December 6, 2007
Everyone who comes to our house for the first time is drawn to the big playhouse in our living room. It’s a kid magnet and parents can’t resist sticking their head in to see too. So many people have said they wished they had one when they were a kid and tell me that I should market it! Well, Pottery Barn already is for $199 but I thought maybe I could replicate it…HA, it worked and materials only cost me about $20! Here are the instructions:
6 – 10 ft lenghts of 1/2″ PVC pipe
6 – 3way elbows
8 – 2way elbows
4 – 4way elbows
1 PVC cutter
I had some old tab curtains that I used for the sides and an old blanket for the top. Over the years we’ve decorated the inside with star lights from IKEA, little chairs, a rug, a stool for a table, a lamp, a few toys, family & friend photos, and beads around the doorway from our gypsy-belly-dancing neighbor. All kinds of things can be hung inside from the pvc…Christmas decorations, pictures, etc…
Cut 13 lengths of 1/2″ pvc at 40″ each for the base, sides, and long roof top
Cut 4 lenghts of 1/2″ pvc at 30″ each for the angled part of the roof
Connect four 40″ lengths using the 3-way elbows for the bottom. Then add four more lenghts for the verticle sides. The top corners are tricky to describe so here’s a picture:
Add two 2-way elbows to the top and one side of the 4-way elbow (to convert it to a 45 degree angle) for the upper corners where the roof starts. The 30″ lengths are for the roof. If you want a permanent house, add plumbers putty to the joints. I’ve left mine loose so that I can take it apart easily. Occasionally if kids are too rough, the joints come loose, but they are easy enough to reconnect.
Hopefully a few pictures here are worth a 1000 words. When finished at these dimensions, the highest point of the roof is about 5’7″…making the house very hospitable to grown-ups. Expect an invitation to a tea party! By the way, the house is a great place to toss stray toys when you’re cleaning up for company!