Tools & Materials
Pallets x 2
Marine ply (1200mm x 600mm)
Timber screws (50mm/20mm)
Cup hooks (32mm)
1. Cut your pallets
It’s pretty easy to pick up old wooden packing pallets – they are always available through buy-and-sell sites. Once you’ve got some, start by cutting one pallet in half to create the sides of your kitchen – remember to wear hand, mouth and eye protection for this bit as it gets messy.
2. Give the sides a light sand
Once you’ve made your cuts, give the edges a light sand – we used an electric sander for this, but a block and some heavy-duty sandpaper works just as well. Be thorough – you don’t want little fingers jagging on splinters.
Once you’ve cut your sides, give them a paint. We used leftover fence paint, but any colour will do – head in store to Bunnings to check out their extensive range.
4. Attach to the benchtop
The next step is attaching your sides to the timber length you’ve picked for the top – we used durable marine ply for ours as it’s perfect for outside use. Flip it upside down and place either side of the pallets on your panel, making sure the slatted sides are facing out. Drill pilot holes using a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screw – these holes will prevent your wood from splitting – then drill your screws in as you go to keep your sides secure. Once all fitted together, this will form the base of your kitchen.
5. Attach the back
For this bit, we’re using L brackets. To make it easier to slot everything together, flip your kitchen onto its side, then position your brackets where you want them to go, and mark up with a pencil – this is where you’ll drill your pilot holes. Then drill in your screws, making sure to use screws that aren’t too long so they don’t poke through to the other side. Don’t forget to wear safety glasses for this bit!
6. Attach your “sink”
No kitchen is complete without a sink – we’re using a steel mixing bowl, attached to the sink with a nut and bolt. To securely attach it, drill a hole through the base of the bowl (as you’re drilling through metal, use a small drill bit first and don’t forget to wear eye protection). Grab a pencil and mark where you want your sink to go, then drill through your benchtop, attaching your sink using a bolt and wing nut.
7. Add your hooks
The final step is to attach some hooks to hang your utensils. Drill pilot holes, then simply screw in your hooks.
8. Style up a storm
Once you’ve built your kitchen, it’s time to get creative! Cheap utensils are available from supermarkets and discount shops, and you can pick up lots of cute wooden kitchen accessories from the toy section. Why not personalise with your child’s own name? Wooden letters are available from Bunnings – paint them up and attach using spray adhesive. Simple!
9. Watch them get creative!
These outdoor mud kitchens are great at encouraging your kids to get involved in sensory play. They’re also really good fun – no matter whether you’re young or old! After all – who doesn’t love making mud pies?
We have plenty more Christmas craft ideas to choose from or you can head to your local Bunnings store's craft aisle for inspiration.