Reusing

By Mr. Thrifty

Throwing Away Diapers

Uses for the cereal bags: one I can think of... for those of us with babies, and we change the baby on the go, put the used diaper in that, and when we get to a litter barrel we toss it all. Also, if you have more than one cereal bag, if baby wets through to shorts, pants, etc, it can go in there and that way it won't stink up the car, and won't mess up anything else it may touch.


Or, another idea, when we were kids, it was a guarantee that at least one of us would get car sick on long voyages. We had a station wagon, and with the lot of us, two of us had to ride 'backwards'. That just did not sit well and our stomachs let us know.

In summer, it can also hold kids' swimsuits or in travel, use it for shampoos, mouthwashes, toothpaste...or anything that may spill out and make a mess in luggage. if you have a bag sealer, (I found one for about 4 dollars at Wal Mart) you can seal it up. No spills, no stink, and since almost everyone I know eats cereal, cheap to replace when the bag is thrown out.

Well, cereal bags as sick bags work too. We had a station wagon and many kids. Two of us would wind up facing 'backwards' and invariably, one of the 'backwards' kids would wind up getting sick.



By KLS8800

Prevent Microwave Splatters

I love to open the bags and cut circles to lay over glass pie plates in the microwave for heating. Saves LOTS of splatters. (08/17/2005)

By Carolyn

Pie Crust

When I have the LARGE cereal boxes I cut open the bag to make a flat sheet to roll out pie crust. It works very well and can be reused many times. I just wipe it or shake it off and store it in my freezer. (08/18/2005)

By Grandma Margie

Plastic Cereal Liners

Save your plastic liners from your cereal boxes. Wash them and let them dry. Save all your small soap pieces from the last of a bar of soap. When you have several pieces of soap put it into the plastic bag and beat with a meat tenderizer. Use these crushed pieces to wash a load of clothes. I find it gets my towels very clean. (09/20/2005)


By Jeanette Kelley


I use the boxes and cut them into snowmen shapes and then some wing shapes. "Frost" them with textured snow paint and hot glue together for ornaments. Add a hanger and there ya go. (09/21/2005)

By Michele

For My Dog

My dog has food allergies, but one thing she can chew is cardboard. We let her shred all our boxes. The smaller the better. Toilet paper tubes are worth gold. (09/22/2005)

By Kathy K.

Magazine Holders

I make magazine holders out of the boxes by cutting off one corner on an angle. I don't even cover them as I have them stored on a bookshelf-keeps those magazines tamed and organized. Also, the liners in Canada are waxed paper so I save them to use instead of buying waxed paper just by cutting them to open up flat. (09/23/2005)

By Marion

Freezer Storage

Dirty diapers and freezer storage (but not at the same time) are the main uses I find for empty cereal bags. (10/10/2005)

By kidseatfree

A Use for the Crumbs

I cut the box top and bottom off, then cut down one corner. Then I cut the box into squares and use to jot down phone messages, etc. I save the crumbs in the bottom of the bag to use for breading chicken or to use in cookie recipes. Use the empty bags to catch peelings or scraps to be put in the trash. (06/14/2006)

By AnnMel

Gift Box

I always used them at Christmas time when my girls were little to wrap presents in that didn't have a box. They used to get so mad at me but now they do it! (06/18/2006)

By PeggyLee

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