When I saw an adorable playhouse on Pinterest I really wanted to make one. But since my kids are teenagers it seemed a little silly.
Then I illustrated an adorable book for Sleeping Bear Press called Little Red Rolls Away about a little barn who reluctantly has to move to a new home. Ta da! I had a great excuse to make a kid’s playhouse (or play barn)! Right?
This was a lot of fun to make. I’ll give you the basics of how I did it here. If anyone is interested in more detail instructions email me or leave a comment.
I based my design off plans I found on https://formufit.com/pages/pvc-kids-playhouse-small
You can also buy the PVC elbows and other fittings you will need from your local hardware store or from https://formufit.com. My local Home Depot didn’t carry all the special elbow joints I needed so I had to order some of them.
I altered the Formufit design a little by adding more structure around the doorway and also adding 2 small bump outs to the roof line so it looks more like a barn. You can see the front panel of the barn with the door and bump outs here…
I drilled fairly large holes through the PVC joints and the pipes (you can see where I made marks for alignment) and just slip the hitch pins through. I also numbered all the joints to make sure I always assembled it the same way. Otherwise my less-than-perfect holes wouldn’t line up.
Once the frame was done it was time for the fun part. I made the cover out of craft felt. You can by 60″ wide yardage at JoAnn’s. It’s easy to work with, comes in lots of colors and is fairly economical especially if you have a coupon. Be careful when ironing though, I got it too hot and melted the red to my iron. (Luckily it all came off!)
To make the cover, I laid the framework down and traced it, making sure to leave room for seam allowances.
I added details like windows and flower boxes…
Of course we needed someone to live in the barn so I made a couple of these cute pool noodle ponies with the scrap felt and some yarn. Meet Fettuccini!