How to Upcycle Cereal Boxes Into Gift Bags

You can make a lot out of cereal boxes! This gift bag is not only a great way of repurposing your recyclables but also making a personalized gift bag for friends.

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How to Upcycle Cereal Boxes Into Gift Bags
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Grab a cardboard box that's a suitable size. Cut the top off so the box is open at the top.

Grab a cardboard box that's a suitable size. Cut the top off so the box is open at the top.

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Rip strips of paper. This is our base that we will use as a canvas to paint & decoupage on. I used strips of newsprint paper.

Rip strips of paper. This is our base that we will use as a canvas to paint & decoupage on. I used strips of newsprint paper.

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Add the strips of newsprint using Mod Podge or liquid white glue. Keep adding layers of newsprint until the entire outside of the box is covered. Once the box is covered then allow to dry.

Add the strips of newsprint using Mod Podge or liquid white glue. Keep adding layers of newsprint until the entire outside of the box is covered. Once the box is covered then allow to dry.

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At this point just have fun! I added a coat of white paint and am now ready to add a design. I'm using glitter, coloured tissue paper & letters/images from old magazines.

At this point just have fun! I added a coat of white paint and am now ready to add a design. I'm using glitter, coloured tissue paper & letters/images from old magazines.

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I used Mod Podge to decoupage my design on the box. Add Mod Podge then start gluing your cut outs to the box. At the end I always add glitter. Why not!

I used Mod Podge to decoupage my design on the box. Add Mod Podge then start gluing your cut outs to the box. At the end I always add glitter. Why not!

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The final step is using the hole punch to add a hole to each of the sides of your gift bag. This is for the ribbon handle. Once you add the ribbon then you're done!

The final step is using the hole punch to add a hole to each of the sides of your gift bag. This is for the ribbon handle. Once you add the ribbon then you're done!

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If you're feeling even more crafty, why not make a gift card out of the cereal box top you removed in the beginning. :-)

If you're feeling even more crafty, why not make a gift card out of the cereal box top you removed in the beginning. :-)

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