I just love upcycling an re-purposing things, don’t you? It costs little to nothing, prevents good things from ending up in the landfill & leaves me with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment!
Whether funds are short, or you just want to disengage from the consumeristic attitudes that seem to dominate the season, upcycled Christmas gifts are a wonderful way to remember someone special in your life during the holidays.
To get your creative juices flowing, here is an easy Do-It-Yourself Upcycled Play Kitchen idea that would make a fun gift for any special child in your life.
Step 1: Find an old side table & paint with a no or low V.O.C. kid-safe paint. You will need one color for the “kitchen” and a small amount of black paint for the “stove”.
Step 2: Gather 4 wood knobs (for the “stove”) and 4 metal hooks, then screw them onto the table (knobs on one side, hooks on another, as seen in photo).
Step 3: Cut a large & medium-sized circle-shaped stencil from cardstock or sturdy paper (hint: trace a couple small cereal or salad bowls) and paint 2 large & 2 medium-sized black “burners” on the top of the table for the stove.
Step 4: Gather a few old pots, pans, spoons, pot holders and any other old kitchen accessories a good play kitchen should have (make sure they are there is no peeling teflon, or anything toxic that could be harmful to little ones)
Isn’t it adorable?
Just think about all of the hours of play a child will get from all of these pieces that could have ended up in the trash!
What are you doing to make your holiday season “greener”? Are you making an effort to avoid consumerism this year or giving any up-cycled gifts? I’d love to hear your thoughts!Terri
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