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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 say 'inner bag' because more manufacturers are getting away from the box with the inner bag and going to just the bag. These inner bags have changed over the years. They use to be rather thin and a lot like regular waxed paper. They served their purpose well, but weren't ideal for a lot of reuse.
The bags have changed over time. Have you noticed how tough they are? I can't imagine why they're so tough, but it's to our advantage.
I've been saving these bags, thinking someday I'll find a use for them. They would be ideal as reusable (and easily cleaned) wrapping for sandwiches. But then, I'm not in the regular work force, I'm not a student and I haven't been on a picnic in decades.
Yesterday, I bought and fried some chicken breasts, my first in years. The breasts were large and quite thick. I thought I would do well to flatten them a bit, so I did.
Not cooking as I use to, my supplies and equipment are sparse. I didn't have any baggies large enough and strong enough to put the breasts in for pounding. The cereal bags came to mind.
I got one of my bags which I had opened flat, cleaned, folded and stored away. I put a breast to one side on the bag and folded the other side over the breast. I pounded away til the breast was twice in surface size. It took some hard pounding.
When I finished, the bag was as good as new, not a mark on it. So, it was cleaned and put away for future use. Here is a freebie that is truly useful.
I dipped the breasts in buttermilk and coated them with flour seasoned with a light barbecue seasoning, a packet of chicken flavor saved from a pack of noodles, salt and pepper, and fried them in coconut oil.
I saved the grease, added some of the seasoned flour and made a rather tastey gravy.
The chicken, the gravy, and a huge hoe cake for drizzling with the gravy (I was too lazy to make individual biscuits), made my meal. And you know what? It was good!
I don't cook a lot of meat, but when I do, and if it needs flattening, I will use these free inner cereal bags. They are super tough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am starting to sell things on Ebay. I recently read an article that suggested reusing what we already have. From here on, my packaging material will include at least one of the bags from the cereal box.
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 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.
Open them up, wipe them down and dry them. Use in place of waxed paper. They are especially useful cut into squares and used to separate hamburger patties.
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.
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.
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.
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How can we make toys from empty Kellogg's cereal boxes?
By Asian mom
You could tape the boxes shut securely, and make giant building blocks. If they get flattened, make more. If you look at a site called ehow.com, there are directions for making a doll house from pizza boxes. Since pizza and cereal boxes are about the same thickness of cardboard, the directions could be adapted to cereal boxes. Go to ehow and put how to make a doll house out of pizza boxes in the search box.
Depending on the kids' age(s), you can just give them the boxes to play with as is. Taping the end closed is great for making big "blocks" that are light enough for younger kids, and won't hurt anyone when they fall over on them.
This is a page about making paper hats from cereal boxes. The light cardboard of these boxes can be reused in fun projects with the kids.
This page is about cereal box purses. A fun reuse of a cereal box is to make a purse.