Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Repurposed Cardboard Box Kitchen

My 4 year old has been all about felt food since this past Christmas. I made her tons of felt food for her Christmas gift, but where was she going to bake her felt food? So she saw a cute mini kitchen from Plan Toys, and begged me to buy it for her. Although it was cute and we'll made, I decided to make one myself. 

I started out with a plain cardboard box. The size all depends on how big you want the kitchen. I started out with one the size of a large square box of diapers. It's best to look for one with all four flaps so that you can reinforce certain areas with the extra cardboard pieces.
Then I used modge lodge matte finish to glue on a layer of small pieces of tissue paper in different shades of blue and green. I applied several layers, making sure to let the layers dry in between applications.
Once dry, I traced a small shallow bowl on the right side of the top surface of my kitchen and used a box cutter to cut about an 1/8 of an inch inside of the traced circle. I applied a thin bead of hot glue around the rim of bowl and set it on top of the hole.
Using the Hip In a Hurry 3D Decor Cut Outs- Ladybug & Dragonfly, I applied them on the top surface of the kitchen to act as the stove burners, and around the knobs for the stove and oven.

For the faucet handles, I hot glued wooden beads.

For the oven door, I made sure to tape down one of the flaps of the box before applying the tissue paper. Then the remaining flap was the one to be used as an oven door. To keep the oven door from falling open, I hot glued a bead to the bottom flap (oven door) with a short elastic string that was strung through the bead. Then I hot glued another bead directly above on the stationary flap. The elastic can be brought over the top bead to keep the oven door closed. 

This was a quick attempt at making a mini kitchen. My daughter loved it and loved it even more when I told her I made it! :) 

1 comment:

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