10 DIY outdoor playsets

10 awesome DIY playset ideas!

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!!

1. A Handmade Hideaway

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. 

handmade hideaway

2. Outdoor Summer Reading Nook

A mix of thrifted treasures and family heirlooms, this one is adorably campy. Using a wood platform and drop cloth I like its simplicity. 

outdoor summer reading nook

3. Playhouse with a Slide

This one does not include the tutorial but it does include a bit of the process. I like the slide and enclosed play area! 

playhouse with a slide

4. Modern Pallet Playhouse

This  tutorial shows how to make a one-story pallet playhouse with PVC panel roof. So fun!

modern pallet playhouse!

5. Blue and White Playhouse

This cheerful house was our son's pick (he even started a pinterest board!) And they made it for around $300, budget friendly too! 

blue and white playhouse for $300

6. Swing Set Playhouse

This playset is appealing with its swings and open air playhouse. It was made with home improvement basics for just under $500. 

open air swing set playhouse

7. A-Frame Tents

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. 

outdoor play tents

8. Modern Cedar Playhouse

The cedar shakes and corrugated metal are nice details on this playground. (The interior is adorable too!)

modern cedar playhouse

9. Deck Play Structure 

This structure started with a  main deck and was designed around their tree. 

deck play structure

10. Salvaged Treehouse

This play structure was built for around $300. The lumber was purchased new, but the metal roof and siding were repurposed scrap. 

salvaged treehouse

Fabric Scrap Easter Eggs DIY

how to make fabric-scrap easter eggs! tag&tibby

My favorite thrift store is about 30 minutes away, takes cash only, and is open Monday thru Friday (sometimes). It is hard to visit but treasures abound. It is not fancy or clean. Quite the contrary, it is musty and dark. I came across vintage floral pillow cases in the back corner for .50 each, and promptly purchased for a future project.

The thrifted pillow cases inspired today's post. This was my first try at decoupaging eggs with fabric. The result is fun and colorful and all together unique!

fabric scrap easter eggs DIY


Fabric scraps and/or thin pillow cases


Mod Podge (affiliate link)

Eggs (I used boiled eggs, it was just what I had on hand! If you plan to display the eggs for weeks I suggest using plastic or paper mache eggs)

supplies for fabric scrap easter eggs


Cut strips of fabric. Do not worry about rough edges or keeping pieces square. Smaller pieces tend to lay more easily. Brush glue on backside of fabric and lay over egg. Brush additional glue over top of fabric to seal. Layer the fabric with glue piece by piece, covering all parts of the egg. 

gluing fabric on easter eggs
gluing small pieces of fabric on easter eggs

I love the finished result! I already owned the glue and pink fabric, so this project cost $1 to make. 

They would look beautiful displayed in a bowl or on a cake stand. And this would definitely be a family friendly project (keeping in mind that glue is messy!) Happy Crafting!

how to make easter eggs with leftover fabric and glue!
Fabric Scrap Easter Eggs by Tag&Tibby

DIY nautical towel rack

We are giving our half-bath a facelift and just finished the towel rack. I am head over heels for it! The bathroom theme is "subtle nautical" with touches of chrome and rustic wood and a few beach accessories. 

The easy route would have been replacing our contractor basic towel bar with a new towel bar. But that would have been too easy! So after wandering around stores for a few weeks I realized what I wanted didn't quite exist in the dimensions I needed. DIY to the rescue!

Ideally I would have used reclaimed wood on this project. I tried I really did. I took apart one of my vintage apple crates, but the dimensions were off. So I ending up using a homemade stain on new wood.

How to Make a Nautical Towel Rack with Boat Cleats

Piece of thin wood (about 24" long)

White Vinegar, Steel Wool, Container with lid, gloves

6" Boat cleats. Unpainted  (affil link) or in colors on Etsy

Screws for cleats and for mounting on wall


Pour vinegar into jar leaving room for steel wool. With gloves on tear/fluff the steel wool before placing in jar with vinegar. Seal tightly and shake a bit once a day for 7 days. The solution will oxidize (and will NOT look pretty). 

vinegar with steel wool will age new wood!

Using a paint brush or rag, wipe vinegar solution on board. I went back after and rubbed off a bit of the solution. And if you are looking for a darker tone add another coat after first coat dries. 

how to weather new wood

Lay out where you would like your boat cleats. This requires some math, in which I was a little rusty. Around this time in the project my husband said something like "you went to design school too babe" and I responded with a grumble. Ha! Mark where you want the holes in pencil. 

measuring placement of boat cleats

The next step is pretty important. Make a pilot hole for each hole before screwing in the boat cleats and wall hooks. Skipping that could make the wood splinter.

how to make a nautical towel rack
final step: screwing in boat cleats to wood (make a pilot hole first)

I am thrilled with the result! Now we just need to hang the vintage painting and install our new faucet and our 1/2 bath overhaul will be complete. Adding personal touches to a room will make all the difference. 

how to make a nautical towel rack using boat cleats

Happy Friday!! A quick video chat and a chance to learn more about you!

Ack! A few of you may have heard earlier this week (via Instagram or Facebook) that I decided to postpone sharing more content on Tag&Tibby to take some time and introduce myself and hopefully learn more about you! The funny thing about making an announcement like that is you can not back out of it....So I made a video this morning (I am soo not a professional!) But it was a lot of fun to make.

And what I would love from you, dear readers, is to share a little about yourself! What do you do for a living? Where do you live? Feel free to comment on Instagram or Facebook or the blog, whatever is easiest! 

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10 minute painted lacquer gift boxes

painted lacquer gift boxes diy | tag&tibby

Lacquered boxes are simple and classy. Their glossy sheen gives an expensive look: they are perfect for jewelry or a nice gift. I met a friend for coffee a few weeks ago and we ended up at the Container Store. When I spotted their shiny containers I had to have them! The colors were lovely but I wanted to add a touch of character. I picked gold because it exudes style and simply because I am still on a gold-kick (for example my holiday notebooks and clay heart necklaces).

how to customize lacquer boxes

10 minute custom lacquer gift boxes

lacquer gift boxes

sharpie oil-based paint markers

prints of pattern inspiration (printed from my Pinterest boards)

printer paper for testing paint patterns

This is such an easy project, you can not go wrong! If you are nervous about a pattern try polka dots or lines with a ruler. You could also trace a stencil or cookie cutter. I used washi tape for marking off one container lid, in the future I would try painters tape to get cleaner lines. I do think less is more with this project, so I recommend 1 pattern per container.

how to paint a gift box
lacquered giftbox diy | tag&tibby

Because we are a few weeks away from Easter and I am really into spring colors right now I decorated mine to be used for Easter. The boxes would also work well for bathroom storage, office storage, or even as a plant holder for a few succulents. 

Easter giftbox idea | tag&tibby
Easter boxes | tag&tibby
painted lacquer boxes | tag&tibby

easy homemade blueberry muffins

A few things you should know about me: most of my recipes involve sweets and baking. And they are almost always easy. Just a few more steps than the boxed blueberry muffins, the result is fluffy and sweet and wholesome. And the perfect spring treat, morning noon or night! 

easy homemade blueberry muffins

Simple Homemade Blueberry Muffins

(modified from allrecipes.com

1/2 cup salted butter, softened 

3/4 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)

1 1/2 cup blueberries


2 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons butter, chilled

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in eggs one at a time, beating well, then stir in the vanilla. In a separate bowl stir together 2 cups flour and baking powder. Stir the flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with milk. Gently fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into muffin cups.  

in small bowl mix together 2 tablespoons flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture looks crumbly. Sprinkle over unbaked muffins. Bake in oven 25-30 minutes. 

how to make blueberry muffins
blueberry muffin how-to

I adore recipes that use items I already have on hand. I almost alway have eggs, butter, vanilla and flour. I only needed to purchase the blueberries. And it is easy to substitute: I used plain old sugar instead of brown sugar for the topping. I used salted butter in the recipe too. If you opt for unsalted, just add a pinch of salt to the recipe. 

easy homemade blueberry muffins
fresh from scratch blueberry muffin recipe

The result was delicious! I cooked mine in cupcake liners, they would be fun to use for a wedding or baby shower. But they can also be cooked in muffin tins. Just remember to grease the pan.

Happy baking!