Maybe your kids have been trapped inside during a long winter, or perhaps you have already run out of ways to tell them to “go play outside” in the summer, but we have got a really cool solution for keeping the kids busy outdoors. These DIY playhouses take kids outside in all but the worst weather and help them foster their sense of imagination and play. And hey, who wouldn’t want a place like this to themselves? And if your house is the one where every kid in the neighborhood hangs out, then let them eat snacks and party like kids do! (NOT on your new carpet indoors!) So learn how to build a a backyard playhouse and your kids will make memories to last a lifetime!
For our first project, oh. my. gorgeous. Jen at ‘House of Wood’ has nailed it again. (No pun intended!) This a-dorable easy kids playhouse is simply 2×4’s, tongue and groove planking and her secret fasteners. (Don’t worry, she tells you…) She originally made this for indoors, so if you are going to use it outside, make sure you seal it with an outdoor rated sealer. Love, love, LOVE! Did we mention, she has free plans for this?
Always wanted to give your kids a treehouse, but missing the tree? No problem, Alli from ‘Made with Happy’ teaches us how she made this DIY kid’s treehouse, no tree required! Great step by step instructions, we are loving on this project. And they did it on a budget.
This DIY kid’s fort comes to us from ‘The Owner Builder Network’, and while you may not have acres for your backyard, this will fit anywhere! Made from plywood, pressure treated pine and cedar fence boards, this kids fort is sturdy enough to last through several generations of kids. Be sure to go check out the wild west theme they finished theirs with! Complete free plans and step by step photos and instructions.
From Mandi at ‘Vintage Revivals’, this summer reading nook/ outdoor hideaway is so cute, and easy! She gives you complete plans on building this project, and lots of tips. Make sure you go check out how she finished this little kids’ “heaven in the backyard”!
From ‘Rogue Engineer’ team Jamison and Jamie, this DIY playhouse is everything folks. I mean, that front porch? That window box? Complete instructions.
This easy DIY modern playhouse is really a simple project made from inexpensive plywood. From ‘Easy DIY’, I think my fav part of this whole project are those little round peepholes that kids will love!
This DIY modern playhouse from ‘ Sweetpotato Peachtree’ is an easy tutorial from a Mom in Texas. The thing we like best about this project is that they made the slats farther apart so that in the hot days of summer, the playhouse wouldn’t become a little sauna. Brilliant!
Learn how to build a backyard playhouse with this complete tutorial from ‘DIY Network’. This isn’t your everyday playhouse either. Not only is it a triangle to make it more interesting, it’s two stories! Great for squabbling siblings. :)
Sheri at ‘Confessions of a Refashionista’ has skills. This DIY up-cycled scrap and pallet playhouse was made from pallet wood, scrap wood and torn apart old furniture. Oh, and a really creative blogger with some very lucky kids! And the color! How fun is that?! You MUST go over and check out her kids sandbox too… she made it from an old dresser!
So now that you have this all down, (you do, right?) we have a couple for you that are inspiration. Deanna Schuller uploaded to Pinterest this really cute DIY playhouse that her husband and Dad made for their daughter out of pallet wood. She also happens to be a really talented photographer, so go check out her work at Deanna Schuller Photography.
Our last idea for you is from ‘Earthscape‘. This preschool playground was made to include a fort they created out of an A-frame and recycled doors. Love this idea! You could easily DIY this project. The key is the brightly painted doors to add fun and creativity to the space.Image Credits: House of Wood, Made with Happy, Owner Builder Network, Vintage Revivals, Rogue Engineer, Easy DIY, Sweetpotato Peachtree, DIY Network, Confessions of a Refashionista, Deanna Schuller, Earthscape