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Cardboard-Box Oven Craft




Make this lovely cardboard oven with materials from around your home.


  • Scrap pieces of cardboard or cardboard boxes
  • Mat knife or box cutter
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Adhesive foam dots
  • Spray paint in chosen color for oven
  • Silver spray paint
  • Four plastic condiment-cup lids
  • Four small bottle caps
  • One large bottle cap
  • Template for knob labels
  • Full-sheet printable label paper
  • Paper fasteners (brads)
  • Blank or old CDs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Ruler
  • Sheet protector
  • Double-sided tape
  • Plastic clothes hanger
  • Battery-powered light (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Turn box on its side so that the lid opens like the door of an oven.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a 13-inch square piece of cardboard and glue to the back of the oven with hot glue. Cut a 6 1/2-by-9 1/2-inch hole in the box lid to create the oven-door window.

  3. Step 3

    Add adhesive foam dots to the front corners of the box, leaving the paper backing on the exposed side.

  4. Step 4

    Punch holes in the cardboard back for dials.

  5. Step 5

    Spray paint entire oven and door with desired color. Allow oven to dry.

  6. Step 6

    Spray paint condiment-cup lids silver, and bottle caps the same color as the oven. Print label template on label paper; cut out knob labels and stick to bottle caps.

  7. Step 7

    Attach silver dials to range with paper fasteners. Hot glue bottle caps to lids, covering the fasteners.

  8. Step 8

    With a black permanent marker, draw concentric circular lines (burner coils) on the shiny side of CDs.

  9. Step 9

    Hot glue CD "burners" to the oven stove top.

  10. Step 10

    Cut a 9 1/2-by-12 1/2-inch rectangle from cardboard and spray paint silver. Allow to dry. Draw lines along the length, 1 inch apart, with a ruler and permanent black marker.

  11. Step 11

    Fasten a sheet protector to inside of oven door with double-sided tape (artwork inserted into sheet protector will show through oven window).

  12. Step 12

    Cut a piece from the long side of a plastic clothes hanger, and spray paint silver. Allow paint to dry; adhere hanger piece to the top of the oven door with hot glue to create the oven door handle.

  13. Step 13

    Add a battery-powered light to the inside of the oven, if desired.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2009



Reviews (20)

  • haagendazs 8 Nov, 2012

    The template download link is not working? Does anybody have the template that can send to me at Thanks in advance.

  • ibcrafter 29 Jan, 2010

    Can't find box with attached lid unless you want to buy them in lots of 25. Any ideas?

  • primitives1 21 Apr, 2009

    How do we watch Part 2? I wanted to know how to make the accessories that are showing on the stove. Can anyone help

  • MacClain 21 Apr, 2009

    I wish someone would come up with a way to reuse all of the plastic shopping bags one gets.

  • tingleylover 20 Apr, 2009

    You are recycling an old file box and the bottle caps, etc. So that is what is "green" about it for Earth Day.

  • evelynxx10 20 Apr, 2009

    That's what I thought too -- what a disappointment! And the purpose of "crafting" a cardboard box oven for Earth Day is what????

  • Alabaxter 20 Apr, 2009

    And I thought Martha was going to show us the Boy Scott cardboard oven that really works!

  • edinatien 20 Apr, 2009

    @at826: After Part 1 plays, Part 2 should start automatically after you wait a few seconds

  • plainisgood 28 Feb, 2009

    When I watched the show last Wed., I was in awe as a cardboard box was transformed into a range with turning dials and interchangeable pictures of food to peer at through the oven's window. I wasted no time ordering Cheryl's kit which I rec'd in record time. I know that I would still be gathering the supplies if I had not chosen to purchase the kit. Now I can sit back and admire it! ~Adrienne Here's a pic:

  • papertreats 24 Feb, 2009

    Your cousin Nolan told me you were on the show! Great Job! I was on the show back in December.
    Best regards,
    Caroline Stender

  • at826 21 Feb, 2009

    cute project!!

    how come when i play the "part 2" of this project. it leads me back to "part 1"? help please! i would love to finish watching it!

  • JannieBee 20 Feb, 2009

    This is an awesome project and a great artist! I love the idea and the imagination. I especially like the coloring book insert that look like cookies baking in the oven. Brilliant! I definitely will be visiting this website...can't wait to try the project. I am looking for just the right box!

  • makeitgr8 19 Feb, 2009

    Wonderful!! I'm ready for a whole new kitchen. Thanks

  • Redgirl 19 Feb, 2009

    I love these darling pieces! Today's show was especially great because, in this economy crunch, we really would be smart to find alternative ways to entertain our children without giving in to the glitz of so many bought (and generally disgarded) toys. Kudos to the designers of these inovative ideas! Kai

  • lilianna 19 Feb, 2009

    This is my favorite craft from the show since those beautiful teacup pincushions. It reminds me of the minature kitchen set that my father made for me out of apple crates

  • Cjonol 18 Feb, 2009

    Inspiring! Anything made out of boxed or into boxes I love. Couldn't a refrigerator be made also? I enjoy all your paper craft type ideas. Thanks.

  • Flamingo 18 Feb, 2009

    This is totally awesome and so creative. Thanks

  • AgBittyBaby 18 Feb, 2009

    this is awesome!! i just wish i would have seen this before i spent over 100.00 on a doll kitchen

  • dashie 18 Feb, 2009

    I love this idea is there a way to see the video.

  • karencan 18 Feb, 2009

    adorable when painted PINK! *gg*