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How to Make a DIY Mud Kitchen from Wooden Pallets

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A Mud Kitchen is a play kitchen (like the Ikea ones) for outside, usually containing an area for sand and/or water for hours (hopefully) of tactile play.

I used:

  • 2 Wooden pallets (free)
  • Tools (drill/screwdriver, saw, pencil)
  • Paint/Latex primer
  • Screws

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Here are the step-by-step easy instructions:

1. Find two standard-size pine wooden pallets. The better the condition, the better!

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2. Cut one of the pallets along the horizontal strut.

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3. Use wood glue and screws/nails to attach the two halves at a 90 degree angle and then attach to the full pallet back piece.

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4. Sand everything!

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5. Find a plastic tub and cut a hole to let the tabs on the plastic container rest on the wood. (Measure twice, cut once!)

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6. Cut the hole and keep the pieces for shelving.

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7. Cut the middle two planks, leaving the supporting, thicker frame legs for stability. Add the shelve(s) and add a name plate (paint later).

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8. Paint! Use a primer that also has a sealant in it.

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9. Add plants, decorations, and mud or sand toys.

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That’s it! Thanks.

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7 Comments

  1. Tyler

    June 22, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Looks great!
    I’d recommend looking at a palm sander next time so you don’t have to sit there as there hand sanding 😉

    1. jamesrcsmith

      June 22, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Lol! Yeah, I got a Black & Decker one for Father’s Day which really sped up the process.

  2. Angela

    June 22, 2020 at 9:58 am

    You make that look simple! Not so handy over here 🙂

  3. Janette Shearer

    June 22, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Oh wow… how cool is that! You made that look soo easy!

  4. Tairalyn

    June 22, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    This turned out incredible. Stella would LOVE this! We are all about mud these days! We bath like 3 times a day! Pretty much before every meal.

  5. Michael Kwan

    June 23, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Well, you’re certainly craftier than I am. I enjoyed following your little journey here. Truly “building” great memories. 😉

  6. Reg

    June 25, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    What a great DIY! Looks fairly simple too.

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