I think little kids playing house and with play kitchens is so adorable. But I personally don’t want to spend another dollar on a HUGE toy that may or not have a long shelf life in our home. Always one for a craft, I did some research on making my own play kitchen. There are so many resourceful ways to use items around your home and to make a play kitchen that fits with your kids personality. Check out these cute DIY play kitchens your kids are bound to love.
1. Kitchen Slipcover
Can we just sit and admire how clever this play kitchen is?! Oh my, I would have never thought of this myself. It’s the perfect item to have in your kitchen or dining area, especially if you have little ones who like to be nearby when you’re cooking dinner. You can use a pre-made slipcover and then sew some basic squares and circles to create the knobs, burners, oven and even window to your kitchen. It’s easily concealed when you push your chairs in, or you can just remove, fold and store!
Check out eHow.com for a very detailed tutorial on making your own kitchen slipcover!
2. Pack ‘N Go Kitchen
Once of the most loathed aspects of having a toy kitchen is that they are usually HUGE and take up tons of space. This version solves all your problem, because it’s made using a large plastic tub that doubles as storage and “stovetop” cooking! The kiddos can cook til their hearts content on top, and then toss everything in the bin when they’re done. This DIY uses a Silhouette machine to create vinyl labels, but if you’re artistic you can simply draw everything yourself!
If you love this idea, then head over to PrintableCuttableCreatables.com for the Silhouette Files to make your own!
3. Converted TV Cabinet
Don’t you love repurposing things you already have around the house? If you have a TV cabinet that’s circa 1990’s, you may also have a future play kitchen on your hands too! With just a little paint and some minor construction, you have a custom play kitchen that has all the makings of a real life one.
You have to check out GiggleberryCreations.blogspot.tr for the before and after pictures. You’ll be amazed!
4. Miniature Kitchen
Have you ever seen a tinier and cuter kitchen!? Oh my word this looks so fun that parents will want to join in too. This is a great idea for mamas to keep in their purse or even for traveling. The best part is everything fits inside the compact “stove,” which is actually an Altoids tin!
Check out MadeByJoel.com to see all the material he used to craft this adorable mini kitchen, as well as get awesome printables and crafts for all ages.
5. Storage Bin Kitchen
Ok, this is immediately going on my to-do list. I love the simple and vertical design of this kitchen. It’s perfect for storage and doesn’t take up a ton of space like traditional play kitchens. This one is made with vinyl stickers for burners and knobs, and even had hooks for utensils! Adorable and super inexpensive!
Visit PineapplesAndPinecones.com for more details on this cute kitchen and tons of other great crafting ideas.
6. Cardboard Kitchen
This cardboard kitchen is anything but cheap looking. I love that it’s simply made with a common box, CDs for burners, playdough lids and plastic caps for knobs and other odds and ends you have around the house. Your kids will love cooking up some goodies on this stovetop!
Head over to Parents.com for super detailed instructions on this craft. You’ll also find info on making a cardboard fridge!
7. Oddvar Stool Kitchen
Many people love Ikea, especially because of all the hacks you can come up with. This play kitchen is made from the popular Oddvar stool, and it the perfect size for your little kitchen. It requires minimal work, and most of that just comes from assembling the stool. With some creative painting, hook and knobs, you littles will be whipping up dinner in no time.
If you love this idea, head over to DigsDigs.com for 19 more hacks for the Oddvar stool!
8. Roll Up Kitchen Mat
This play kitchen is for all you mamas who just can’t stand to have another toy laying around the house. It requires some sewing, but it pays off in the end because you can roll it up and get it out of your hair! You can take it anywhere and use your regular kitchen utensils. Adorable!
Head to ApartmentTherapy.com for more info on this craft and tons of other design and crafting ideas.