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Published on July 28th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Cooking for kids

I received toy kitchen set hacks that are absolutely adorable.

Jenny’s play oven
Jenny and husband, Per, turned an item from the as-is department into a play oven for her 2-year old daughter.

She says, “We found a small, laminated and hinged cabinet, which was probably a ‘Vattern’ bathroom cabinet (33x35x37cm). We then bought two extra flat laminated panels (at 1 Euro each) 1 in black and one in white, to create the missing side wall and oven top.


We added from the hardware store:
- 4 pinewood wheels designed for making a toy cart, painted them with black enamel paint to make them shiny, superglued to top panel, to create hotplates.
- 6 pinewood doorknobs, again enamel painted black, then once dry added numbers and dial-style icons, using a tippex pen – for the oven and hob controls, superglued to front
- red electrical insulation tape (self-stick), to smooth out the plywood rough edge of the top panel (chance, it was exact width)
- some self-stick coat hooks, for hanging the play oven glove, toy pots and pans and accessories
- one red handle to use as a pull down on the door

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Portable baby stove
Ariacielo made a box stove to complement the Duktig set. The stove is a cardboard box covered with white and red self adhesive paper. Knobs are ingeniously made from bottle caps!


See instructions for the baby stove.

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The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

12 Responses to Cooking for kids

  1. Tara says:

    Wow, how creative and clever!! Definitely hacking this idea!

  2. Spielkind says:


  3. Kathie says:

    Very cute project. You could go and buy one, but like you said, you had fun doing it, and besides, she gets to know that she is playing with something made just for her, by someone she loves!!

  4. Thanks for all the nice comments folks. :-) Such a friendly community. Anon: The shelf is a good idea – would be even more like a ‘real’ oven then.

    It ended up probably no cheaper than a plastic one off the toy store – but we had such fun doing it, and she loves it.

  5. Crispy Banana says:

    makes me wish i was a kid again

  6. Jules says:

    anon2, yes, i do realise that the stove itself does not use any ikea items but i wanted to include it because it was such a great accompaniment to the duktig cooking set.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think your site is genius. I just discovered it today. I saw “IKEA” and my eyes got wide. I am inspired by IKEA products and even more inspired by people who can turn them into something else. I LOVE IT!! Keep up the good work, Jules!!

  8. Kari says:

    This is so cute! Much better than a big ole’ plastic one!

  9. Anonymous says:

    The baby stove is indeed very cute. However… in what way is it a hack? It doesn’t include a single IKEA element.

  10. Maria says:

    This is so CUTE!

  11. Tone Rock says:

    how intriguing

    The QuarterHug… Giving life to the public

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wow! That oven is to die for. I’m sure that kid is so happy!! Maybe a shelf inside would help create more storage space?

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