Turn an Oatmeal Container Into a Starbucks Frappuccino Valentine’s Day Box!

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using oatmeal container to store classroom valentines

Here’s such a creative & inexpensive Valentine’s Day box idea for Starbucks fans!

Consider recycling an empty oatmeal container into a fun frappucino looking Valentine’s Day box or container! This fun craft will result in an ADORABLE container that you can use for Valentine’s Day or even keep year-round as a storage container!

valentines box made from oatmeal container on the table

My daughter and I made this Starbucks inspired container last year together for her to keep classroom Valentines in. I personally love that we were able to recycle trash, and didn’t even spend anything on it as this was done using supplies on hand at home!

before and after of oatmeal container frappuccino

Not celebrating in-class this year?

Currently many kids are attending school remotely and in-class Valentine’s may look a lot different this year due to COVID-19, but we thought this is still a fun and frugal project to share for creative inspiration this year or perhaps to use in the future! I think this could make such a wonderful teacher appreciation gift too filled with school supplies and more.

filling Starbucks DIY Valentine's container with candy

Tips for creating the BEST DIY Starbucks Frappuccino container:

    • If you don’t have an empty oatmeal container, look around the house for another similar tall tube-shaped bucket or container instead.
    • The frosting looking material for this project is actually construction caulking I had on hand in the garage! It looks pretty realistic, doesn’t it? I have also seen similar projects using a bit of insulating foam. If making this with a young child, obviously you’ll want to make sure they don’t try to taste the “frosting”! 😳

suppplies to make starbucks valentine's day box

DIY Oatmeal Container Starbucks Frappuccino Valentine's Day Box


Supplies Needed



Apply spray paint to the outside of the empty oatmeal container including the lid. Let it dry completely.


Squeeze construction caulking into the pastry bag with tip and pipe it onto the top of the lid to look like frosting in a swirl shape. Cut the straw in half, and carefully stick it in the caulking. Add sprinkles to the top and let that dry completely.


Print out a Starbucks logo on paper, cut it out using scissors, and tape or glue it to the oatmeal container around the middle.


Lastly, use a black sharpie marker to make coffee cup markings on the side of the container similar to a real cup from Starbucks. I looked at a cup and made boxes that were similar for inspiration.

girl holding DIY Starbucks Frappuccino Valentine’s Day Box From An Oatmeal Container

My Starbucks fan was super thrilled with her Valentine’s Day box!

I love that this was simple and easy! I know this because we waited until the last second to make it. lol 😆 This was my daughter’s last year in elementary school so it was her last Valentine’s Day at that school to make these adorable boxes. I’m glad we were able to make it a special one. ❤️

Make this cute DIY cupcake bouquet in under 15 minutes!

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  1. Denise

    Such a cute and clever idea

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Denise!

  2. Yanni

    This is adorable 🥰

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Yanni!

  3. A.B.

    That’s is so adorable, I want one for myself, just for funsies, ha! Thank you Lina, for sharing! You are such a talented lady!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Haha yes!! For just funsies!! 🙌❤️ thanks so much.

  4. Dansjen

    I don’t even drink coffee but I love this idea! Awesome content! *applause* : )

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much! ❤️

  5. Musk

    That looks so realistic.. haha it will be a fun April Fool prank.. lol.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Cute idea! Thanks 😊

  6. Mindy

    I love this so much. It’s my daughter’s first year in college and I was trying to think of a cute Valentine’s Day gift for her. This is perfect!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh cute she’ll love it!

  7. Paisley

    I ❤️ it! It’s adorable!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks so much Paisley!

  8. MichiganMom

    So super cute! You’re so creative, Lina!
    Any tips for using spray paint in winter? It’s too cold here in Michigan to go outside to spray.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm I have painted inside the garage with it open. This only takes a minute to spray one coat, but maybe consider using paint and a brush instead?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      And thanks so much also for this sweet compliment! ❤️

    • Summer

      I have painted in the garage this winter! In Grand Rapids. Yes, it’s cold, but it dries fine. You can smell it inside the house a little bit, just because it doesn’t breath like with that summertime breeze. It dissipates quickly though.

  9. Mendy

    Thank you. This is also a cute desk decoration or put a gc and some treats in there for a Starbucks lover for Valentines Day!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love that! So fun! Thanks Mendy.

  10. Katie

    Very cute! Is the top heavy because of the caulking?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks! Yes a little but still comes in and off fine.

  11. Sarah

    I would buy one if Soembody made one 💕

  12. Family First

    Even though they don’t do class exchanges past elementary…and maybe many not this year at all…projects like this are still super fun and a great way to spend time with your tween and teens 🙂 Get some fun drinks while working on it and have fun!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for adding that! Yes agree so fun 🤩

  13. Alyssa

    Too cute! This would also be a great container for a Valentines Day teacher gift!

  14. Mommaof8 (almost 9)

    My kids and I all have different love-themed mailboxes(bought after Valentine’s Day over the years) that we use to write notes to each other. Everyone has their own mailbox and everyday everyone has to write at least one POSITIVE note to someone else and put it in that person’s mailbox. It started off as a way to get them to practice their writing skills, but it has turned into a way for them to lift each other up, cheer each other on, or cheer each other up. Most days the kids make more than one note. The little ones that can’t write yet draw pictures or scribble (pretending to write) and I ask them what it says and I then write that on another paper and attach it to their scribbles. Mailboxes are checked nightly before they shower.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh I love this idea! How wonderful and positive. <3 Thanks for sharing!

    • forevrbrit

      That’s so lovely. I’ve been meaning to give each of my children a mailbox for notes but I like how you took it to the next level and incorporated it into a daily routine!

  15. Gigi

    Lina, my daughter needed mailbox for tomorrow and was just going to bring in a shoebox. I showed her this and she had fun making it and is now much more excited than she was. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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