How to Make a Mud Kitchen!

Updated Sept 2019. Also includes affiliate links.

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Mud Kitchen Fun Using Old Wardrobes

So little man has wanted a mud kitchen for absolutely ages. Outdoor play is fab for kids. Anything that gets them away from the screen. Read on for how we built a mud kitchen using an old desk. Other posts you might like: 7 Mud Kitchen Essentials You Absolutely Need to Get Now! andΒ How to Make a Mud Kitchen on a Budget!


Now when we moved in, there were some rather large wardrobes in the guest room which were built in. I wanted to remove them because they took up quite a bit of room and would mean we couldn’t get the guest double bed in. So out they came. And what was left provided the perfect β€œshell” for the mud kitchen πŸ™‚ So we did cheat a little bit but you have to understand that Mr D and I are useless when it comes to DIY. We are beyond useless. We typically don’t attempt anything unless it involves just a lick of paint.

But Mr D felt confident that with the right tools, he could accomplish great things. And he only bloody did! Check it out!

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If you want to make your own mud kitchen, here are some tips and pointers which helped us create this super-duper cool one!

If you’re not good at DIY, try using something pre-built as a base

An old book shelf, desk or chest of drawers would work. Here we sliced off the legs of the desk to lower it and then did the same with a book shelf. We then joined both together with a few nails and some of that no nails stuff.

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Do some YouTube prep!

It goes without saying, there is so much out there these days to help with these types of projects. Mr D took a look at the best way to cut the wood and make the holes to hold the sinks. Basically a jigsaw drill is what we needed. And these things are a revelation to me! It really is brilliant! I had visions of Mr D spending the whole weekend slaving over the desk with a regular saw.

Have all you need to hand

Saw, check, special waterproof paint, check, hooks, check, accessories like these cute ones, check. I hate starting a project and then having to pop out multiple times to pick up and bits and bobs.

Use a good paint

Paint your wood a fab colour which will protect it from the elements. And let’s face it, with the summer going the way it is, it will probably need a third coat by the end of July πŸ˜‰

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Be creative!

Use Pinterest to give you some ideas but think outside the box. Don’t have pool noodles to use as pipes? Simply use some old hose pipe.

Sprinkler water system – the top of a watering can.

Dog Bowls For Sinks

The sinks are simply large pet food bowls.

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And voila, your very own mud kitchen – up and ready for hours of summer fun πŸ™‚ Or rainy mud fun.

For more garden ideas and fun check out these posts too – dinosaur ice eggs and an outdoor garden treasure hunt with free printable. No download needed, just go grab it!

how to make a mud kitchen children toddlers kids garden funDon’t forget to pin these pics for later to inspire you to make your very own mud kitchen!

Be sure to connect with us on social to find out what else we’ve been upcycling and making! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!


    • and it wasn\’t so hard with the shell already built πŸ™‚ you could prob get a unit at a carboot or ebay or something πŸ™‚ x

  1. I want to come and play at your house! That looks amazing! I can\’t believe that you made that from a bookshelf and a desk? You could honestly market these – they look such good fun! #bestandworst

  2. I love this and think it would be decent request to have one made for my son! Looks really good you couldn\’t tell your DIY skills are rubbish! They\’re not!! Thanks for linking up to #abrandnewday

  3. I\’ve never heard of a mud kitchen and although the thought brings me out in a cold sweat I reckon the toddler would love it! A bit DIY intensive for me though – she\’ll have to make do with her little tikes one. #KCACOLS

  4. Wow this is amazing!!I have never heard of a mud kitchen but it looks like something my boy would love. Thanks for sharing..gunna show to the hubby later to see if he thinks he can make one xx #KCACOLS

  5. What a brilliant idea! You have produced a master piece from a book shelf, pipe and bottle – bravo! My kids would love this. I\’d love to see some \’after\’ shots! #KCACOLS

  6. So creative! looks like loads of fun on warm days, Adam would adore this, thanks so much for sharing it with all of is! #Kcacols

  7. Oh good lord this is amazing. We don\’t have room for one (and there\’s the other little matter of neither of us being any good with DIY stuff), otherwise I\’d be on this like a shot! I will just admire from afar… πŸ™‚ #kcacols

  8. What a fab idea! That will definitely be good for keeping little hands busy during the summer x

  9. What a brilliant idea, I have never heard of one of these before but it looks fab. I\’m impressed that you made it yourselves too. How apt for our British weather too!
    Amanda. #kcacols

  10. Wow! what a clever idea… I think my kids would love this too as this looks more realistic than their play kitchen, plus they can pour as much water in it if they like. Thanks for sharing your DIY tips #KCACOLS

  11. Amazing! This looks so good and I know Mia would love something like this. I\’m not creative at all so wouldn\’t know where to start but it looks great! πŸ™‚


  12. Wow this looks amazing! I wish I was this creative with my hands. The best I can do is buy a water tray for them both to sit in! Lol love the idea of using You Tube too, so many great videos on there! Love your pics too! #KCACOLS

  13. Wow this looks amazing – I love the funnels. Unfortunately our back yard isn\’t big enough for a mud kitchen (and there\’s no mud as it\’s astroturf – gardeners we are not!) but our daughter has access to one at nursery. One day soon we\’re hoping to move somewhere with a proper garden so maybe we can put this to good use then. #kcacols

  14. Oh wow that looks awesome! What an amazing idea! I am sure that my daughter would love one of these! #KCACOLS

  15. My sons love the mud kitchen at their local playgroup. Would struggle to replicate it at home though. Reckon the mud would be alright, just the kitchen bit would be the problem! Your one is amazing #KCACOLS

    • we are honestly rubbish at diy usually. what helped was def having the desk bit pre done for us. you could maybe start with something off ebay or a carboot as the shell :/

  16. OMG that is soooo good! You must all be chuffed to bits because that is a good piece of kit you\’ve created there. May there be many happy and messy times on it, fab!

    mainy x


  17. This looks fantastic! I never would have guessed you guys weren\’t great at DIY!! I always thought a mud kitchen involved getting mud into some old saucepans, but this is something else! #KCACOLS X

  18. \’Summer going the way it is, it will probably need a third coat by the end of July\’..cried with laughter at that. Think this is a fab idea, my 5 year old does not spend enough time in the garden and as you shown this looks amazing and has lots of potential for fun messy play! I\’m DIY fearful so like your shortcut tips! #KCACOLS

  19. Wow!! This is amazing!! I love how you\’ve thought outside the box – it can be too easy with Pinterest these days just to copy exactly, but you\’ve done such a fab job. He is one lucky boy – I bet he\’s had some good use out of it this week! #KCACOLS

  20. Wow that is incredibly, what a useful guy your OH is. I only found out about mud kitchens the first time the other day, but never would I be able to make something so sophisticated. What a fab toy and what a lucky boy. Xx #KCACOLS

  21. This is brilliant, I was going to say \”Where did you buy that from?\” It looks so professional! I hope your Son gets lots of excitement out of it. Claire x #KCACOLS

  22. WOW. That is really clever. I know you have said you are not great with DIY but that\’s a superb kitchen. Those mud kitchens are so loved by the little ones. Seems a shame to get a dirty but I guess that\’s the whole point. Very well done mum & dad! #KCACOLS

  23. I\’m so utterly impressed! This is amazing… would love one for my boy… might need to talk to the OH, though we are also really useless when it comes to DIY πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

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