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D.I.Y. Upcycled Play Kitchen

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)

Upcycled Play Kitchen


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!

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  1. How cute is that! Wish I still had tiny ones to make it for!
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  2. I LOVE this – it turned out SO cute and looks like a ton of fun to play with (and space-saving too!)! We upcycled one too – but not nearly so cleverly – found it on Craigs list. ;)
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  3. This is such a great idea!!! Thank you very much for showing it. My 2 yo goddaughter is living in a small place, so I think this kitchen would be perfect and in need it could still be used as a guest stool..! :-) Just going to a thrift store!

  4. Wow! This is a very cool idea, especially for those short on space. I know lots of kids like a play kitchen but don’t have the space for the traditional play kitchen. We certainly don’t. However, this would be a good option for sure. I am going to keep my eyes out for something at yard sales that can be up-cycled into a play kitchen!

  5. Tricia says:

    I’d love to experiment with upcycled doll furniture.

  6. I love this idea. I will have to keep a lookout for a little table like this. We’re considering a play kitchen for the kids this Christmas and this might be a less expensive option.

  7. Michelle F. says:

    Wow what a great idea! I want to make this for my niece, nephew and baby

  8. Wish I had seen this before Christmas. I love the DIY stuff. I looked into some DIY kitchens on Pinterest but all were WAY too time consuming and a lot going on. This one looks much more simple. We ended up buying one at Menards.

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