62 DIY Projects To Transform Your Backyard

The ultimate roundup of outdoor DIY projects to transform your yard space

Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started – don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit.  Continue Reading

Before and After: A DIY Playhouse that Adults will Envy

Photo: Little Green Notebook

Occasionally, I’ll see a kid’s backyard playhouse and think about how it would make a cool office, but it’s rare. So, when I saw the after version of this basic playhouse, I had to a double take to make sure it wasn’t an actual house. Want to see how it turned out?


Here’s how the playhouse from Little Green Notebook turned out…

Photo: Little Green Notebook
Photo: Little Green Notebook

The inside is still pretty raw, based on the photos, but the outside is the perfect little cottage house. Continue Reading

Roundup: 12 Cool DIY Cardboard Playhouses and Toys for Kids

If you have a cardboard box hoarding problem (who doesn’t in the age of online shopping?), consider turning them into one of these kid-friendly playhouses or toys!      

DIY Cardboard Playhouses by A Beautiful Mess

DIY Cardboard Car by Ikat Bag

Cardboard Stick Animal DIY Kits by Flatout Frankie [via moodkids]

DIY Collapsible Cardboard Playhouse by SheKnows

DIY Cardboard Washing Machine by Estefi Machado

DIY Cardboard Rocket by Kate’s Creative Space

DIY Cardboard Dog House by Ikat Bag

Cardboard Airplanes by Melissa McFadden [via The Frosted Petticoat]

DIY Cardboard Oven by Ikat Bag

DIY Cardboard Playhouse by Maija Ukko

DIY Cardboard Castle by Christiane Lemieux

DIY Cardboard Mailbox by Ikat Bag

Need some tips on how to get started working with cardboard? Continue Reading

How To: Make a Modern DIY Playhouse!

created at: 07/31/2012
As a kid, I would make houses and forts out of cardboard boxes, sheets, and the odd chair or two. This DIY playhouse takes a similar approach, albeit much more aesthetically pleasing. You won’t have to look at dirty boxes and your kid’s imagination can still run wild: win-win!    

This minimalist playhouse is made from 1x1s and is super simple to build — check out the basic instructions over on Scandinavian Deko. Once you have the frame built, you can leave the wood raw or let its pint-sized resident choose the paint color! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Volkswagen Bus-Inspired Bunk Bed and Playhouse!

created at: 02/13/2012

Ah, the old Volkswagen Bus.  This iconic vehicle holds a special place in my heart–some of my earliest memories of family vacations and road trips are attached to this trusty hunk of metal (ours was a brilliant turquoise color)!  Needless to say, I would have loved this VW Bus bunk bed/playhouse combo as a kid.  Heck, I’d love it now!   

Whether you want to build one for pure nostalgia or actual need, Instructables user Uptonb offers all the instructions you need to get started, including a 3D sketchup of each step of the construction.   Continue Reading

Mindblowing Playhouses that’ll Make You Wish You Were Seven

Ah, yes. The playhouse. That place where our first nesting desires, those urges to love were we live, were born. I had two: one in that storage area under the stairs in the basement, and an outdoor crow’s nest with swings and the requisite “Members Only” sign. There were, of course, no members, but that’s the sorta thing a clubhouse should have, is it not?

    And some more contemporary options:

See more of Alix’s groovy collection at Modern Kiddo

Dreaming Spires Willow Playhouse


We have an epidemic in this country. It is the pox of residential neighborhoods everywhere. Damn you plastic lawn toys! *Shaking my fist skyward* Judith Needham probably agrees with me, because when her daughter wanted a playhouse, the master weaver set to work and made one out of willow branches.


If you’d like one for your kidlets or for yourself–hey, why not?–you can buy one. The eco-friendly, perfectly named Dreaming Spires Willow Playhouse will set you back about $2,540, plus shipping US.  Continue Reading

Build a Four-Story Tree Play House?

Forget the Victorian doll house; give me one of these! The Four-Story Tree House from Hammacher Schlemmer ($129.95) is about 4 feet tall and comes with a retractable ladder, bridge, trap door and a pulley and bucket elevator for hoisting supplies. Made of pine and plywood, I’m thinking this just might be DIY-able. Some wood, a faux sprig of greenery plus a little creativity and you’d have something even Tarzan–and Jane–would envy.