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Play Food for a Kids' Play Kitchen

Stock a kids' play kitchen with fun food you can make in a flash. All you need is a dowel and our free printable labels.

Play food made with a dowel, glue, and printable labels.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Handsaw or miter saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Sponge brush


  • 2-in x 48-in round poplar dowel, #43934
  • Elmer's Glue-All, #185297

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Project Resources


Step 1

Print out the four free play-food labels. Cut out the labels.

Step 2

Cut four 4-inch sections from the dowel using a miter saw or a handsaw.

Step 3

Sand the four dowel sections thoroughly to remove any rough edges and splinters. Wipe off with a moistened rag to remove dust and let dry.

Step 4

Glue one label onto each of the four dowel pieces.

Step 5

Once the label dries, make it more durable by applying a few layers of sealer: Mix three parts glue to one part water, and use a sponge brush to coat the surface. Smooth any air bubbles by hand and let dry overnight.