We’re super excited this winter for a few reasons;

  • We received our new video (above) from Dreamcatcher Kids! Stevan has done another beautiful job of highlighting the beauty, imagination and fun of a childhood spent with a cubby house. Thank you!
  • We will soon be launching our new cubby designs at The Big Freeze Festival this Melbourne July School Holidays. If you don’t know about this Festival make sure you check it out for something fun to do with the kids.

All of this excitement got us revved up to share the love with one family by doing our BIGGEST cubby house competition giveaway. You can win it for yourself, your family, your neighbour, your school or a complete stranger as a random act of kindness. Up to you!

Competition Info

What’s included:

We are offering our Mid Size Farmer’s Market Cubby with all the bells and whistles, including the deck chairs and fence blackboard (as pictured below) plus one of our mud kitchens.

We will also deliver and build it for you at your home (in Melbourne, or we can arrange delivery interstate, freight costs apply).

Valued at $3300.

How to enter: 

Just click on the competition link to register your entry. Make sure you add your contact details so we can get in touch if you win.

There is a list of things you can do to get bonus entries. Work your way down the list and tick everything off as you complete it. The more entries the more chances to win. But keep it real peeps, as we will check entries and we may disqualify if we find ticked items haven’t been completed.


It is SO EASY and you don’t have to do it all at once, you can come back to it at anytime of the competition. You can do 1 entry or all 6, up to you.

Competition dates:

Online entries close midnight Friday 8th July and the winner will be drawn by the festival organisers at closing of The Big Freeze Festival on Sunday 10th July.

There will be 2 additional days of entries on the Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th at The Big Freeze Festival by getting your photo taken in one our 8 cubbies that will be part of the snow village.

Additional Comp Info:

  • Delivery in month of August at a time that is convenient to both parties

***This cubby, right down here ↓ plus the blackboard and 2 deck chairs (pictured) and also a mud kitchen (not shown) could be yours. See instructions above:Cubby House Competition - Giveaway

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One thing we get asked a lot from our very engaging and caring customers, as well as people who find us online is, ‘I have a stack of wooden pallets, would you guys like them for your business, they are free of course’. One of the most disappointing things we have to say is, no. Let us tell you about why that is on both fronts.

It is disappointing as every day we see first hand an extremely large amount of pallets lying around. Strewn across industrial front lawns, waiting in piles to be collected and discarded in alleys. It is a shame that so much natural resource goes into this short term useful but ultimately wasted product. There are some recycling programs for pallets, companies will come and collect them and re use them again, good story huh. Unfortunatley whilst it would be a great kind of ‘Toy Story’ ending if we thought our pallets got to live out their days in eternal pallety usefulness, the truth is they probably only get recycled a few times then sent to be incinerated.  And that is the ones that actually get recycled, so many businesses receive their goods on pallets and are begging for someone to take them away. I do recall in my younger, braver yet stupider years ‘borrowing’ a few pallets from our next door construction site for a fire. I distinctly remember after said fire sweeping our muddy footprints away from the back alley to hide our evidence. But we needn’t have bothered, we had it on first hand neighbourhood gossip that the builder was stoked that the pile of pallets was gone and he didn’t have to pay someone to do it.

Why we say no. The truth about pallets can be a little scary and I certainly learnt that the night we burnt those pallets from the building site. Blue and green flames are not natural and not good for you.

What we know about pallets and what we don’t know about them. There is a great resource of information on the type of pallet treatments in Australia and the types of wood, so if you are keen to use those pallets you found please have a read here first. If you are thinking of purchasing products made from pallets here are a few things to consider:

Do you know the previous life of these pallets?
Have they carried dangerous goods that may have spilled on them?
Do they carry the Heat Treated marks that mean they are safe to use?
If the pallets have been dismantled and repurposed do you know the history of each individual piece?

The reason we say no to using pallets is because generally we don’t know the background of this material and when dealing with our kids and yours we just aren’t prepared to take that gamble.

So the moral of the story is absolutely use pallets when you know the background and you know the treatment method on each piece. Any number of Pinterest searches will throw you up some great ideas for using pallets.

Castle and Cubby use 100% recycled apple crates sourced locally from one supplier in Melbourne. We have a great personal relationship with this company and we know exactly the process that this material goes through to get to us and then to you. Because the wood is being used to carry food it is subject to strict rules set out by the Food Safety Standards. So you can rest assured that what you receive from us will have no nasty surprises and no nasty chemicals or VOC’s.

Stay safe, recycle and peace out!

Peace Recyle Symbol

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This is a neat trick we use at Castle and Cubby to create personalised blackboard stencils. It is super easy and really effective, so we wanted to share with you how it is done.

What you will need: 

  • Blackboard
  • Access to a computer program that allows you to use different fonts
  • Printer or access to a printer
  • Your typeface printed on paper
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Chalk
  • Liquid chalk paint (available at Officeworks)
  • Pencil (any type, although I find colour pencils the best)

What to do: 

I have included images in the slideshow above that take you through the steps to creating your blackboard stencils, each image has the instructions underneath for your reference

  1. Using a program like Word, Paint or Photoshop for instance, create your design
  2. Print to paper in the desired size for your design
  3. Rub chalk over the back of the paper, making sure you cover the edges of all of the letters
  4. Sticky tape the paper to blackboard where your design is going
  5. Using a pencil (I prefer colour pencils because they are softer and transfer the chalk easier) trace over the edges of your design
  6. Remove the paper and sticky tape
  7. Using your liquid chalk paint go over the edges of your design and then fill in


An easy and really effective way to transpose cool designs to your blackboard or other surfaces.

If you want a personalised blackboard on your cubby house and don’t have the time, we can do this for you, just chat to us.

DIY Blackboard Stencil

The finished product

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Recycled Timber Milk Bar Cubby House

Milk Bar Cubby House – An inspiring collaboration event

Easter has just been and I should have had this post up in time! Ahh this year is flying already.

To celebrate this rather cute and indulgent holiday we teamed up with Party with Lenzo again to create an inspiring woodland Easter party setting complete with a Milk Bar Cubby House.

Set in the glorious pine forest at RJ Hamer reserve in Olinda the girls at Lenzo went about creating a magical Easter table complete with stunning food from our friends at La Manna Patisserie and decorations from. My good friend Kashia Kennedy created some amazing paper art to really give the whole setting a magical and childlike appeal.

The kids were all dressed in Cotton on Kids pj’s to really set the scene for waking up on Easter morning and heading straight into a feast, as you do.

We were inspired by the paint colours chosen by the clever people at Haymes Paints and the Cotton on Kids look-book for this season.

All photographed by the very talented Nikole Ramsay, we are so happy with the results. We have already hired this cubby out for a Melbourne food and Wine event and it went so well. We can’t wait to bring you more creations this year as we team up with some more events and collaborations.

Kel and Jono X

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DIY Wooden memory gameGood morning crafters and DIYer’s, are you looking for a simple, cheap and fun little activity to do with your kids today. You should try making a wood memory game.

It is so simple!

What you will need:

A stick – Suitably sized of course for the rubber stamps you have
Rubber stamps – You can find these at most craft shops – We sourced ours from the good people at Genie Educational online
A saw – A drop saw is preferable, or an electric hand saw, but not everyone has these. A good ol fashioned hand saw will definitely do the trick

What to do:

Find a stick, cut the stick, stamp the stamps and then revel in DIY pride.

Go on, your kids will think you are ace!

DIY Wooden memory game

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