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Thursday, May 11, 2017

A Beautiful Up-Cycled Mother’s Day Giveaway + Maybe The Easiest Mother’s Day Craft Ever (as in, NO WORK FOR MOM)

Sponsored by General Mills Cereals

Happy almost Mother’s Day! To celebrate I have a fun and EASY craft idea for the kids in your life as well as some love for TO THE MARKET, one of my most favorite companies. And a beautiful giveaway that will have 20 winners (woohoo!).

To The Market Up-Cycled Cereal Box Necklaces

As you know I’ve worked with General Mills Cereals in the past. They approached me recently about coming up with a fun craft idea using up-cycled cereal boxes with my kids. I AM NOT A CRAFTY PERSON. But when I told my kids about the project they were all in. You see, they are crafty people. I’m not entirely sure they are my children. Anyway, my kids were doubly in when they learned they would have to eat some of their favorite, yummy cereals, Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios, in order to make the craft happen (empty cereal boxes are a necessity!). Basically, this is their favorite post on my blog ever.

Up-cycled Cereal Box Mother's Day Flowers

As a lovely Mother’s Day gift, General Mills Cereals sent me a necklace and bracelet set from TO THE MARKET. TO THE MARKET is a company that sells survivor-made goods from around the world. I’ve written about TO THE MARKET before and founder and CEO Jane Mosbacher Morris is one of my favorite people. She was even on my podcast at one point! (It’s one of my favorite episodes, by the way. Jane is the BEST.) Anyway, TO THE MARKET is helping SO MANY WOMEN and their products are beyond lovely. I have a very special place in my heart for their work.

To The Market Up-Cycled Cereal Box Necklaces

The jewelry that General Mills Cereals sent was created by Haitian TO THE MARKET artists, with beads made from up-cycled cereal boxes. The beads are gorgeous. You simply cannot believe they are made from cereal boxes. Both my girls are enamored with the jewelry (I think Anna might steal it) and felt very inspired for their own cereal box crafting!

Up-cycled Cereal Box Mother's Day Flowers

Up-cycled Cereal Box Mother's Day Flowers

Which brings us to today’s craft. For real this is the best craft ever because the parent doesn’t have to do ANYTHING. Just give the kids some empty cereal boxes (the more colorful the better!), scotch tape and colorful straws. Then say, “Go make flowers!” All three of my kids, from ages 5 to 12, had a blast cutting up the boxes and getting creative. Anna’s flower ended up being three dimensional, Cate made an adorable bumblebee for the bouquet, and Owen went completely off book and made a ladybug with a heart to show that the ladybug loves me. I consider it all a crafting success! And I didn’t lift a finger. (Well, okay, I helped clean up the billions of cereal box cuttings strewn about the kitchen. But it was worth it.)

Up-cycled Cereal Box Mother's Day Craft

Lucky for our family my beloved mother will be here for Mother’s Day this year. She will be taking home the best bouquet ever!

Giveaway time! General Mills Cereals and TO THE MARKET are providing TWENTY of you lucky people with your own necklace made with upcycled cereal box beads. You can’t buy these necklaces, so this is the only way to get one! Here is how to enter: (Comments must be posted by Midnight PT May 25, 2017.)

BONUS BONUS BONUS: If you head on over to TO THE MARKET’S Stories Blog, they are also giving away these necklaces and you can enter there, too! Yippee! Winners were randomly selected and have been notified via email. Thank you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I partnered with General Mills for this post because they are committed to strengthening communities around the world through remarkable initiatives, nonprofits and causes that help strength people and the planet. General Mills Cereals partnered with TO THE MARKET to create these handcrafted pieces of jewelry from up-cycled cereal boxes as part of this commitment and to celebrate all the moms, caregivers, aunts, sisters and special heroes who fill the world with love.

Learn more about General Mills Cereals and its delicious line of cereals including Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charm, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and many more at


  1. I get your newsletter.

  2. I signed up to get their newsletter.

  3. 4

    I love the mission behind TO THE MARKET! And the jewelry is awesome, too.

  4. 5

    Love these!

  5. 6

    I get your newsletter.

  6. 7

    Signed up for To the Market’s newsletter

  7. 8

    What a sweet projects for your kids. It looks like they had a good time and really expressed their individuality. I hadn’t heard of To The Market before; what an exceptional organization!

  8. 9
    Crissie Woolard

    What a wonderful beautiful necklace. This is such a creative idea and a great way to help. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  9. 10
    Crissie Woolard

    I signed up for this week’s dinner daily email

  10. 11
    Crissie Woolard

    I signed up for to the market email subscription

  11. 12

    Those are beautiful necklaces!

  12. 13

    This is such a cool craft! And pretty neat organization. I missed your other posts about To the Market but I’m definitely going to check them out now. Thanks! 🙂

  13. 14

    I just signed up for To the Market’s newsletter and This Week for Dinner’s newsletter. Yay!

  14. 15

    Very cool and pretty!

  15. 16
    Courtney Leonard

    Love this! Thanks for the opportunity at the giveaway!

  16. 17
    Jess Green

    These are super cute!

  17. 18
    Jess Green

    I get your This Week For Dinner newsletter

  18. 19
    Fiona Walker

    Love these necklaces!

  19. 20
    Fiona Walker

    And just signed up for the To The Market newsletter 🙂

  20. 21
    Fiona Walker

    And your newsletter too ❤️

  21. 22
    Valerie Gathright

    Necklaces are gorgeous! I signed up for the newsletter!

  22. 23
    Nicki Burnett

    I love this jewelry, it’s beautiful

  23. Hitting both sites right now. Love the beads. You have great giveaways Jane!

  24. 25
    Renee Olson

    That’s a brilliant use for old cereal boxes.

  25. 26
    Jacqulyn Barrow

    What beautiful necklaces and I love the crafts you did with the kids!

  26. 27
    Cindy Jones-Nyland

    Love this! And I have signed up for all
    Of the newsletters!!! I love you all. 🙂

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    Jenny Wegner


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    Sheila Dowd

    I don’t get why we can’t buy them… they are beautiful. Checking their site next! Thanks Jane!

  29. 30

    My kiddos love Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

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    Maria Pirts

    Jane, wish I could follow all the wonderful things you do. But,

    I did notice the necklaces……and then I knew I had to

    write that I love your stuff!

  32. 33
    Nicole Hagerty

    Love this! And thanks for introducing me to TO THE MARKET

  33. 34

    Love this! So cute!

  34. 35

    Already get newsletter

  35. 36

    Headed to the market!!!!

  36. 37

    Nice necklace!

  37. 38

    I get your newletter!

  38. 39

    What a fun idea!

  39. 40

    Love these beads and those crafty kids. Fun cereals to choose from too!

  40. 41
    Natalee Maynes

    These are so cool! Would love one!

  41. 42
    Nikki CB

    These are lovely! And a wonderful idea.

  42. 43
    Nikki CB

    I am signed up for TWFD’s email newsletter. 🙂

  43. 44
    Mara Reese


  44. 45
    Mara Reese

    I get your newsletter as well…

  45. 46

    The jewelry is beautiful!

  46. I would love to win! Pretty set!

  47. I’m subscribed to your newsletter as well. 🙂

  48. 49

    Love the mission!

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