Recycled Cereal Box Pocket Wreath for Spring

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Are you tired of the usual round wreaths you see everywhere to decorate your door for spring? Here's an easy way to recycle a cereal box into an adorable handmade pocket wreath to showcase your favorite spring blooms. And would you believe the pocket vase is finished with a dimensional moss effect?

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Let's get started by opening a large cereal box at the side seam and placing the print-side down.  Using a ruler, draw the shape of a vase with straight lines and .  .  .

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


cut out.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


To enhance the curved shape, gently rub the cardboard cut-out around a glass cylinder into a vase shape.  Then place it onto the remaining cereal box cardboard piece, holding it the width of the vase, as pictured below. 

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Apply hot glue to the long edge of the cut-out and .  .  .

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


place on top of the cardboard, holding in place until the glue cools off and dries.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Repeat for the opposite side and let glue cool and dry thoroughly. It doesn't take long - a few minutes.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Cut off excess cardboard at sides.  Next, apply hot glue to narrow bottom and place on cardboard, holding in place until cool and dry.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Then cut off the excess cardboard around the bottom, following the shape.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Reinforce sides, outside, inside, and bottom with additional hot glue and let dry.Next, tape sides and bottom with masking tape for additional strength and coat vase with Outdoor Mod Podge or sealer.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Once dry, apply the Dimensional Moss Effect paint for a faux moss look.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


For hanging, punch two holes in the top back,  reinforcing with duct tape.

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


Tie ribbon, knotting at holes and glue floral foam inside.  Then .  .  .

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring


arrange flowers, top with a bow and hang on door.  This handmade recycle cardboard wreath is a lovely pocket full of pansies!

recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring




recycled cereal box pocket wreath for spring

Suggested materials:

  • Cereal box/Cardboard
  • Ruler/Scissors/Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
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Gail@Purple Hues and Me

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3 questions
  • Esther
    on Apr 1, 2017

    No question, just a comment. What a cute idea, and a good way to recycle!

  • Bettybelle
    on Apr 2, 2017

    Wow! Way to go. Such a beautiful and fresh spring door idea.

    • Karen
      on Apr 10, 2017

      I agree 100%! Very nice - im going to try it. Thanks for posting such a pretty idea Gail
  • Sea Trace Creations
    on May 18, 2017

    l'lI have to ask how well will this stand up outside with moisture? Love the recycling idea of using a cereal box!
    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      on May 18, 2017

      So far, so good! But my door is protected from rain and wet weather so my wreath doesn't get wet. I did use outdoor mod podge to coat the cardboard several times. As with anything exposed to the outside, I'm sure it will deteriorate over time. I switch up my door hangings quite often and I'm presently trying to decide on a new one for summer.

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  • Gail Paradise
    on May 4, 2017

    Love this. I needed learning about taping + outdoor Mod Podge as my door faces the west sun making it a little harder to have a great wreath. Thanks Gail.
    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me
      on May 4, 2017

      Thanks, Gail! Perhaps you could use an outdoor silicone adhesive in addition to the hot glue (a quick grab) for a more permanent adhesion.

  • Sue Lilly
    on May 28, 2017

    Cheers for this.
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