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Turn a cardboard box into a play stove

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by Panduro

Turn a cardboard box into a play stove

Turn a cardboard box into a play stove

How to instructions

  • 1

    You can use the Panduro box (box 7) in which you received your craft order, or any box you have at home.

  • 2

    Turn the box so that the flaps open from the side. Glue one flap for the oven side, and leave the other side open for a small cupboard. Paint the sides pretty colours with Hobbylack craft paint. Attach a small piece of hook-and-loop fastener to the cupboard door, so that it can open and close.

  • 3

    Cut out a piece from the back and tape it up as a backsplash. Cover the backsplash with self-adhesive decorative plastic. Make a clock from a piece of cardboard, using lolly sticks as hands. Poke holes in the sticks and attach them with a wooden bead and a piece of metal wire to the centre of the clock face, so that the hands can spin. Apply glue around the edge of the back of the clock and attach it to the backsplash.

  • 4

    Cut a hole in which to place an empty ice cream container or something similar as a sink. Spray paint the container and lid silver.

  • 5

    Split a polystyrene ring and glue a small empty plastic container to one end, and the lid to the other end. (We used an empty container of Hobbylack.) Paint the entire tap with silver Hobbylack. Do not use spray paint, because it will destroy polystyrene. Attach some crinkled-up cellophane as water to the glued-on lid, and then glue the end with the container next to the sink.

  • 6

    Paint one short side and the ice cream container lid with blackboard paint. Glue on the lid as the oven door.

  • 7

    Cut out rings from craft rubber and glue them to the top of the box.

  • 8

    Use round wooden knobs as cooker knobs. Attach the wooden knobs with a large wooden bead inside, so that you can twist them.

Do you live with a little chef who needs their own play kitchen? Then take the opportunity to reuse a Panduro box 7, or another big, sturdy cardboard box that you have at home. We painted the oven door and one short side with blackboard paint, so that the kids can use chalk to write the day’s menu and draw what’s inside the oven. There is room for pots, cups and play food inside the cupboard, which closes with a small hook-and-loop fastener. Perfect for all sorts of pretend and role-play!

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