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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

DIY: Kids Play Stove

My son is 16 months old and currently really into housecleaning & kitchen stuff. He loves to go through my cupboards and pretend to make something to eat. It's really cute but starting to take a toll on my kitchen stuff & putting everything away a thousand times a day is getting frustrating. At the moment we are working on getting our house organized with storage solutions & don't have the room for a play kitchen. So instead this is what I did:

What you need:

-Clear book cover (sticker)
-A clear plastic container

What to do:
-Print out this template
-Use scissors to cut it out

-Attach the cut-outs to clear
book-cover paper
-Cut out the cut-outs again
making sure to leave about 0.5-1
inch around the cut-out
-Attach to your plastic container

I really hope to make a big kitchen for my son to play with someday. But in the meantime this DIY kitchen has definitely been worth it. It cost $10 & took 20 minutes. Should he destroy it (because he will) it will be really easy to fix. Now all I have to do is find kitchen stuff to fill it.

I hope I've inspired you to be creative & make something for your kids to play with. You really don't need to have a lot of money or be crafty to make this. All you need is an imagination & a cute kid to play with it. 

Please leave a comment if you download my template. I'd love to see photos of your final product or hear any ideas on how to make it better.

 Happy playing!

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  1. I love this idea! I've been considering getting my daughter a play kitchen, but space is a problem. This would work!!!

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment ladies. I'm glad you liked my stove. Let me know if you end up making 1 of your own.

  3. This is totally brilliant! I am so excited about this! we don't have a playroom either (actually we do it is called the living room!) Thanks for sharing! I love this!

  4. Very cool idea! Perfect for playing and storing - best of both worlds!

    Thanks for linking up today.


  5. What a very neat idea!!!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

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  6. Jenn this is truly inspired. It looks awesome! I'm going to remember this for sometime-when (^_^)

  7. I just wanted to let you know that I featured you here:

  8. I teach preschool and my preschoolers would LOVE this! I have kitchen stuff for them to play with, but this would really be fun for them. Thank you.

  9. A really cute idea!! Love the self storage :)

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

  10. What a cute idea! Thanks for submitting it to Trendy Treehouse. You are on our list to contact for featuring. Thanks again. We will contact you soon.


  11. OMGosh!! What an ingenious idea?? You know, I've been trying to think of a good kitchen for my son that...and this ones great because of the easy clean up!! DEFINITELY going to have to blog about this one!!

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  12. THats pretty cute...totes CAN do more then store! hehe Thanks for linking up to Anything Related!

  13. What a great idea! I can't wait for my daughter to get a little older so I can make her one!

  14. What a clever idea!!!! I hope you don't mind, but I would like to share your idea on my blog. Come check it out: www.kanzlerthoughts.blogspot.com

  15. That is SUCH a great idea! My inlaws got DS a play kitchen for Christmas and I wish I hadn't asked for it! Between the entertainment center kitchens (which I don't have room for) and now this one, I could have done something much smaller and cuter!!! This would make a great gift, though. :)

  16. I TOTALLY love this one! What a great idea!!!

    Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

  17. Genius..

    Like playing with the box the gift came it, the magic of the imagination. Very cool.

  18. That is so darn cute! I will have to keep this in mind when my youngest is a little older.

  19. I hope he's enjoying this!!

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  20. I love that. Thanks for linking up to check me out saturdays www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com

  21. Such a great idea! We gave away our play kitchen a few years ago due to space and my daughter growing out of it, but now I think my 14 month old son would love a stove of is own so I think this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing...

  22. After 3 kids we still don't have a play kitchen. I love this idea--so simple!

  23. What a brilliant idea, the first link I clicked on after sending you an email was this one, and it's perfect! I have been wanting to make/buy my daughter a play kitchen for ages because she loves pretending to cook, but we don't have space for anything like that. But I love this idea because it doubles as storage and when she's not interested in "cooking" anymore I can just take the stickers off and re-use the container! Brilliant!

  24. Oh my! I love this, especially as it serves as a storage container too! Brilliant!

    I have started a Kids Get Crafty link up and would love for you to add this to it? (I will of course faithfully still come to yours!! ;-))

    It is every Wednesday, this week here: http://www.redtedart.com/?p=3056

    Thank you!

    Red Ted Art

  25. Hey there! I featured you on Bloggy Clips Thursday at Clickable Party {the blog}. See the post here and grab an "I was featured" button from the sidebar if you like!

    This week's link party is here!

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  26. I love this idea for my boys. I don't know how long they'll be in to the play cooking thing so I didn't want to purchase anything expensive right away. This will be great for a trial period. (Or maybe we'll just keep it forever ;) Plus it can be stored away. I know toys that get stored and then brought back out become very popular the second time around!!

  27. Tanks for the template and great idea! Nice.

  28. I am always impress with the different variations of making a kitchen for the tots! This is cute!

  29. Easy to make...and all the kitchen stuff can store inside it. Great idea!

  30. I made one of these today!!! I found a plastic tote on sale for 5.00, and had some vinyl available already. I made it similiar to your template, but not exactly the same. I found play pots and pans on sale at shopko for 13.99 and bought some mini plastic containers, spoons, and plates in the baby aisle at the dollar store. Next project is looking into some play food. May keep some small containers or such from my own kitchen. I wondered about using a similiar container standing on one end to make a fridge.. any ideas?

  31. Great Job! I really love it. Simple yet fruitful. I hope to see more next time. Thank you.


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