Dan330
Dan330
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DIY - Build Your Kids a Play Castle


Do your kids want a tree house? No big trees in your yard? Try this alternative when your kids are little.
Unfortunately, I don't have any large trees in my yard. I have two younger trees that are about 15-20 feet in high so I have not really considered my kids requests. But that recently changed. With a little imagination, I came up with a design for a deck that I would call a "castle" built around a very pretty Amur Maple that lives on a small hill in my backyard.
The kids loved the idea of having a castle to play in. But they also wanted it to have towers, a slide, a plank, and it's own fairy garden (Because what castle doesn't have a fairy garden, right?). I guess my idea of a simple deck was just not going to cut it. So to the drawing board I went.....To read more visit: http://livedan330.com/2013/07/19/2013612diy-kids-play-castle/ and don't forget to follow us on Hometalk.
Build the base around a small tree leaving room for the tree to grow.
Build the base around a small tree leaving room for the tree to grow.
The tree fort Castle is supported by the ground. Being low to the ground makes is safer for the little ones.
The tree fort Castle is supported by the ground. Being low to the ground makes is safer for the little ones.
After the decking is on start adding the sides.
After the decking is on start adding the sides.
We added a slide and a ramp on the downhill side of the castle.
We added a slide and a ramp on the downhill side of the castle.
We used fencing and varied the length to make it look like a castle. The kids painted shields which were the finishing touches on their castle.
We used fencing and varied the length to make it look like a castle. The kids painted shields which were the finishing touches on their castle.
Finished product with slide, ramp and hammock.
Finished product with slide, ramp and hammock.
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  • Kyle1939
    on May 16, 2016

    I would love to do this for the little ones at my church. I would like to know about what to expect it to cost in material. A ball park figure would suffice. Thank you.

    • Dan330
      on May 17, 2016

      Hi Kyle, Of course it completely depends on how big you make it and how much detail you put into it. If I remember we spent less than $250 on materials for this project.

    • Nancy Flemming
      on Mar 6, 2017

      Kyle maybe ask your local building supply store they may donate some of the supplies being it is for the church playground.

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  • Gail
    on May 27, 2017

    They will remember this even when they get to be old. Very nice and very kind!

  • Laurin Howard
    on Aug 12, 2017

    Our goats would love this!!

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