Upcycle a Box Into a Kid's Play Stove for Under $5

How I upcycled a cardboard box and turned it into a kid's play stove for less than $5.
Turn a cardboard box into a play stove for just $5 total spent on it. $2 for cheap spray paint from Home Depot, play pots and silver duck tape from the dollar store ($3) I cut basic shapes for paper and old party hats. The chalkboard on the side was a frame I had on hand and spray painted using chalkboard spray paint (on hand) from Rustoleumusa. I also used a foam toy as the oven handle and spray painted it black. The oven knob was the top of a bottle of laundry detergent. Finished it off with hooks I on hand. A little imagination goes a long way!
Simple paper shapes go a long way.
To keep the cost low, I used the cheap spray paint from Home Depot. Each can is .89 cents.
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2 questions
  • Cindy Wilcox
    on Jun 14, 2016

    I am curious how you attached the oven door to keep it from coming off when opened?

  • Gail O'Brien
    on Sep 11, 2016

    How did you make the burners look so good?

    • DIYTanya
      on Sep 11, 2016

      Hi Gail! I used my Cricut to cut out black circles. I also just silver glitter cardstock paper. Hope that helps!

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  • Joanie
    on Apr 22, 2018

    I don't care how much this cost........I admire you so much for making this from a box. You saved your self money and she doesn't know money or cost.........All SHE knows is MOMMIE made her a stove......You're my type of young Mommie .......

  • DIYTanya
    on Apr 22, 2018



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