I think I started my love affair with the outdoors, and the garden, when I was a kid playing outdoors until the street lights came on and my bare feet were tired. Kids need to be outdoors from a young age, but they also need to be able to play with the security of a watchful eye. And that usually means at home. If you want the outdoors to compete with the computer, the video games and the cell phones, you might want to consider making at least one of these incredible DIY kids outdoor playset projects.

Yes, these are all DIY playsets and have complete tutorials with them. And most are less expensive than buying the boring pre-made versions from Home Depot. So let’s get right to it, because we have a bunch of them for you! Learn to how to build a playset, wooden swing sets, sand boxes, and more fun ideas. Your kids and grandkids are gonna LOVE you!



Kids Outdoor Playsets

DIY Playsets

Want to hear your kids squeal like crazy when you surprise them with this handmade hideaway DIY playset from ‘The Handmade Home‘? All the instructions! I want this! :)



This is a larger DIY wooden kids outdoor playset that has free plans and materials list. It’s a little more expensive, we priced it out at around $500 in our area, but it’s large, and will last! From ‘Popular Mechanics’.


Get everything in one package with this DIY playset from ‘House of Handmade’. A playhouse, sandbox and slide all in one!


All kinds of kids outdoor playset awesomeness in this tutorial from ‘Created By V’! Your kids will have plenty of outdoor backyard fun climbing, sliding and imagining here…


DIY Swing Sets

Make this simple wooden DIY swing set with this tutorial from ‘Create and Find’. They even have tips on how to choose the best swing seats for your playset!


Speaking of choosing your swings, make this child’s airplane DIY swing to use in any of these projects. From ‘Whitney’s Workshop’, this wooden swing is whimsical and fun, and any kid will love to use it everyday!


Check out this project that is a modern a-frame wooden DIY swing set from ‘HGTV Gardens‘. They have step by step photos and a complete materials list… This is a simple kids outdoor playset with a cool look. So much better than a rusty old swing set!



DIY Sandbox

Learn how to build this DIY sandbox with a cover with these plans from ‘HGTV’. This sandbox keeps kids safe from the sun while they have fun playing.


Make this deluxe covered DIY sandbox with this complete tutorial from ‘Small + Friendly‘! It’s covered so that cats can’t use it as a giant litter box! This kind of outdoor playset is perfect for littler ones, but the older kids will love to build their “cities” and “castles” too!



Try this Pottery Barn inspired DIY sandbox by ‘Life in the Dub Lane’. All the instructions you need! Oh, and did I mention they did it for $65?

Sandbox 4

We’re willing to bet you are almost as excited as your kids about these DIY Kids Outdoor Playset Projects! We think you will also want to pop on over to our posts on How to Build a Backyard Playhouse, and for the grown ups, How to Build a She Shed!


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  1. Hoangha March 2, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Why not just buy an outdoor playground for our backyard?

  2. Jacob Noah April 30, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Great article! DIY playgrounds in backyards can be great ways to spend time in this lockdown as well as keep the kids happy and entertained.

  3. Mariveic R. aleta April 7, 2020 at 4:34 am

    I love this,very nice design

  4. Britt April 11, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Amazing. Thanks for sharing. I realize it was long ago, but I am glad I happened upon it now. :-)

  5. Swing Sets December 22, 2014 at 10:35 am

    The playsets look like a blast for the kids. Thanks for the info.

  6. Swing December 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    The easiest swing set to build I guess is the blue one on top… doesn’t require too many skills or too many materials and it looks quite nice! I wonder for how long it will last..but with the right waterproof paint coating layer, may be the right choice Thanks for sharing Kathy

  7. Carli October 9, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I don”t see pictures, material list, step by step instructions for the A frame swing at the beginning of the article. Do you have another link for that info? thanks

    1. Kathy Woodard October 31, 2014 at 6:45 am

      Hi Carli! The link for that project is in the second paragraph, from HGTV Gardens…


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