Thursday, September 11, 2008

She did what to a cereal box?

I have officially crossed over into some sort of crafty twilight zone. My brain is slowly being reprogrammed. Today as I was about to toss a Cocoa Crispies box into the recycle bin, I had an idea to reuse the box instead.

I headed down to my craft room and spent half an hour with my friend Aleene's Tacky Glue and some Cosmo Cricket paper and created a box for take out menus.

If you want to make one of your own, here's what I did...

  • I used my craft knifed to cut off the top of the box. I did this freehand leaving the back side a bit taller than the front.
  • I loosely traced around the sides of the box onto my scrapbook paper. I used Cosmo Cricket Fleuriste Dew Drops and ColorMates Dark Awesome Aqua. Cut those shapes out and glued them onto the box, inside and out.
  • Then I used white paper craft ribbon to cover all the edges (this can be found in Michaels near the rafia and comes in several colors).
  • I added the words Take Out to the front using Provo Craft white self adhesive chipboard letters.
  • Then I stapled a little ribbon on the inside to hang it from,since I plan on hanging this on the wall in my utility hallway off my kitchen.

This was a very simple craft and only took 30 minutes. The only product I definitely recommend using for this is the Aleene's Original Tacky Glue. This glue is thick, dries clear and has an instant grab with the ability to still move your item, totally perfect for cardstock paper. Everything else could be swaped out, you could use real ribbon instead of paper ribbon, you could even cover it in fabric or felt and you do not have to hang it, this box would be cute sitting on a buffet or counter top.


Anonymous said...

Wow that's really nice Andrea and such a great idea !

Minxy Mimi said...

Thats so cool!!!

capello said...

awesome idea! it would be great for my boys to make some of those so they have a prettier place to shove their art projects.

brown paper bags - not so pretty.

Ginny said...

This is such a cute idea, I've used cereal boxes as paper holders before, but never for take out menus. What a great idea!