How to decorate playhouses

Playhouses provide a space for children to release their imaginations. Decorating a playhouse will make it feel like a real house and can be completed in a few days. Get your children involved in the decorating. They will be spending the most time in their playhouse and should make it feel like their own. You can select a variety of materials and colours for the children to choose from. This is an easier way to stay on budget while letting the children participate.

Playhouse walls

Mask around window and door frames with painter's tape.

Prime the walls of the playhouse with outdoor primer. Let the primer dry.

Select a colour of paint for the walls. Paint the walls with the colour selected. Let the paint dry.

Add decorative elements, such as flowers or dots, around the room using stencils. With painter's tape, tape the stencil to the area you want the pattern to be added. Paint over the stencil with another colour of paint. Make sure to fill in the whole pattern in the stencil. Let the paint dry, then remove the stencil. Repeat this process until the walls are decorated.


Select an indoor/outdoor carpet or rug to use as flooring in your playhouse.

Measure the floor of the playhouse. Cut the carpet for the playhouse the same size as the floor measurements.

Lay the carpet on the playhouse floor. Secure the carpet to the floor by stapling the edges with an industrial staple gun. Staple the carpet every 8 cm (3 inches) around the perimeter of the room.

Trim any excess carpet around the edges of the walls using a mat knife.

Accessories and furniture

Add a table and chairs, child-sized kitchen and a baby crib to the playhouse. Position the furniture so children can easily walk through the playhouse.

Hang a small curtain rod and curtains above the window of the playhouse. Make sure the colours match the paint colours already used to paint the walls.

Floor pillows or beanbag chairs can also be used to add colour, decoration and seating to the playhouse. These can be removed when the playhouse is not being used to prevent them from being damaged.

Frame drawings created by the children to hang on the walls.

From the centre of the ceiling hang a chandelier made for candles. Use battery-operated candles in the chandelier. Drape strings of crystals around the chandelier to make it look fancy.


Remove any items that could be damaged by humidity or heat after playing in the playhouse. Choose items such as furniture and paint made for the outdoors to extend the life of the accessories in the playhouse.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape
  • Outdoor primer
  • Outdoor paint
  • Stencils
  • Paintbrushes
  • Outdoor carpet
  • Small furniture
  • Curtains
  • Curtain rod
  • Walls
  • Staple gun
  • Framed pictures
  • Chandelier
  • Battery-operated candles
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Lynn Johnson is a textile artist, fashion designer, mother and small business owner. Johnson has been copy writing since 2006. Some of her work is published on sites like eHow. She writes about parenting, crafts, fashion, games and textiles. Johnson has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and has attended Master of Fine Arts programs.