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Make a Child’s Dream Playground With These 5 Easily Found Items

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 15, 2013 | Categories: Children, DIY, Family and Health, Fun, Guest Posts
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A playhouse of their own is the dream of just about every little kid, but who says that dream has to look just like everyone else’s? When you are putting together a playhouse for your child, think outside the box and use some household items to create something that is totally unique.


Large tires are incredibly useful for a playhouse. Place some around the playhouse for a moat of sorts, and fill with sand to make a fun obstacle course. You can also place mud tires inside the playhouse to make all sorts of unique furniture, like seats for the little ones.


Rope can be used in a playhouse a number of ways. Tie some sturdy knots to make a climbing rope or use several pieces of rope to tie together a rope ladder. Use a small box tied to the end of the rope so kids can have a pulley system to bring up items to a playhouse high up in the air. Or make a lasso that can be attached to one beam of the fort for a fun extra cowboy motif.

Spray Bottles

Spray bottles are ideal in the summer, as they are a cheap way to add a water feature to a kid’s playhouse with little time or energy. Fill up some spray bottles and attach to the rim of the playhouse, either with string or hot glue. Kids can then spray any “intruders” that might make their way to the fort. You can also add food coloring to the water for a fun, albeit messy, twist.


Cans can be used a number of ways for a playhouse, from a homemade “telephone” to a seeing eye glass. Attach a can at either end of a long piece of string for a play phone kids can use in their fort. Or, use a longer can, like that from a chip can, or a paper towel roll to make a seeing eye glass that will give a pirate feel to the clubhouse.


If you have old sheets lying around the house, you can make a fantastic addition to any child’s playhouse. Hang the sheets up from the bottom of a tree house or around the walls of a playhouse that uses beams and can be seen through. This adds extra privacy and a little fort where kids can hide. They can even draw on the sheets themselves with markers or finger paint.

These are just a few example but with a little bit of imagination you can make a great dreamworld out of anything for your backyard playground!


46 Responses to Make a Child’s Dream Playground With These 5 Easily Found Items

  1. Even I would want to play on that princess castle playset! LOL!

  2. We have a backyard now so these would be great for us to do

  3. Rope and tires… enough said! Haha! Sounds like my kind of playhouse!

  4. Now that is a picture of a DREAM playhouse. I would love that… of course, I would have to have a yard big enough for it first. 🙂

    Great easy ideas. We like the spray bottles, too.

  5. Toni says:

    Wow, I love the playhouse in the picture! I want it so bad!

  6. I’m pretty sure my son would pass out if he saw this in our backyard 🙂

  7. Heather says:

    Amazing! Its a good idea to use these old items. You wouldn’t think to keep them. But my boys would love a play house!

  8. Marcie W. says:

    My kids would have a blast with something like this, and I have to admit, so would I!

  9. Mellisa says:

    My kids have been begging me to build them a playhouse. We are in the process of moving so I want to wait until then.

  10. Stefanie says:

    Woah! That castle playset is awesome!

  11. Robin Gagnon says:

    Well, heck, I’d want to play on that castle nevermind my daughter.

  12. HilLesha says:

    I think I’d be enjoying this much as the kids. ~lol~ 😉

  13. Courtney says:

    I wish we had a backyard or even a park close by.

  14. Yuen Lim says:

    OH wow, wish I had big enough of a backyard to build this!

  15. That is an AMAZING play structure! It’s true that you can make tons of fun things for kids to play on with what you have laying around. I have fond memories of a tire swing in our tree when I was young.

  16. Leela says:

    Great ideas!

  17. Shell Feis says:

    We have too many trees in our tiny yard for a playhouse, but it would be so great to have one!

  18. Jennifer Johansen says:

    Forget the kids; I want a castle in the backyard for myself!

  19. Leilani says:

    That playhouse is amazing! I wish I had that when I was a kid.

  20. Nena Sinclair says:

    What a cool play structure! It’s the 90210 of play structures! Lol

  21. Shelia Noble says:

    I love all your ideas. Kids would love to play in a play house with tires and cams and rope.

  22. Rita Wray says:

    What a wonderful playhouse.

  23. rebeka deleon says:

    that play set is amazing! i know my father is buying my children a playset for Christmas and I can’t wait. they will be so happy. they needed other things to do outside. i remember playing on big tires at our elementary school.

  24. laurie damrose says:

    I love the idea of recycling all of thses items to make this playground possible.

  25. Erika Messer says:

    That is totally rad! I would want to play on it LOL 🙂 I am going to save and tuck this one away just in case I can ever do it!

  26. Theresa says:

    What an amazing playset!

  27. Colleen says:

    Great tips, I would be so jealous of any kid that has a playhouse like the one in the picture LOL

  28. Those are fun ideas. Maybe we’ll try the sheets and spray bottles tomorrow. 🙂

  29. Veronica Lee says:

    Yep, forget the kids; I too, want a castle in the backyard for myself! Wait….. I don’t even have a backyard! I live in an apartment! Dang!

  30. That playhouse looks amazing and I’d so love to have one in my backyard!

  31. Kathleen says:

    You can make a pretty great hideout in the backyard with some sheets and rope!

  32. Julie says:

    Living in the city we don’t have much more than a large patio as far as private outdoor space goes. But these found items inspire me to make a mini-playhouse for him in his room. The size of the playhouse won’t limit the size of his imagination. 🙂

  33. Cathy French says:

    That just may be the coolest playhouse I have seen yet.

  34. We use to have a tire on a rope on our tree in the front yard of our old house. All the kids loved it!

  35. Lolo says:

    I would say adding a playlet like the one you pictured would add fun to any backyard too!

  36. Angela says:

    I can think of so many fun ways to incorporate these five items into play. Great ideas!!

  37. lisa says:

    I would have loved to have something like this when I was a kid.

  38. Tammy says:

    The spray bottles are a great idea, especially when the summer temperatures soar!

  39. Oh wow that would be some lucky kids! Great ideas!!

  40. ANN*H says:

    thanks so much for all these great ideas .Playset and swing sets are really expensive and these ideas would sure help cut cost and make neat things for the kids we just have to use our imaginations.

  41. I most certainly have those supplies. I agree that kids will make the most of those items and have a blast!

  42. I wish my kids had a playhouse. We move so much that we have never purchased one.

  43. That playhouse is amazing and if we had a house we would totally do these.

  44. Rebecca says:

    Very Awesome Play Set!!

  45. Starla Bates says:

    Wow, that playhouse is so beautiful! I bet my kids would LOVE it

  46. Toni says:

    I would have a blast playing on that myself.