DIY mud kitchen

Our garden has been a bit of a saga over the years. We’ve redefined the border, built a fence, dug it up, flattened it, had a patio laid, grassed it and dug it up again. It’s never been usable, safe or child friendly. It still isn’t (with a huge hole in the grass) and I’m desperate to be able use it.

Last week we had two beautifully sunny afternoons, and I used them to make the boys a mud kitchen. The brilliant thing about this project is that it really doesn’t have to be perfect, and the ideas develop as you go. Mine is based on one that a friend’s husband built, but I’ve adapted it to fit the space we had available. Even though I knew it would be quite easy, it turned out better than I expected (a nice surprise) – you just need to be confident with a drill.

I haven’t written step-by-step instructions, as it really depends on what space you have to work with, but I have included everything that I used, should you like to have a go.


  • One double metal sink (£20 from Gumtree)
  • Two pallets for the splash back and shelves (free)
  • Two lengths of wood to build the sink frame and legs (£12)
  • Two trugs (£4 each)
  • Old trays and kitchen utensils


  • 2.5 inch screws (about 30) and a screwdriver
  • Plastic wall plugs (about 10) to secure it to the wall
  • Drill with hammer setting and drill bits
  • 10 screw-in hooks
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • A hammer
  • Black paint and paintbrush

Could a play date, or BBQ be on the cards for our garden this year? I really hope so.

E xx



    • 4th April 2017 / 9:21 pm

      They are such brilliant entertainment – just very messy! xx

  1. 30th March 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Wow, this is brilliant! The boys are so lucky that you’re creative enough to build something like this for them. I’m sure there will be hours of fun to be had with it.

    • 4th April 2017 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks Nat! Thanks to our house renovation, I’m pretty good with a drill. It is great entertainment, so far! x

  2. 31st March 2017 / 9:33 am

    This is a fab looking mud kitchen, we’ve been using an old wooden kitchen for the time being but have been gathering our bits for a mud kitchen too. I think its probably the best thing for kids! You did an amazing job! x

    • 4th April 2017 / 9:22 pm

      An old kitchen sounds fantastic!!! and thank you. I was really pleased with it! x

  3. 4th April 2017 / 4:43 pm

    This looks great! It looks real well planned and well equipped too. Your children must be thrilled. I don’t know any children who don’t love a mud kitchen.

  4. 20th April 2017 / 7:31 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this !! It looks fab !! We are in the process of collecting things to make our own ! Can’t wait ! #littlemakes

  5. 23rd April 2017 / 10:47 pm

    How cool is this! Super clever! Looks so amazing. I hope they love it! #littlemakes

  6. 24th April 2017 / 6:52 pm

    That mud kitchen is amazing! We have one, but a lot simpler and less glamorous! #littlemakes

  7. oneofeachmeandmine
    26th April 2017 / 10:25 pm

    Somehow this slipped through my #littlemakes comments and I don’t know how as it is amazing!! I am definitely going to be making one once we have our garden. You are also our featured post for this weeks linky 🙂

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