This is a project that I have been feeling so excited to share for a while. It is also another example of how one project can turn into five! I recently shared the templates for our felt breakfast food and felt utensils, and today I am showing you how to make an impressive DIY play kitchen including an oven, stove and sink, all made out of regular brown moving boxes. Talk about convenience!
We started by picking up two 16 x 16 boxes from our local UPS store. You may want to pick up a third box just in case you make any cutting mistakes. To fold and cut the boxes, download the printable instructions and materials list below. We used an x-acto knife to cut our boxes, but a box cutter will also work. Next, decide what color of duct tape you would like to use to outline your DIY play kitchen. We chose white for a simple, classic look, but you can also pick up some duct tape in your kids’ favorite colors. Then you can head down to your local hardware store to pick up the rest of your materials, like the PVC pipe and dog bowl.
Below we also have downloads to use as templates for the vinyl decals. Our DIY play kitchen would not be complete without the stovetop burners and clocks on the oven. Download the SVG file to use with a cutting machine, or use the PDF version if you are cutting the vinyl by hand. After this, it is up to you to personalize your new play kitchen! We added some hooks to the side of our oven so that we could hang little towels or oven mitts. You can also add any sort of design to the backsplash of the sink, or paint designs directly on to the cardboard.
We certainly are not done with this series of projects yet, so stay tuned for the tutorials to make the felt skillet, kitchen utensils, children’s aprons and children’s oven mitts! I’m thinking this set would be an incredible birthday or holiday gift for kids. Always feel free to send project suggestions in to firstname.lastname@example.org, or head to our membership page to start crafting with us. I love seeing your project photos (and I love sharing my favorites!), so be sure to tag your Instagram photos with #DIYDreamingWithLia for the whole world to admire. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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Thanks, Lia, for such inspiration with this adorable kitchen. I have been asked by my 2-1/2 yr old grandson to make a firetruck for him for Halloween! You have just given me so many ideas to start with a cardboard box. Do you think it will take red paint well? Then, I can use white duck tape for the rest. Thanks again for the creativity.
What a great idea! Yes, I think red paint would look and hold up just fine. Have fun!
The charm of this project is outdone ONLY by the two charming kiddos pictured here. You have really tugged at the heartstrings this time! I cannot wait to make these for my grandchildren. No one gets “chopped” from this kitchen. Let the cooking (and fun) begin 🙂
Aren’t the kids just adorable?! I’m so glad you like this project, it was definitely a favorite one to make here!
Love these Lia and team. My babies will just love them. Looking forward to more pretend play goodies like these for my littlies x
I’m so glad you love it! The kids projects are so fun for us around here 🙂
Omg!!! It’s incredible!!! Thank you so much 🙂
You’re so welcome! 🙂