Fred Benitez
Educational Technologist

Package Design: Mini Cereal Box

Project Published 5/14/15 Last updated on 5/16/18

I saw a great project by Lori Cullen on Creativity With Cereal, and I wanted to share my take on this lesson. In this project, students will create a new breakfast cereal brand, logo and build a mock packaging design. The students seemed to enjoy creating something original and seeing it to completion in the form of a mini cereal box. You could always take the project up a notch by mixing in some health education and requiring actual nutritional information based off research.

As educators, we are lucky to have a community like Adobe EdEx so we can share all of our ideas and find inspiration from others. Thanks Lori Cullen!

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1+ Week
Content Standards
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

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Christina Zientek

Posted on 1/7/20 4:41:02 PM Permalink

​I have a great book I found at Barnes & Noble; it's nothing but package designs. I think these types of projects are incredibly important, because it adds a problem-solving and math aspect to the design. Great project!

Michael Lovely

Posted on 1/7/20 5:01:23 PM Permalink

The name of the book?​

Abby Alger

Posted on 12/1/19 7:50:43 AM Permalink

​Great project! Thank you!

Kelly Main

Posted on 11/8/19 2:53:05 PM Permalink

​Thank you, this is a great project template for my high school graphic design course!

Mick Perkins

Posted on 8/9/19 8:19:21 AM Permalink

​amazing work will apply this for my illustration students


Posted on 6/7/19 4:44:19 PM Permalink

I used to create packaging design with illustrator and photoshop with my students. your work is of professional quality, thank you for sharing.

Cortez William

Posted on 5/19/19 3:38:37 AM Permalink

​Wow. That instills creativity on the part of the students. And it is also exciting.

Michael Lovely

Posted on 4/29/19 4:02:13 PM Permalink

​Perfect..... thanks

Ali Imam Reza

Posted on 3/20/19 3:11:10 PM Permalink

thanks for sharing.

Judy Durkin

Posted on 1/12/19 7:55:29 PM Permalink

​EXACTLY what I was looking for.


Posted on 12/12/18 5:13:14 PM Permalink

​Thank you, this is great!

Ahmed Belal

Posted on 12/6/18 6:18:24 AM Permalink

​Thanks for Sharing

Dr. Ahmed Belal

Brooke Uzarski

Posted on 10/11/18 11:45:05 PM Permalink

This is great. Did you have a grading rubic?​

Fred Benitez

Posted on 11/12/18 7:07:56 PM Permalink

Hey Brooke,

I generally use the attached rubric for my projects and tweak them for each individual project. GDI Rubric

Shelley Dockery

Posted on 2/23/18 11:00:11 PM Permalink

Fabulous! This will definitely be my next project! Thanks so much for posting!

Chelsea Griffin

Posted on 2/7/18 8:46:27 PM Permalink

​I am using something similar to this in my culinary arts class. Thanks for posting it! Great template.

Jenny Stover

Posted on 1/12/18 3:07:25 PM Permalink

​I am planning to do this with my advanced graphics class (high school level) and want to print and mount the cereal box design on an actual box. Is there a certain size cereal (or product) box that this template fits on?

Fred Benitez

Posted on 1/12/18 3:33:53 PM Permalink

This template is for a mini cereal box that ends up being around 3in wide, 4.5in tall and 1.75in deep. My students typically print the design on cardstock, then cut, fold, and glue the paper into the box shape. The boxes hold up well just with the cardstock that I've never tried mounting it on anything else.

An extension to this would be to adjust the template to fit a regular sized cereal box. Students could measure all sides of a cereal box, adjust the template, print, and mount. This could turn into a major project!

Sir Shafiq

Posted on 4/17/17 8:11:37 PM Permalink

Such a wonderful material love it reading it

Donna Dolan

Posted on 10/20/15 3:48:42 PM Permalink

Starting this project today. Thanks for the ideas.

Fred Benitez

Posted on 10/20/15 4:35:09 PM Permalink

Awesome! I'm glad it was helpful, let me know how it goes.

Julie Evans

Posted on 6/2/15 4:20:20 PM Permalink

Thanks for posting - what a creative project!

Jesse Cole

Posted on 5/27/15 6:29:47 PM Permalink

I do this project as well, lots of fun.

Fred Benitez

Posted on 5/28/15 7:07:54 PM Permalink

I love seeing what the kids come up with on this one, there's always some really weird ones involving bugs or inedible objects.

Kev Lavery

Posted on 5/29/15 11:51:42 AM Permalink

The weirder the better!

This would be a great introductory task (to see where your class is at in terms of skills and knowledge). Thank you for posting.