I can't throw anything away, so I have several wooden spools hanging out in my drawers of thread. This afternoon I used a pair of spools and two wooden domed disks to make salt & pepper shakers.
All it took was a bit of glue and paint. I also filled them with seed beads so they would make a shaking sound. The hole in the bottom of the spool is just covered with cardstock. What do you think?
This is the nightstand I am working with to make Oscar's play kitchen:
You can't tell from the picture, but the nightstand angles inward starting just above the drawer. It doesn't give me a ton of space to work with, but leaves plenty of room for a sink and two stove burners.
With the help of Oscar's grandpa, we now have a hole for the sink, the legs are trimmed down to a more toddler-friendly height, the drawer is dissembled, and the whole thing is sanded down. I can't wait to start painting!
Oscar was really interested in "helping" and decided this was the best way to do it: