Make a Tree House

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This arboreal abode is perfect for nature-loving peg dolls and fairies. For extra fun, the house has chutes instead of stairs.

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What you'll need

  • The following templates (links above):
  • trunk template
  • canopy template
  • floor template
  • wall template
  • corrugated cardboard
  • tacky glue
  • 2 cardboard paper-towel tubes
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush

How to make it

  1. Cut three trunks from the cardboard, with the corrugations running parallel to the longer sides. For strength, cut three 3- by 24-inch cardboard strips and use tacky glue to adhere each to a trunk as shown.

    When the glue is dry, cut two slots on each trunk as marked on the template.

  2. Cut one 19-inch circle for the base and three 12-inch circles for the floors. Cut three slots into two of the floors. Cut a 1 1/2-inch hole for a chute in all three floors.

  3. Cut three wall shapes from the cardboard, keeping the corrugations vertical. Cut out windows and doors. Bend the walls to follow the curve of the floor circles. Cut the cardboard tubes in half lengthwise.

  4. Cut three tree canopy shapes and their slots. Paint both sides of the shapes leafy green.

  5. Assemble the tree. Slot the two middle floors into the trunks, making sure the location of the chute holes are staggered, as shown in the finished tree. Place the assembly on the base. Secure every joint with tacky glue.

  6. Glue the top floor in place. Slot the canopy shapes onto the top floor and glue them to the trunks. Place the cardboard tube chutes with their bottoms next to a trunk.

    Glue the chutes to the holes and to the trunk sides. Finally, glue the walls in place.

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