How to Make Your Own Wooden Playhouse

Updated April 17, 2017

Making a wooden playhouse may seem like an overwhelming project for novice woodworkers. Knowing how to organise the pieces that make up the playhouse requires some know-how, but some tips and guidance can make the process a simple project. With some basic woodworking tools and materials, building a playhouse at home for your child can be a rewarding process.

Cut a doorway out of one of the 4-by-4 plywood boards. Use a measuring tape and pencil to draw a rectangle at the bottom centre of the board. Make the rectangle 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Cut out the doorway with a hand saw.

Smooth down the edges and surfaces of all five plywood boards. Use sand paper to remove all the rough spots and make sure to go over the edges to make a rounded edge. That will help prevent splinters.

Nail the five plywood boards together to make an open air box. Use four of the boards to make the four walls of the playhouse, making sure the board with the doorway is the front wall. Nail the fifth board to the top of the box to act as the roof.

Paint the walls and roof of the playhouse in cheerful colours such as yellow or green. Let dry completely before allowing children to play inside.


Let children help decorate the playhouse using stencils, paints and markers.


Make sure to use enough nails to prevent the boards from coming apart.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 4-by-4-foot plywood boards
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Hand saw
  • Sand paper
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
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