Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Quaker Oatmeal Box Purse Craft Project

breakfastWhen I was a kid in the 60’s, a favoriate rainy-day craft project was making a toy purse out of an empty Quaker oatmeal box. Did any of you do that?

I have no idea where my mother got the idea but it was great fun and I would play with it for days afterward.

The round cylindrical box that oatmeal comes in today is probably too thin to do this. But back then, the boxes were made of heavy cardboard with a string embedded under the paper cover that you pulled to separate the lid.

Making the purse was fairly simple:

1. Tape the lid back on the box end.
2. Put the box on its side, horizontally. Cut a 3-sided flap to create and opening. Bend the 4th side to make a “hinge”.
3. To make the handle, punch two holes on either side of the flap to insert the ends of a cord and tie knots on each end so that they don’t come through the holes.
4. Decorate the outside with paint, wallpaper (best to put on before step #2), buttons, etc.

What carefree days back then!

Funny what a photo can do to bring back memories and yet, still reflect the times. This Flikr photo illustrates how I eat my oatmeal these days. Thanks to my husband, I now eat it “au natural” – uncooked , like regular cereal out of box, with milk or yogurt and some walnuts and bananas. Give it a try. Great texture.

And every time I eat it, I think of my oatmeal box purses.

  1. CoCo,
    I have never thought about eating oatmeal “au natural” out of the box. Is that old fashioned or instant?

    I remember making purses from oatmeal boxes. I’m surprised some cooler than cool fashion designer hasn’t updated that look yet.

  2. Karyn, I use the old fashioned Quaker Oats – more natural texture and more fiber than instant.

    I don’t like instant. The appeal of instant, I guess, is that it cooks faster (much not much though – only a few minutes) because it is ground more finely, which, by the way, affects its glycemic index.

Leave a Reply