How to Build a DIY Playground for Your Kids

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With summer already here, it’s a perfect time for kids to enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. School is over, and summer days offer a lot of opportunities. Maybe you’re already planning to go camping or preparing for fun family trips and activities. If you’re handy with tools and enjoy DIY projects, you can even create an extra surprise for your kids – a playground! While it seems like a lot of work, this can be an enjoyable project for the whole family. Not to mention that your children will love it. They’ll be able to play all day, invite their friends and have amazing birthday parties. Building it will certainly demand some effort, but you will make a wonderful gift for your children with a little bit of imagination and planning. Here are some tips on how to build a DIY playground for your kids.

Planning comes first

Maybe you’ve just finished upgrading your patio for the summer, and you’re looking for another summer project. Building a DIY playground for the kids is an excellent idea. But where to start? First things first, you have to come up with a good plan. If you have some experience with DIY projects, you already know how important it is to plan and envision everything before you start. As the saying goes, a good plan is half the work.


Whether you already have some ideas or not, it might be smart to give it some extra thinking. Ask yourself a few questions. What do my children enjoy the most? Jumping, climbing, slides, swings, or something else? This is an excellent opportunity to include your kids in the project. Ask them what they want and what they like the most. That way, you’ll get more ideas, and your kids will be thrilled to be active participants in the process of building something that they care about.

Set the budget

The next thing on your to-do list is to set the budget. Ready-made playground sets are rather expensive regardless of their quality. By making one yourself, you’ll save money and ensure quality materials and creative designs tailor-made for your kids’ needs and wishes.

Get the right materials and tools

Materials aren’t where you should try to save money. Getting quality building materials will ensure the playground set you build is safe and long-lasting. Of course, what you’ll need will depend on what you want to make, but you will likely find most materials in lumber and home improvement stores. What’s more, the employees at these stores can help you with suggestions and ideas for your project. When it comes to the wood you’ll need, it’s best to opt for insect-resistant types of wood such as cedar or pine.

Do some research

The next part is to put your plans on paper. Make a detailed design of the structure you want to build and decide on the measurements and materials you’ll need.

Of course, before that, you need to choose and prepare the building area. If you want to make your garden look trendy, plan to build the DIY playground in the backyard. Wherever you decide to build it, the playground area needs to be safe and level (ideally somewhere you can see it from inside). If the ideal place for the playground is blocked by a shed, or something similar, consider relocating it. Moving a shed shouldn’t be an issue, but if you feel you cannot do it alone, make sure to call professionals to help you. Once you find another place for your shed, you’ll have much more space to work with and thus the entire project will turn out better!

After that, the internet is your best friend. There is a variety of ideas with detailed building instructions that you can use. Look for building plans and blueprints that appeal to you. You can combine several different projects and create a unique playground set your kids will adore!

Give yourself enough time to build a DIY playground

Depending on what you want to make and the time you have at your disposal, this project can take an afternoon or a week. Be sure not to rush it, and plan carefully with enough time. After all, you want it to be safe and sturdy, as well as beautiful and appealing. Additionally, if they’re old enough, you can encourage your kids to help you. They can perform minor tasks or paint and decorate different parts of the set.


If you’ve just moved, you’ve probably had a lot on your mind lately. From finding your dream home to actually relocating. Then, decorating the interior and building the DIY playground for your kids. All that deserves to be celebrated! And what better way to celebrate than by having a party. You can invite your new neighbors and friends as well your kids’ friends and make it a memorable occasion!

Final thoughts

We are always looking for ways to improve and enjoy our homes more. DIY projects are a perfect way to achieve this goal. Not only can you create custom-made designs that will suit your needs and taste, but you can also choose the materials you want to use. Not to mention that do-it-yourself projects will likely save you money!

Additionally, they can be a great way to let the creative craftsman in you take the spotlight. While making a playground will take some effort and time, it will undoubtedly be worth it. Hopefully, you’ll find these tips on how to build a DIY playground for your kids helpful. Remember, at the end of the day, a good plan, imagination, and determination are all you need to make your kids’ dreams come true.

About The Author: Jake Dean is a freelance writer and a DIY enthusiast. When he’s not writing about home improvement projects or remodeling his home, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
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