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Christmas themed cubby house


Give the kids’ cubby some Christmas cheer. This simple makeover (a lick of paint and a few merry details) transforms an ordinary cubby into an elfin workshop, a North Pole playhouse, or an enchanted forest – whatever your kids want to imagine!

cubby house steps

1Assemble the cubby house following the manufacturer’s instructions

Pre-drill the screw holes to prevent splitting. Smooth around the secured screws and any rough areas using 120-grit abrasive paper with a sanding block, Next, smooth around the windows and door with 180-grit to remove any splinters.

cubby house ready to be painted

2Paint the cubby house inside and out

Use a mini-roller to apply two coats of exterior paint to the inside and outside walls and roof, inside and outside walls, leaving to dry after each coat. Use a 50mm angled brush to apply three coats of white paint to the door, window and roof fascia, leaving to dry after each coat. For the walls, we used Dulux ‘Weathershield’ low sheen exterior paint in Oolong.

3Make 19 peppermint candy knobs

Cut 43mm-diameter pine dowel into 30mm-thick discs with a mitre saw, smoothing around cuts with 180-grit abrasive paper. Working in a ventilated area, wearing mask and gloves, place knobs on scrap cardboard and apply two coats of white spray paint, leaving to dry after each. Using a small craft brush, make red swirls on the knobs and leave to dry. Seal with a clear, water-based varnish and leave to dry.

Door decoration candy

4Stick on the knobs

After Measuring, position the knobs evenly around the outside of the door frame, applying construction adhesive and pressing firmly to secure.

candy look on the painted cubby house

5Position the cubby house

Set the cubby on a flat, stable surface, checking clearances for the door and windows. Style tip: Let the kids embellish the cubby with their favourite festive decorations. We added Christmas cheer with a reindeer ornament, pine cones and fresh foliage.

Christmas themed stuff is added

6Spray paint the terracotta pot and bowl

Working in a ventilated area, wearing mask and gloves, position the terracotta pot and bowl upside-down on scrap cardboard. Apply two coats of white spray paint to the pot and two coats of red spray paint to the bowl, leaving to dry after each coat.

Painted terracotta 

7 Attach the pot to the bowl

Apply construction adhesive around the rim and outside the top of the pot. Press the bowl upside down onto the pot and leave to dry.

8Paint white circles on the red bowl

Use a small craft brush to paint different-sized circles on the bowl with white exterior paint, applying two coats and leaving to dry after each coat.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Turn timber offcuts into simple signs. We used leftover paint and a couple of extra peppermint candy knobs to match the cubby.
Terracotta step painted to look like mushroom 

9Keep in mind

  • When assembling and setting up your cubby, make sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Ensure you choose a suitable location and surface, and check the recommended age limit for use.
  • Note: Our cubby house was set up for photographic purposes only.

*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information. Paint colours may vary on application.

10Choose your cubby:

From cubbies with tiny porches to slides and stairs, we’ve got a huge range of cubby houses that are the perfect foundation for your makeover.


Photo Credit: Natalie Hunfalvay, Imogene Abady

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.