DIY Play House : Framing and Fabric

Ever since our playhouse fell apart in a storm last year I’ve been wanting a new outdoor play space. This week I was inspired to make my own after helping build a platform for my sisters playhouse.

(Warning: Some measurements may vary slightly be sure to fit you pieces before making final cuts and securing.)

I started by building my own platform.

Materials:

-5′ treated pine 6×2 board (x2)

-4’9″ treated pine 6×2 board (x3)

-5′ treated pine 6×1 boards (x8)

-4×4 or 6×6 treated wood post. The size depends on how high you need you platform and if it is located on a slanted or level area (x4)

-3″ deck screws

First, I built the frame by screwing together the 5 frame boards into a square with a center support.

Next, I added the decking, trying to keep it evenly spaced and attaching each board on the ends and to the center support.

Once the platform was complete I flipped it upside down and attached my post. My post had to be uneven due to the hill it was going to be placed on but this would vary depending on where you choose to put your playhouse.

With the platform ready we took a break, put on a few performances, and rested up for our next day of work.

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The playhouse frame was quite simple and took very little time to get together.

Materials:

-4′ pine 2×4 boards (x4)

-4’7″ pine 2×4 boards (x4)

-3’6″ treated or untreated pine 2×4 boards

The two walls were created by building basic squares and then attaching them directly on top of the platform.

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The roof was created by cutting one end of each 3’6″ board at a 30 degree angle and screwing them together.

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Next I attached the front and back roof pieces to the wall Framing.

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To attach the top roofing board I used two metal stud connectors (one on each side). This also reinforced the already connected boards.

The last step was attaching my outdoor fabric. I measured and attached one edge of fabric to a pine 2×4 cut to fit directly between the side frames on the playhouse.

I stapled the fabric to the board, rolled it completely one time and stapled again.

With both boards ready I stretched it over the house fit them snugly into place and attached with screws.

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Since being built the playhouse has been used as a stage, a home, a hideout, and even the location for Jake and I’s blue apron meal date night!

It has also survived its first storm in windy Waconia so things are looking bright!

Update: The play house is still up and holding strong after 2 summers and a full winter!

Mermaid Surprise Cupcakes

For this post I’m going with the “a pictures worth a thousand words” approach. While the photos show you just how to make these adorable surprise cupcakes, please keep in mind you don’t have to use bracelets like we did. You could use rings, small toys, sprinkles, or Swedish fish. The possibilities are endless! If you try this out please be sure to add some photos of your finished product in the comments below. I’d love to see your work!IMG_8145IMG_8146IMG_8147IMG_8149IMG_8150IMG_8153IMG_8154IMG_8155IMG_8156IMG_8160IMG_8161IMG_8162IMG_8164IMG_8165IMG_8169IMG_8174IMG_8168

Flowers, Flags, and Grass Centerpieces for under $3

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Recently we had an event at our church and were in search of reasonably priced center pieces that would be able to hold down the large space. We ended up with these beautiful grass and flower center pieces mixed with hanging flags. The bowls came from the dollar store as did the bunches of flowers we pulled apart and stuck into the grass. We bought sod from the local nursery and cut it to fit the bowls. In the end the centerpieces cost less than $3 a piece!

 

Paper Craft: Easter Egg Hunt

IMG_7340Supplies:

-1 piece of green construction paper

-1 piece of blue construction paper

-Easter Egg and Spring stickers

-Sissors and Glue

Directions

-Step One: Cut the green paper horizontally into four sticks and then fringe each strip.

-Step Two: glue the strips over lapping each other on the blue paper. Start 3/4 of The way from the top and work your way down to the bottom.

-Step Three: Add your stickers! Tuck eggs under that layers of grass to make them look hidden.

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When your done use your scence to play I spy, count the number of eggs and flowers, or give it as a card!

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Quick Fix for a Floor Gap

Its been about three years since we moved into our home and slowly with the changing seasons our laminate flooring has shifted. This shifting caused a large gap between boards and no matter how hard I pushed, my amazing strength was unable to make the boards budge. The gap showed the yellow pressed board board beneath and stood out like a sore thumb. I don’t have a before picture because I randomly had the brilliant idea of coloring it with color pencil to make it blend in. See below…

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The color only seemed to draw your eye the the depth of the gap. While I could have possibly used a stain pen for a better cover up I decided to patch the gap instead. I happened to have some linoleum floor samples laying around (who doesn’t?) and a pair of kitchen shears so I went to work.

IMG_7043¬†First I choose the color that most closely matched my floor and cut a slice the size of the gap. The sample wasn’t long enough so I ending up needing to pieces.

 

The cutting was easy and I was even able to shave a bit off the original to ensure a tight fit. Seeing as the linoleum sample was thinner than my floors I simply put another piece below the first to get it level.

IMG_7042In the end the gap is hardly noticeable, it was super easy to complete, and it cost me $0.

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*Update: The quick fix has been in place over a week now and survived vaccuming and mopping. I ending up with a pretty snug fit but if your pieces weren’t perfect you could consider glueing them in place.

DIY: Wine Crate and Spindle End Table

IMG_6844When you rearrange furniture and decided you need a new end table but can’t find the one you want you grab somebody stuff out of your garage and make one. That’s normal right…ok maybe not normal but at least it turned out cute!

IMG_6846I started with four old spindles I bought at an estate sale but you could purchase them new from a hardware store or use actual furniture legs as well. Seeing as the spindles were to tall (and I wanted a little bit of detail at the bottom of the legs) I chose to saw off the narrow section of spindle to achieve the look I wanted.

 

Once the legs were all sized down, assembly was as easy as screwing each one into the corner of my wine crate. I used four screws per leg for extra stability and the table was ready for finishing.

 

I finished off my table by grey washing the wine crate. I love how it allows the wood grain and the writing to show through the finish. (It also goes on quickly, doesn’t require perfection, and dries fast!)

 

I’m still deciding if I want to mix up the finish on the legs but for now I have a functional end table that cost me nothing so we will just call it a win!

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