Introduction: Gift Box From a Cereal Box

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After watching J.J. Abrams' TED talk, I was fascinated that he was interested in box design. I was inspired and figured I'd give box making a shot.

I eat a lot of cereal, and had a lot of almost empty boxes lying around. So after a bowl of Capn' Frosted Life, I had all of the materials I would need.

Step 1: Tools/Materials:

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You'll need the following tools:

- Hot glue gun with glue
- Scissors

- One cereal box

That's it

Step 2: Step 1: Cut and Flatten the Box

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Cut the box down the middle. I like to cut down the side that doesn't have the tab on it.

Step 3: Step 2: First Fold

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Fold the box in half.

All of the folds don't have to be exact.

Step 4: Step 3: Second Fold and Make Some Cuts

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Fold the bottom half in half.

At the bottom of the box, cut up to this fold on the right and left.

From the top of the box, cut down to the first fold on the right and left.

Step 5: Step 4 : Third Fold

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Fold only the middle section of the top half in half.

Step 6: Step 5: Cut Away What You Don't Need

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Cut the box so it looks like the picture below. The cuts don't have to be exact.

Step 7: Step 6: Glue Down the Front Flap

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Flip the box over. Use hot glue to secure the front flap down.

Step 8: Step 7: Glue Down the Sides

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Use hot glue to secure the side flaps.

Step 9: Step 8: Glue the Back

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Use hot glue to glue the back flaps.

Step 10: Step 9: Done Gluing

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Check the piece. The box should look like this when you're done gluing.

Step 11: Step 10: Fold the Lid

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Reverse the existing fold to form the lid.

Step 12: Step 11: Finish the Box

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I used a stamp to put a logo on the lid of the box, but you could paint it, use stickers, whatever. I hope J.J. is happy with the results.


SunshinePineapple (author)2015-05-02

Cut a rectangular hole in the top and it could be a piggybank!

gigglegirl19 (author)2014-10-30

I just made this and it ended up working perfectly! I lined the inside with some patterned paper, and I love the way it looks. The instructions worked perfectly! Thanks for sharing this.

gisellaqb (author)2014-10-10

this is lovely!!!!! a cute linen inside and out and it's perfect for a gift. Thanks to the people who really shares all their knowings about design and teaches that everything's reusable

dinxdeb58 (author)2013-07-17

I find that the second fold doesn't work with smaller boxes. If folding it in half from the bottom works with the dimensions of the sides of the box, it's okay. I kept having to trim here and there. My box was skinnier so I had to measure that and fold according to that measurement. There is also a lot more cutting with a smaller box because you won't be needing the top flap of the original box at all.
I also found it easier to fold when it has been scored first.
Thanks for the design!

elmo1015 (author)2013-03-02

Thanks for the idea. My mom and I had a blast trying to make this. Even though I messed up and cut off a piece I was not supposed to, we used a cracker box instead of a cereal box, and we used tape instead of glue. It still worked! And here is what it looked like in the end.

StoryAddict (author)2012-11-22

This is also a really great example of how to make your own boxes for trading card storage, etc.

StoryAddict (author)2012-11-22

I actually had a friend gift his groomsmen with leftover cereal boxes without deconstructing them. It was both upcycling as well as funny because it was always a white-elephant gift, however, having seen your Instructable, I can see why this works better, since you actually wanted it to function without additional gift-wrap.

Origurumi (author)2011-12-23

You had me at "Capn' Frosted Life"! This was a great instructable and I like how you understand that most of the time, words don't help: so thanks for all of the pictures! Made this in under 30 minutes so thanks for taking the time to figure out a plan and posting it on Instructables! Keep on instructing!

omnibot (author)2010-08-05

Mom turns 60 this weekend and your box totally saved me. Thanks :)

Eleventy (author)2010-02-04

 Thank you, this is great! I tried one myself, and it was fun and easy:

When I finished the box according to instructions, I had a hard time getting the lid to stay in place without collapsing into the box. Perhaps I was off a little in my dimensions. Anyway, I cut down the front flap into a smaller tab and made a slit in the folded edge on the front bottom panel. The tab slid into the slit nicely, and kept the box closed while also retaining its shape a little better.

Great project, thanks again!

Loralynn (author)2009-12-28

Fantastic!  I can't wait to try it!

garret-belisle (author)2009-12-04

Great article. I'd like permission to post this on my blog

Sure, go right ahead.  Send me a link, when you post.

Thank you.

Here is the link.

I hope you like it.


ladydae (author)2009-10-02

Awesome especially with no measuring.

jcordero67 (author)2009-03-18

Excellent . a good idea , I have a lot box cereal to use

Harkle (author)2009-03-07

Tried this with an empty 1kg box Cornflakes. It still works but takes a bit longer. Cheers blightdesign for posting. I'm always looking for ways to used those empty boxes :D

shauny294 (author)2009-01-08

this is AWESOME!! i love this website.. im always on here making the stuff. if i send in some of my desgins do you reckon people will print them on here?

nellydoux (author)2009-01-06

Cool instructable! I made mine and now I just put hair clips and hair bands in there. I lined the inside so I wouldn't have to see the imitation rice crispies logo inside, haha. Still thinking of ideas for decoration... ?

cobibridge (author)2008-12-15

how cool is that!!!

lc2u27 (author)2008-12-12

Another great recycling idea. I make document holders from empty cereal boxes

greenmia (author)2008-12-03

AWESOME! I made one! MY cereal box was different so my is different (more like a pizza box) I love this idea. I think the cereal designs are very cool so my book looks like it was made from a cereal box. Thanks so much!

amakerguy (author)2008-12-03

I love that idea because Christmas is coming up

chuckstars (author)2008-12-03

Actually awesome idea and original =]

chelly (author)2008-09-19

tried this because i was a box short for shipping out some items. something to keep in mind, not all cereal boxes are the same size. still, w/ a little extra effort i made my box! good idea when you are in a pinch, but now i have to think what to do w/ all this extra cardboard.

Yerboogieman (author)chelly2008-12-02

Speaking of that, my dad bought a chex mix box today.

pls (author)2008-12-02

Very cool and creative!

fireclown (author)2008-09-08

For the world easiest cardboard box logo-ing/bling-ing, spray paint works great, and is easy as all get out to stencil with. Cardboard holds spray paint wonderfully well.

lotusduck (author)2008-09-06

I'm going to screen print the showing side of the box before I fold mine up so that there is a design on all of the box.

silviamira (author)2008-08-31

Great! I eat lots of cereal too, so I'll try very soon I guess :)

inkstainedheart (author)2008-08-30

Awesome instructable--I'm making one now using Elmers glue and a hamburger helper box.

LaBibi05 (author)2008-08-29

Wow. That is awesome. I am definitely going to try that.

love2die100 (author)2008-08-29

This is awesome thanx for the tip.

zilan (author)2008-08-21

یکی به من بگه این چه سایتیه و به چه دردری می خوره ؟!

At Liberty (author)zilan2008-08-28

"Where Jihadist Kitty and the Jihadist Dardara Mai Khoury?!" Uh..... ?

ljjones (author)2008-08-22

too cool! I will use this on some of my boxes. How long did it take for you to figure this out? I think it's great!

blightdesign (author)ljjones2008-08-23

Thanks. I went through a couple of boxes until I got it right. But it's a pretty simple design.

pedrotome (author)2008-08-21

I never have breakfast, but I still have some almost-empty old cereal boxes, so I think this instructable was an AMAZING tutorial on how to get rid of them in a cool way.

schulman99 (author)2008-08-19

unlike tchiseen, I eat cereal every freaking morning. thanks for giving me a whole new awesome use for all those empty boxes!

tchiseen (author)2008-08-19

I like it a lot. I don't eat much cereal, but still cool!

tiuk (author)2008-08-19

Nice work, it looks great.

scooter76 (author)2008-08-11

Very cool, will try it soon.

Dr. Cool (author)2008-08-10

Great Instructable! I wonder what else you can do with cereal boxes! Doc Cool

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