My Pretty Playhouse: The Ultimate Fort (Giveaway)

Every kid loves a fort. Whether that fort be some sheets over a couch, a hanging canopy tent or a pop-up playhouse, endless hours of fun are to be had in the world of pretend when there’s an imaginative dwelling in the room. So, when the package arrived from Cascades Boutique with My Pretty Playhouse in it, I took one look at the cover and knew we’d just gotten our hands on the ultimate fort.

My girls did, too.

Made from 100% recycled cardboard, My Pretty Playhouse was super durable and very easy to put together. The sturdy walls and roof pieces came with pre-scored tabs that you easily insert into the accompanying slot and open, to keep the house together.

I was impressed at how well it stood on its own, having had other playhouses before that weren’t so easy to assemble and required bending the cardboard yourself, before attaching. My Pretty Playhouse made its instructions simple to follow and created its pieces to join one another effortlessly, which is fortunate for someone who does not exhibit a lot of patience when putting things together (like me.)

Within minutes of having the playhouse constructed, my girls began adding their slew of stuffed animals and figurines inside, for their official house gathering, and they created stories among themselves, as to what they were doing in the house with their “friends.” After story-telling for a while, my oldest suggested they decorate their new house, which brings me to my favorite feature of this playhouse– the windows.

These windows not only have have eaves, shutters and beautiful cutouts, but also flower boxes! This playhouse reminded me of a cozy cottage you’d find in a picturesque New England town and I was actually excited to see how they would decorate.

The girls grabbed magazines, markers and some paper, and began to draw and cut out floral arrangements to place in their window boxes.

I have to say I’m rather proud of my 3 year-old’s squirrel cutout. She informed me that he “is searching for acorns in the flowers.” This same child thought that a nice bunch of little women would also look for acorns in the flowers. And maybe a popsicle.

After fixing up their window boxes, they continued to color and draw on the outside of the house, until it became their ultimate masterpiece. They brought some more toys and pillows into the house, and kept themselves entertained for over an hour.

More than just a playhouse

Aside from the imaginative playground My Pretty Playhouse provides, for each house sold, Cascades will donate $2 to Habitat for Humanity — a global nonprofit housing organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. At the already affordable price, you can feel even better about purchasing this creative and stylish product.

I think My Pretty Playhouse would make a fabulous gift for any child in your life. I know that we’ll be enjoying ours for a long time to come and it will be added to the gift list for my niece and nephews for the holidays.

For more information, visit Cascades’ website.

Enter to Win

One of our lucky readers is going to get her very own My Pretty Playhouse to give as a gift for Christmas this year! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below sharing your favorite playhouse memory from when you were growing up!

This giveaway is a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2012. Please follow the link for more information, as well as for a complete list of all giveaways as they post throughout the month of November. Entries for all giveaways will close Sunday, December 2nd at 7pm CST. Winners will be drawn randomly and we will announce the winners Tuesday, December 4th. We will email winners at the address accompanying the winning comments.

* Disclosure: I was compensated for this post and given this product for review, but all opinions are my own.  



  1. kathleen says

    my brother, sister and i would always build playhouses out of big cardboard boxes. my favorite memory is sitting in them and being pulled around the house by my siblings

  2. Voula Martin says

    The ultimate box arrived at our house when I was 5; a new refrigerator :)I bet my parents thought that wasthe best money they ever spent because I turned that thing into my fort and didn’t leave it for 2 days. Even napped in it as I recal.

  3. Kelly D says

    My dad built us a really cool playhouse/treehouse when we were little. It felt like it was so high up but it was probably only 5 feet off the ground.

  4. Karen Medlin says

    we used our sheets and the kitchen chairs and anchored down the corners with books, had a great time plotting how we us girls were going to get even with our brothers for playing with our barbie’s

  5. says

    we had a couple of play house the attic over the garage of a neighbors house as well as any cardboard box we could find lots of fond memories and having fun

  6. Sharon Schoepe says

    We put the biggest blanket we could find over the clothesline and anchored it with rocks. There were a lot of summer days spent lounging, reading and dreaming in our fort.

  7. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    We used to build blanket forts in the livingroom on Friday nights…and then we’d stay up late to watch Friday Night Videos…LOL

  8. Natalie Finch says

    I had a really nice playhouse growing up with a mini kitchen in it. My best friend and I would play in there for hours. My favorite memory is when we slept outside in it overnight.

  9. says

    My fav memories of playhouses growing up include the ones we made ourselves in the living room – using every sheet, couch cushion, and clothes pin we could find! Those were the BEST!

  10. says

    When I was 3 my aunt’s friend built be a beautiful wood playhouse in our backyard. I have very wonderful memories of playing in it throughout my childhood!

  11. Cindi says

    My friends and I either made a house indoors with chairs and
    blankets; or outdoors, in my mom’s Canna garden!
    Thanks, Cindi

  12. says

    My dad built us a great play house when we were little, and my sister and I would sit out there and play all day long. We loved to play I Spy from the windows!

  13. says

    We would make forts out of branches in the back yard and that was the best kind of playhouse. we would actually sweep the dirt paths and make dinner out of rocks. Great memories.

  14. christine jessamine says

    my favorite playhouse memory was when I was younger me and my siblings created a playhouse area under a large pine tree. it was alot of fun pretending

  15. says

    I LOVED making forts out of cardboard boxes with my cousins when we were little. We’d play house, gas station, store, restaurant. You name it. Forget toys…There’s something so fun about big, refrigerator-size boxes!

  16. Lisa Davis says

    Didn’t really have a playhouse, but my cousins and I used to make forts out of anything, one time we made a pretty extravagant one on the front lawn using lawn chairs and some blankets.

  17. Pamela Moore says

    This would make my little princess so happy after loosing her father and our house 6 mths ago it may put that smile back on that beautiful face of hers

  18. says

    My favorite memory was making tents in the basement in the summer and using the green beans leaves (which stick to blankets and clothes quite well) to make the tents camoflauge :-)

  19. Janet says

    Wow this takes me back. We used to put around the dining room chairs and drape a sheet over them. We could stay there all day-what fun!!

  20. Heather Hayes Panjon says

    Me And My Sister Used To Build A Playhouse Out Of Sheets And Spend All Day In Our “Playhouse” Great Memories !:)

  21. Lawanna says

    Would love to win this as a gift for extended family. I remember playing under a card table with my siblings and in the tree fort. Fun memories.

  22. Elaine Bolduc says

    my father made me and my sister a doll house outside, we played in it for years with signs that said ‘NO BOYS ALLOWED’ and my husband made one for my children that had the same signs on it and my husband has made one for my grandduaghters…without the sign lol

  23. Holly Trudeau says

    Yep, the goid ‘ole sheets and pillows fort, or “castle” in my and my friends case. We would hoard every pillow in my parents house and use my mom’s “these are only for company!” fancy sheets and create ourselves one awesome kingdom, not sure if my mom has yet to forgive me for staining her egyptian cotton sheets, never eat pizza inside a castle.

  24. ANGEL JACKLYN says


  25. ACMommy3 says

    I remember when my mom and dad made me a little playhouse kitchen set, it was just one-piece, nothing fancy like today’s stuff :-) but to me it was wonderful! All painted yellow and white, I had so much fun!

  26. says

    We lived out in the mojave desert and would make fort/play houses out of the sage bushes, we’d cut a few branches and hollow out a little “house” spent HOURS out there during the summers!

  27. Tammy J. says

    I had a teepee when I was growing up. It was a lot of fun being inside that thing. We also used to spread blankets over the tops of furniture and play “fort”. Fun times.

  28. Rae says

    I never had a playhouse of my own. I do remember a sort of tree house my cousins had. We loved playing up there! I’d love to give my daughter a playhouse of her own to create memories in.

  29. gaitha says

    We use to make our bed into forts when I was a kid, we didn’t ever have a real playhouse, but the bed sheet forts sure where fun :)

  30. Jen F says

    My favorite memory involved just about anytime we could get our hands on a cardboard box. Making it was my favorite adventure!

  31. Rachael says

    My siblings and I turned my parents lilac bushes into a fort. I loved to crawl underneath and read where it was peaceful and quiet. :-)

  32. Robyn L says

    our playhouse was made from blankets hung up outside; my twin brother
    and I would have Brown Sugar sandwiches that Mom made for us and play
    outside in the house.

  33. says

    I never had a “real” playhouse, but my friends and I were amazing at building snow forts in the winter! I remember one time we built one that was like a palace to me (I was six, so it was probably just a pile of snow, but whatever) and I just loved it!

  34. LV says

    My mom was handy with the sewing machine and made a playhouse out of a sheet that she placed over a card table. We still have it!

  35. says

    We had a play teepee growing up. We kept it downstairs and played in it for hours. It was a fort when my brother played inside and a house when I got my turn to play in it. Unfortunately, water damage forced us to get rid of it, but that thing was awesome! I remember it well.

  36. Audrey griffis says

    i was very lucky and my favorite playhouse was an old pop up camper that was in our yard me and my friends would spend hours pretending we were all over the place in that tralier :)

  37. says

    My Great-Aunt Margaret had a cool playhouse in her back yard and when I would visit as a kid she would give me a bucket of water and a paint brush to pretend to paint it for her. Sounds silly now, but was great fun back then!

  38. says

    This would be amazing! I honestly can’t remember much from my childhood, but we once set up a bear den under the dining table for my daughter with blankets, and she still asks for it regularly – it’s such a hassle that we don’t usually say yes…

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  39. says

    Me and my brother would make forts out of blankets and sheets. We’d have them all over the house, from the front room to our parents’ bedroom. We’d sit under there and read, tell ghost stories, and play with dolls. Thanks.

  40. Heather says

    I never had i playhouse but made my own, use to drive my mom nut’s because I would sleep on the floor in my fort but refused to sleep in my bed.

  41. Emily Schauer says

    Well…we never had an actual playhouse but my sister and I would make a blanket fort under the kitchen table and tell stories using a flashlight…It was great

  42. Jordan Y says

    I had an outdoor playhouse. I would always make my friend play with me. Lol I don’t think he liked it as much as I did.

  43. Darlene Webb says

    I never had a playhouse when I was growing up but I have been looking at these cardboard houses for a couple of years for my kids.

  44. kristy says

    We always loved when someone got a new appliance because the box would become our playhouse. We would decorate it, cut out windows, and have the best time in those boxes.

  45. charity perry says

    playing barbies in playhouses my cousins and i constructed out of old refrigerator boxes we dragged back to my house from a nearby furniture store

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