How To Make A No-Wood Backyard Victorian Playhouse

Want to make a no wood Victorian playhouse? It's easier than you think. This article will guide you through it.

Want to make a no wood Victorian playhouse? It's easier than you think. This article will guide you through it.

Materials:

PVC corrugated roofing sheets

PVC pipes

PVC pipe elbow connectors

Long screws and nuts (wing nuts are easiest)

Drill with both a drill bit and a screwdriver bit

Duct tape

Post hole digger

Small bag of cement

Shovel (for cement)

Saw (jig saw will do)

Sandpaper (to sand any rough edges of the PVC sheeting)

To get started you will need to figure out your specific dimensions according to the space you have available. However, feel free to use these sample measurements. Most high-end playhouses are 72 inches (6 feet) tall. Smaller playhouses are 4 by 6 feet in size but there is no limit on how large they can be. We will focus on the smaller size.

First you need to measure out the ground four by six feet. Mark this rectangle with chalk or spray paint. In each corner dig a hole the right size for each PVC pipe. It's best to have the pipe 6-12 inches underground for added stability. Then mix up a small amount of cement and pour into one hole. Place a PVC pipe into the cement making sure to keep it level. Let dry according to the cement instructions. Repeat for all 4 holes. Next comes the PVC sheeting. You will need to cut it in 4 by 6 pieces (unless you already had this done at the hardware or home improvement store). Make sure to also cut out spaces for a door and windows. If possible use the PVC sheeting with the corrugation waves horizontally. This way it will look like house siding. If you find this difficult then just use the PVC sheeting vertically. Start screwing on the sheets from one pole to the next using long screws that go all the way through the pipes so you can add a wing nut to the back (for stability). You continue this until all of the walls are complete.



This is the hardest part, the roof. First take an elbow pipe connector and attach a pipe to each side. Hold up to the top of one of the 4-foot sides of the playhouse. Mark where the pipes meet the two post pipes and cut there. Then add an elbow connector on each of those two cuts. Now put this triangle of pipes into the two post pipes. Repeat on the other side. Then start screwing in more corrugated PVC sheeting to create the roof. The last step is to duct tape any small gaps in the roof or walls, if necessary. Once again, this is for stability.

Now it's time for the fun part, the decorating. For the windows and doors you can use something as easy as fabric or plastic curtains. If you like, you can use an actual door and real glass windows but these can be a challenge to install. If doing so, buy the windows and door first so you can cut the PVC sheeting to their measurements. This is much easier than the other way around. Painting the playhouse is fun too because color is an essential part of making this playhouse Victorian. Go for pink, yellow, or if you want something more subtle you can do a green or brown. Ideally paint the playhouse the favorite color of the child it is intended for. Since this is a Victorian playhouse there is a specific detail you must have, scalloped trim. You can buy pre-made scalloped trim from the hardware store and just glue or screw it on. Or you can make it out of an old plastic shower curtain, a tarp, or out of the PVC sheeting (if you are really good at cutting it). Then paint it white since that's the most used color for this Victorian trim. Use this trim along the roof, door, and windows. Add a few flowers and you have yourself a no wood Victorian playhouse.

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