Just about every kiddo that I know loves to play in the kitchen – or at least play with food. In my many hours spent blog roving, I have come across some of the most incredible and inventive play kitchens and accessories. I just had to put them all in one place and share with you.
Some of these projects can be done in a few minutes and some are pretty intensive (which to me means that it takes several hours and requires power tools). Most of the DIY play kitchens use converted pieces of old furniture, rather than building something new. This is a great way to repurpose that old nightstand or cabinet you may have sitting in the garage or attic. It also means that you can easily and inexpensively find a second-hand piece of furniture at a garage sale or thrift store to create your own play kitchen masterpiece. These projects have inspired me to try to make little miss V a kitchen and some accessories for her birthday. I hope you enjoy looking at them and find something to make for your little one, too.
Okay, so let’s start with the kitchens themselves. There are several ideas listed below, check them all out. Even if you have no intention of creating a kitchen that takes up a large closet and has plumbing, you may find something in the details that would be perfect for what you do have in mind. Some of you may already have a kitchen for your kiddo, if so glance at the kitchens here for decoration ideas or just skip ahead to the accessories.
If you are short on space or are not sure how often your little one will want to play with a kitchen set, this is the play kitchen for you – 30 second kitchen from Ohdeedoh. Just keep some kitchen themed play items in a storage area and break them out when it’s time to play.
At the other end of the spectrum, we have some large kitchens that were converted from entertainment centers – from Giggleberry Creations and Sutton Grace. These show how you can use an old entertainment center to build an all in one kitchen, complete with sink, stove, oven, counter, refrigerator, and even a cute little window. What else could your little chef need?
To take the all in one idea a bit further, here is an idea for adding a working sink from Mommy Words. This beautiful red retro kitchen was installed in what used to be a laundry closet and takes full advantage of the plumbing already there to run water into the kitchen’s sink.
For those of you who are looking for something in between the kitchen that can be kept in a storage container and the full out all in one gourmet kitchens that take up large amounts of space, don’t fret, there are lots of options that fall in the middle.
A kitchen from Baby Andoo is made from an Ikea cabinet. A great option for those of us in the area with the new Ikea in Centennial.
My Gratitude Attitudes created a sweet little play kitchen from a nightstand. I love the mixing bowl sink that she uses, it’s just perfect.
Every little chef could use an apron and chef’s hat to cook with. While there are lots of children’s apron patterns out there, my favorite is from Sew Liberated (scroll down page half way, it’s the “Montessori Child’s Apron” under the “Tutorials for You” section. It is a Montessori inspired apron is one that kids can put on themselves.
A chef’s hat is the perfect ‘topper’ (pun intended) for your little gourmet’s kitchen accessories. This one from Twelve Crafts Till Christmas is especially cute for boys or girls.
You can even make your own pots and pans for cooking up all that yummy food in the play kitchen. Here is a great tutorial from Sew A Straight Line that explains how to make some soft, but sturdy kitchen hardware.
Now that you have a kitchen and some accessories, or at least ideas of how to create them, now all your little chef needs is some food to put that kitchen to good use. Here is a list of some of my favorite sources of food patterns and ideas out there.
- A felt fruit salad from Toastie Studio,
- A chop apart carrot from American Felt and Craft,
- A no sew felt pizza from Baby Brainstorm,
- A variety of very cute felt food from Made, (She also has some great tips on picking the right felt, patterns and sewing.)
- And a huge list of foods by craft (knit, crochet, sew, and no sew) from Squidoo.
Now, I know not all of us have the time and skills to create an entire kitchen full of accessories and stock it with a variety of play food. (Although you may be surprised how easy some of these projects are!!) Some of you may already have mostly stocked kitchens and are looking for new varieties of food for your picky chef. Never fear…Etsy.com to the rescue. If you want to buy one-of-a-kind handmade specialty play food items check out these two shops – Betsy M and Bug Bites Play Food.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of my favorite creative and fun ways to play kitchen DIY style. Now, let your imagination run wild and see what you can come up with. If you have any ideas or other favorite play kitchen projects, please share them in the comments below.
Have a crafty week, we’ll see you next Monday
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