Build Your DIY Cardboard Kitchen | Elmer's Build It Tools Tutorial

Time to expand your dream cardboard house? Add a cardboard play kitchen of your own design with this step-by-step cardboard kitchen tutorial to try as you imagine all your favorite foods.

Whip up a meal in your DIY cardboard kitchen with help from our Elmer's Build It Tools for a recipe that's just right.

Cardboard Kitchen Instructional


  • Cardboard Boxes

Elmer's Build It Tools Starter Set:

  • Holepunch & Screwdriver

  • Kid-Safe Cardboard Cutting Tool

  • Screws

  • Flat Brackets
  • 90" Brackets


  1. Gather cardboard boxes, Holepunch & Screwdriver, Kid-Safe Cardboard Cutting Tool, Screws, and Brackets.

  2. Using your Cardboard Cutting Tool, take 1 cardboard box and cut out 4 medium circles, 5 small circles, a small rectangle, and a larger square shape as pictured. Then, take 1 box and open the flaps of 1 side to form your cardboard play kitchen stove BASE.

  3. Place your open flap box downward. Using Screws, attach the 4 medium cardboard cutout circles to the top of the BASE for your stove top, and the 5 small circles across the front of the box for your dials as pictured.

  4. Center your cardboard square below your stove dials for your oven, then center your horizontal rectangle piece at the top of your oven for your handle. Connect both pieces with Screws on each end of the rectangle.

  5. Get cooking in your new cardboard kitchen!


NOTE: Elmer’s Kid-Safe Cardboard Cutting Tool should always be in the protective sleeve when not in use.



Elmer's Build It Tools turn your child's imagination into real-life cardboard cutout creations. Our kid-safe cardboard cutting and connecting supplies safely and easily create cardboard crafts for kids ages 6+. Ensure safety even when tools aren't in use with the additional security of the snap-on protective sleeve for our Kid-Safe Cardboard Cutting Tool.


*Adult supervision required.


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