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!!
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1. A Handmade Hideaway via The Handmade Home
" 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.
2. Outdoor Summer Reading Nook via Vintage Revivals
A mix of thrifted treasures and family heirlooms, this one is adorably campy. Using a wood platform and drop cloth I like its simplicity.
3. Playhouse with a Slide via Pink Wallpaper Design
This one does not include the tutorial but it does include a bit of the process. I like the slide and enclosed play area!
4. Modern Pallet Playhouse via Sweetpotato Peachtree
This tutorial shows how to make a one-story pallet playhouse with PVC panel roof. So fun!
5. Blue and White Playhouse via Made with Happy
This cheerful house was our son's pick (he even started a pinterest board!) And they made it for around $300, budget friendly too!
6. Swing Set Playhouse via Our Fifth House
This playset is appealing with its swings and open air playhouse. It was made with home improvement basics for just under $500.
7. A-Frame Tents via Mom.Me
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.
8. Modern Cedar Playhouse via Dirt Digging Sisters
The cedar shakes and corrugated metal are nice details on this playground. (The interior is adorable too!)
9. Deck Play Structure via Ana White
This structure started with a main deck and was designed around their tree.
10. Salvaged Treehouse via Apartment Therapy
This play structure was built for around $300. The lumber was purchased new, but the metal roof and siding were repurposed scrap.
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