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Upcycled Quilt Rack into Treehouse Playset

Do you ever have those times you lay eyes on something and you can’t un-see what it looks like to you? That’s what happened when this vintage piece came into my possession. Do you know what it is? Well, it’s about to be an upcycled quilt rack. haha.

Vintage Quilt Rack Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I see these all the time in thrift store. Now, while I do have handmade quilts from family and also the quilts I’ve made, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate this rack for what it is. I’ve even made a repurposed quilt rack in this post. Also, I’ve made a wall quilt using vinyl flooring. However, I couldn’t get past that I saw something else in it.

Side View of Quilt Rack to be Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’ve seen many bloggers turn them into a sort of kitchen caddy adding baskets and such. Well, I’m not going to do that. Instead, I have some kid fun up my sleeve using only things I have on hand. woot!

DIY TIME

First, it’s time to take apart the rack. If this had been made of a hardwood, I probably would think again about my vision. However, it’s only a basic pine, so I say GAME ON. I pop off those plugs and take it all apart.

Removing Quilt Rack Wood Plugs | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I filled all the screw holes with wood filler. Once the filler cured, I sand it all down with my sander to get down to raw wood.

Disassembled Quilt Rack | prodigalpieces.com

Sanding Upcycled Quilt Rack Turned Treehouse Parts | prodigalpieces.com

Next, it’s time to put my scrap stash to use. My goal is to not spend a penny, but use only what I have on hand. I head out and dig to find a pine board that my mom purchased from a garage sale. I’ve used the most of the other boards when I added shelving to my DIY coffee bar.

Last, after sketching out my design on paper, I begin making cuts with my jigsaw and miter saw. I love my tools. Remember, my motto is #toolsoverjewels. tsk.

NEXT STEPS

Once I have my pieces cut, it’s time to do a dry fit to make sure my design is coming together as planned. I think we’re good to go!! I add pocket holes to my pieces to make my assembly strong, plus it gives a nice finished look. Can you guess what I’m creating?

Pocket Hole Shelf for Upcycled Quilt Rack | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s at this point I just cut loose and had fun. I’m a crazy toy nut and have made oodles of items for my kids over the years. You can see some of them HERE.

In addition to a little bit of paint fun, I find my design therapy. My set is coming along wonderfully.

Green Paint for Upcycled Treehouse Playset by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

REVEAL TIME

Maybe you think I’m crazy, but my upcycled quilt rack looked like this to my mind’s eye. Welcome to my mini treehouse home complete with toadstools made out of misfit knobs.

Kid Playing with Woodland Treehouse made from Upcycled Quilt Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #toys #kids #gift

Woodland Squirrel Peg Doll Handmade by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #kids #upcycled

Can you tell I had fun? Maybe I’m a big kid at heart, but I truly believe kids have so much potential. What we provide them when they are young affects their future.

Here’s my lineup of creative therapy. Which is your favorite?

Woodland Peg People Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #toys #kids #fun

Hand-Painted Woodland Dolls for Upcycled Quilt Rack Treehouse Playset by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #fun #toys #handmade

Adorable Painted Peg Dolls for Treehouse Playset from Upcycled Peg Dolls by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #toys

My upcycled quilt rack turned treehouse playset is ready for imaginative fun! I’m showcasing this set with my oldest son’s furniture I created for him years ago when I built him a treehouse of his own.

Whimsical Peg People at Dining Table by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #toys #upcycled #kids

Woodland Fox with Mini Log Cooking Range by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #toys #handmade #kids

Look out! My main man in his buffalo plaid shirt and sporty beard are on the roll. haha. I told ya I love creating this stuff.

Woodland Wood Car for Treehouse Playset from Upcycled Quilt Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pretendplay #handmade #toys

Treehouse Tire Swing with Woodland Raccoon Peg doll by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #toys #doll #kids #handmade

I’m wore out from hours of creating, so it’s time for a nap. ZZZzzzzz

Sleeping Peg Doll Bedroom in Upcycled Quilt Rack Treehouse by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #pretend #play #toys #kids #gift

However, that is until someone wants to play. tee hee.

Girl Peg Doll with Buns by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #dolls #play #kids

While you may feel like you’re missing out, no worries! You can find this woodland treehouse playset available in my online shop.

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Handmade Woodland Playset Treehouse from Upcycled Quilt Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #kids #toys #handmade #gifts

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Also, do pin and share my upcycled quilt rack to inspire others to create kid fun. Even if you don’t have kids, you can totally have the fun of creating and bless someone’s socks off.

How cute!! This upcycled quilt rack was turned into a woodland treehouse playset with accessories. Fun created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #kids #toys #playtime #handmade

Now, you may be wondering what happened to those slats that went between the quilt rack ends. HEAD HERE TO SEE!

Wood Slats Before Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more upcycled fun like my upcycled quilt rack:

Grab that ol' magazine rack and turn it into handy kitchen storage | DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #kitchen #homedecorFrom curbside underbed drawers to a rustic farmhouse workbench for kitchen or console. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces loves taking trash and turning it into #trashure . Come see the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #homedecor #shopping

Comments

  1. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    That mini tree house is just adorable along with your little peg people/critters. Love that racoon.
    Now; Can I come & play?

    • Larissa says

      Yahoo!! This is so fun for me. I’m glad you enjoyed my quirky DIY fun. Thanks, Colleen!

  2. Cheryl r Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa! Well I didn’t see that coming. You are amazing. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas. Pinned

    • Larissa says

      Hi Cheryl! haha…yeah, it was so fun! 😀 Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Shirley says

    Now that’s about the most creative thing I’ve seen in a very long time, just adorable! The ladder and tire swing are perfect additions! I think one of my favorite parts of it is that you incorporated some of the many different nationalities! Nice way to think outside the box! I bet your little young in’s are just loving that…

    • Larissa says

      I couldn’t get the idea out of my head and am so excited to share. Thanks so much for the smile, Shirley!

  4. [email protected] says

    This is such a cute idea! I am always amazed at your creativity. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  5. Mother Deer says

    This is a work of art! The details are so creative. Wow 🙂

  6. Janina says

    Former quilt rack looks so much better as a tree house. I just love it!

  7. Rebecca - TN says

    Absolutley adorable! I’m always amazed at your creativity.
    Wishing you and your sweet family a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Rita says

    Your creativity is incredible. Your talent is off the charts. The tree house and all the accessories are so sweet. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Larissa says

      You are sweet to say so, Rita. Thank you so much. Merry Christmas!

  9. Helen Giron says

    Oh my gosh, that is so stinkin’ cute!! Such immense talent! Your posts are such a joy to read… thank you for brightening my day.

    • Larissa says

      You sure made my day, Helen! 😀 Thank you so much for that warm fuzzy feeling. Hugs!

  10. Teresa says

    If I was a glam-ma I’d snatch this up!! Adorable overload and creative play wonder!

  11. Connie Minnich says

    Pure genius. I never would have thought of that! Some little person somewhere will be very lucky to receive this.

    • Larissa says

      It is half the fun just imagining and creating. Thank you, Connie.

  12. Kaycee says

    Hi Larissa, wow….no way….girl your amazing! I love your creativity with the toys you create!! I love the peg people and critters. Merry Christmas to you and your family. XOXO

    • Larissa says

      Had to use up my stash somehow. haha. Thanks so much, Kaycee! Merry Christmas!

  13. Stephanie Harris says

    Too cute for word.

  14. Gail says

    How absolutely adorable…..your are so creative and talented! Thank you for sharing.

    • Larissa says

      So much fun (& work…but worth it.) for me. Thanks, Gail!

  15. Marie B. says

    What an adorable creative vision you had for the quilt rack. One lucky child is going to enjoy many hours with this treehouse!

    • Larissa says

      I’m stoked it’s done and my vision came to life. BONUS: it’s now out of my workspace and I use only what I had. I know you can relate! haha!

  16. Darlene says

    Larissa, you are so incredibly talented, your children must have so much fun with you and your ideas. Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for those words, Darlene. I am definitely not a boring mama. haha!

  17. Maria says

    That was very unexpected!!! So cute and creative!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

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