Inspired by Childhood101 and Irresistible Ideas we decided to make a tree house doll’s house as a gift for Morgan’s 4th birthday.
We used Silver Birch branches and one big log of hardwood for the large rounds. We drilled and screwed the bigger support trunks to a pine board base and drilled and screwed the large rounds to the support trunks but everything else was stuck together with hot glue.
The girls and I had loads of fun creating and gluing together the stairs and rope ladder and all the little accessories. We found an old rusty pulley and some string to make a basket and pulley system and some fake ‘vine leaves’ to add a bit of greenery.
Along with a few new Schleich boy fairies/elves our big boy declared it ‘the best present ever’… along with play dough and Lego that is!
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Amanda Kendle says
Oh, it’s gorgeous! I already have this bookmarked from Childhood 101 (and my Dad out on his bush property collecting appropriate wood) for us to build one for our small boy. Yours is lovely!!!
Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots says
Ooh I love this!!!! I’ve been contemplating making one ever since I saw Childhood 101’s. Yours has decided me! If only hubby still worked for an aborist company, he could have gotten me wood galore! Love the elves and the way you’ve decorated this with leaves :-)
Wow ! How awesome is that ??? So much more imaginative and creative than your stock standard dolls’ house !
Happy WW :-)
Missy Boo says
That’s awesome… and you made it? I’m in awe!
I had help from my Dad and my husband who drilled and screwed on some of the bigger bits, but mostly it is all done with hot glue… fun and easy!
Sherry and Donna says
OH KATE!!! … That is totally irresistible! Lucky, lucky Morgan.
Donna :) :)
thanks so much for your inspiring post… I had so much fun making it and all my kids are loving it. If I can find some more of the right wood I am thinking I might make one for our local kinder too (can you tell I miss teaching kind sometimes?)
Christie-Childhood 101 says
It’s wonderful :)
Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo says
Moo has been wanting to make a dollshouse.
I am totally sending her this link.
(and yes, THAT Moo… you are never too old, or Emo)
never too old… and this is mostly put together with a hot glue gun, SO much fun to make! She should get some Schleich fairies too… they are super goth and emo looking, might even be one with blue hair!
Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo says
I sent her over to have a look and she said ‘WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN’ which in Emo means ‘freaking awesome’.
She has a glue gun and is coming home next week (to go and see Harry Potter) and we just had a tree chopped down…
Amy @ MahliMoo says
WOW! That is one awesome tree house doll house!
wow so creative. fantastic
that’s pretty cool. Did you use nails or glue to build it?
The main upright stumps are screwed into a wooden base and the top platforms are also screwed on. The rest is done with a hot glue gun. Childhood101 did hers entirely with hot glue but our platform slices didn’t have a flat enough base for glue and my kids are pretty rough on toys so we figured screwing was safer. Mind you the hot glue glues wood to wood really well!
I love it so much.
How cool! That is really creative!
Life As Mummy Max says
that is amazing!!! Im in awe you did a fantastic job!!
You should really do a tutorial on this. I for one would love to make one!
I bought something similar for my kindergarten classroom thinking it would be a “dollhouse” that both boys and girls would enjoy, and they surely do! I wish I would have thought about (or knew how to ) build one on my own, as it was pretty pricey to purchase. Perhaps I’ll build one now as a gift!
Mary B says
Have you had any trouble with the wood discs splitting? We were trying to make one of these for our girls, but our wood floors keep splitting as they dry.
We made our wood rounds from fire wood, so it was already dry and we just picked the pieces that hadn’t split. But we have had trouble in the past when we’ve cut wood cookies from green wood that has split as it dried so I know what you mean. I think the best thing to do is store some wood for a while till it is dry and try then, though some wood (like silver birch) doesn’t seem to split as much so perhaps that is another option?? Or even using some shop bought boards for the platforms?
Brooke (siayla) says
This is amazing too! We are going to have a busy summer making all these wonderful ideas. shared here http://siayla.blogspot.ca/2014/01/got-wood-try-these-wood-crafts.html