Since our move from Melbourne we have possesed a surplus of packing boxes, many of which will be reused when we return, of course. (In my dreams, we won’t need as many boxes for the return trip because I will have reduced the clutter in our house).
The thought that we don’t need any more stuff contributed to the idea to use a very available material to make a play kitchen for my twin boys. Also, while I hoped they might enjoy the opportunity to cook for each other and serve me pretend meals, at age 2.5 they have miniscule attention spans and they tend to climb upon everything. Any activity could go either way and it might not last for very long.
So I equipped myself with a set of instructions from Japan — which I purchased after our trip — from The Cardboard Collective, who has an etsy shop here and whose blog is seriously inspiring if you like the idea of creating ALMOST ANYTHING from cardboard. Which I do.
To ensure that my kitchen looked great, I also collected a pile of interesting looking boxes from my local Asian grocery. I wanted to add some bright fruit boxes into the mix but I couldn’t find any, funnily enough (Tasmania is awash with them but I think they are already resused and then reused again, and seem to never appear in recycling piles). I might try old wallpapers and wrapping paper to brighten up future projects.
The Japanese instructions were challenging (I could only follow the pictures and diagrams) and I had to pack up my work-in-progress at the end of each session. There was a very large amount of glue involved.
So it took me a long time to complete the kitchen and I was almost completely sick of it by the end, but the sense of satisfaction upon completeion was enormous.
I would highly recommend to other potential cardboard constructionists that you start small, like I did not.
As I suspected, it was a huge hit with the kids to begin with. The utensils were very popular, and both children got a kick out of “washing” everything in the pretend sink. We shall see how long it lasts!
If you are keen to try something like this, check out Foldschool, an online resource that offers free patterns for foldable furniture. I’ll be trying those next and I’d love to hear from anyone else who has a go at cardboard furniture making.
*PS you can find me on Pinterest here, with pins about things that do and don’t start with T.