Upcycled Cereal Box Picture Frames

Jonathan Fong
by Jonathan Fong
1 Hour
I love eco-friendly crafts in which I can upcycle objects that would normally go in the trash. In my household, we go through a lot of cereal, so to make use of some of those boxes, I am turning old cereal boxes into picture frames. You can really use any boxes, like Girl Scout Cookie boxes, dog biscuit boxes, even detergent boxes. And this is a fun project for the kids, too!
Cut the box so it lies flat, and then cut off the end flaps. If the box is large, turn it horizontally and cut it in half so you can make two frames.
Apply spray adhesive to the plain side of the box and adhere a piece of wrapping paper to it. Spray adhesive spreads an even coating of glue, but it is messy and needs to be used in a well-ventilated space. A glue stick is a good alternative, especially if you’re doing this project with kids. I actually like using my Xyron Creative Station. You put what you want to make sticky into the machine, crank the handle, and a layer of adhesive is applied to one of the sides. No mess and so easy.
 Using a hobby knife and straight edge, trim the excess paper, along with the edges of the cereal box that may have been cut unevenly with the scissors. Be careful with the hobby knife, and keep it away from children.
Cut a square or rectangular hole on one side where the photo will be inserted.
Apply hot glue to the end flap and fold it over one side to assemble the frame, with the wrapping paper on the outside. The finished product will be a three-sided, easel-style frame.
Add embellishments like ribbon, buttons and charms to the front using the hot glue gun. And when you’re done, tape a photo in the opening.
Who would guess these are old cereal boxes?
Jonathan Fong
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