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Cereal Box Picture Frames

| April 4, 2013 | 19 Comments

Storing Kids Art in DIY Box Picture FramesHow do you manage your kids’ art? Well, we try our best, but I know I don’t manage it as well as I could. We save a lot and Granny gets a lot and we recycle a lot (into other things). And then I got together with crafty bloggers to discuss what to “make from a cereal box” and I had a light bulb moment: Box Frames. A friend of mine has a lovely white one for her kids art. They are super quick to make. I made 3 in about 35 minutes. Really quick and they look great and make the kids art look lovely. You can store about 8-10 bits of art per box and display one at a time.

Materials: cereal box, scissors, Stanley knife and ruler, acrylic paint (though you could try decoupage?)

Cereal Box Frames

UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE – it is hard to paint on the “shiny” part of a cereal box – you need to use acrylics for this and not everyone likes to use them…. so. When you take your box appart as per the above, you can also “turn it inside out”, so you have the soft grey area showing outside and the shiny bit on the inside. This makes it MUCH easier to paint!

1) Cut your box into two halves – but rather than cutting it in the exact middle – cut it approx 1cm from the edge – this will make the width of your frame. Check the photo. I also cut away the flaps on one end from ONE half of the carton, I decided to make the access o the side, but you can do it at the top too.

Box Frames to display kids art

2) Using a metal ruler and stanly knife, cut out the display section.

UPDATE: if you turn your Cereal box inside out, I grey side out, not the shiny part out, then it is easier to paint and you will only need one layer

cereal box crafts

3) Glue flaps back in place and hold with clothes peg.

4) Glue the two halves together – by sliding the one with the display hole OVER the back.

5) Paint in whatever colours suit you! Note: depending on how your acrylics are made – you may have to paint a white layer below your final colour OR you may want to add a “thicker” colour underneath it or mix in some white. White usually is Opaque, so are pastels. Pure reds, blues and yellows aren’t always. Alternatively papier mache your frames. OR you can turn your cereal box inside out before you put it back together again – exposing the grey area.

6) Hang. Fill with pictures. Stand back and admire!

As discussed in this Crafty Cereal Box video:


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  1. Carolina J. says:

    Brilliant idea! We will definitely try this one out! Thank you!

  2. Aww thanks for the tutorial, I just love these making craft and things. Will a corn flakes box work, we don’t eat weetabix in our house :).

    Really creative idea as well.

    Sarah Midland.

  3. I LOVE this Maggy, great idea. xxx

  4. PragmaticMom says:

    Love this idea! How amazing they turned out too!

  5. Faigie says:

    Framing is really a great way to make process only art look really good. When I taught 3 yr olds they really can only make messy looking art but, I found if I frame it and even write on top “spring” or whatever the theme is, it really makes it look professional.

  6. jackie says:

    You are a genius. This is totally fabulous.

  7. Kim says:

    Made one tonight! Will paint tomorrow. This will make an excellent Mother’s Day (Mothering Sunday?) gift. Thank you! (Also, the bit cut away to leave space for the art, when cut in half, is almost exactly postcard sized! Penpals away!)

  8. Fouzia Nawaz says:

    It was brilliant and a good way to reduce and recycle waste creatively..I loved it

  9. We’ve been going through cereal like crazy here lately-what a great way to use the boxes and decorate our walls at the same time. My usual method of using painter’s tape to stick art to the wall just isn’t as charming, now is it? :-)

  10. Hazel says:

    So we are trying these picture frames but having a couple of problems. We cut the display hole slightly smaller than an A4 piece of paper, as that is what the kids usually draw on. But, of course the picture drops below the hole when it is in the box. So part of it dissapears at the bottom and at the top the edge of the paper is below the edge of the hole. Does that make sense? I guess I need to make the hole much smaller, but the piece of paper is always going to drop down. Hmmm.

    • Red Ted Art says:

      We don’t have that problem as the majority of ours are a little bigger (so I have to cut them down), could you take some of the left over card (from the hole you cut) and fold it and put it at the bottom of your frame as a prop?

  11. Kylie says:

    Thanks for the great idea! We made this today and I can see it’s going to be filled constantly!

  12. CapeMommyo3 says:

    Thank you so much for this idea! I will use it to help my Junior Girl Scout troop earn their Drawing badge. After exploring different ways to paint and draw they are required to show off their work. This is a cheap and fun way for them to do so!

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