Last Updated on May 25, 2020 by Maria Brittis
How To Make The Cutest Outdoor Cedar Playhouse perfect for kids to enjoy what nature has to offer.
This step by step cedar outdoor playhouse is all about building a playhouse that is simple, fun, and affordable to make. This playhouse will take some planning and organization. Keep a journal and write down all the items you will need. This will save you money in the long run. Invest in quality products like the CedarSafe planks, lumber, and tools. If you are located in a community like where I live that built homes. You can find quality pieces of lumber that are thrown away and builders are happy to give away.
- 3 -boxes of CedarSafe planks
- 1- pallet 45″ by 74″ Floor
- 1- pressure treated plywood 45″ by 74″ floor
- 1- pressure treated plywood 40″ by 33″ back
- 4- 2×4 lumber –29″ by 26″
- 1- 2×4 lumber 72″
- 4 -4 X 4 lumber 36″
- 4- 4 by 4 brace
- 6 -2 by 4 brace
- 4 – large eye hooks
- 2 – 2 by 4 angle brace
- 1 -20 ft rope
- grommet kit.
- 1 1/4 screws
- 1 ” finish nails
- 1″ nails
Step 1:Base flooring
I saved money and time by using a pallet instead of building the floor. I was lucky to find a pallet next door from a construction site. The builder was sweet enough to bring it over to my house. It was the perfect size that I needed. With my circulating saw, I cut the plywood to match the pallet flooring. I nailed the plywood to the base of the pallet. Now I have a sturdy floor for the cedar planks I will use for the flooring. This playhouse height is designed for my grandkids which are 2 and 3 years old. They will be able to grow into it until I say they are 5 or 6 years old. After that, it can be used as a lounge for the sun.
Step 2: 4 by 4 Install.
I found these 4 by 4 braces at HomeDepot. Use a clamp to secure the 4 by 4. I used the 1 1/4 water head screw and drilled them into the plywood. I found these 4 by 4 next door too. It had some black paint on it but I can paint it white later.
Step 2: Pitch of 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. I found mine at HomeDepot. 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.
Step 3:Attaching Roof Frame
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.
Step 4: Cedar Safe Planks.
Cedar planks are perfect for this project. The grooves on the planks make it easy to snap into each other. They are lightweight and durable for outdoors. After measuring the planks for the plywood. I used my circulating saw to cut the cedar planks. I used finishing nails to nail them to the plywood.
The top part of the back wall was easy to install. Measure the planks across where the roof forms a point and saw the ends off and nail.
Step 5: Flooring
To measure the planks I used a level to make sure everything was even. Then I hammered the planks into the pallet with finishing nails.
Step 6: Canvas Top
Take two 6 by 9 canvas and sew them together. I found mine at HomeDepot. See pic below to see how to position the canvas on the roof to take measurements for grommets.
Step 7: How To Make Grommets.
You will need to make 5 grommets on the canvas. Measure from the top of the roof peak to the top of the 4 by 4. That is the measurement you will need to calculate on the canvas starting from the bottom of the canvas. Mark the 5 circles on cloths horizontally with a pencil. Get your grommet kits. I found mine at the local hardware store. Very cheap $6.00. Follow the directions, very easy.
Step 7: Attaching Canvas
Attach large eye hooks on each 4 by 4. Put the rope through the grommets and attached to eye hooks.
Step 8: Decorating the Playhouse.
I had some leftover garland from my grandson’s birthday party. I attached it to the 4 by 4. It really gave it color and the kids just loved it. I added some baskets filled with books and activity crafts, few large pillows, and a stool.
I really love the way the playhouse smells like cedar. Its been blast making the outdoor cedar playhouse,. I would like to thank CedarSafe for collaborating with me on this post. Their Cedar planks are amazing. This is the 4 projects I have made with these CedarSafe planks. You can purchase CedarSafe at HomeDepot.
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