Join in from home: Make a scrapbook from a cereal box with Kate Rolison

Once you are finished, you can fill your scrapbook with whatever you like – drawings, photographs, collages, stickers, cut-outs from magazines and leaflets… It would make a lovely handmade gift, or keep adding new pages for yourself.

You will need:

  • An empty cereal box
  • Colouring pencils or crayons
  • Safety scissors
  • Old wrapping paper or a roll of wrapping paper or brown paper
  • A pencil
  • A glue stick
  • Thread, wool, or string
  • And a ruler, if you want to tidy the edges of your scrapbook up a bit (the edge of a book works well if you don’t have a ruler)

First of all, cut off one of the thin sides of the empty cereal box, as well as the two top flaps where the cereal would come out, and the same two flaps at the base of the cereal box.

Tidy up all the bits you’ve cut off – you could recycle them, or use them for another craft activity.

Next, use the flat shape of what’s left of the cereal box as a template to draw around on to your wrapping paper or brown paper. This will cover up the logo of your cereal box, and you could decorate it later.

Cut out the rectangle shape you’ve drawn on to your wrapping paper or brown paper, and use a glue stick to stick it to the logo side of your cereal box. 

Tip: If you’re using brown paper, glue the rougher side of the paper as it will stick better. If you’re using wrapping paper, obviously you want to glue the side that doesn’t have a design on it to the cereal box!

Use your hands to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles in your wrapping paper or brown paper. This is the front cover of your scrapbook.

Flip the cereal box over, and draw a design on the inside of your front cover.

Use a pencil to poke two holes in the centre spine of your cover, about 4 inches or 10cm apart.

Choose your paper for the pages of your scrapbook, and line these up a few at a time with the holes you made in the cover – the pages should be horizontal.

Repeat in small batches for all your pages. You can use pages you’ve already done as a guide for making the holes in the other pages.

Swivel your pencil in all the holes you’ve made in the pages and cover, until the holes are big enough for your thread, string, or wool to go through.

Cut a long piece of thread, string or wool. Roll the thread until it comes to a point, and then guide it through the front cover from the back.

Repeat with the other end of the thread through the second hole, through the back.

Line up all your pages, and bring the thread through the first hole from the back.

Repeat for the second hole.

Tie a bow with the thread to keep the pages in place.

Finally, fold your pages in half.

Your scrapbook is ready to fill with whatever you like – drawings, photographs, collages, cut-outs from magazines and leaflets, stickers…

Click here to return to the Festival programmeTogether! 2021 Disability History Month Festival. 11 November-9 December 2021. www.together2012.org.uk A Month of inclusive Dance, Drama, Exhibitions, Family Activities, Films, Poetry and conversations, all free and from the comfort of your own home. Including the international Together! 2021 Disability Film Festival. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and Arts Council England.

Together! 2021 Disability History Month Festival. 11 November-9 December 2021. www.together2012.org.uk A Month of inclusive Dance, Drama, Exhibitions, Family Activities, Films, Poetry and conversations, all free and from the comfort of your own home. Including the international Together! 2021 Disability Film Festival. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and Arts Council England.