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Making a washing machine with washing drum for children

An IKEA hack for Montessori children's rooms
Montessori Waschmaschine mit Wäscheständer

The ultimate addition to the children's kitchen? It's definitely the laundry room. Children simply love to imitate us adults. And they also love to do the often rather unpopular chores. That's why we've got another ingenious IKEA hack for you: we're making a washing machine for kids! As always, it will be very easy and in the end the kids will be rewarded with huge fun. We also have another highlight: the free craft template for washing powder in the play kitchen.

Washing machine for kids to copy

Our washing machine for kids is once again a clever IKEA hack. The special feature is the laundry drum - so your DIY washing machine looks really real afterwards. Your children will make big eyes!

Montessori Waschmaschine Anleitung

Shopping list for the children's washing machine

The washing machine for children is assembled in no time at all. The KALLAX shelf is fitted with furniture feet and inserts. Then stick the SAUBAFIX stickers on the shelf. And the washing machine is ready!

The highlight: the DIY washing drum

A washing machine without contents is boring. So that it looks like the big ones in the laundry room, there must of course be a washing drum. 
Montessori Waschmaschine Waschtrommel Zubehör

This is what you need for the laundry drum

  • an IKEA VISPAD* kitchen sieve/strainer for only 1,99 Euro
  • a cardboard box
  • Decorative foil, e.g. Yard goods from Limmaland
  • a pencil
  • a pair of scissors or better a cutter knife
  • Hot glue
Montessori Waschmaschine Waschtrommel DIY
Montessori Waschmaschine Waschtrommel DIY
Montessori Waschmaschine Waschtrommel DIY
Montessori Waschmaschine Waschtrommel DIY

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Grab a pencil and get started. First, place the kitchen colander on the cardboard and trace the outline. Then use the cutter knife or scissors: cut the cardboard from the centre of the drawn circle to about 1 cm before the outline. Make sure you leave a centimetre of space between the cardboard and the circle you have drawn, because the sieve will then be inserted into the cardboard and should stay in place - don't let it slip ;)
  2. Now it's time for the finishing touches: To make the whole thing look nicer, use the decorative foil . Stick the decal onto the cardboard. Leave out the cut hole. Finished? Then you can put the sieve into the cardboard box and fix it to the edge with hot glue.
  3. Now just place the cardboard box with the colander in the washing machine compartment of the KALLAX shelf. It's best to attach the cardboard box to the inside of the KALLAX shelf through the opening. This will make it more stable and it won't all fall apart when you play.

Washing machine for children

Now it's time for the stickers! Grab our SAUBAFIX* sticker set and start sticking. The little details provide extra fun for your little ones. NEW: The Saubafix decal are now also available individually, e.g. for the  play kitchen.

Montessori Waschmaschine Kinderküche

Handicraft detergent with freebie

Of course, a washing machine also needs the right detergent. And you can download it from us free of charge - simply fill in the form and we'll send you the link to the craft template by e-mail. Simply print it out and you can start making your detergent boxes.

Even more hacks for the laundry room

And what is still missing in the laundry room? The Montessori clothesline at children's height, of course. 


11 June 2021


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