Cereal boxes can be used for all sorts of crafting. Crafting with cereal boxes is quick, easy, and fun!
One of the items I’m always on the lookout for at the grocery store is cereal. We go through so much between my oldest kid eating it in the middle of the night, my youngest kid who carries a bag around and eats it like potato chips. We also include it in snack mix for when we go hiking or for movie nights.
Did you know you can make some fantastic crafts using cereal boxes? I’m going to show you how to make cereal box pull-string piñatas. These are perfect for summer parties, Shark Week, and movie nights.
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What you need
Print out this free shark template.
Cut out the shape of the shark head and use that as a template to cut two matching pieces from the cereal box. Then cut out a few strips from the box measuring between 2-3″ wide. The width will depend on what you want to put inside.
Cut out the other sections from your shark template. Trace around each section (excluding the eyes) onto your cardboard head. Using a box cutter cut around the top section of the jaws so they open. Along the bottom section of the jaws use a pencil or another blunt object to go over the top of it harder to make it easier to bend it (see image below).
Using the packaging tape, begin taping both the front and the back of the shark head together using the cardboard strip in-between.
Your piñata should now look like this:
Now you can begin adding crepe paper streamers around your piñata using glue. Use the sections you drew as guides for where to change colors. Always start from the bottom and work your way to the top, and I prefer to star on the sides, then go to the back, and finish the front last.
Once you’ve finished adding the streamers, attach the jaws and eyes in place using glue too. Then cut a small hole or slit into the top of the jaw to attach a ribbon (cord or twine work well too) to open and close the mouth easily.
Now it’s time to add some yummy treats to your pull-string shark piñata. We found these bags of Swedish Fish when we went shopping which was perfect, but I also grabbed a family variety box of snacks (like Rice Krispies treats, mini Pringles can, and crackers) as well. These are perfect to put inside your shark for a movie night.
We saved so much on this shopping trip with some smart coupon use, and the kids will have a blast with these shark piñatas filled with movie night snacks.