Thursday, August 12, 2010

The new cardboard box kitchen

Do you remember a while back (it was May) I had a mid-craft list of things I was working on? One of the list was making a new cardboard box kitchen for the kids to play with. I finally finished it in the last month and I am finally sharing the photos. I bought boxes for this like I did the Barbie box house. Makes life much easier if they are all the same size.

The sink is the cake tin reused from the original kitchen I made last year. The tap spout is a cardboard roll (from baking paper) that I cut and hot glued into shape. Then covered with silver contact. I bought some cheap self adhesive hooks for the taps and they can turn from side to side.

The shelves are made from foam core board that I bought on sale from the local art and craft shop. I also used it for strengthening the doors and as shelf supports. The oven door has clear vinyl table cloth for the window. And the handle for the oven and the cupboard are made from a plastic coat hanger.

The stove top has knobs made from the tops of toothpick jars, so they actually turn. I bought a pack of 4 jars for $2. (Now I have to think of something to do with all those toothpicks!). I used some coloured paper for the burners cut in circles and then covered over it with clear contact.

It even has a range hood with buttons (silver stickers). The silver contact and the spotty contact I bought from Target where they were clearing it for .56 cents a roll which I thought was a great price til I was there last week and saw them clearing it for .03 cents a roll! The contact for the cupboard I bought at the Reject Shop for $2 a roll. I got the idea of using contact after seeing this great post at Childhood 101 about a box kitchen. Check that one out too.

Amelia has been having a great time cooking up a storm. It will be interesting to see if it lasts as well as the last kitchen did. I really need to make some more felt food for it though I think. I will add it to my ever increasing list.


  1. That is darling. You are very imaginative. Your girls are very lucky.

  2. What a fantastic kitchenette. Thank you for the link back, our kitchen is still going strong after a year :)

  3. As a pre-school teacher I have to say that this is wonderful, great work, am so impressed. Jane:)

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