Honey... I Shrunk Myself!
When Margie Wall was a little girl, she spent hours outdoors
creating castles, habitats, and villages in miniature for
imaginary creatures. "I even imagined myself shrunk down and
living in these habitats," she says. Today, together with
her husband John, she's owner of Stick People Miniatures in
Waldport, OR, and has made a career out of building miniature
tree houses and furniture.
In "Treehouse Habitats," Volume 19 of the multi-part Master
Miniaturists Video Instructional Series, Margie shares with
you many of the techniques she's perfected throughout the
years. In this video you'll learn how to build a 2-story 1/2"
scale bark treehouse made from common items such as pebbles,
twigs, moss, and nuts that you can gather during a family
"A lot of the fun for you in building a treehouse of your
own," says Margie, "will be finding the materials." Your treehouse
will become a home for bunnies, mice, fairies, elves, miniature
people, and other imaginary creatures.
Although for the most part the materials you'll need to build
your treehouse habitat will be found in nature, you'll also
need a few other tools to help you complete the project. Section
I of this video covers these in detail.
Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to prepare
the raw materials such as bark and moss. If you've gathered
your materials in the wild, you will first need to de-bug
them. "You don't want anything hatching out of them and eating
out your house afterwards," says Margie. She then goes on
to explain one of the best and easiest ways for de-bugging
using very common items found in your kitchen.
You'll then begin building your treehouse from the bottom
up... starting with the base, and followed by the bark which
you'll prepare and cut according to Margie's detailed instructions.
Next you'll move on to the first and second floors. Using
the cut bark as your guide, you'll trace the outline for the
second floor using grid paper.
Once the bark is glued onto the base, you'll add flooring
material to the house using landscaping material, sand, dirt,
or any other product of your choice. You're now ready to add
the second floor. Of course, your house won't be complete
without windows and doors. And in the next section of the
video, you'll learn how to hinge and attach the door to your
treehouse, and trace, cut, and attach the windows.
"Now for the fun part," says Margie, "Landscaping. For this
you can use those things that you've collected... the rocks,
the trees, the mosses... and incorporate them into your treehouse.
You'll watch as your treehouse "comes to life" as each piece
of landscaping material is added. You'll even build a couple
of benches for your miniature creatures to rest on when they
stop by for a visit, and a ladder to make it easy for them
to go upstairs if they should want to sleep on one of the
beds you'll prepare for them.
And speaking of beds, Margie also demonstrates a variety
of furnishings you can add to your house, including a walnut
shell cradle, beds made from avocado shells, birch bark table,
clothes tree, and a seashell wash basin. And just in case
your miniature friends get hungry, you'll learn a few recipes
for fast foods made from their favorite staple: seeds.
"Treehouse Habitats" ends with a stroll down "Memory Lane"
where you'll see a display of a variety of houses you can
make using the same techniques you learn on this tape.