A handmade fairy garden treehouse, perfectly perched on a mini tree, is what your fairy garden needs. We even crafted in a cascading rope ladder made of tiny twigs!


Fairy gardens are the ultimate way to let your creativity shine. With miniature plants and figurines, the fun with fairy gardens never stops. The only thing your miniature landscape is missing is a dreamy treehouse, made simply of matchsticks and hot glue. We sat our adorable house atop a bonsai tree.

What You Need

  • Wooden matchsticks (2.6 inches x 0.1 inches)
  • Masking tape
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Hemp braiding cord
  • Twigs
  • 1/8-inch washers (optional)

Step 1: Make Treehouse Floor

Your treehouse floor will consist of 4 planks. To begin making planks, tear a 2.5-inch piece of masking tape. Align 7 matchsticks on tape so the ends line up. Apply glue to the matchsticks to make them stick together. Use the end of an extra matchstick to smooth glue on the back. Let dry completely and remove tape. Repeat this step to make the second floor plank.

Once finished, cut each plank in half so you have 4 pieces. Make an L-shape arrangement using two of the pieces. Apply masking tape on the sides without glue to connect the two pieces. Flip over and apply glue to the side that already has glue. Let dry. Repeat this with the other two pieces.

Step 2: Make Treehouse Deck

Cut 3 matchsticks into fourths. These pieces will be the "posts" on the deck of the treehouse. Glue bottom of each post to the floor of the treehouse and let dry.

Spray-paint your treehouse the color of your choice and let dry.

Cut two 16-inch pieces of braiding cord. Wrap cord around each post on both deck parts, making sure to leave a tail at both ends.

Step 3: Make Treehouse Ladder

Cut two 18-inch pieces of cord. Mark and cut twigs into 1/2-inch pieces. The number of pieces you need depends on how long you want to make the ladder. Tape the first 2 inches to a surface to make it easier to keep the rungs even. Take one piece of cord and wrap an overhand knot on the other side of the twig to make the first rung. Continue to add a rung every 1/2 inch until you reach the desired length.

To make attaching the ladder to the treehouse easier, tie a mini washer to the top end of each cord so you can slip the washers over posts on the treehouse. Otherwise, you can tie the cord to the posts.

Install the treehouse by placing two parts around the base, and secure by tying two sides together with tails of cord.

Comments (1)

May 31, 2018
What do you suggest to make the tear-drop pieces with for the roof? Everything I can think of is either to thin or not thick enough looking to look substantial for the roof.