Earth Day is coming up April 22nd. I love upcycling, recycyling and using found objects in my creative endeavors. Today I am going to show you a fun project that your kids can get involved in. It is a cereal box mosaic chalkboard. You can do a mini version of this on a picture frame or small mirror too. Plus it keeps some of those cardboard boxes out of the landfills and to good use in your home. The kiddos go crazy for this. It is kind of like “where’s Waldo?” They get to scan the frame and figure out what square belongs to what cereal box.
White paint (if your frame isn’t already painted)
1. Collect fun and brightly colored cereal, fruit snacks, granola bar or other cardboard boxes. Using a paper trimmer cut your box into different sized strips. If your child is old enough they can handle this (just watch for little fingers).
2. Next using scissors or the paper trimmer, cut them into small rectangles or squares. You could also do triangles if you wanted, but that makes laying out a mosaic pattern slightly more difficult for kids.
3. Paint your frame the color your want. I chose white. Put a thick coat of Mod Podge onto your frame.
4. Then press the cardboard into place. Trim the edges as needed for a perfect fit. Straighten out any crooked pieces.
5. Once all your pieces are in place use wax paper and a brayer to roll over the frame burnishing down all your cardboard pieces. Re-glue any pieces that are coming up. Let dry.
6. Once completely dry, go over the top of the cardboard with some more Mod Podge to seal it. We put 3 coats on ours for a nice shine.
7. If you painted the board with chalkboard paint make sure to season it with chalk first.
The kids love it. It is fun to play hide and seek by giving each other clues to try and find a certain piece on the board.
It brings great color to a space and can be used as a reminder board, menu planner, grocery list, scoreboard or just a place for the kiddos to draw.
For more cereal box crafts you can do with your kids click on the pictures below to be taken directly to the tutorial…
Cereal Box Postcards
Cereal Box Kid Art Display
Cereal Box Notepads
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