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ID Mommy Project: DIY Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle
Here's another project I just came up with last weekend to turn your old cereal boxes into puzzles!

Posted by Gretchen F. from United States • Published See Gretchen F.'s 14 projects »
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  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 1
    Step 1

    Flatten your cereal box.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 2
    Step 2

    This one came apart at the seams, but if yours doesn't, just open both ends and cut down one edge.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut your puzzle image off from the rest of the box, whether you decide to do the front or back of the box. I decided to use the back on this one, because it had more interesting little images, and games on the back! Set aside the rest of the box to use in step 6.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 4
    Step 4

    Flip over the puzzle image cardboard,

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 5
    Step 5

    apply glue to the back of the puzzle template,

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 6
    Step 6

    and glue it down to the back of the cereal box.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 7
    Step 7

    Trim around the edges of the puzzle template.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut around the rectangular frame of the puzzle template.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 9
    Step 9

    Keep this piece...it'll be the frame for your puzzle!

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 10
    Step 10

    Glue your rectangular frame piece down to the back of the other cardboard scrap you set aside in step 2.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 11
    Step 11

    Trim around the frame.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now you have a cardboard backer to lay the pieces on, and a frame to keep them together.

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 13
    Step 13

    Here's where I cut out the puzzle pieces. However, you can add a whole new element to this project and let your child draw their own puzzle image on the white template side BEFORE you cut them out...then they'll have two puzzles in one! Duh, I wish I had thought of that two seconds before taking this photo below. Well, next time....

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 14
    Step 14

    I found it easiest to cut one whole horizontal or vertical strip of pieces, then cut each piece apart. If your child is old enough, this is a good exercise in scissor control!

    I remember when I was little, thinking that puzzles with pieces shaped like other stuff were really cool, so I put a star shaped piece in my template!

  • How to make a puzzle. Diy Recycled Cereal Box Puzzle - Step 15
    Step 15

    Put your puzzle together! Okay, so it's no Springbok, but it's a fun project to make and a fun way to teach your kids to recycle, be creative, cut along the lines, and take pride in making their own toy! If your pieces get a little bent, try setting a stack of books on the whole thing for a while to help flatten everything out.

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Ann N.
Ann N. · Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia · 10 projects

Great idea, going to make this with my kid. Nice work for up-cycled! Thanks for sharing^^

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Sharon M.
Sharon M.

This is such a great idea that I want to share it and your template with parent from Head Start!

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PJ
PJ · Avondale, Arizona, US · 96 projects

love it to, going to show this to my granddaughter, she is always looking for ways to amuse the kids she babysits.

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J.Mad
J.Mad · Osaka, Kansia, Japan · 3 projects

love it! going to use it with my students!

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