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With just two sheets of paper, a color printer, a cutting board, an exacto knife, a ruler, a scoring tool, glue and 30 minutes of your time you will be able create a kitchen which can provide hours of cheap and portable entertainment for your kids.

This project came about when I was playing with my son and some colored paper... he asked me to make a house, and I was only too eager to comply (one the reasons I'd wanted kids was to have an excuse for building a doll house...). But since I live in an apartment with limited space and I'm allergic to dust, I wanted a house I could fold up and put away. You can read the back story of the house creation here, or you can skip ahead and make your own kitchen by following the steps in this instructable.

For those who prefer video tutorials to step by step instructions, just click play. The music is by John M. Davis, and was originally composed for an HBO documentary "A Matter of Taste"

Step 1: The templates

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This pop-up is one room in an 8 room, 2 story house I designed and sell on my website (either as a kit or as a download). Individual rooms are also for sale (for $2), but since Instructables is a sharing community I set up a special $2 coupon just for you. This coupon will expire after 500 downloads.

To get the template click here, add it to your cart and when you check out use the coupon code


This will give you a $2 discount -- in other words it will be free, and you won't need to enter any financial information to get it. You can use this coupon on any of my designs, not just the kitchen, but you'll only be able to use it once.

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You are BRILLIANT!!! The video really helped me understand better. Thanks so much :0)
belsey (author)  porcupinemamma3 years ago
Thanks! That makes it all worth while!
CraftBear4 years ago
Awesome make thank you so so much! Now I really can carry everything including the kitchen sink!
i've just make my own and its really awesome!

belsey (author)  theREALcybercat4 years ago
Thanks! If you happen to be in NYC, the entire house is included in an art show called "Paper and Pulp: Gathering a Community" at the Salt Space (1158 Broadway, entrance on 27th St in Manhattan). The opening is tonight from 6 to 8 but the show will run till October 18, 2010
5/5!!!!   voted way to go :0)
I'm also thinking aboout adding smoke and dirty dishes and a caption somewhere that says-"Wanna come over for dinner, or shall we go out?" (lol)
 I love your instructable -- and the accompanying website for the bedroom printouts -- and can't wait to modify it, literally: I'm making a MOD 1970s styled ranch house dollhouse from an old architecture magazine I found. I had no idea where to start, but you've made it actually easier to compress the visual-spatial stuff :)

belsey (author)  persephone945 years ago
Thanks! I'm glad you're modifying my design.  I don't think I've ever followed an instructable step by step, instead I use them as inspiration for other things... Please post pictures in these comments when you're done, I'd love to see the final result!
beautiful work! I love making stuff for the kiddos-- and get waaaayyy into detail, too ;)
belsey (author)  delicate_secret5 years ago
Thanks! You should post some instructables too, or if that takes too much time take a few pictures and post a slideshow!
ThePlatapus6 years ago
Oh wow! When I read your Instructable on how to make a kitchen, I was so excited I made it right away! It turned out perfectly and I saw the website attached to the kitchen so I decided that I would look at your website. When I saw your doll house it was one of the coolest papercraft I've ever seen. So I was wondering if your could make more Instructables on how to make the other parts of the doll house?
belsey (author)  ThePlatapus6 years ago
I have no immediate plans to do so... I modified the kitchen from the house for the instructable so it could be printed on a regular sized paper. You couldn't build the whole house without printing on large format paper. Since most people don't have printers which can handle that size, sharing it as a download isn't very useful. I'm considering printing it out and selling prints, but I need to get IKEA's permission first (the house is filled with their stuff...). I'm working on it... In the mean time if you subscribe to me you'll hear if I post another room -- and don't forget to vote! I'm really glad yours turned out well. You've got to be very precise, particularly with the two layers.
belsey (author)  belsey5 years ago
Now you can sign up for the chance to download a PDF of the bedroom at www.makeanything.net
Wafflicious5 years ago
Cool! you could probably have the refrigerator open up too.
belsey (author)  Wafflicious5 years ago
Not really without changing the design... it would make it too fragile to cut out the door the way it is here. But pretty much anything is possible with this technique when you set your mind to it, and if you look at the other rooms on my web site you'll see that in the master bedroom there are sliding mirror doors with clothes folded behind them.
Ya I saw those they are incredible!
irrilia6 years ago
Fantastic.... :) Kids have got to love this!
endawmyke6 years ago
This is some awesome paper craft
wenui6 years ago
samyboyster6 years ago
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!
sideways6 years ago
Very cool and thanks for posting it. I've been a fan of popups and paper engineering for years now. Your skill is outstanding.
belsey (author)  sideways6 years ago
Thanks! I find very few things as relaxing as staring at a flat sheet of paper and picturing it folding into 3 dimensional shapes in my mind...
stephenlast6 years ago
you're a dedicated father
belsey (author)  stephenlast6 years ago
Mother, actually -- but to be honest, I did this as much for myself, because I need to make stuff, as for my kids. Certainly I think it took me more time to design it than they spent playing with it...
bethmwl6 years ago
Great job on the kitchen! Great detail.
Nice instructable. I'm actually going to make this. I think this finally might be the first instructable i will ever do hahaha. I have over 300 fav's, have been a member for forever and have yet to complete one.
Nick_126 years ago
really cool u have a lot of patience
l8nite6 years ago
I went to see the whole house.. pretty awesome and a LOT of work. The instruc would be a lot more helpful if you showed or told us how or where you came up with the various room and furniture pictures
goodgnus l8nite6 years ago
You can probably get the pictures of stuff in the room from various home magazines. Magazines like Dwell for modern furniture or more traditional home magazines for ordinary furniture. IKEA catalogs would work good for an IKEA home. Visit a 2nd hand book store that sells magazines to get them on the cheap.
belsey (author)  goodgnus6 years ago
Yes, this is the IKEA house. All furniture and accessories either come directly from their online catalogue or are based on their designs.... My original design had pictures from all over (including google images), but then I decided I wanted to sell the idea, and to avoid any rights problems I thought of making a 100% IKEA house then pitching the idea to them. It seemed like a natural for them: very cheap to mass produce, wholesome toy, marketing tool for their furniture, new collectable model each year with their new catalogue, folds flat (they are obsessed with flat shipping). How could they say no? But they did. I got a form rejection letter back from Sweden, but they only returned one of the three samples I sent them.... So if they come out with a similar house in a year or two I'll be pretty pissed off....
goodgnus belsey6 years ago
Apply for a provisional patent, with a little research it can be done without the help of a patent lawyer and only costs $110 to file.
belsey (author)  l8nite6 years ago
This instructable was designed to explain how to make this kitchen, not how to design your own... once you make this and look at it carefully it's fairly obvious how to design something similar yourself. "All" it takes is time (lots and lots of it) patience (even more) and plenty of ink in your printer. It would be impossible to give specifics on where to find all the pictures. It took hundreds of hours to find and prepare all of them...
goodgnus l8nite6 years ago
Another idea would be to search for whatever item you're looking for on http://images.google.com
That is really lovely. Will be making one straight away .mmm Could make a whole house.
Sandisk1duo6 years ago
awesome im going to tru ,aking one of my room !
belsey (author)  stephenniall6 years ago
Go for it, but be warned: it will take at least ten times more hours to make than you think it will...
Thats sweet! How long did it take you to make the pattern?
belsey (author)  LuminousObject6 years ago
I can't really say, because I made one version of the whole house (over a period of about 2 months) then later I started all over from scratch. Many many many hours, because in addition to designing the popups (which are fairly simple in this example) there were hundreds of photos to take, capture, crop, resize, etc. But now that it's done I can make it in about 5 minutes....
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