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DIY Hobbit Hole Playhouse

DIY Hobbit Hole Playhouse

Ken Wingard has a fun DIY that kids will love.
Materials for Playhouse
  • 2 4x8 sheet of plywood
  • 4x2 sheet of plywood
  • 30 1x3”x4’ wood boards
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Jigsaw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Wood glue
  • 12 pieces of Cedar Landscape Edging Board
  • 4x8’ sheet of Astroturf
  • Joint Compound
Materials for Door
  • Plywood
  • 2 1x3” wood boards
  • Jigsaw
  • 2 Door hinges
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Pencil
Materials for Window and Topping Piece
  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Pencil
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • 4x4 wood board
  • Drill
  • Wood screws


Steps for Playhouse

1) Draw shape of house on 4 x 8 plywood

2) Cut out with a circular saw and cut out the curve with a jigsaw

3) Use this first piece to draw the same shape on your second piece of plywood and cut that out as well

4) Find something around the house that's a large circle to use as your template for your door I had a tabletop laying around

5) For your small window the top of a stockpot is perfect trace both pieces with a pencil

6) Use a drill bit to start a hole and then use a jigsaw to cut out both circles

7) Measure the height of your straight wall and use that dimension to cut a rectangular piece that height and 4 ft wide for your side

8) Stand your front and back wall up and attach your rectangular sidewall using wood glue and a nail gun

9) Get precut one by three boards that are 4 feet long and attach one at the top of your structure using wood glue and a nail gun

10) Continue to place these around your roof line spacing them about an inch add a half apart until your roof is finished.

11) Cut your Cedar Landscape Edging Board into 10” panels and

12) Nail wood panels into the straight angled half of your ceiling.

13) Repeat until section is completely covered

14) For second part of ceiling, layout a 4x8’ piece of Astroturf and nail into place

15) Add joint compound to front of Hobbit Hole to give it an “old cottage” type of texture (optional)

Steps for Doors

1) For your window trim use the same circle used to cut out your window as a guide and trace it onto a piece of scrap plywood.

2) Using a pencil, draw your outer edge larger than the circle and the interior edge smaller. Divide into windowpanes.

3) Cut your window frame out with the jigsaw.

4) Attach your window frame over your precut window using the nail gun

5) For topper: Attach 4,4 wood board to top. Screw in place.

Steps for Window and Topping Piece

1) Cut one by four pieces of trim long enough to act as dramatic hinges.

2) Cut each board into two pieces leaving one piece long for effect.

3) Using heavy hinges, join together the two pieces to create a single hinge. Repeat on the other boards.

4) On scrap wood the same thickness as your hinges freehand draw a decorative end cap. Cut out the end so with a jigsaw. Use this piece as a template to create a second end cap.

5) Attach your new hinges to the door using wood screws.

6) Align end caps with the hinges and attach the same way.

7) Once your hinges are finished you can hang the new door using several wood screws in each hinge.

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