Hey there handyman or handywoman, in this article, I have put together a couple of DIY playpen projects that will keep you busy this weekend. Are you ready for the task? I am sure you are.
Here you will find different playpen projects for your kids, I also include some playpen projects for pet lovers. I am sure you’ll find what you are looking for in this article.
The best part is, you do not have to rob a bank to build any of these DIY playpen projects, most of them are low budget projects.
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1. DIY PVC Playpen
Here’s a playpen that cost below $50 to make, you would agree with me that this PVC playpen for kids looks pretty amazing and is perfect for indoor use. This playpen is large enough to accommodate two toddlers, they’ll surely have a swell time.
The making process starts off with gathering the required tools you will need to make this baby playpen, some of which are 5 pieces of ¾ inch Diameter PVC Pipe, 8 pieces of ¾ diameter PVC Elbow, 12 pieces of ¾ diameter PVC TEE, a rubber mat, 100 pieces of cable tie and a couple of other materials.
After gathering all the necessary materials and tools, then comes the measuring and cutting of the PVC pipe, also, you will need to prepare the elbow and tee and then connect the PVC pipe. After connecting all the pipes, you will also need to install the mosquito net for the fence. Assembling the base is the last and easiest part of this project. You can get full instructions on how to do this by checking the full tutorial below.
2. How To Build A Playpen
While researching, I stumbled upon yet another cheap playpen that you can build for your kid. Unlike the previous which uses a mosquito net for the fence, this one uses fabric for the fencing which is actually a cool idea, with the right fabric, the playpen would look so amazing. It costs about $90 to put this playpen for kids together.
For starters, the playpen dimension is 6 ft x 4 ft x 2 ft, each side is divided into 2 ft sections for optimal stability. You might need to purchase a plastic pipe cutter. What comes next is cutting and connecting the PVC pipes to match with the playpen dimensions.
For the sides, you can use fabric, for the bottom, you can use blankets for maximum comfort. I would recommend using some sort of padding on the pipes so that your kid doesn’t end banging his or her head on the pipe.
3. DIY Playpen
The creator of this child’s playpen did a great job of building a pen that is large enough to contain herself and her husband, due to the space in the playpen, both parents can play with their kid.
For this playpen, you will need a foam or mat, PVC pipes, cable ties, and a net. You will need at least 10 PVC pipes, this is dependent on the size you want. Attach the PVC to the connector and use glue to make it durable. For the net, she sewed the edges so that it won’t stretch and get torn easily.
The net is then connected to the PVC using cable ties. Finally, place a foam or mat inside, you can also add a pillow and a bunch of toys for your baby to play with, and voila, you are done.
4. DIY Wooden Playpen
An ideal material to use for a baby’s playpen is PVC pipes because they would rarely hurt your kid. However, if made properly, a wooden playpen can also be used. This DIY guide will show you how to build an ideal wooden playpen for your kid.
Just like any other playpen project, this one also begins with gathering the materials and tools; two 12’ 1x12’s, four right-angle braces, two 3’’ hinges, and one latch. For the tools, you will need a table saw, miter saw, nail gun, cordless drill, and a Kreg K4 pocket hole system.
The making process starts off with constructing the sides and gate, a small piece of wood is then used to connect the two side pieces underneath where the gate would be. Attaching the sides to the wall comes next which is quite easy to do with the right tools handy. Don’t forget to sand the wood to avoid splinters. The final step is attaching the gate, hinges were used for this to enable opening and closing of the gate.
5. DIY PVC Playpen Model
Here’s a 3D model of a PVC playpen. This one is built quite differently from the ones we have seen. More PVC is used to make it. A total number of 34 materials are used for the making of this baby playpen. The complete plan is available for free download.
6. Huge DIY Playpen
Take a good look at this playpen for kids guys, would you believe if I told you it was made using just $35? Well, that’s actually what the creators had to spend in making this playpen. However, they didn’t have to buy a lot of PVC pipes which brought down the cost. If you have some extra PVC pipes, it’s time to put it to good use.
This is a 7’8” x 5’ playpen, the creators used plastic poultry fence, elbow sockets, T sockets, PVC pipes of different variations, and a couple of other materials. The first thing you would want to do is measure out space where you want to build the playpen.
Put your legos skills to the test with the second step that has to do with connecting all the PVC pipes together. After connecting the PVC pipes, rims, and sides, start wrapping the sides with the plastic poultry fence. Secure the fence with the zip ties. The next thing to do would be placing the pool noodles which is quite easy to do. The full guide would give in-depth instructions to follow.
7. DIY Pallet Puppy Playpen
Are you a dog lover? Get in here! A playpen for a puppy has so many advantages, it can help keep your dog from jumping on visitors. In this guide, you will learn how to build your very own pallet puppy playpen. Trust me, your puppy would adore his or her new playpen.
The first step would be to measure the area where you want to build the playpen so that it fits perfectly. Next up, you will need to cut the pallet wood to fit the dimensions of the area where the playpen would be.
After cutting, you will eventually have to build the sides of the playpen and then install them in the proposed area of the playpen. Install the door latch and then screw the playpen on the wall. The making process might not be a walk in the park, but with determination, you can do it.
8. DIY Rabbit Playpen
Not only babies deserve playpens, but our pets also deserve playpens too. I was able to find this amazing playpen for rabbits built outdoors. The making process is not quite hard to follow.
The creator used 4 2' x 4' chicken wire pieces, 4 eye screws, a bunch of staples, 12 1.5" deck screws, and a couple of other materials to build this rabbit playpen. For the tools, you would need preferably a drill for the screws, you will also need a staple gun and a saw.
Start off by cutting the furring strips in half, make sure each one becomes 2 4' lengths. Next up, put two screws in each joint. For the next step, you will need the staple gun to staple the chicken wire in place. Also, you have to use the zip ties on every joint except one.
This playpen also has a treehouse, trust me, your bunnies would love the treehouse. You can get the full instructions for building this DIY playpen for rabbits below.
9. DIY Playpen For Small Pets
You can also build a playpen for the smallest of pets. Like rats, hamsters, or mice. The building process is pretty much basic and easy to make. After figuring out where you want to place the playpen, the next would be gathering the tools.
You will need a correx, a pencil, a ruler, measuring tape, scissors, pegs, and other materials that will give your pet a swell time.
Start the making process by drawing 2 marks 40cm apart on the correx, continue drawing the lines until you have several marks, next up, join the marks to create 2 lines along the length of the sheet. Cut along the 2 lines, next up, overlap the correx and secure with the pegs, you can secure the bottom with hair grips.
The final and most fun part is filling the pen with stuff like bridges, tunnels, sand baths, see-saws, and other fun things.
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