This very easy DIY toy project is awesome because even toddlers can participate with marbling part of creating a cereal box rainbow purse. And, of course, they will love to carry around and play with a purse they created themselves! My daughter placed her Boots inside the moment it was done!
Do you recycle or upcycle your cereal boxes and use them for play? For today’s #junkplay prompt we had to use cereal box as a material. And we decided to play around and create an artistic and trendy rainbow purse from our cereal box!
Supplies Needed to Create a Rainbow Purse
Here are things we used to create marbled rainbow purse from a cereal box:
- cereal box from recycle bin
- poster paint in rainbow colors (dark blue, blue, green, red, orange, yellow)
- rainbow ribbon
- a box for marbling (to contain the mess, from recycle bin)
- glue / glue gun
- 2 hole puncher
- spoon (optional)
How to Make a Rainbow Purse from a Cereal Box?
Marbling cereal box in 5 steps (part where children can help!):
- Simply spread / unfold the cereal box (if you’re using knife be careful not to cut through).
- Place open cereal box inside some kind of container (we used plastic container we usually use for sensory play). Of course, we are going to marble inside of the cereal box, clear side.
- We dipped marbles in paint and then used a spoon to transfer it on the cereal box.
- Shake the box and let the marble go around and leave paint trails. Start with the darkest color and leave lightest (yellow) for last. This way most of the yellow will remain yellow and not mixed with all other colors.
- When you’re satisfied with how it looks, let it dry.
Assembling rainbow bag (adults only!):
- When the paint is dry, glue the box back together, inside out. I didn’t cut the flaps on the top, instead I glued it to the inside and covered some of the print from an original cereal box package.
- Use 2 hole puncher to punch the holes for purse handle on top of the both sides.
- Thread the ribbon through the holes, make a knot to hold. Ta-da! All ready for play!
Extend the Play with a Book
This book introduces all the colors of the rainbow. Each color is cut through the front so that each ring of the rainbow is a new page. On the inside, each page is very simple with 1-3 animals and two words, e.g. orange fox. The book includes adorable illustrations and colors that aren’t typically in color books (grey, black, pink, brown) which is awesome! Perfect for a child under 2 year old! Find the book here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
‘Stars are yellow, and so is the sun, When it comes to me, you’re the only one!‘ Every page of this adorable board book is rainbow-shaped and features sparkling glitter. The heartfelt text and bright, happy illustrations are sure to delight young readers! Find the book here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
Today’s post is part of 60 Day Junk Play Challenge and we had as material prompt today CEREAL BOX.
To read more about Junk Play Challenge and get involved upcycling your trash for play, stop by our 60 Day Junk Play Challenge page.
Other DIY Toy Ideas to Make for Your Kids
- DIY I Spy Foam Book for traveling and learning
- Wooden Spoon Puppets for imaginative play
- Sheep Stick Puppet for language development
- Touch and Match Game for sensory play
- No-Sew Plastic Bag Tutu for dancing and gross motor