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Cereal Box Tote Bag | Recycled Crafts

Cereal Box Tote Bag

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Fishing for a new carryall? Grab an empty cereal box and create a one-of-a-kind design.


  • 1 empty cereal box, any size
  • Scissors
  • Assorted decorative paper, such as construction paper or scrapbooking paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Mod Podge matte sealer


Cereal Box Tote Bag - Step 1

1. Cut off the box's top flaps.

Cereal Box Tote Bag - Step 2

2. Draw a 4- by 1-inch oval centered on the front and back of the box, about 1 inch from the open end. Cut out the ovals to create the handles.

Cereal Box Tote Bag - Step 3

3. Tear your paper into various shapes.

Cereal Box Tote Bag - Step 4

4. Using the paintbrush, apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the back of a piece of paper, then smooth the paper onto the box. Spread more Mod Podge over the paper to help seal it in place. Repeat until the entire box is covered, folding the papers over the edges of the box where necessary. Let the sealer dry, about 20 minutes.

Cereal Box Tote Bag - Step 5

5. To help the tote close easily, use the tip of the paintbrush handle to score a line down the middle of each side of the box, then bring the edges together as shown to crease the fold.