We have two elementary age children at I will be honest: spending extended time outside is not their first choice. At our house I sometimes have to set a timer to motivate them to be outdoors (we have a mini trampoline, lots of balls, checkers, bubbles, bikes, ect) but they run back on the porch at the sight of a bee.
Naturally I do not believe a playground will change their opinions of bees, but I think it will be a platform for imaginary play and a little exercise. After searching around online for play structures I was shocked to find them starting at $600 and going upwards of $3000. Dropping a thousand dollars on a pre-designed playground is not our style. So I have collected today 10 DIY playsets that I find awesomely creative. Enjoy!!
" We’re hoping that anything from a pirate ship to a secret ninja hideaway, the kids will let their imaginations run wild." This project was not the cheapest (just over $1000) but is adorably custom and it includes a complete how to.
A mix of thrifted treasures and family heirlooms, this one is adorably campy. Using a wood platform and drop cloth I like its simplicity.
This one does not include the tutorial but it does include a bit of the process. I like the slide and enclosed play area!
This tutorial shows how to make a one-story pallet playhouse with PVC panel roof. So fun!
This cheerful house was our son's pick (he even started a pinterest board!) And they made it for around $300, budget friendly too!
This playset is appealing with its swings and open air playhouse. It was made with home improvement basics for just under $500.
Tents would be a fun outdoor piece to add to a simple playground. And depending on their strength they could easily be brought indoors or on the porch in a storm.
The cedar shakes and corrugated metal are nice details on this playground. (The interior is adorable too!)
This structure started with a main deck and was designed around their tree.
This play structure was built for around $300. The lumber was purchased new, but the metal roof and siding were repurposed scrap.