Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mail Organizer from a Cereal Box

Mail has the tendency to get scattered all over our house. It has never been a problem before, until we got slapped with a late fee because I never noticed that a certain letter was actually a bill. After that, my husband insisted we have a central location for the mail. I wanted something simple, something that I could change easily as my decor changed. After thinking about it for awhile, this is what I came up with. 

 You will need:
a cereal box
a piece of sand paper
paint and scrapbook paper in coordinating colors
Mod Podge
Chalkboard Labels
Poster Strips (to hang the box)

 This is a really simple project. First thing you need to do is cut off the flaps of the cereal box up at the top opening. Then cut the front part of the box off about halfway down.
 After you cut the box, take a piece of sand paper and lightly sand the cut edges of the cereal box. This will give you smoother edges to work with. Trace the front and side pieces on the back of your scrapbook paper and cut them out.
Paint the inside of your cereal box. Paint as few coats as possible to avoid warping the box. After the box is try, coat the front and sides with Mod Podge and apply the scrapbook paper, trim off any excess and add another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper to seal it.
Add a chalkboard label (you can find them here,) to the front of your box and prime the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk all over it before writing your mail label.

I was worried that this little organizer wouldn't hold up very well, but it has held up great to daily use. It is the right size and shape for the mail and if I ever decide I want it to be a different color, all I have to do is finish off another box of cereal.
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Kacy Faulconer said...

Very clever.

Amy @ The Happy Scraps said...

Great idea! Great use for a cereal box.

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

Love this idea. I'm terrible with handling mail so i need something like this

Karina Wetzel said...

So clever and I love it!!! I might have to do something like this :)

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