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Ecolovies ~ Cereal box mini boxes
This craft came about when flipping through olden times craft books, and I saw 'how to make a hat box'. The hat box they showed required cutting about 400 tabs on the outside of each piece of heavy card stock and securing them together with glue and then bias that was glued around the decorative paper the entire box was flawlessly covered in. I sat there for about an hour thinking, there has to be an easier way to do this craft, when it hit me.... sew it! So I set out to make a hat box in miniature out of old cereal boxes (the best card stock around).

Supplies you will need. A pen, scissors, a needle and thick embroidery thread, a small hole punch, and an old cereal box.

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  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 1
    Step 1

    First measure out how large you want your box to be. I just made mine as big as the box was tall... it made for easy measuring. A shorter piece, just as long as the first piece, made for the lip of the lid.

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 2
    Step 2

    I folded that part around until I had a circle or oval, and traced the bottom of it on to the cereal box... and that was the lid and bottom of the box.

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 3
    Step 3

    The only special tool I would really recommend would be a mini hole punch. I bought mine 11 years ago in preparation for our wedding invitations where I had to tie tiny ribbon through two sheets of paper, and around the end of a skeleton leaf. Yes, it was just as tedious as it sounds. lol! But it works great for other projects too... mostly ones that involve a needle, thread, and my 7 year old.

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 4
    Step 4

    After measuring the pieces and cutting the lid and bottom, I punched holes along the bottom and both short sides of the main box piece. I then secured the thread through both holes and sew down and back up again to bind the sides together leaving me with a ring of cardboard.

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 5
    Step 5

    Then comes the tricky part... attaching the bottom. I tied a middle hole to the back next to the seam, then I tied hole that was directly across from it to the front. Then I sewed all the way around... not being picky about the way it looked... until I met up at the other tie. I tied it off, not cutting the thread, and then continued around until I got back to where I started, and tied it off again. This part really doesn't have to be neat. I didn't have any problems skipping a hole or two on each box, or doubling up if I needed to... it doesn't take away from the box at all.

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 6
    Step 6

    I then did the same thing with the lid.

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 7
    Step 7

    Put the two together and you have a whole mini hat box!

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 8
    Step 8

    Then all that is left to do is decorate!

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 9
    Step 9

    This is one that my daughter and her friend decorated for their "someday drive through lemonade stand".

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 10
    Step 10

    And here is the one I pictured up top.

  • How to make a round box. Cereal Box Mini Boxes - Step 11
    Step 11

    I really love how it turned out.

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Joanna
Joanna · 4 projects
Hm. My little sister and I just started playing the Poke'mon trading card game--I wonder if this will work for deck boxes. o_O
Thanks for the idea. =)
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Cynthia J.
Cynthia J.
I have made boxes like this from repurposed leather. Now that I see yours, I'm thinking of some boxes I have and maybe some other things. Thanks for posting it.
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TE5
TE5 · Nederland, Colorado, US · 2 projects
I made one and I love it Happy When I'll have time I'll probably make some more.
Instead of a hole punch I used the needle to make the holes before I actually started sewing.
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Moxie D.
Moxie D. · Chandler, Arizona, US · 4 projects
What an awesome idea! Now I have an excuse as to why I have all of the old cereal boxes stashed in my craft room Happy
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cupcake gangster
cupcake gangster · 64 projects
love this!!!
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tricia m.
tricia m. · Richmond, Virginia, US
this is so cute! you could make a full size hat box if you use the box that you get when you buy 2 bags of cereal in one box!
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CO + K User

So pretty..................
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donna  c.
donna c.
cool
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Rachel K.
Rachel K.
Aww, this is way cute. I love that you can do it with kids too. I'll be linking.
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CO + K User

Yay another project for my mountain of cereal boxes lol
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