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

by DIYTanya
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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  • Cindy Wilcox Cindy Wilcox on Jun 13, 2016
    I am curious how you attached the oven door to keep it from coming off when opened?

  • Gail O'Brien Gail O'Brien on Sep 11, 2016
    How did you make the burners look so good?

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  • MEG MEG on Apr 19, 2021

    My dad made one just like this in 1962 for my sister. She still talks about it. He cut a hole in the top of it and put in a dish pan. She had "burners" a dish pan and had hours of fun! Cost him the time and the paint!~

  • Donna Bates Donna Bates on Apr 19, 2021

    Great idea. You used or imagination and now hours of the kids imagination