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10 DIY Playhouses You Can Actually Make

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It’s a brilliant learning process for children when they have the opportunity to play house. Interactive play with the use of playhouses may help them understand the importance of cleanliness, manners as well as encourage them to discover their interests at an early age. From little soldiers to bookworms and chefs to homemakers, here are 10 DIY playhouse ideas you can make for your little one.


1. The Cardboard Camper

Since we can’t just pack up and head out on an adventure in an airstream trailer, why not build a hipster DIY playhouse for your little tyke? (Tutorial via The Merrythought)


2. Army Tent

For a playhouse that’s more durable than a cardboard box or blanket teepee, make your child this “army strong” tent. (Tutorial via Beckham and Belle)


3. Minimalist Playhouse

Skip the usual plastic playhouse and make a classy wooden fort that kids and adults alike will enjoy lounging in. (Tutorial via A Subtle Revelry)


4. The Cardboard Village

Create a village out of cardboard right in your living room! Plain brown boxes are easy to work with because you can decorate it any way you (or the kids) want. (Tutorial via A Beautiful Mess)


5. Rocket Man

If your child is into rockets and outer space, build him or her a cardboard rocket ship instead. (Tutorial via Kate’s Creative Space)


6. The Modern Chic Kid

For a more minimalist, Scandinavian look, we can’t help but to love this little playhouse made from painted wood battens. (Tutorial via Deko)


7. Ombre Tent

Re-purpose a quilting hoop (or even a hula hoop) into a cozy reading nook for your child. Just sew a piece of breathable material to the hoop, use fishing wire to hang it from the ceiling and then add a lot of pillows. (Tutorial via Sew Liberated)


8. Collapsible Playhouse

Don’t have a lot of space at home? This foam playhouse is designed to be easily disassembled and stored when not in use. (Tutorial via A Beautiful Mess)


9. No-sew Teepee

This teepee definitely brings a glamping feel, especially if you choose to use different types of fabric instead throwing a bed sheet over the frame. (Tutorial via The Handmade Home)


10. Cardboard Playhouse

Just finished moving? Why not re-use those packing boxes and make a playhouse. You just need 3 large packing boxes, ½ roll of clear masking tape, and 1 roll of black duct tape! (Tutorial via Rust and Shine)

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Image Credits: The Handmade Home, A Beautiful Mess, Sew Liberated, Deko, Kate’s Creative Space, A Subtle Revelry, The Merrythought, blog.cimmermann.uk, and Beckham and Bell.