How to Make Kit’s Tree house

Posted on Sep 9 2015 - 6:02pm by Rudy

American GIrl Doll Kit's Tree house

How to Make Kit’s Tree house

First I want to give a BIG thanks and shout out to Shelly over at Shelly’s Doll World for taking such great measurements of her real Kit’s Tree house.  I know it’s not alway easy to get good measurements and she did a fantastic job!  Thank you Shelly!

So, this project has been on my mind for a while.  We never did get Kit’s tree house before it retired and of course ever since then it’s been an item we have wanted.  We search local listings all the time and have never come across a good deal or one that’s in tact.  It seems that every one we did find was broken in several places.  Well, if we were going to have to fix one we might as well just make one ourself!  I am glad we did.  This thing is sturdy and strong!  We decided to forgo the tree and leave it as is for now. Maybe later we will add on to it!  This post is just for the build itself.  In a later post we will add on accessories and have more fun decorating it!

We also made Kit’s chicken Coop!  You can find that tutorial HERE.

Kit related posts:

Kit’s Reporter Set

Kit’s Chicken Keeping Set

Kit’s Chicken Coop

Cut List:

1 – 1/2″ Plywood @ 21 1/4″ x 16 1/2″ – Tree house Base

2 – 3/4″ MDF @ 12″ x 10 1/2″ – Bottom & Top of Tree house Support

4 – 3/4″ MDF @ 12″ x 10 3/4″ – Sides of Tree house Support

1 – 3/4″ MDF @ 19″ x 17 3/4″ – Tree house Floor

2 – 1/4″ MDF @ 25 1/2″ x 19″ – Front & Back walls of Tree house

2 – 1/2″ MDF @ 20 1/4″ x 12″ – Side Walls of Tree house

2 – 1/2″ x 1/2″ @ 18″ – Front & Back Wall Supports

2 – 1/2″ x 1/2″ @ 11″ – Side Wall Supports

14 – 3/4″ x 1/2″ @ 9 1/2″ – Rail Posts

4 – 1/2″ x 1/4″ @ 7 1/2″ – Top of Rails

2 – 1/2″ x 1/2″ @ 7″ – Front Rail Supports

2 – 1/2″ x 1/2″ @ 4 3/4″ – Side Rail Supports

2 – 1/2″ x 1/4″ @ 18″ – Side Door Trim

2 – 1/2″ x 1/4″ @ 9 3/4″ – Top Door Trim

4 – 3/4″ MDF @ 5″ x 3″ – Roof Braces  *Cut 60° off Square

1 – 1/4″ MDF @ 13 3/8″ x 13″ – Right Roof  *Cut 60° off Square

1 – 1/4″ MDF @ 13″ x 9 7/16″ – Left Roof  *Cut 60° off Square

How to make Kit's Tree House

Plans for making Kit’s Tree House

Step 1:

Start by cutting out your Tree house base.  I used a piece of plywood for my base.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 1

Step 2:

Screw from the bottom of the plywood into the bottom of the tree house support. Follow diagram to align bottom tree house support.  Set this piece aside for now.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 2

Step 3:

Get the tree house floor and the top tree house support and screw from the bottom of the top tree house support into the tree house floor. Make sure to follow the spacing diagram below. Set this piece aside.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 3

Step 4:

Glue and nail all 4 tree house side supports into each other and into the bottom tree house support.

 

Kit's Tree house plans Step 4

 

Step 5:

Now take the Tree House Floor from earlier and flip it over so the Top Tree House Support is on the bottom and slide it in the middle of all the Side Supports.  Glue and nail into place. Follow diagram below to make sure all pieces are facing the right way.  You now have your Tree house Base/Stand!

Kit's Tree house plans Step 5

Step 6:

Follow the diagram to cut out the door and window in the front wall.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 6

Step 7:

Go ahead and glue & nail the front and side walls of the tree house together.  Do not attach to tree house floor yet.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 7

 

Step 8:

Attach the front and back wall supports, at the bottom of the walls, with glue and nails.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 8

Step 9:

Align the back of the tree house with the back of the floor. Glue & nail it into the floor through the front and back wall supports you just added in Step 8.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 9

 

Step 10:

Follow diagram below and add front and side rail supports to the tree house floor by gluing & nailing into place. Do this on both sides of the tree house.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 10

Step 11:

Follow the diagram and add the Rail Posts and Top of Rails.  You will want to glue & nail them all into place.  Make sure to follow the spacing listed in the diagram. Add the Rails and Top of Rails to the other side.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 11

Step 12:

Simply add the top & bottom door trim, then add the side door trim. Glue into place.  You can use nails, but glue will hold up just fine.

 

Kit's Tree house plans Step 12

Step 13:

Attach the left and right sides of the roof to the roof braces.  The brace that is by the door needs to be set back 3/4”.  Also, the back brace needs to be set in 1/4”. This way when you put the roof on the tree house, it will sit flush and not fall off. Now glue & nail the roof and braces together.  **Optional** I did not glue or nail my roof to the tree house so I could remove the roof to make it easier to decorate inside of it and for play.

Kit's Tree house plans Step 13

Kit's Tree house plans Step 14

How to Make Kit's Tree house

Come back soon to see us give it some finishing touches! Leave a comment if you want to add this to your collection  ! (If of course you don’t have it already)

How to Make Kit’s Tree house was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Margaret March 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm -

    I want to try this. Thank you!

  2. Carly February 21, 2016 at 6:08 am -

    How much did all the wood cost? I want to know because I can’t build this but my Papa can.

  3. Baileigh January 12, 2016 at 5:34 pm -

    can you add shelves to the inside

  4. Keke October 4, 2015 at 10:43 am -

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  5. LaTonya September 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm -

    Too cute!!!!

  6. Katie September 11, 2015 at 2:39 pm -

    Thanks I really wish I had the things to make this cause I am a big fan of your YouTube channel and website

  7. tiff-a-turkey September 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm -

    thank you!

  8. tiff-a-turkey September 10, 2015 at 3:28 pm -

    Awesome!! Do you think that instead of wood you could use cardboard to make something similar?

    (Like just the top house part)

    • Rudy September 10, 2015 at 3:39 pm -

      Yes! I think foam board would work well and you can still use the same measurements.

  9. Laura September 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm -

    That’s so cool! I love it!!!

  10. Dusty September 10, 2015 at 3:40 am -

    I absolutely love this and so would my 4 year old daughter! Would you be able to list an approximated costs and what tools are used? Thanks so much and love your website!