My son is huge into learning to cook right now. Him and my mom even have a Grandma’s Cooking Class set up every Wednesday after school! He rides the bus to her house and the two of them cook dinner for our family. He is always so proud. The one thing he mentioned that he wished he had was a place to keep all of the recipes that he is learning so that he can remember how to cook them later down the road. That got my wheels spinning and I realized that I could easily create a fun set of kids DIY kitchen gifts with some supplies from Darice! If you have a little chef in your family, read on to see what I put into the gift and how simple and inexpensive it is to create!
- Darice Paper Mache Recipe Box
- Acrylic Craft Paint
- Darice Foam Paint Brushes
- Darice White Cardstock
- Painters Tape
- Wooden Spoons
- Darice Large Wood Clothespin
- Darice Kids Natural Apron
- Vinyl – (Optional)
- Transfer Tape – (Optional)
- Iron On Vinyl – (Optional)
- Cricut Explore – (Optional)
- Colorful Recipe Cards (Personal use only. Do not alter.) For the full recipe card set, visit Inspiration Made Simple
The first of the DIY kitchen gifts that I made was the personalized apron. To create the apron, I used my Cricut Explore to cut my son’s name and an oven mitt out of iron on vinyl. Make sure to mirror the image before sending to the Cricut.
Weed the excess vinyl and then follow the directions on the iron on vinyl to adhere to the apron. You could also use a stencil to transfer the design onto the apron and then color it in with a fabric marker.
Decorate the paper mache recipe box however you desire. I took the easy route and painted it with acrylic craft paint. Note: I used painters tape to ensure that I didn’t get paint on the bottom since I was painting the top a different color, but when I peeled the tape up, it did pull just a tad bit of the paper mache up, so if you use that step, do so very carefully. I didn’t do it when I painted the bottom portion, I just carefully cut in with my foam paintbrush. Allow the box to dry. Add another coat if necessary.
Print the colorful recipe cards onto cardstock and cut out.
Place the cards inside the recipe box.
The last DIY kitchen gifts I made were some painted wooden spoons. I wrapped painters tape around the wood spoon handles and painted the ends the same colors as the recipe box. Allow to dry completely. Note: These are not dishwasher safe.
I placed the large clothespin in the recipe box to be used as a recipe holder.
You could also make a matching mommy and me DIY apron set for you and the little chef in your life.
Thanks to Kim Conner from Inspiration Made Simple for this great kid’s gift idea!
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