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I built a tree house. Not a real one. It is cold outside and I don’t have a yard, let alone a tree.

No, I built a mini tree house in a potted plant.

Plants in the house can be kind of boring. I mean, sometimes they look great, but quite often they are just so… mundane. And as you might know by now, the mundane is something I like to wipe out with fun and play. And who doesn’t love tree houses?

So, if you are interested in building your own miniature tree house, prepare for an enchanting evening of reliving your childhood dreams.

You will need: wooden skewers and/or matches, yarn, glue (glue gun worked well for me), scissors, patience and a small dose of imagination.

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Of course the shape of your plant will influence the exact dimensions and structure of your tree house. The basic idea is to cut a number of wooden skewers, lay them next to each other and glue a single right-angled skewer on top to create a mini platform. Then fasten your platform with yarn to your plant. Before you start building your basic structure, take a good look at your plant. Plan ahead where you will tie the platform to the plant, so you can make it as stable as possible.

The design of your tree house is up to you. Give it windows, walls, a door, a roof, little curtains, whatever you want! Just glue everything together.

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Two skewers and some cut-up matches make a great ladder to reach the higher parts of your tree.

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If necessary you can split up a thicker piece of yarn to make thinner pieces. With some knots you can make your own mini rope ladder.

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This project is best enjoyed if you let your imagination run wild. I kept it simple, but besides my ‘keep out’ sign, you could think of little flags, a bonfire (tea light), rope bridges between different plants etc.

Have fun!

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    December 16, 2013 at 07:55

    ha, this is fun!

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    December 16, 2013 at 16:31

    This is so sweet, what a lovely little project and a surprise for anyone who spots it in you house

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      December 16, 2013 at 16:39

      Actually, I made it in a plant at my boyfriend’s house (mine tend to die). At first I wanted to do it secretly, so he would suddenly discover it. But then it was more fun to do it in his presence, making it a cozy evening while he was making a (real-size) bench and I was gluing sticks together haha

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    December 16, 2013 at 19:59

    Oh wow, this is such a great it! It looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing, I want to make one too!

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    December 17, 2013 at 03:57

    this is such a fun whimsical idea :) this would make an awesome gift for anyone who needs their day brightened!
    your posts always make me smile :)

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      December 19, 2013 at 20:10

      I agree. It is like giving someone flowers/a plant only more awesome!

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    December 17, 2013 at 18:37

    Oh my goodness this is adorable! I love the “keep out” sign!

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      December 19, 2013 at 20:11

      Haha thanks. I still kind of want to add a bonfire too. Perhaps I will (and tiny curtains! How cute would that be?)

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    joyce m. welch

    December 18, 2013 at 01:17

    Oh, I loved this. Such a good way to tuck some fun into an ordinary place.

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      December 19, 2013 at 20:11

      Haha yes I love to look around a space and find tiny surprises like that

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    pop champagne

    December 19, 2013 at 14:16

    ohhh this looks like a fun DIY to do! haha I love the final product!

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    December 19, 2013 at 20:06

    This is such a cute, original idea! The rope ladder made me “aw” out loud! Someday when I finally put a plant in my room, this will be the first thing that happens to it. :)

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      December 19, 2013 at 20:13

      Haha awesome! I don’t know how normal things only very small get an instant cute factor. It’s like magic haha

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    Crissy (@daintyfawn)

    December 19, 2013 at 21:13

    This is so awesome and original!!

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    Alexandria Brady

    December 20, 2013 at 19:06

    This is such a cool idea!

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    December 21, 2013 at 20:42

    Finally getting around to looking at this post. Your mini-treehouse is adorable! That’s such a fun idea. I’m tempted to make one myself, but I don’t think I have any suitable plants.

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      January 18, 2014 at 12:27

      Well, I used my boyfriends plant actually. My plants aren’t that suitable either (or I’m too afraid to let them die..)

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    December 24, 2013 at 19:22

    This is so cool! Love your blog. So creative and positive
    x atelier zozo

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    January 3, 2014 at 08:15

    hahahaa amazing! love it!

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    Liz Queenlila

    January 5, 2014 at 11:34

    I don’t think I can take how cute this is! :D

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    January 28, 2014 at 19:41

    Oh man, that is adorable!!

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    February 5, 2014 at 06:21

    This is a great winter-day date idea! My boyfriend is a total handy-man and I love succlents! It’s a great match! Thanks for the idea.

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      February 7, 2014 at 18:53

      Awesome! My boyfriend too. I love making things together with him :)


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