We had to cut this beautiful old oak tree down because it was dead. so we gave it a 2nd life as a gnome home.
We wanted it to have a whimsical look so I was not so interested on having exactly perfect. We left the tree about 6' tall.
Step 1: Things You Need
What is needed for the roof top:
1 -4x8 sheet of 1/2" plywood
3- 8ft 2x4
4 bundles of wood shingles ( I found that carpenters shims worked just fine) and felt paper
Misc screws and nails
Circular saw, Miter saw. Scroll saw, Screw gun, hammer
Paint ( optional)
I built 3 roof support trusses from the 2x4s each side 42" long cut at 45 degrees then putting a little detail to the ends for that whimsical look using a scroll saw.
Then added the plywood.top and ends. Each tree is different so you would have to scale the roof to what looks good. I then added felt paper to the plywood then nailed the shingles in a random pattern. I had to trim the edges of the tree with a chainsaw a little to make the roof fit. I painted the under side with grey paint to seal the wood.
It took a few test fits and I had to trim the tree a few times. The roof is attached by a few heavy duty screws into the stump at each end .
Step 2: The Windows
I cut the back pieces out of thin plywood and then cut small strips out of cedar for the details to the edges and window pane. I painted the area inside the windows to make it look like drapes. Then I hot glued some dried grasses to the window pane. sealed the whole thing with exterior varnish.
Step 3: Door
To make the door I used some left over flooring that was finished. I glued 3 pieces together and let that set up. Then cut an arch on the top edge.
I found an old handle that made the door knob ( sprayed it flat black to give it antique look.
I hot glued a little diamond as a peep hole just for fun.
I cut away some of the bark so the door would look more flush. I could have made a border but this turned out ok.
That is about it, I hope you all enjoy !
Happy Instructabling !!!!