Monday, July 12, 2010

Tent Playhouse for Bunkbed

Tent Playhouse for Bunkbed FINISHED!

I did it! I finished the playhouse panel for the kids' bunkbed. I love it I love it I love it! It turned out just as I imagined it!
All the apples and flowers are removable and can be placed in the basket at the base of the tree, and the mailbox opens and has 3 letters that go with it. I am in love with how it turned out!!! It was so fun to make and I can still add to it if I want to. I am thinking it needs a puppy and maybe some crawling critters.

I got the idea when I saw the card table playhouses that are all around blog land and thought "That is soo cute, but I am cramped on space in the kids room as it is." Then we built the kid's bunkbeds and while trying to find plans on how to build one I came across things like THIS. And then it just clicked! We built the bunk bed from plans we found on Knock Off Wood, and since then I have had the project swimming in my head.

I drew up plans and took it with me to the fabric store. I bought all the different colors of felt that I needed and it sat in a bag in the craft room. (Story of my life). This past weekend I broke it out knowing that in a couple weeks my niece and nephew would be coming for a visit and wanted to have something fun for the cousins to play in together. It's going to be perfect!

The kids discovered it a minute ago while I was writing this post and what I heard was, "WOW! ETHAN! LOOK! It's a house! Come here!" It made me smile and glow. Knowing I had made something special makes me proud. I am sure it will provide hours of imaginative play and story times together. I can't wait!
*please ignore the mess and the scuff marks on the top bunk bed posts, I need to touch it back up with some paint but didn't want to wait to show you the tent playhouse.

*And if anyone is wanting one I am thinking about selling some in my Etsy shop. I have an account set up but nothing to sell yet (sad I know). What do you think? Would anyone be interested? I need to come up with a better name for them too. Any suggestions?


  1. I don't have bunk beds but I am IN LOVE with this! Do you think it could be attached to closet doors? The crawly critters would be a great addition too!
    Please keep us posted if you decide to sell them on Etsy.
    I am a huge supporter of separating your crafty passion from the personal life; just makes the crafty stuff as important as it should be!
    I just did a similar thing with my passion for the natural world.
    Good luck with the new blog!

  2. I love it! You should definitely start selling them on etsy. If you want to cut down on costs what about using thrift store clothing and sheets for the cut outs. Its a great way to save money and go Green!

  3. Does the door open? Do the apples and flowers come off and reattach (like w/ buttons or velcro)? What would you charge if you sold them on etsy? How long did it take to make? I have a few years before I can stack the bunk beds, but want something like this when I can!

  4. How does this attach to the bunk bed? Very cute!!!

  5. I don't have bunk beds but a closet version sounds FABULOUS!!! Heck, I'd be tempted to buy bunk beds just for one of these. What will you put on the top bunk?

  6. Thinking of moving the two beds into my girls' room and making them bunk beds again. I love the idea and I am pretty sure it would not even make it into a bag in my craft area... If it was affordable I'd definately think of buying one!
    PS I have the same type of etsy account- just the account- no stuff! :)

  7. Very cool! We don't have bunk beds, but I love the idea! I would think you could do a closet type... sew a top seam to fit a pole through and then purchase a shower tension rod and any doorway could become a house! :)

  8. So cool! I saw this on facebook! Your tent made the "big time!"

  9. Great idea! My children have grown past this age, but my grand childen would absolutely love it! Cute, cute, cute!