Building a kid's playhouse can be more cost-effective than purchasing one in a toy store, where comparable playhouses often are over-priced. A homemade playhouse can be completed even by novice craftsman with a few basic woodworking tools and items. With some simple tips and guidance, a child's playhouse can be constructed quickly and efficiently.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Hand saw
- Sand paper
- Paint brush
Choose five pieces of plywood, all equal size. Five-foot-by-5-foot squares will work well for most child-sized playhouses.
Cut out a rectangle at the bottom centre of one of the pieces of plywood. This will serve as a door way for the play house.
Sand down all five pieces of plywood using sandpaper. Make sure to take out any rough spots and to smooth down all edges, including around the newly cut doorway.
Nail the plywood pieces together with a hammer and nails, making a box with one open side. Place the house so that the open side is on the bottom and the fifth piece of wood is on top acting as a ceiling. Make sure the doorway piece is facing forward on the house.
Paint the entire house in cheerful, child-like colours. Let it dry entirely before allowing children to play inside.
Tips and warnings
- -- Let children help decorate the playhouse's exterior.
- -- Use stencils to draw butterflies and flowers on the playhouse's walls.
- Take care when using the hammer and nails not to pierce any fingers.
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