13 DIY Playhouses to Make this Summer

Best of Crafting a Green World: 13 DIY Playhouses that You Can Build

13 DIY Playhouses that You Can Build

I like to rubberneck gorgeous, epic backyard creations as much as (and maybe more than!) the next person, but ultimately, there’s something a little sad, to me, about looking at photos of things that I will never in this lifetime have the ability or spend the money to make.

I’d much rather rubberneck things that are cool but also POSSIBLE, you know?

That’s why the playhouses that I’m going to show you are not epic, exactly. They’re not outrageous. What they are, however, is affordable. They’re do-able.

And, if you ask me, they’re just as awesome as that million-dollar stuff, in that THESE playhouses could actually come and live in your yard this summer!

1. Ana White’s playhouseIf you haven’t met Ana White, then you’re in for a treat. If you follow her instructions to the letter, you may have to do some spending for the supplies and tools, but the benefit is that the tutorial is a walk-through, with everything spelled out for a beginner. You can do it!

2. fortThis tute also includes helpful information about setting your playhouse above the ground on concrete deck blocks.

3. fort #2. This is a smaller version that’s the perfect place for littler ones.

4. Little Tykes. Maybe all you’ve got room for in your yard is a garage sale Little Tykes playhouse. That Little Tykes playhouse can still look great!

5. pallet playhouseUsed pallets are a cheap way to get the lumber that you need for a great playhouse. Just look for the HT stamp that tells you that your pallet was heat-treated. If you’re feeling super ambitious, here’s a more elaborate version.

6. platformThis is the one that I really want to make for my own yard! I’ll show you pictures if/when I get it done.

7. platform #2Okay, I might actually want to make this one. Perhaps I’ll combine the two designs.

8. plywood playhousesThere are a slew of playhouse plans here, all designed for the specific dimensions of plywood.

9. PVC and fabricPVC isn’t an eco-friendly supply, but given how minimalist this playhouse is, it’s actually a more eco-friendly choice than any of these other, much larger structures. In addition, this playhouse is light, portable, and able to be stored, so it’s a win for those who live in rentals.

10. shedEven though you don’t have a playhouse, do you have a shed? Yes? Then you have a playhouse!

11. swing set fortThis playhouse utilizes a neglected swing set as its base.

12. teepeeA teepee has a smaller environmental footprint than the typical playhouse, but still provides a magic world apart for a lucky kid.

13. under-the-table playhouse. You can also have a playhouse indoors! This one utilizes that always-fun under-the-table space.

playhouse image via Shutterstock

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.


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  1. Nice ideas. A playhouse is those where kids made their childhood memories. Everyone remember their childhood memories with fondness. Thanks, this Diy pallet playhouse ideas. I like it. It takes back me in my childhood.

  2. So pretty idea! To builds a memorable childhood for my kids, I want to make a diy pallets playhouse for my kids. Thanks for sharing some really awesome idea.

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