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Cardboard-Box Oven Craft

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 4089


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

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

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

  4. Punch holes in the cardboard back for dials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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