Charlotte in New York, NY @charlottel4

Public Policy Intern at, Gymnastics Coach, Mount Holyoke B.A.‘15, Columbia University M.S.‘17, Math Tutor, and Camera Collector

DIY Craft: How to Make a Barn

Here's how you can make a classic barn out of a Quaker® canister.

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A sheep goes Baa. A cow goes Moo. A horse goes Neigh. Then, at the end of the day, they all go to sleep in their barn. Here's a great way to make a barn from a few household items so that your little animal lover will have a place to call home for his or her farm friends. And it's an easy craft you can make together! 

Note: Parents should handle the hot glue and sharp objects!


  • 1 empty Quaker® Oats canister
  • Construction paper (red, green, or other desired colors)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or X-Acto knife (grown-ups only)
  • White and brown paint (or desired colors)
  • Glue
  • White paper (or large cone coffee filter)
  • Paint brush
  • Toy animals


1) Gather all of your supplies.

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2) Take the green construction paper and measure 1.5-inch from a bottom edge. Cut from end-to-end in a jagged formation, creating a grass-like pattern.

3) Wrap and glue the empty canister in the red paper, adding the green construction paper at the bottom.

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4) Draw a barn door (about 3-inch by 3-inch) and window (about a 2-inch wide pentagram) with a pencil. (Grown-ups) use X-Acto knife or scissors to cut along the lines to create a door and window.

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5) Paint edging details, as desired.

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6) Take the piece of white paper and cut out a large circle (about 8-inch in diameter). Then cut a slit to the center of the circle and pull the corner around to create a cone. (You can also use a cone coffee filter.)

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7) Paint and glue the roof to the top of the canister.

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8) Add animals and play!

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And that's not all you can do with Quaker® Oats canisters!

If you're a big fan of DIY organization hacks -- and have a few extra Quaker® canisters lying around -- then you'll definitely want to check out our "How to" guide on how to make a DIY toy storage pyramid!

And if you've got a little one with a passion for potted plants, then you'll also want to check out our "How to" guide on how to make a beautiful, customized vase!


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  • That's adorable! :)

  • Love Charlotte!! Great idea :)

  • Perfect I enjoy to learn how to make Crafts from any useful recycled materials , thank for sharing it.

  • great idea

  • This is adorable! Great craft idea!

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