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Topic: Cardboard toy kitchen for my daughter (a ton o' pics)  (Read 42844 times)
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« on: October 25, 2007 04:36:56 PM »

Finally this very long project is complete. To recap: this little kitchen unit is built entirely from recycled (as in, salvaged from the dumpster) corrugated cardboard covered in contact paper. No glue, no nails, nothing but clever joining cuts make the kitchen entirely disassemblable so it can be packed flat for moving/storage. The structure is all my own design. (Can you tell I'm pretty proud of this?)

Edited to add: Thanks so much for all the comments, everyone!

The sink (a baking pan sunk into a hole cut out for it), complete with fully turning hot and cold water taps.

Lara demonstrates the oven door, which is held in the upright position with a velcro tab.

It's hard to explain completely how the pieces fit together (let's just say that all those hours of playing Tetris apparently didn't go to waste!), but you can get a sense of it from this picture of the disassembled cardboard before the contact paper was applied. The notched pieces slide onto and then hook through the slotted grooves:

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 04:42:47 PM »

this is too cute, I can't believe how awsome a cardboard kitchen can look.

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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 04:46:17 PM »

It's phenomenal!  Great work.  You should trace the layout, write up the plans and sell them.


« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007 04:51:11 PM »

This is fabulous!  I wish I could play with it.  I love that it's recycled cardboard.  And I take comfort in knowing perhaps my own tetris skills may be useful someday.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007 04:58:48 PM »

ackackackack! Holy Cow, this is OUTSTANDING! What a lucky little girl  Smiley  and I wholeheartedly agree with OriginalYouth!  Christmas is a 'comin... craft fairs abound, bring one assembled so they can see what they're getting in your kit.  *wonder is template couldn't also be used on plywoooooood, toooooo*

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007 04:59:26 PM »

Genius! Perhaps you should design for IKEA!

« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2007 04:59:42 PM »

What a beautiful job you made of it!
It looks really well made and has everything a real kitchen has.
I don't blame you for being really proud!
I'm sure your daughter will get A LOT of use out of it!
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2007 05:00:47 PM »

Holy crafting!  Shocked This is freakin' awesome.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2007 05:04:18 PM »

Wow did you buy a pattern for it or did you make it yourself.  You know if you want to you could trace the pattern on to wood and make it a wood kitchen.  But wow it's super cute! Where did you get it or the idea of it?

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That is amazing!
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