Cereal Box Star Tutorial

Patriotic DIY Mantle using cereal boxes, scrap fabric, and free printables  l  Too Much Time on My Hands

I am still getting ready for the patriotic season! Last week I gathered up all of our old cereal boxes and made these super cute stars. It couldn't have been an easier and cheaper project. I love the idea of making some for the Christmas season as well.

Cereal Box Star Tutorial  l  Too Much Time on My Hands copy

I traced big and large stars onto my flattened cereal boxes. Using a ruler I drew lines connecting each corner. Then I used a small exacto knife to score each line. Then when you fold each line your star becomes 3D! Spray paint your favorite colors and you are ready to roll!

Cereal Box Star Wreath 2 copy

I used my small stars to embellish this scrap fabric wreath.I used small pins to attach the stars. If I decide to move this to my front door there can be no glue involved. The front porch takes a beating from the sun and I can't use hot glue or the poor wreath will turn into a melty gooey mess:) Really, I tried once and it wasn't pretty!

Cereal Box Star Wreath 1 copy

I used my large stars to create a little banner for my mantle. You could hang this along your fence during a picnic, or even across your buffet table.

Cereal Box Star Banner Tutorial  l  Too Much Time on My Hands 2 copy

I bought a little packet of patriotic colored twine at the craft store and that's what I used to string my stars after I punched little holes in the top of each one.

Cereal Box Star Banner Tutorial  l  Too Much Time on My Hands 1 copy

I gave the stars quite a few coats of paint on the front and back. The white ones especially were a bear to get covered. The creases kept showing through and I think i gave up after about 6 coats of paint!

DIY Patriotic Mantle using old cereal boxes and scrap fabric l Too Much Time on My Hands Square copy

I found that free printable here, thanks to The Handmade is Better Blog!

DIY Patriotic Mantle using old cereal boxes and scrap fabric l Too Much Time on My Hands 3 copy

I just LOVE being able to upcycle our junk. Our recycle bins are always overflowing and it makes me feel good when I use those items at craft materials! How do you use your junk in crafts and projects around your home?

Check out the other patriotic projects I have been working on!

Chalkboard Mason Jar Glasses l Too Much Time on My Hands 2 copy

Bandana Utensil Bundles  l Too Much Time on My Hands 1 copy

wire star tissue paper mason jar luminaries 1 copy

signature wire copy

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  1. I love these stars, thank you for such a great tutorial! I’ve been looking for a large star for my bedroom wall, I bet I could now make one if I could find a large piece of flat cardboard!


  2. Love this for July 4th decor! Thanks for sharing! : )

  3. Love love love your mantel, Kim and the stars are adorable!

    Katie @ funhomethings.com

  4. Your mantle looks great! I love patriotic decorations. Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us!!

    Alex @ Lavender’s Blue

  5. I just found your blog 🙂 I will defiantly use you tutorial for silver & gold Christmas Stars !

  6. These are adorable!! I save cereal boxes so I have plenty on hand to make these. Can’t wait!!! PINNING!

  7. Kim, Those stars are awesome! Perfect for the 4th of July or Memorial day!!! Pinning:) Happy Monday!

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