Okay, you have made a refrigerator and kitchen cabinet sink.
Pretty cool, right?
Here are instructions to make a stovetop oven and microwave combo.
free stovetop grill template (sign up for the freebie)
several cardboard boxes (of similar size and shape)
utility knife/X-ACTO knife
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Cardboard Kitchen Decals (for sale in my shop)
Step 1. Determine the style, sizing, and design of your boxes.
I was fortunate to find several cardboard boxes of the similar height and width.
Step 2. Make the oven.
Step 2a. Cover box with wrapping paper.
This is your base, so you’ll want to make sure it’s strong and sturdy. Using clear moving tape, wrap your box. Make sure the corners and edges are covered well.
Note: If you use a self adhesive wrapping paper, like the one I used in my first cardboard kitchen, you’ll find that it is such easier to decorate your boxes.
Step 2b. Cut out oven door.
Mark with a ruler and pencil/pen to design your oven door.
Cut out the sides and top. Don’t forget to use clear moving tape to secure silver wrapping paper to cardboard box (aka oven door).
Note: In hindsight, I probably should have cut the top, bottom, and one side, so that the door’s swings left to right or right-to-left. It would keep your child from stepping on the oven door and bending the cardboard box.
Step 2c. Add a handle bar.
Using adhesive ribbon, I cut out slits in the oven door and slipped the ribbon through. Then I removed the adhesive backing and secured the ribbon ends to the back of the oven door.
Add a back panel to the oven. This will be used to secure velcro backing. Add velcro pieces to both the door and back panel piece.
Step 2d. Add stovetop grill.
Print an electric grill template to make your stovetop. Cut out 2-4 grills, depending on the size of your box.
Trace the template on a piece of black foam sheet. Glue template on top of black foam piece.
Glue stovetop to top of oven box. Make sure it is centered in the spot of your choice.
Step 2e. Add turning knobs.
Find two tops to a plastic bottle. In this tutorial, I used two Clean and Clear facial wash tops. I cut off the top and used the the bottom piece.
I traced the plastic piece onto a piece of cardboard. Using an X-ACTO knife, I cut out the circular cardboard cut out.
Using a gold brass tab, I poked a hole through the cardboard piece and through the front of the oven. Then I glued the plastic bottom piece (aka facial wash bottle piece) to the cardboard piece.
It should turn nicely and smoothly.
Step 2f. Make a shelf in the oven.
I was fortunate to have extra piece of cardboard that fit nicely in the oven. I secured it with Aleene’s Tacky Glue and clear moving tape underneath. Below, you see an image of a baking pan that I made out of cardboard wrapped in aluminum foil. Now our kids can pretend to make pizzas and baked vegetables.
Step 3. Make the microwave.
In my first cardboard kitchen tutorial, I had a microwave, but it wasn’t attached to the oven. It cat on top and always kept falling down when the kids played with the kitchen. This time I found a cardboard box that matched the width of the oven.
Step 3a. Create a cardboard frame to secure the microwave.
I cut out flaps of the box.
Then cut out a triangular shape to allow for the stovetop grills. (see below)
Wrap the frame in silver wrapping paper, and tape it to the frame with clear moving tape.
Step 3b. Make the microwave.
Using a smaller box (a Costco-size Kraft Mac and Cheese box), cut out a rectangle.
Not seeing this white piece, I used it to my advantage. See more photos below.
I cut out cardboard pieces to cover the mac and cheese box. It was a nice way to cover the box without having to cover it with wrapping paper. For the front panel, I cut vertically to make the door and button panel.
Using clear moving tape, I secured the front door panel.
I glued the button panel piece on the right. This white piece will serve as a way to velcro the front door panel to secure the microwave door closed.
I added a side panel piece, seen here.
Step 3c. Glue the microwave to the inside top of the frame.
Using Aleene’s Tacky Glue, secure the microwave to the frame. Luckily, I also had a thick cardboard piece that allowed one to add a shelf. I used tacky glue to secure the shelf.
Here, I added an extra cardboard shelving unit.
Lay the microwave box flat on its back until the glue has dried.
Using velcro, secure the microwave to the inner oven frame. The best part about the microwave? It’s removable!
This is the bottom of the microwave unit. I strategically aded velcro tabs to four corners of the box and placed on top of the stovetop oven.
See how it is seamlessly added to make it look like one unit?
Step 3d. Make a handle bar.
Just like Step 2c, make the handle the same way. Cut two slits and feed adhesive ribbon through the slits. Remove the adhesive and secure the handle bar.
Step 3e. Make a clicking knob for the air vent.
Every microwave oven the oven has an air vent, right? Using a shampoo top, similar to Step 2e, cut out a cardboard piece to secure the clicking knob to the microwave shelf.
Step 4. Add decals.
This is an added step that I didn’t have available until I completed the project. I found a few here and there, but it wasn’t quite what I was looking for. I made some personalized microwave panel, oven panel, and oven knobs in variety of colors (silver, blue, pink, green, and red) to give you flexibility when you make your cardboard kitchen. (Check it out in my shop.)
Step 5. Voila! Project complete!
You’ve got a handmade, personalized microwave/stovetop oven combo. It took me a few weeks to find pieces around the house to make this, but it was so fun to watch the kids enjoy making things in the kitchen again.
If you liked this project, let me know in the comments section. Or go ahead and share it on Facebook or Pinterest. You know you want to make one.
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