How to Decorate Play Houses

Updated November 21, 2016

Playhouses offer children a place to play and imagine without creating a big mess in your house. Playhouses also give children an area to store toys and personalise their own space. However, child ingenuity and imagination can only go so far. Decorating your child’s playhouse not only shows them that you understand their needs, but also makes a play space more comfortable, giving your child's games a new facet of fun.

Paint your child’s playhouse inside and out. Let your child help you choose the colours, looking for bright, fresh hues, especially for the inside. Cream, sunny yellow, spring green, aqua and sky blue work well. They stimulate energy, reflect heat away from the house and make the inside brighter.

Create curtains with fabric remnants or old bed sheets. Cut squares of fabric about 6 inches larger than the playhouse windows and cut them in half. Turn the edges in ½ inch as hems and secure them with permanent adhesive. Turn the tops down about 4 inches and secure those with permanent adhesive also. This creates a pocket for your curtain rods.

Paint dowel rods metallic colours to make curtain rods. Screw wall hooks into either side of each playhouse window, slip your curtains onto the dowels and set them on the hooks. Curtains make the house seem cosy.

Frame some of your child’s art in picture frames. Tap finishing nails into the playhouse walls at a 45-degree angle and hang the frames on them. This makes the playhouse look and feel more like a real house.

Place furniture inside the house. Recycle pieces like coffee tables into a child’s tea table. Use old nightstands as mini-dressers and faux kitchen cupboards. Short footstools can be chairs. Paint everything to match, using colours that complement the wall and curtain colours.

Use a hot glue gun to run a bead of glue around the edges of fabric remnants. Place the remnants in the playhouse like area rugs. If you have any fabric or sheets left over, hem them with permanent adhesive to create tablecloths and runners.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Dowel rods
  • Wall hooks
  • Hand drill
  • Screws
  • Picture frames
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Furniture
  • Carpet remnants
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
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