Little Kids Picnic Table

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Build your own mini sized picnic table with our free plans.  This toddler or preschool sized picnic table is one of the most popular plans. Due to the simple design, easy building instructions, and perfect sizing for littles, thousands of these tables have been built! We love this table as a gift too!

RELATED: We also have a big kids picnic table plan, and an adult sized one too!  


This adorable picnic table is sized perfectly for two-six year olds.  It is lightweights and easy to carry indoors and outdoors.  You can paint or stain it fun colors.  For indoor use, you can add a solid top (it makes a great indoor play table too!)

First version of this picnic table built 13 years ago


We love this picnic table and have made it many times - it's the perfect birthday gift!  

For older kids, we recommend the bigger kids picnic table plans, as this plan is more rugged and built using 2x lumber.



How to Build It - Ana White Picnic Table Video Tutorial


Watch this super quick video tutorial to help you visualize how to build this picnic table.



kids picnic table plans
Small size, can fit in doorways and lightweight. Suitable for about 4-6 toddlers


Shopping List
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 6 feet long
  • 3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 3 feet long 
  • 1 1/4″ self tapping star bit screws  (about 50)
  • interior/exterior wood filler
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • exterior appropriate wood stain
Cut List
  • 5 – 1×6 @ 31″ (Tabletop and Seat Pieces) 
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 17 1/2″ (Under Table Supports) *
  • 1 – 1×3 @ 26 1/2″ (Center Support) 
  • 4 – 1×3 @ 22″, both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, long point to short point measurement, ends ARE parallel (Legs) 
  • 2 – 1×3 @ 35-1/2″ (Seat Stringer) *
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 14-12", both ends cut at 45 degrees off square, long point to long point measurements, ends are NOT parallel (Cross Supports)

*Ends are clipped at 45 degrees to soften edges, see in diagrams

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

General Instructions. Work on a clean level surface and use proper safety precautions. Check for square after each step. Predrill and countersink all screws.


Step 1

Cut the ends of the tabletop supports back at 45 degrees as shown to soften edges.

Attach the center tabletop support to the two ends to make an I shaped support system.

Adjust for square, meaning the outside corner diagonal measurements match - this is to ensure your project is a rectangle and NOT a parallelogram.

Step 2

Lay two of the 1x6 boards on top, with even 1-1/2" overhangs on ends and flush to outsides.

Screw down with two screws per joint.

Center the third tabletop board and screw down, also add a couple screws to the center support.

Step 3

Flip over and attach the legs to the outsides of the aprons with two screws per joint.

Step 4

Flip over.  If your table is wobbly, make sure the surface it is setting on is level.  If still wobbly, unscrew one of the legs and rotate slightly, until the wobble is out.

Use blocks to set the seat stringer and attach to the insides of the legs.

Step 5

With the table setting flat and no wobble, attach the cross supports inside as shown.

Alternative - add a second 1x3 @ 26-1/2" centered on the seat stringers (as shown in some photos)

Step 6

Attach the seat boards to the tops of the seat stringers with two screws per joint.

Step 7

Finishing. Fill screw holes with wood filler, sand and finish as desired.

For more help with outdoor wood finishing, go here.



Thu, 07/04/2013 - 08:26

I was curious as to which type of paint you use for the picnic table. My thoughts were to use an oil base since its so durable. The downside is the clean up. Your thoughts?


Tue, 05/27/2014 - 19:55

A few nights back, I had plans in hand for a DIY water blob, which involved melting painter's plastic sheeting between parchment paper with a hot iron and promised only 30 minutes of work. After multiple hours, multiple beers, all of X-Men, half of Gladiator, and several iron burns, I completed a water blob that held most of the water inside it. Needless to say, I and was somewhat leery of this plan because of how simple it appeared to be on its face.

That said, I can't stress enough how simple this one was. I started it after the kid went to bed (8ish) and was finished before 10. It would have been done a bit earlier if I'd had an extra pair of hands, but a set of small Vise-Grip clamps more than compensated. Excellent for a free timeslot of only a few hours. I'll still need to sand and stain it, but I was very, very pleased with the simplicity of the project. The one major tweak I made was to use 1x4s instead of 1x3s, only because they were easier to get at Home Depot. This enabled me to make a table that was more vertical and can hold a little more weight. The tradeoff was that the benches don't have the half-inch gap they're supposed to, so they don't match the tabletop exactly. Not a big deal for me, but the way to compensate using 1x4s would be to make the bench supports about 3 to 4 inches longer.

Again, awesome project. I'll DEFINITELY be doing more from Ana.




Thu, 06/12/2014 - 07:52

Hi! I see the plans say 1 1/4" pocket hole screws but it doesn't show where to put the holes like many of your other plans. Did you use pocket holes or just counter sink? Also, are the 2" screws done from the top of the table with a counter sink bit? Thank you!


Sat, 07/16/2016 - 14:44

I'm going to buy some paint for this. How much will I need? A quart? A gallon? An amphora?


Sun, 04/11/2021 - 09:36

I notice that you include the Kreg's pocket hole jig in the "tools needed" section, but I don't see any specific instructions regarding the location and number of holes and screws to be used in the project. Can you provide detailed information on this?


Tue, 08/03/2021 - 08:49

Last minute project for our grandson, after my husband and I built the Modern Farmhouse bed (for son and daughter-in-law- which they loved). Grandson loves this table so much, daddy had to take it inside for him.