This mud kitchen has been in the making since the beginning of summer and I’m so excited it’s finally complete! When I think back on childhood, I have so many memories of making mudpies and little creations outside in the dirt. I wanted to create those same memories and experiences for the boys but keep the mess contained. A mud kitchen seemed like the perfect idea but rather than buy one (which costs easily over $100), decided we could make one of our own.
Using an old desk, some stuff we had around in the garage and a few details from the dollar store, I’m showing you how to make your own DIY mud kitchen.
DIY mud kitchen
You will need:
- old desk
- paint stripper
- sandpaper 60grit/150grit/220grit
- orbital sander
- any exterior stain
- tupperware containers (we got from the Dollar Store)
- jig saw
- 6 2x4s
- S hooks
1.) The first thing we did was we picked up a used desk that someone was giving away on the side of the road.
2.) We brought it home, first removed the hardware and then applied paint stripper as I wanted to take the original black paint off.
3.) Once the paint stripper is completely dry, we sanded the piece using an orbital sander and 60 grit/150grit/220 grit paper.
4.) Using some extra 2×4’s we had laying around the garage Rick built a hanging rack for the back. We added some S hooks for the kids to hang their spoons, buckets and kitchen utensils.
5.) Next we stained using exterior stain.
6.) I got a few containers from the Dollar Store to act as like a sink and bowls. Trace the containers where you want them and then using a jig saw, cut out the spots for the containers.
Then you can add some fun details like measuring spoons, buckets, pails, etc. We put it back by their sandbox so it’s all in one spot.
It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job and the kids have fun! They like to pick various leaves and flowers and fill buckets of water to make “soup”.
I hope you found this post inspiring! Feel free to pin on Pinterest for later. Happy creating!
When I think about summer I think about the smell of sunscreen, playing outside all day, eating endless watermelon and popsicles and bubbles. My kids love bubbles. It will occupy them for hours. At the beginning of every summer, I buy bottles of bubbles and usually after a few days, they end up getting spilled all over the deck. Using only 3 ingredients that you probably already have at home, you can whip up a big batch of this easy homemade bubble solution with my recipe below. I’m also sharing how to make your own bubble wands.
(For more summer activities and ideas be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post and check out some other of my blogger friends I’ve teamed up with!)
Easy Homemade Bubble Solution
- 6 cups of water
- 2 cups of dish soap
- 3/4 cup of corn syrup, glycerine or sugar
- In a large gallon jug, pour the water, dish soap and corn syrup (or glycerin or sugar) stirring until well combined. Let it sit overnight.
- Pour into separate smaller bottles or set up a large bubble station outside with some bubble wands (showing you how to make your own below)
Homemade Bubble Wands
You will need:
- pipe cleaners or a thick wire
- scissors or wire cutters
This is a great activity for your kids to do on their own. I made a few wands ahead of time and laid them out to show as an example. You may need to be close by to help with the cutting.
Tip – I found that a thick wire (old wire hangers are great!) work better than the pipe cleaners. Eventually the pipe cleaners got soggy from the bubbles and didn’t hold up as well.
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Happy Wednesday friends! By popular vote from my Instagram stories last week I’m bringing you my DIY beaded wreath tutorial to brighten your day. (If you don’t follow along on Instagram, follow me here!)
This DIY was incredibly easy and super cute for spring! So grab a glass of wine or a mug of your favorite hot beverage and have some fun crafting! I’m showing you how you can make one of your own and where to get all the supplies!
- Using your hot glue gun, glue the split wooden balls around the wreath hoop leaving the bottom part empty. (For reference, I used 28 wooden balls. You can use more or less depending on how many flowers you want to add).
- Next, use your floral wire to attach your greenery and flowers. You can also hot glue them if easier. I chose to use floral wire so that I could easily switch out the florals with the change of seasons.
- Optional – if you want, tie a ribbon on the top to add a little more pizazz!
And that’s it! Seriously looks like something you would get off of Etsy! Super easy, cute for spring and easily interchangeable for every season!
Share a picture of your wreath and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest so that I can reshare!
Check out some of my other DIYs
Dropcloth curtain tutorial
DIY engineer prints
Whitewashed brick fireplace
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If you’re looking for a cute free Valentine’s Day printable for your kids’ check out this A”DOH” able idea.
Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away and I’m already planning out Maxwell’s Valentine’s Day cards. Last year we just did the traditional ones that come in the box from Target and honestly, that was fine with me. But this year since we can’t bring any food or candy into school, I wanted to do something fun for the kids. This Play-Doh valentine is the perfect non-candy idea for your little ones to give their friends and classmates.
Check out the easy DIY and my printable below.
You will need:
Play-Doh (I got this 12 pack on Amazon)
Glue or glue dots (optional)
1.) Click the link to download the free printable here. Download and print out.
2.) Cut out each one and glue onto a piece of cardstock.
3.) Make a tiny hole on top and thread a piece of ribbon or twine through and tie around the Playdoh.
That’s it! Another super easy DIY. If you download my printable, I’d love to see pictures of how yours came out below.
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