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Making a Kids Backyard Hideaway

This post is sponsored by Ryobi Tools. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The older my girls get, the more time we spend playing in the backyard. I started getting an idea in my head about creating a little kids backyard hideaway for the girls this winter after seeing tons of cute outdoor playhouses. I actually really wanted a playhouse (for myself) but there were two factors that held me back – one was the cost, the pre-made ones are expensive and a DIY one would be a big investment in time and materials. The other thing is portability – like everything else I purchase for the home I have to consider whether or not it can be moved when it’s time for us to transfer.

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooksSo, because a massive playhouse was out of the question, Matt and I started brainstorming some other ideas for outdoor hideaway. That’s when we decided to make our own hideaway that was half tent, half house, and totally cute.

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooksAt first, I wasn’t totally convinced we could pull it off and it look as adorable as I imagined it would but once we started building it all came together.

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooks

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooks

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooks

This project is the best budget DIY you can imagine. Using a couple sheets of plywood and some 2x4s, Matt and I spent an afternoon building the majority of the hideaway then we assembled it in about an hour the next day. It was an easy weekend project that has already given our kids hours of entertainment!

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooks

The girls have already played “drive thru,” read stories, lounged with popsicles, and invited our neighbor to the hideaway. I also love that Peighton is calling it a hideaway – it’s so cute when she tells people that we built her a “hideaway” – she loves it and we love that they love it!

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooks

We built this bad boy with the help of our Ryobi Tools and you can grab the step-by-step tutorial here on Ryobi Nation.

DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooks

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DIY Kids Backyard Hideaway - Create a little outdoor imagination station for your kids by building one of these little outdoor nooks

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38 thoughts on “Making a Kids Backyard Hideaway

  1. I am working on a design for a new bench for the foot of my bed. These tools would be a huge help!

  2. I love this Chelsea! I would build an entryway bench with hanging storage. 🙂 And eventually, a pergola for over part of our deck. 😉

  3. I’ve been wanting to build a wooden sit and spin toy, so I would probably do that. This little hideaway is too cute tho! I’m going to pin it for when my littlest gets big enough to play in something like this!

  4. This is super cute Chelsea and such an awesome idea for you little ones! On our past move, upon unpacking we realized all our tools were missing. Since then, we’ve either rented our tools or borrowed what we need from friends. With new tools, I could help my hubby rebuild his tool collection ☺️

  5. I think that id use the tools to build backyard fort for my 5 year old kiddo. He has been asking me for one all year.

  6. This is so cute! I think I might do something similar for mine little ones.. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I LOVE this!! This would be perfect for all my plans and ideas I have for our new rental! I’m excited for a new canvas of a rental home and the challenge to transform it into something that reflects our family!

      1. Movers come next week to pack up and we still don’t have a place! Our search came up empty when we were there last week. Slightly panicked.

  8. I would make my husband (haha!) build some patio furniture. He loves woodworking, but is in need of some new tools.

  9. I would build a headboard and night stand for sure! that’s been on the list for a while now!

  10. I would build furniture! Headboards for my kiddos, shelves, coffee table–all the fun stuff 🙂 Your backyard hideaway is adorable too!!

  11. I would LOVE this kit! I wanting to build a headboard forever, but haven’t had the guts…or the tools. This would help jump start my rear into finally doing it!

  12. All the things. But in reality, a coffee table where the inside can be for kids toys from an Ana White design.

  13. This is so adorable Chelsea!! I know how hot it gets under this JAX sun so I lowkey wish this was in our backyard 🙂

  14. This turned out super adorable (and practical)! I would build a new dining room table and a matching console table 🙂 🙂

  15. Okay, that picture of Millie looking out the window STOLE MY HEART! Seriously, you and Matt must have died when you saw it on your camera! <3 If we won this money to put toward a new tool set, we would build a wardrobe for Hadley's dress-up clothes. We're dying for her to have one so that she can learn about hanging up clothes, but we also need one to help better organize her million dresses. 🙂

  16. I’d build a bench/coat rack for my mudroom. And I’d rip out and rebuild our pantry shelves. Those are my next two projects to tackle!

  17. Cool project idea. We’re getting ready to finish our basement are hoping to make some built-ins and a plank wall.

  18. We want to build a bistro table for our four seasons room and create some outdoor tables and seating.

  19. I would build the exact same thing – an outdoor playhouse, as my little ones have been harassing me to build one.

  20. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest! I can’t wait until my daughter is a little older so she can enjoy things like this! Thanks for the inspiration.