Ah, the tree house—a childhood dream we never entirely get over. Whether you want to share your experience of lording over a one-of-a-kind playhouse in the sky with your little ones or are keen to build them the tree fort you always wish you had, you’ll find plenty of inspiration among these amazing (and totally doable) DIY tree houses.
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Layers of Fun
This two-story tree house, from Living Edge Treehouses & Edible Landscapes featured on Houzz, connects a simple tree platform to a raised shelter via a cargo net passage. It’s the perfect place to hang around and catch the breeze on a warm summer’s day.Continue to 2 of 14 below.
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Toddler-Friendly Tree House
Though it may sit a little lower to the ground than your average tree house, this pint-sized tree-stump palace spotted on Made With Happy, will leave your little one on cloud nine. With a cheery yellow interior, clean blue and white striped curtains and little more than a three-foot drop to the grassy ground below, it’s the perfect starter home for an adventuring toddler on the go.Continue to 3 of 14 below.
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This rustic tree house, featured on Houzz by Whitney Lyons, incorporates organic materials and scrap lumber into a simple, understated design that blends nicely into its picturesque garden surroundings. The piece de resistance? A bucket on a pulley—perfect for passing secret messages and other goodies to friends above.Continue to 4 of 14 below.
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Pallet Wood Tree House
Looking for a childhood paradise that won’t break the bank? Made entirely of repurposed wooden pallets, this humble tree fort, featured on Homesthetics, cost only $30 to pull together. Add cushions, pillows, blankets, and a string or two of fairy lights, and you’ll have a comfortable hideaway that will entertain your kiddos all summer long.Continue to 6 of 14 below.
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Simple Slat House With Modern AppealContinue to 7 of 14 below.
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Hammock HangoutContinue to 8 of 14 below.
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Modern BeautyContinue to 9 of 14 below.
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Double the FunContinue to 10 of 14 below.
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The CubeContinue to 11 of 14 below.
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Simple Chevron Tree HouseContinue to 12 of 14 below.
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Hobbit Hole Tree House
Built around the base of a tree and covered with a rich and grassy roof, this sweet little fairy house offers a nod to the centuries-old tradition of the “cobb house” while creating a beautiful and unobtrusive play space for the little sprites in your life.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Texture-Rich Tree House
Cedar shake shingles and a corrugated metal roof add a rich textural dimension to this simple plywood playhouse created by Shannon of Dirt-Digging Sisters. With no tree house-worthy tree in sight, the family had to improvise, incorporating a sapling tree into their design that will hopefully grow into its new digs.Continue to 14 of 14 below.
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