Summer Do It Yourself Projects: Build a Perfect Tree House


By Corey Whelan

Summer is almost over—and with it, the oasis of time you thought you would use to accomplish do it yourself projects, like learning how to build a tree house for your kids. It was amazing spending lazy days on the beach, but your yearning to complete something may continue to build.

To scratch that itch, why not learn how to build a tree house and the fun accessories that go with it? That dusty tool box is calling your name. Answer it with this project your kids will love.

Get Inspired and Get To Work

A tree house is just the place for doing homework and having cozy, autumn sleepovers. Of course, you’re not going to share the drilling duties with your five-year old, but you can start by reading Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb together. It features lots of breathtaking photos (and step-by-step building instructions) for your inspiration.

You’ll need a state-of-the-art cordless drill, like the reliable Milwaukee 2407-22, pressure-treated lumber, and hand tools like a hammer, saw, and level. Your child will have a blast picking out posters, throw pillows, and accessories like a comfy hanging hammock chair. The vibrantly-colored Outdoor Portable Canvas Striped Hanging Hammock Swing features a durable, cotton rope and is perfect for tree houses, backyards, and other assorted just-for-me nooks.

Decorate with Wind Chimes

Now that you’ve mastered how to build a tree house, you should decorate it with other do it yourself projects, like hanging wind chimes. You can use shells you found over the summer at the beach, antique keys, or wooden spoons. You can also break down and buy a fabulous wind chime that’s ready-made, like the glow-in-the-dark, multicolored Solar Sun and Moon Mobile Wind Chime. It has lots of kid-appeal and is simply too gorgeous to resist.

Cozy Up the Place

As you know, your kids love being in charge of decorating their special spaces. Grab the paint brushes and let them get creative with color. What could be better than a polka-dotted tree house anyway? If you want to keep the paint job low-key, stenciling can be an intricate project to share together. Measuring windows for curtains and sewing them together can also make your tree house extra cozy. Let your children pick out their own cotton fabric in a fun pattern or favorite color. Buy extra for matching floor pillows so you have a cozy place to sit when you’re telling ghost stories and eating popcorn in your new, above ground digs.

Finally getting around to figuring out how to build a tree house will be one of the best do it yourself projects you’ve ever finished. When summer turns to fall this year, make your kids’ backyard dreams come true with a new hangout spot for the whole family.

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