Cereal Box Mosaic Frame | Earth Day Craft

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.

Crafting with Cereal Boxes


Supplies:

Mod Podge – Gloss

Foam brush

Paper Trimmer

Scissors

Brayer

Wax paper

White paint (if your frame isn’t already painted)

Chalkboard paint or spray

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).

cereal box mosaic frame

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.


cereal box crafts

crafting with cereal boxes

3.  Paint your frame the color your want.  I chose white.  Put a thick coat of Mod Podge onto your frame.

cereal box crafting

4.  Then press the cardboard into place.  Trim the edges as needed for a perfect fit.  Straighten out any crooked pieces.

cereal box recycling

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.

cereal boxes crafts

crafting cereal boxes

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.

kids crafts with cereal boxes

7.  If you painted the board with chalkboard paint make sure to season it with chalk first.

kids crafting with cereal boxes

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.

cereal box craft

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.

crafts cereal box

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 postcards

Cereal Box Kid Art Display

cereal box art display

Cereal Box Notepads

cereal box notepads

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