Does anyone know of a tutorial to build a tree branch house like this .... http://www.bellalunatoys.com/wooden-toys/wooden-dollhouses/tree-cottage-549.html
I'm in love! Has anyone ever made one and have tips or inspiration? It looks like you could figure it out generally but I'd love suggestions!
Mommy to Lacie (4yrs), Brighton (3 yrs), and Maggie (3mos).
I made one similar to that because I was too cheap to shell out for the pre-made version and also because I like to give at least one homemade thing to my kids for most occasions.
I did scrimp on doing the bases by myself. I bought some pre-cut pieces of wood (maybe maple, this was years ago) at AC Moore. They still had the bark on the edges and were very nice. I raided a neighbor's yard trash pile by the road for some tough branches to hold up the different levels. Then I just screwed and glued them in after cutting them to equal heights. I skipped the staircase, but I did make a rope ladder with embroidery thread and twigs and I made a little hammock out of scrap fabric. The kids loved it for awhile and then they loved it a little too much and painted it and then one of the branches came loose I think. We've still got it, but it's a little worse for the wear at the this point, but I probably made it 3 or 4 years ago or so. It really came out pretty well at the time and I had fun doing it. Pretty cheap, too. All I paid for was those base slabs at the craft store.
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