How To Make An Outdoor Playhouse From Pallet

7 Materials
3 Weeks

I wanted to create a outdoor playhouse for my grand kids. I came up with using a pallet and cedar planks.

Creating the base for the playhouse

I started with a pallet and that was the base for the playhouse. I needed plywood to nail on top of the pallet to create for the floor. There is lots of building going on so I asked the construction site next door if they had some plywood. They were very nice and gave me some. I measured and cut the plywood with my circulating saw and nail it down to the pallet,

Add the frame for the playhouse

I was able to find a bunch of 2 by 4 and I created 4- 4 by 4 that will be used as the frame that holds up the roof.

Creating the roof.

I needed 5 more 2 by 4 to create the roof. The pitch of this playhouse is very easy to do. You will need to buy 2 90 degree braces that is for 2 by 4 lumber. The 2 by 4 boards will need to be mitered at a 45-degree angle to fit flush on top of your posts. You will need to cut a 90-degree angle off of the end of the 45 to make it line up with the end of your 4×4. They are not mitered at the top. Before you attach the roof there is one other piece you have to attach which is the 72 ” 2 by 4. You will need to add a brace on both 90-degree braces as shown in the photo below.

Attach the roof to the 4 by 4

Once everything is mitered you can attach it to all the 2 by 4 braces. Then attach the 72 ” long 2 by 4 across so it lays on the 90-degree brace. Make sure you drill the screws in each hole of the brace into the wood.

Attaching the cedar planks

The next step is adding the planks to the floor and back. Measure the planks and cut them with a miter saw box. I used finishing nails to attached them to the pallet and back of the 4 by 4.

Adding the canvas.

Take two 6 by 9 canvas and sew them together. See pic below to see how to position the canvas on the roof to take measurements for grommets.

Add the canvas to the roof.

Once the canvas is positioned you can inset a rope into the grommets holes and tie the canvas to the end of the 4 by 4.

Use eye hooks to tie the canvas

You can use 4 eye hooks that are inserted into each 4 by 4.

Decorate the playhouse

You can use pillows to sit down and baskets filled with books and toys for the kids. Hope you enjoyed my outdoor cedar playhouse.

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3 questions
  • Pam-ella
    on Jun 14, 2020

    That's adorable! Will you have to take the canvas in when it rains?

    • Sam Haddock
      on Jun 15, 2020

      Sails for boats are made of canvas, so are convertible tops. I think the difference of any material being able to stay outside is whether it's canvas or not. Hope that helps you.

  • Pris
    on Jun 14, 2020

    How do you keep the spiders out?

    • Lisa West
      on Jun 21, 2020

      Brown recluse is the worst spider ever in the united states as far as I'm concerned. Ut may be educational until a child gets bit and a hospital run is required. Any way spray it down with some that will repel the spiders. Off in the kids for mosquitos. Other than that let those kids have fun. They should be outside any way and not in front of the TV video games etc. Time to get kids back to a normal childhood of bike riding building tree houses swimming etc. love this and I would do it for my kids. Unfortunately they are adults now. When they have kids if they have kids I and hubby will help them to build a play house. I feel they should help when they are the right age of course. Building and the mathematics is important. Blanket forts are the best tooo.

  • Elizabeth
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Hi, This is so sweet. Are those cheerleader pom poms around opening? Ty

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  • Gina Yarber
    on Jun 21, 2020

    Don't have grandkids yet, but I'm going to share this with my sister. Also thinking it would be nice for my dog, she's getting older and it's getting harder for her to get in and out of the doghouse, but having the open end, she'd be able to have some shade and protection from the elements. She hates being inside. 😁👍

  • RoseElla P. Lyke
    on Jul 4, 2020

    Good morning! I am HOPING to make this with help for the little people.

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