Our cost = Zero. We used whatever we could find around the house. Compare it to tree houses you can buy for over $60 on the internet.
Want to make something similar? I realize being the craft hoarder that I am, I probably have more tools than some so to make something similar you may have to borrow some tools from friends. But the results are so worth it. I know my girls AND I will get lots of play time out of it.
Like I said before everything we used was found or I already had supplies on hand. Here’s what we did.
Found a naturally downed tree in an old log jam by a local river. Fell in love with the stump of the tree and brought it home. I originally wanted driftwood but as I’ve no near plans to visit the beach soon, we settled for scouring the local river banks.
Then I proceeded to ask my husband to show me how to use his chain saw. He declined to let me handle his macho power-tool but kindly leveled the bottom of the stump for me and in the process took off some splintered roots. I’m sure you could achieve the same affect with a hand saw. Chain saw just saved some time.
The first fairy house we made years ago was branches drilled into a piece of plywood. What I love about the stump is that it’s free-standing and doesn’t need an extra base.
I wanted a little room at the bottom of the tree so I borrowed my husband drill, put on a large bit and drilled several close holes near the bottom.
Then I used some wood chisels and a hammer that we had in the garage to roughly hollow out a room.
Also used the chisels to frame a window further up the tree.
Then I found a downed branch in the back yard that was nearly as wide as the large drill bit and made several angled holes in the trunk of the tree to add branches. Once I figured out where to put them, I used a strong wood glue to affix them into place.
Luckily we have a sander and I thankfully used it to try and smooth the whole tree base and stump over. Hand sanding would have taken a lot longer, but was definitely do-able.
This step is optional, but we decided to use a white-wash type stain (which I happened to have in some old paint supplies) to blend the color of the branches with the tree base. That and the tree was dark and I wanted the next step to show up.
The girls helped in nearly all aspects of the tree with the exception of this next step. I love using my wood burning tool and wanted to put some fairy quotes and vines around the tree.
Couldn’t resist adding pixie dust too.
Normally I would have painted in the designs, but I really wanted to make this project without buying a thing. And as my paint supply is woefully short, I pulled out some of my old scrapbooking marker pens and went to town.
The easy thing about using a wood burning tool is that you hold it almost like a pen and can do quite the detailed decorating.
We personalized our little fairy tree house by putting all our names in various locations around the tree.
I know when you really want something and work towards it, well, sometimes, magically, things happen to help you along.
We found some greenery sitting by the side of the road, the very day we were trying to figure out our leaves. Then using some wire cutters we trimmed little branches off the greenery. I put a very small drill bit (matching the width of the floral wire) on the drill and proceeded to go to town drilling holes all over the ends of the branches and top of the tree.
Once we decided where we were going to put all the leaves we removed the wire branches, added glue and stuck them back in the drilled holes.
Then came the fun part.
We made a sweet birds nest for one of the branches. Tutorial HERE.
I crocheted a mini hammock out of some crochet thread.
Drilled a little slab of stripped bark and added twine for a fairy swing.
See how sweet. Can you tell how much fun we had making this?
Lined the little hollowed out room with moss.
I wanted an extra room further up the tree. So I took some pieces of bark, cut them to the same length, drilled holes in the ends and using floral wire laced them together on both ends.
I know this might be kind of flimsy but the bark floor is supported by some bamboo skewers that were glued into drilled holes in the tree.
And access to that floor was as simple as tying knots around little twigs (secured with craft glue) using my crochet thread.
What was wonderful was the fact that my kids started using their imagination. My Lea crafted a little fairy table and chair out of bark and twigs and glued them together with craft glue.
We worked on our enchanted tree house a little each day for over a week and are still dreaming up more furniture, decorations, and accessories for our magical fairy home.
Our fairies are loving it too.
Please someone shrink me.
If you’ve made something similar leave me a link address and I’ll post pictures on this post with your link. It was truly one of our more memorable summer crafts that I know we will enjoy for years to come.
Leave off the fairy quotes and this tree could easily be turned into a little boy’s miniature club house. Let your imagination run wild.
Here are more enchanting Home-Made Tree Houses:
My inspiration from Black Snowflake Emporium. Click HERE to see.
From Transit Antenna: Amazing Tutorial Click HERE.
So Many people have asked about the quotes and poems on the Tree House so Here they are:
And as the seasons come and go,
There’s something you might like to know.
There are fairies everywhere,Under bushes, in the air,
Playing games just like you play.
Singing through their busy day
So listen, touch and look around
In the air and on the ground
And if you watch all nature’s things
You might just see a fairy’s wing
There is hope in dreams, imagination and in the courage of those who wish to make these dreams a reality. Jonas Salk
Hand in Hand, with fairy grace, We will sing and bless this place. -~William Shakespeare