Outdoor Fun: Mud Pie Kitchens

Will the next trend in outdoor living be mud pie kitchens? At Gardenista, we think so.

Above: When we spotted this ingenious DIY project, via Rhythm of the Home, it was all we could do to contain ourselves from running straight home to turn some old crates upside down to create “cabinets” and a “stove.” For step-by step instructions, visit Rhythm of the Home.

Photographs by Ginny Sheller.

Above: Any unbreakables you already ownóminiature muffin tins, galvanized buckets, that old dented pie dishówill perfectly complement the rustic vibe. For seating: tree stumps.

Above: (L) Fresh flowers to “ice” the cake; (R) Whisks and spoons to beat the batter. If you have a galvanized tub, fill it with water and use it as a sink.

Above: For urban dwellers: If you do not have any dirt available, buy a bag of top soil.

Explore more ways for children to enjoy the outdoors on Gardenista: For Kids Only: A Hidden Garden in Brooklyn and Kids Boots for Tromping Around the Garden.


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

what a cute and awesome idea. my son will love this!

Samir Nassir
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you, beautiful.

Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

reminds me of my childhood

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

Thank you.

Shirley Z.
Shirley Z5 years ago

Too cute! Just make sure they are in play clothes!

Ma C.
Ma Clinch5 years ago

Very cute! I know a lot of kids would enjoy this. Just make sure they know where they should dig the mud up from.

Maggie Kearns
Maggie Kearns5 years ago

My daughter and I both experienced the joy of making mudpies when we were little!

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

Every child should have the oppotunity to make MUD pies, ADULTS too!

Sandi C.
Sandi C5 years ago

I made mud pies when I was little at my grandmothers.