finished paper organiser

Paper Organiser from a cereal box

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In many houses we get through so many cereal boxes. Like me, you probably squash the box and put it out for recycling without really thinking about it too much. But maybe that box could be useful in helping you to organise your home. This tutorial will show you how to take any cereal box and turn it into a paper organiser. The size of organiser you make will depend on the size of cereal box that you start with. So, take a look and follow these instructions to start organising the paper in your life!

Paper Organiser

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You will need:

One cereal box (check it is the right size for the paper you want to put into it)

Paper to cover (good quality wrapping paper or scrapbook paper works well)

Double-sided tape

Marker pen and ruler



Step 1: Mark the box

Seal the top of the box using tape. Mark the front of your cereal box across the centre using the ruler and pen.

Cereal Box Marked along centre

On the opposite side mark a line across the box approximately 6cm (2.5”) from the centre.

On each side of the box join the two lines you have already drawn.

Side of box marked

Step 2: Cut the box

Cut along the line you have drawn EXCEPT for the line drawn half way down the box on the front of the box.

Lines cut

Step 3: Form organiser

Fold the box along the line that you did not cut so that the two sections of the box line up.

Box opened and folded

Apply double sided tape to one section and then stick the two sections together. You now have your organiser and it just needs decorating.

Organiser created

Step 4: Cover the organiser

Place the organiser on its side on top of your chosen paper and draw around it leaving approximately 1.5cm (0.5”) all the way around. Cut out this shape and do the same for the other side. Put double sided tape all over one side of the organiser and then place it on top of the paper. Press it to secure it. Then apply double sided tape to the overlapping edges and secure them over the edges of the organiser, clipping them as necessary. Repeat for the other side.

Two sides covered

Step 5: Continue covering

Measure the front and back of the organiser and repeat the process from step 4. Measure the inner front faces and repeat the process with them. Make sure that the top of the cardboard is covered with a generous overlap secured with tape.

More organiser covered

Step 6: Complete covering

Repeat the measuring process with the internal sides of the organiser. This time it is important that the paper covers the inside but does not protrude above the organiser. It is only required to cover the paper that overlapped from the outside.

I did not cover the bottom of the organiser either inside or outside as it would not be seen once it was full of my paper supplies. You could choose to cover all the faces.

All sides covered

You could make one of these from any box, any size depending on what you wanted it for. As you can see, this was just perfect for my paper supplies.

finished paper organiser

So good luck with your cereal box recycling project and feel free to let me know how you get on in the comments section below.

If you like papercrafts then try out some of my other tutorials:

Gorgeous paper flowers from magazines

Hanging Paper Hearts

Woven heart baskets

Iris paper folding


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  1. Congratulations on being featured in the Creatively Crafty link-up!! Your organizer is so beautiful. Who would of thought it was once a cereal box. I love it. Pinned!!

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