If you’ve been following along since we’ve moved, you know we surprised our kids with a backyard makeover. We had a small yard at our previous home that did not have space for a playset or a playhouse. As a child I always wanted a playhouse so I knew I wanted to have one built when we moved. The kids were surprised and elated with their playhouse and playset, and they loved how we decorated the inside. I’m excited to finally reveal these outdoor playhouse decorating ideas that any kid would love!
The paint featured in this outdoor playhouse decorating ideas post was sponsored by Sherwin-Williams, however, all opinions are my own.
Let’s start with detailing the outside. We will be running electricity to this house so we added black lantern lights on either side of the door that will eventually be working lights so they can enjoy the house in the evenings. On the front porch, we have two black planters so we could teach the kids how to take care of plants. For an additional decor element, I found these battery operated lanterns with faux candles that light up. It’s just a small detail that they love to use when it starts getting late at night. I found this small wreath that gives the front door the perfect finishing touch. I’ll be changing the wreath out each season, and you know I’m already on the hunt for fall decor for this little porch!
This playhouse is now the favorite spot for tea parties. Every playhouse needs table and chairs, and I placed ours over this colorful oval-shaped rug. This space is also heavily used as a restaurant, which is the current favorite imaginative game they like to play. Farmhouse style signs remind them to dream, hope, love and laugh, and we framed two prints created by Jennifer from Scattered Grace Design that are two of my favorite Bible verses for my girls. At the top of the playhouse, front and center is an “Adventure” sign we painted blue for the boys. I knew this space was going to have a lot of pink in it, but I wanted to pull in other bright colors too so the boys would feel comfortable playing in it as well.
One of my favorite decorations is the plush unicorn mounted on the wall adorned with the cutest pink and white pom pom string. I found a fun wooden sign that reads “Be a unicorn in a field of horses”. We placed a cubicle shelf with three pink baskets on one side that doubles as a bench and for toy storage. I covered the bench with faux fur, and a pink petal pillow and white velour pillow with a pink pom pom trim. We hung a butterfly hook so Juliana can hang her apron, chefs hat, and mitt. Isn’t it just perfect?
On the other side of the playhouse, we have their favorite wooden kitchen accessories and plastic tea party toys displayed on a corner shelf that doubles as decoration but are functional toys as well. I found the cutest circle shaped shelf at Hobby Lobby that has a vintage floral backing. I hung a brightly colored banner to give this space a festive appeal. We are always ready to celebrate over here!
Since we were revealing the playhouse decorations, I threw together a little tea party for them. I found a Neopolitan cake and picked up some macaroons and fresh hydrangeas at my local bakery. I added some fresh fruit and apple juice from the frig and in less than five minutes I had a creative little tea party for them. I’m all about efficiency and using what we have on hand too! While my big boys no longer ask to be a part of tea parties, I love it when they all participate. I like to use this time to talk about table manners, how to pass food and how we take turns. You can never get too many opportunities to teach these things!
If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that I desire to create special moments out of the ordinary and foster my kid’s imagination and creative play. I hope these outdoor playhouse decoration ideas will help you do the same! As we were wrapping up the tea party, Juliana picked up the vase of flowers, sat on her bench and asked me to take this photo. She looks like a little Martha Stewart hostess-with-the-mostess, and I’m just so glad I was able to capture these moments with my kiddos.