Instructions to Build Your Own Wooden Playhouse

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Instructions to Build Your Own Wooden Playhouse
Building a wooden playhouse is simple with proper instructions. (a hammer image by timur1970 from

A playhouse is every kid's dream. Building one yourself can be an economical alternative to expensive store-bought models. With a few basic woodworking tools and materials, building a wooden playhouse by hand can be a quick and easy process.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 4 5-by-4 plywood boards
  • 1 5-by-5 plywood board
  • Yardstick
  • Pencil
  • Hand saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun

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  1. 1

    Cut a doorway from one of the 5-by-4 boards. Measure a rectangle shape at the bottom centre of one of the 5-foot sides, using a yardstick and a pencil. Draw a 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide doorway. Cut the doorway with a hand saw.

  2. 2

    Cut a window from two of the 5x4 boards. Measure a square that is 2 feet by 2 feet on each of the boards. Cut the squares with the hand saw.

  3. 3

    Sand all five of the boards with sandpaper. Smooth any rough spots and run the sand paper along all of the cut edges to prevent splinters.

  4. 4

    Nail the four 5-by-4 boards together to form a box with no top or bottom. Make sure the wall with the doorway is facing front. Cut a 5x5 board in half using a hand saw. Nail the two pieces together to form a right angle, so the pieces look like an upside down V. Place the construction on top of the box and secure in place with nails, so you now have a triangle-shaped roof.

  5. 5

    Paint the roof and walls of the playhouse. Let dry completely before continuing.

  6. 6

    Attach pieces of fabric over the doorway and the windows with a staple gun, to create privacy. You will need about three yards of fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Let the kids help decorate the playhouse using paints and stickers.
  • Take care when using the staple gun to prevent piercing your fingers.

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