Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tutorial: Cereal Box Shipping Envelope

When I am shipping items, I reuse boxes and shipping envelopes that I have received in the mail. Every now and then I have to buy one or make one. The last time I made a shipping envelope from a cereal box I took photos so that I could share them with you.

1. Deconstruct your cereal box so that it is flat. I cut off the small end that was on the right side of the front of the cereal box, but you can also leave it attached and just tape it down.

Break down box

2. Tape down the flaps on the top and bottom of the front of the cereal box.

Tape front flap down

Tape bottom flap down

3. Cut a small slit on the top and bottom flap of the back of the box. Then cut that section out. The photo does not illustrate it well, but that whole blue section in the photo below will be cut out. This makes the outside flap. It will be the last thing you tape down to seal the envelope.

Cut end so that you will have a flap when you are done

4. Tape the top and bottom flaps down like you did on the other side of the box. Also, tape down the middle flaps.

Tape down top and bottom of the back of the box

5. Fold over the flap that you just created at the end to form a crease, but do not tape this down.

Fold the flap to create a crease

7. Fold the cereal box in half.

Fold the box in half

8. Tape the sides together to form your envelope. Then stuff your goodies inside.

Tape the sides together

9. Fold over the creased edge and tape shut.

Fold flap over and tape

10. Viola. Now you have a nice recycled package. Attach your shipping label and put it in the mail.


If you have something that you want to ship that is not flat, you can just keep the cereal box in tact. Place your items inside and tape it shut. Doesn't get easier than that.


Dawn said...

That is too cool!! Thx for sharing :)

Jaimee said...

What a great idea! I'm always paying ridiculous sums of money at the UPS store last minute to ship something or other...this would be great to use in a pinch for family/friends stuff for sure! Don't think my hubby would let me get away with using it for work shipments though! :)

Summer said...

I love this! My grandmother always ships things in reused boxes, frugal meets green. :)

Lisa Sharp said...

Awesome idea thanks!!

carrie said...

I just saw a tutorial (was it in the GreenCraft magazine you sent me?? maybe?) of using the boxes, turning them inside out, painting, embellishing, etc...and then using them to wrap gifts in. They were works of art! So pretty, resource smart - and way cheaper than wrapping paper, too!

Stacy said...

You are so darn crafty and eco concious! What a great idea to make a shipping envelope. Thanks for the tutorial. I'll try to do that next time. I just have to remember to keep the cereal box and not recycle it!

Joanna said...

I would have never have thought of this. What a great idea. The kids could even color a picture on them if you are sending them to family. Very smart!

Kristen said...

What a great idea! I'm doing this right away for some etsy shipments.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Also, greetings from a fellow Tennessean. :-)

Natasha Boggan said...

These are super cool! I can't wait to use this to package my next order!

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