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36 Excellent Oatmeal Box Craft Ideas

Updated on January 16, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

Have you wondered what you could do with an empty oatmeal box? The boxes are well made and making oatmeal box crafts seems a good way to recycle them. You've probably searched for oatmeal box crafts ideas and found that its sort of hard to find ideas that include directions for the project. I've done what I consider a pretty thorough web search and in this article I'll share with you the oatmeal container crafts that I found that include instructions.

To make the red barn shown above, go to enchantedlearning.

1. Owl Gift Box

This is like two gifts in one. First you can enjoy whatever comes inside this gift box, and then you can use the gift box as a piece of décor or to hold office supplies. BASICGREY has the tutorial for making this owl gift or treat box.

2. Doll Cradle

What little girl wouldn't love to put her dolly in this baby doll cradle? Find all the instructions at juggling act mama.

3. Gift Box

You can make a beautiful and useful gift box with a crepe paper flower top by following the directions at homework. The box is covered with a vintage tea towel, but you can use fabric or paper.

4. Penny Vase

I would say that making this vase, using 252 pennies and an oatmeal box, is a really inexpensive but elegant vase. It definitely looks like a vase that you'd purchase at a home store. See how easily you can make this vase by going to [kreyv] for the short, but sweet instructions.

5. Burlap Wrapped Treat Boxes

I'm really impressed with the elegant look of these burlap wrapped boxes. These would look nice just sitting on a mantle or shelf, but giving homemade cookies or candy in them would really be nice. See how to make these burlap wrapped boxes by following the instructions at the JO-ANN site.

6. Ribbon Holder

This is a very useful item that you can make using an oatmeal box. Find the instructions for making one at curbly.

7. Snowball Fight Kit

You can make your own snowball fight kit by going to the TOTSY BLOG for the directions.

8. Prim Raven Poe Box

Although this box will be useful to hold a treasure, it is also a great decorator piece. Find out how to make this unique box by going to Alyssabeths Vintage.

9. Tree Stumps

Decorate with a fairy tale theme and include these cute tree stumps. Go to Punk Projects to find out how to make them.

10. Concrete Pillar

In this project the oatmeal box is used as the form for pouring the concrete in to make the pillar. See how this solar lights project is made by going to The Shabby Creek Cottage.

11. Planetarium

Can you believe fun and educational? Make this bedroom planetarium using the directions you'll find at

12. Gift Box

Make an attractive gift box or personal use box by going to the HomeTalk site for the tutorial.

13. Rope Wrapped Container

This is a super easy project that you'll be happy to display. Go to Behind Closed Drawers for the instructions.

14. How To Make a Doll Cradle

15. Crayon Box

Can you think of a better place to keep crayons, than in a crayon box? Especially a crayon box that resembles a crayon. You'll find out how to make crayon boxes by going to AOK CORRAL for the instructions.

16. Pumpkin

How super easy can making a Halloween pumpkin be? Find out how to make this cute pumpkin by finding the directions at bagels and crawfish.

17. Headband Holder

I didn't realize that the oatmeal box is the perfect size for holding headbands. Happy Clippings is the place you'll find the instructions.

18. Goofy Pencil Caddy

For all the Disney fans, here is an appropriate pencil caddy gift. Make this Goofy pencil caddy following the directions at Disney family.

19. Straw Game For Babies and Toddlers

A great hand-eye coordination game for the little ones. You'll find the directions on how to make this game at merrimentdesign.

20. TP Camoflauge

This recycled oatmeal box makes a great container for extra rolls of tp. A very attractive addition to the bathroom. Use the directions at CREATING REALLY awesome FREE THINGS to make this project.

21. Spaceship

This is a project for all the little space junkies. Some kids seem to love anything to do with space, aliens and space ships, and this project will be one especially for them. The instructions for making a space ship like the one shown above can be found at the Parents site.

22. Pet Treat Containers

A great way to keep your pet's treats nice and fresh. You'll find the instructions for making this container at favecrafts.

23. Faux Fish Tank

One of the great things about a pretend fish tank is that you don't have to remember to change the water. Macaroni Kid tells us how to make a fish tank like this.

24. Bug Hotel

This is a cute project that I think the kids, especially the boys, will love. I think that I'd use a netting instead of the larger holed plastic that is used keep the bugs from crawling out. Find the instructions for making this bug hotel at The Domestic CEO.

25. Ballard Design Inspired Vase

Imagine all the money you'll save by making your own beautiful inspired vase. Follow the directions at thrive. to get this great look.

26. Uncle Sam Hat Centerpiece

I realize that this is meant to be just a centerpiece, but I think I'd want to leave the top off the hat and use the hat as a treat container or as a vase filled with flags, balloons, etc. Find the instructions for this Uncle Sam hat at ZiggityZoom.

27. Birdhouse

You'll be able to make a many roomed birdhouse to decorate a corner of a your home by following the instructions at thriftyfun. This project uses three oatmeal boxes.

28. Mushroom House

Fairy tales are filled with make believe houses. Share the fantasies with the little ones by making a mushroom house. You'll find the instructions at inner child fun.

29. Rainbow Wind Sock

One of the projects that all kids seem to love to make is a rainbow project. This rainbow wind sock is an easy and inexpensive craft to make with the kids. Find the instructions for making this wind sock at REAL LIFE ONE DAY AT A TIME.

30. Easter Baskets

31. Shabby Chic Vase

I really think this is an attractive piece. I like the brown box color and the raffia and flower trim. A unique and attractive piece. Find the instructions for making this project at The Red Chair Blog.

32. Patriotic Streamers in the Wind

If you are planning a patriotic party for the 4th of July, or just as a summer theme, these patriotic streamers will certainly help with the decorations. You'll find the tutorial for making patriotic streamers at the LE TOP BLOG site.

33. Train Engine

Danielle's place has the instructions for making this outstanding project using an oatmeal box and shoe boxes.

34. Valentine Box

Make a really cute container for all the Valentine cards that your little girl will receive by going to, and following the instructions for making one, at She Saved...

35. Halloween Haunted House

It's always fun to decorate for Halloween and this ghost house looks like a great addition that the kids can make. You can find the instructions for making a ghost house using an oatmeal box at Highlights kids.

36. Halloween Treat Totes

You can make these Halloween treat totes easily by following the instructions that you'll find at Makezine. You can use them as totes, or you can use them as Halloween decorations.

37. Drumroll

To make these outstanding drums, go to LEWIS MUSIC STUDIOS for the instructions. These drums are made using oatmeal boxes, fabric scraps and yarn. So be sure to start saving your boxes.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I'm floored at how good some of these look. I'm kicking myself now for all the oatmeal boxes I have thrown out over the years. I foresee baking too many oatmeal cookies in my immediate future for I will have an oatmeal box ribbon holder! Thank you for a boatload of good ideas.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I'm floored at how good some of these look. I'm kicking myself now for all the oatmeal boxes I have thrown out over the years. I foresee baking too many oatmeal cookies in my immediate future for I will have an oatmeal box ribbon holder! Thank you for a boatload of good ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi Loraine, This is Julia from FaveCrafts. Thanks so much for sharing one of our projects. Green crafts are so popular right now and I'm so glad you could find an applicable project. We are always adding new eco-friendly crafts so be sure to stop by often! Thanks and have a great day!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Another great crafting page. Lots of new ideas for oatmeal boxes. I love the ribbon holder. Best WIshes to you.