I love cold cereal and I go through quite a few boxes in a month but they take up a lot of room, it is nice to have ideas on hand for ways to use them.

Instead of buying waxed paper, there is an alternative out there and it sits in your kitchen cupboard just waiting to be used and abused. Besides the fact you can't recycle the interior liners.

From one cereal manufacturer:

Cereal Liner bags are predominantly made of HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) which unfortunately is not a recyclable material. For this reason, Kellogg's® is continually working towards reducing the amount of material that is used to manufacture the liners, whilst still maintaining our high level of product integrity, which meets each of the requirements listed above.
Most of these are one time uses, but cereal liners are handy so you don't have to buy waxed paper:

x Store bread ends for bread crumbs
x Cut to the size of your cake and then put the frosted letters on the liner and freeze, then peel off the letters and place on your cake
x Roll into a funnel and pour your spices into the little jars
x Crush nuts and graham crackers in them
x Use as a cover for nuking items in the microwave
x Line the top of cabinets that don't go to the ceiling for easier cleanup
x Cover your cutting board with a liner or two to cut down on meat juice soaking into the cutting board
x Wrap a piece of liner around the cork to cooking wine for easier removal
x Use in freezer to protect food products from moisture and preserve freshness
x Easy to wash and reuse due to their sturdiness
x Freeze meat in them
x Place food on to cool, such as cookies
x Use for your lunch to place your sandwich in
x Roll out your pie or cookie dough on an opened bag
x Use to separate meat, cheese and other food products
x Cover your hand and push down rice krispy bars

Now as for the cereal boxes here are a few items to try:

☼ The standard use as a magazine holder. Just cut diagonally in half.
☼ Cut them up into hundreds of bookmarks, punch a hole in the top and add a ribbon
☼ Open them up, tape the creases open and you have a temporary placemat or something to color on.
☼ A mystery gift box for clothing
☼ Fill with shredded paper and use as a lightweight box filler when shipping
☼ Give them to kids for playing house and shopping
☼ Great for the block builder in your family, and cheaper too.
☼ Cut off the back and flaps and use as a temporary tray
Store your plastic bags, printer paper and other desktop items
☼ Use them as backing in frames for posters and pictures
☼ A quick file folder or mouse pad

I hope these have been of help - what other ideas do you have I haven't mentioned?


  1. Rebecca // Friday, August 27, 2010 4:24:00 AM  

    You could also recycle your waste cereal boxes into CD or DVD wallets like this: