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A Dad Built A Magical Reading Tree For His Daughter And Now We Want One Too

As a little girl, I was mesmerized by fairy tales and enchanted forests. I loved reading books about them and fantasizing. That's what most little girls like to do.

If only I asked my dad to build me an awesome tree in my own bedroom as this dad did. Perhaps my imagination would have been even stronger.

Take a look at this DIY from Imgur user radamshome. What do you think of this project?

I can't believe it, there's a tree in this little girl's bedroom!

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And it truly looks amazing. So much work must've gone into creating this visually stunning room.

1. The Cost

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According to this dad, it cost about $4,250 to renovate his daughter's bedroom. And it took him around 350 hours time over a period of 18 months.

2. The Design

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Every project starts with an idea and a design. Here's the original sketch the dad drew to put his idea on paper. This looks so imaginative indeed.

3. Scale Model

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It's always a good idea to create a scaled model so you can roughly see what the final design will look like. This is a helpful tool.

4. Outline

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Now he was ready to transfer the design idea into an actual outline. He could easily follow along and know exactly where each piece needed to fit.

5. Skeleton

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The frame of the tree was made from welded metal and wire screen. This part took a long time and even resulted in some injuries. Ouch!

6. Lighting

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Not only does this tree look amazing during the day but it also lights up at night. Radamshome installed some low-voltage light fixtures.

7. Concrete

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For the tree to look solid, radamshome needed to use concrete to cover it. To create texture this dad used silicone bark rollers and clay sculpting tools.

8. Paint

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The whole tree was painstakingly painted and the rest of the room also got the royal paint treatment to create that gorgeous, mysterious, and enchanted forest look.

9. Intricate Details

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It's all in the details, isn't it? Well, this dad definitely put some hard work into this project. Just look at how intricate the door knobs look.

10. Tree Branches

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To create the base foliage layer, you can usually score some good deals online for tree branches and then get more detailed pieces to put on top.

11. Forest Animals

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To make this forest come alive, radamshome added some animals. Here, you can see birds and butterflies. They definitely make this piece really stand out.

12. Night Effect

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To create that beautiful nighttime light effect, radamshome just used Christmas lights. Now you really feel like you're transported into an enchanted and magical fairy forest.

Don't you wish you were a kid again?

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Ah, to escape our daily lives and get lost reading a book about faraway lands and fairy tales. One can dream, right?