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    December 6, 2007

    Are you looking for a really cool present for your kids that does not cost much?

    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!


    9 Comments on how to make an easy pvc playhouse

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    1. amy says:

      Liita,
      I love this playhouse (and the advent calendar!). I am feeling creative and inspired just reading your blog. Thanks for the awesome ideas!!

    2. Natalie says:

      I’ve been doing some pvc creating of my own, loved your idea, but cannot find the 3 way elbow pieces. Where did you buy them?

    3. Emily says:

      This is so awesome!! You can do anything with PVC pipes! My hubby will be all over trying this!

      Stumbled!

    4. Trina says:

      I love this idea! Very frugal and fabulous, two of my favorite things :) I linked to this post from my blog. Thanks for the idea!

    5. Jody says:

      I’m so happy to get a present for the kids that they’ll love and it’s something: homemade; frugal; and cool!

    6. cathi says:

      My brain was hurting trying to figure out the corners. Thanks for posting this!!

    7. Carolyn Bush says:

      Where did you find the elbows. I am trying to make the elevated beds for dogs at our Humane Society and can’t find any that are reasonable in price.
      Not sure you can help me.

      Carolyn

    8. Jennifer says:

      How did you connect the 4 way pieces to the elbows? Did your pipe fit all the way through the 4 ways? Thanks for your help!
      Jennifer

    9. Ruth says:

      I attempted this for my three little ones, and I’m missing something. How long is the piece you put between the two-way and four-way elbows in the corners? Do you have to bend it a little? Do the two-way elbows need to be at a certain angle? I know you said 45 degrees; however, the elbows seem to be manufactured at more like 90. Bend?

      Thanks for your help.

      Ruth

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