How to make a swing set playhouse more exciting and fun for children with some easy do-it-yourself accessories.
I really wanted to buy a plastic playhouse for my sons because the plastic ones have SO many more accessories in them that the swing set playhouse does and my oldest son LOVES realistic play. We play mailman, cooking, delivery driver, etc. My husband poo-poo'ed that though and suggested we add our own accessories to the playhouse. I'm always happy for a fun diy so I was game to try.
We may add more in the future, but for now here are three updates we made to the playhouse.
The first was to add a flower container. We screwed a shortened gutter to the top rail (3 screws) and added some flowers. We made sure to add holes to bottom so there's drainage.
Second, we added a mailbox that is intended for a townhouse. This thing was a huge hit with my son who likes to check for mail. I'm thinking we will start to "send him mail" here and there for fun. Or redirect his own mail (ie cards from grandma, dentist appointment reminder, etc). Now though we've got some cut up cardboard that he delivers back and forth.
Third, my husband wanted him to have a fun dinner bell. Ordered this one off Amazon. It's really cool and I love the look.
Even though there's still more I'd like to add, I'm pretty happy with all these upgrades and think it looks so much more "grown up" than a painted plastic house.
- Mailbox: $15
- Bell: $20
- Gutter: Saved from prior project, but these are quite cheap to buy or you can upcycle them!
Here's the bell that I ordered off Amazon (which has gone down in price since I ordered it, of course):
Here's some more pictures, including some of the morning glory that bloomed (yay!):