making play food: salt & pepper shakers

I've been making a little progress this week on the play kitchen.  Since I am doing all the prep work at my in-law's house, I can't have an all night craft-a-thon and just get 'er done like I normally would.  In between work days, I am making play food and kitchen accessories.

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:

 

63 comments:

your momma said...

Love the salt and pepper shakers! I think you are a genius to come up with all that! Can't wait to see the finished kitchen. Oscar is one lucky little boy!

Heather said...

Those shakers look great! I can't throw anything away either- well, within reason :0) Can't wait to see the finished product.

Jordan - Polkadot Prints said...

Can't wait to see it finished! It can be frustrating when the motivation is there to do something and your blocks of time just aren't enough! Hoping you get some good chunks of uninterrupted time over the next couple of days to get stuck into your painting!

Laurie Anne said...

I'm lovin' me those salt and pepper shakers!...can't wait to see the finished kitchen! xx

The Activity Mom said...

Love the S and P shakers. B would love those. I'll have to try to find something similar to make some with. Your kitchen is going to be adorable! I can already tell by the shape of that piece of furniture.

Anna said...

that is way to cute! I love the nightstand kitchen beginnings and I will definitely be making the salt & pepper shakers!

Kayla said...

I love the salt & pepper shakers! Can't wait to see the finished product of the play kitchen!

Craftify It! said...

I think those salt & pepper shakers are the cutest things I've seen. I can't wait to see your finished Kitchen! I know it will be great!

Terry said...

Clever!! Look forward to seeing the finished kitchen. :)

Marjorie said...

Adorable!

CJ {Pink Tea} said...

I love this. Thank you. I have been wanting to come up with a set of salt and pepper shakers for my daughter's play kitchen.

vanessa said...

I love the shakers, but I love the idea of making your own kitchen even more! I think I am going to have to try this! Can't wait to see how yours turns out.

Amie said...

So cute!

Christie said...

What a great idea on the shakers! Looking forward to seeing more!

I made your cozy car caddy yesterday for a gift. It was fun. Thanks for the tutorial!

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sue said...

The salt and pepper shaker look great.

Elisabeth Marie said...

Just did a kitchen for christmas- the shakers will be a perfect valentine addition. Keep sharing I am loving it.

Kristine said...

Your crafts are always so detailed and thought through. It's impressive.

papouce said...

The salt and peper shakers, a very good idea! I don't know if wooden spools exist in France?
I wait too see the kitchen!!! :)

Di said...

Good luck with your play kitchen. I can't wait to see how it turns out. What a super good idea. I'm glad there are people like you to give us less creative people inspiration.

sue said...

you continue to rock! great shakers and what a cute little helper you have there

J said...

Those shakers looks great! I think i'm going to "steal" this idea to add to a kitchen-kit I'm putting together for a friend's kid's birhtday. Thanks for the inspiration!

kimbosue said...

The shakers are CA-UTE!

And OMG when did Oscar get so big? I guess I haven't seen a pic in a while...

Eva said...

the salt and pepper shakers are great!! very creative :) can't wait to see what you do with the play kitchen

Alisha said...

I love the salt & pepper shakers. I'm hoping to make a play kitchen for my daughter's birthday, so I can't wait to see how yours turns out.

Aria said...

This is such a great idea! The salt & pepper shakers turned out so cute! I can't wait to see how everything else turns out. This is my dream to make a cute homemade kitchen for my little girl. You're such an inspiration!

Janet said...

So cute! I want to make those shakers. Does any one know if they sell wooden spools at craft stores?

Ben KaShan Allysen Briggs said...

Jill I just thought i would share a blog that was fabulous for making play kitchens. it is outofthecrayonbox.blogspot.com

Paula from Amen Corners said...

Is there anything you can't do? What a creative lady you are and what a lucky little boy Oscar is. The salt and pepper shakers are sooo cute!

Jill said...

I love them! Super cute, and sounds super easy too! Doesn't get better than that. Anxious to see your kitchen...

Angie said...

You're adorable. I'm watching you like a hawk and looking for a great deal on a nightstand in time for my son's 3rd birthday in March. Can't wait to see how cute this turns out!

Rachel said...

What a great idea! I love the salt and pepper shakers!

Jesse said...

Oh! What a great piece! Can't wait to see how it turns out, I know it will be fab!

Brooke said...

the salt and pepper shakers look amazing. And I have no doubt that the kitchen will be fabulous

Stephanie said...

The salt and pepper shakers are so creative!

nap time journal said...

your earlier post about your kitchen inspired me so much that I went looking for that old piece of furniture.....I found it just the other day so I have it and it and I are waiting to see what you do to yours! :) The one thing I am waiting on, if you would share is, are you painting it or using spray paint. I don't know what would be better.

Oh I just can't wait and I love the S and P shakers!!

dana said...

Brilliant Jill! Can't wait to see the finished kitchen

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

They came out great!!

Come link your project at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!
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Natasha said...

ADORABLE! Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Thanks for sharing, I'll definitely be making them for Sam's kitchen! (:

Clair said...

The salt and pepper shakers are super cute. We bought our girls a super cute wooden kitchen for Christmas. We have some store bought play food (Melissa and Doug play food is so awesome!) and some felt food that I have made. I also save things like margerine tubs, or sour cream tubs etc that we can then put in their pantry (Sort of like the grocery store at the St Louis Magic House!)

Oscar is going to love all that stuff you are making! Plus you can play too - My husband often asks who this stuff is really for LOL!

Lee Ann said...

Ah he is so cute! And you are so clever, I can't wait to see the finished kitchen!

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Larissa said...

Love it. I used old baby food jars spray painted white. I never thought about putting the big letters on them though. I will have to go back and do that.

Debi H. said...

I love your blog cuz you have some of the cutest ideas! So amny of your projects are on my "to do someday" list!
I never would have come up with the salt and pepper idea (including beads for sound)--really clever. Can't wait to see how the kitchen comes together!
Debi

Cathy said...

New to your blog!! Adorable ideas. I think my daughter is still a little young for a play kitchen but it doesn't mean I can't start creating!! Love the S & P shakers! Looking forward to seeing what else you come up with :)

jess said...

sooo cute! i am totally copying your salt and pepper shakers! :D can't wait to see the nightstand to kitchen transformation!

Blog Buddy said...

I ♥ the salt and pepper shakers!! Super cute idea...I've always wondered what to do with the thread spools:)

La TempĂȘte said...

I love these! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Hippie Family... said...

the s&p shakers are really cute but if you filled with beads and covered in paper, I would be really careful, my daughter ate a bead I left on the table and she pokes at everything, the dr said they start pointing around 15 to 18 months. You may want to put a big glue blob in the bottom so the beads don't come out even if the paper gets wet or tears.

Chic Mommy said...

What a great idea, I too am making my daughter a wooden play kitchen. I can't wait to see yours. Im gonna make me some of those S an P shaker. I was thinking the other day I wanted to find some wooden ones that were small too. Thanks for sharing. Ill be posting a pic of my kitchen in a week or so. I hope to get it done this weekend.

V and Co. said...

oh my gosh i'm so going to make those salt and pepper shakers! i love them jill! ;)

Mad Sewing Love said...

How cute is that s/p shaker set! Oh, and Oscar...Love the pic.

Field Notes said...

Genius!

I am going to have to try to make them with my old, plastic spools. Prolly won't work as well, but hey, you gotta work with what ya got!

I cannot wait to see the kitchen set. My husband wants to make our daughter one.

Chic Mommy said...

Hey Jill so I was inspired by your S and P shakers so I decided to make a set of my own for my daughter. I couldn't find the dome shapes I needed to I used buttons. I linked you to my post too

Thanks for the idea

http://craftychicmommy.blogspot.com/2010/02/wooden-play-salt-and-pepper-shakers.html

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, those are so cute! You're super creative. That kitchen is going to be amazing. I'll be linking.

Yarni Gras! said...

this will be terrific when completed. Love the S&P shakers!

Melanie said...

I love the retro nightstand for the kitchen! He'll love it.

Chic Mommy said...

Hey there Jill, I can't wait to see pics of your play kitchen. I just finished mine today for my little girl and I thought I would share.

http://craftychicmommy.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-cute-diy-wooden-kitchen.html

Lisa said...

So cute! I just posted my version on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Rae said...

Those are really great. They look so complicated and then...it's a spool! Brilliant!! :)

Jeanine said...

Love your DIY salt & pepper shakers! You know, for el cheapo accessories for the play kitchen, if you have a Daiso store near you, go check it out! Nearly everything is $1.50, and I was able to get a lot of great stuff to round out my niece's play kitchen accessory collection for very little money. Kids love to play with "real" utensils, pans, and tableware!

ificould said...

Such a cute idea! I put a link to your post on my blog: http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/03/salt-pepper-shakers.html

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Thanks for the great idea - love your blog!
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Cathe Holden said...

DARLING!!! (Found you via the examiner.com article on spools.)

Sarah said...

LOVE these!! Thanks for sharing, Jill. :) Made some for my play kitchen and linked to you at http://tysonandmiles.blogspot.com/2011/04/play-kitchen-finally.html.

Have a great day!
Sarah

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