How to Build an Ark from a Cereal Box

Updated February 21, 2017

You can make an imaginative ark inspired by Noah's Ark out of a basic cereal box. Instead of just throwing away your cereal boxes, make a craft project out of them that will help spark children's play activity. The box is placed on its side and transformed into an ark that will hold paper animal cut-outs. You can cut out and assemble the ark for younger children and allow them to paint it themselves for a completely personalised ark. Help the child write her name on it as an added touch.

Stand the cereal box upright. Tape the opened end of the box so that it is closed as it was before it was opened. Tape all of the unfastened seams.

Lay the box on one of its narrow sides so that it is longer than it is high. Draw the top outline of the ark's side profile using a marker. It should have a cabin in the centre and gently curve upward at each end so that it looks like a boat. Draw this profile on both the front and back of the cereal box.

Cut out the marker lines of the side profile so that the inside of the box is opened and covered in the centre by the cabin, using a craft knife. This will provide children with access to the inside of the ark. Draw windows on the sides of the ark with a marker and cut out each window. The windows should be near the top edge of the sides.

Paint the ark and cabin with craft paints and art paintbrushes. Paint the bottom sides of the box ark to make it appear that the ark is floating on water. Make high waves along the front of the ark so that it looks as if it is cutting through the water.

Draw animal outlines on the scrap cuttings of the box. Make pairs of the child's favourite animals. Cut the animals out using a craft knife. Paint the animals with the craft paints. Allow the ark and animals to dry for at least four hours. Place the animals inside the ark.


Use another cereal box to simulate land and make a rainbow out of cardboard to hover over the box.


Keep your fingers out of the path of the craft knife when cutting the box.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty cereal box
  • Tape
  • Marker
  • Straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Craft paints
  • Art paintbrushes
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.