DIY: Turn a Box Into a Play Stove!
Become your child's hero when you turn a cardbox box, some old CDs and a few odds and ends into this awesome play stove!
Here's how to do it, courtesy of Parents magazine via Craigslist Dad:
- 12x12x22-inch box (approximately)
- X-Acto knife, cutting mat, thick rope
- 3 brads
- 3 Play-Doh lids
- 3 plastic caps
- 4 CDs
- 20×12-inch piece of cardboard, scissors
- 3 adhesive-backed kitchen hooks
- Hot glue gun
- You can find pretty cheap play utensils at IKEA or any toy store, or even make those out of cardboard, too!
The point is to have fun with it - so if you're missing any of this stuff, just improvise with what you have lying around! Let your child help out with some recycling suggestions.
- Position flat box so flaps will be at right and left sides.
- Use an X-Acto knife and cutting mat to cut an oven door, as shown.
- Cut two 1-inch holes, about 6 inches apart, on oven door for handle; thread a thick rope through and knot in back to secure.
- Push a brad through the center of each plastic Play-Doh lid and use to secure to the front of the stove for controls above the oven door.
- Hot-glue a plastic cap over each brad.
- Assemble box and hot-glue flaps shut.
- Glue the four CDs to the top of the box for burners.
- Bend the right and left 4 inches of the 20×12-inch cardboard piece at right angles to create a backsplash about 12×12 inches.
- Trim bent side sections into triangular shapes, keeping the full width at the base.
- Round off the top of the middle section with scissors and hot-glue to back of stove, as shown.
- Adhere plastic kitchen hooks to backsplash to hold play utensils.