Create an Adorable DIY Starbucks-Themed Valentine Box for Kids Using an Oatmeal Container!

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Learn how to make a DIY Starbucks-inspired Valentine Box out of an old oatmeal container. It’s such cute and easy kid’s Valentine’s Day craft!

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 Any Starbucks fan will love this Valentine’s Day DIY project!

Transform an empty oatmeal container into a fun frappucino-looking Starbucks-inspired 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 unique storage container!

Starbucks valentine box made from oatmeal container on the table

My daughter and I made this DIY Starbucks Valentine box a couple of years ago 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

It’s the perfect box to hold treats and cards!

We think this Starbuck’s-inspired Valentine box is a fun and frugal project to share for creative inspiration. I think this could make such a wonderful teacher appreciation gift when filled with school supplies and more. Here’s how to make a Starbucks Valentine box right at home!

painting an oatmeal canister pink

Using Caulk to create faux whipped cream

side view of starbucks frappuccino oatmeal container from a series on how to make a Starbucks Valentine Box

using oatmeal container to store classroom valentines

DIY Valentine's Day box gift using an oatmeal container and starbucks logo

DIY Starbucks Valentine Box Using An Oatmeal Container




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 a 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.

supplies to make a DIY Starbucks Valentine Box

Tips on how to make the best DIY Starbucks Valentine Box:

  • If you don’t have an empty oatmeal container, look around the house for another similar tall tube-shaped bucket or container instead. A wider cardboard shipping tube might work as well.
  • The “frosting” material for this project is actually all-purpose caulk 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, you’ll want to make sure they don’t try to taste the “frosting”! 😳

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

My Starbucks fan was super thrilled with her DIY 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 😆 We made this for my daughter’s last year in elementary school so it was her last Valentine’s Day at that school to make these adorable Starbucks Valentine boxes. I’m glad we were able to make it a special one. ❤️

Make this cute DIY cupcake bouquet in under 15 minutes!

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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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.

    • Tracey

      Maybe try some shiny pink paper – either scrapbook or wrapping paper. Would not be quite as shiny, but would still give a similar effect. (Might have to leave the lid clear though!) My DH is from Michigan and we spent one summer there; it was pretty chilly to this southern girl haha!

  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!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Just seeing this Gigi! I am so glad this idea was a success!

  16. Betsy

    Where did the kids slip in the valentines?? Super cute!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      She just took off the lid.

  17. kadysiga

    This is so cute and clever! When I need to paint something small in winter, I use a large-ish cardboard box. It catches any over spray, then I can easily take my wet item inside to dry without touching it. Thanks for such a darling idea.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh smart idea! Thanks so much!

  18. Katie

    I LOVE this idea. My daughter and I are trying to make it tonight. Any suggestions on how to keep the spray paint from running down the sides and exposing the oatmeal label?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Light coats – better to do light coats a couple times. Let dry in between. Have fun!!

  19. Rachel

    Do you have a link for the Starbucks cutout?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I just printed a logo on white paper and glued it. i googled a logo and printed one. Hope that helps.

  20. Shelby Douglas

    What size oatmeal container did you use?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I am not sure now on exact size since it has been a few years but it was actually fairly large and not a small container.

  21. JG

    LOVE this idea! It is, also, my daughter’s last year of elementary and her class is having a valentine box contest. Cannot wait to make this with her. Question—where did you get the glitter heart sticker on the front? Found everything else easy with your links. Thank you! Brilliant all around! ♥️

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks and have so much fun making yours! I had a small piece of adhesive vinyl in my craft supplies like for Cricut crafts and cut it into a heart with scissors. Hope that helps!

      • JG

        I pretty much knew this would be your response since reading you had a lot of the supplies. 🙃Maybe we can find sparkly paper and cut it out. She is very excited to start this project! A few years back we made a butterfly out of an oatmeal container—such a perfect shape to create from. Thank you again for such a cute, cute idea! ✨💕

        • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

          Oh I love that idea about the butterfly! Ya sparkly paper of foam paper would be cute or stickers ❤️

  22. Charmel

    I bought a plastic jar at Walmart that has the metal clip closure. All the metal was easy to remove so the jar could be painted (I used red) and then I put the metal pieces back on. I made the Starbuck logo with vinyl. Gave it to my daughter in college so she now has a cute place to stash small items on her desk.

  23. Kathryn McElroy

    How long did the caulking take to dry?

    • Michelle

      This is what I am wondering. My caulking still isn’t dry and did it 2 days ago

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      GREAT question. I just checked with Lina and she let it harden overnight. It’s kind of like soft clay at first. Hoping that’s helpful! ❤️🙌

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