How to Build Kids' Play Houses

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How to Build Kids' Play Houses
Building a child's playhouse can be simple. (a hammer image by timur1970 from

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

Things you need

  • Plywood
  • Hand saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Sand paper
  • Paint brush
  • Paint

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  1. 1

    Choose five pieces of plywood, all equal size. Five-foot-by-5-foot squares will work well for most child-sized playhouses.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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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