Here's a bedside lamp with a difference. It's a real, secret hideaway for any miniature toys or models you might have.

You will need:
  • A small torch
  • Newspaper
  • PVA glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Balloon
  • Paint
Blow up a balloon that's bigger than the toy you want to put inside the treehouse.
Carefully draw a circle around the knot of the balloon, like this.

It needs to be about the same size as the torch you're going to use.
Take a sheet of newspaper and twist it lengthways, holding it together with tape so that it's a tight twist.
Then loop the twist into a teardrop shape; this will be the entrance to the treehouse.

Adjust it to the size you want, then tape the ends together securely.
Trim off any excess...
...then tape the entrance to the front of the balloon - taking care not to pop it!
Make lots more twists in the same way.
Starting at the line that you drew around the knot, you now need to cover the rest of the balloon following the shape of the entrance.

Line it up with the top line and twist it around the entrance. Make sure you tape the twists to each other, rather than to the balloon!
The idea is to only go up to the line that you drew, so if you go beyond it, trim off any excess.
Once you've covered the whole balloon you'll end up with something that looks like this.
Because you taped the twists to each other, it'll make it easier to remove the balloon.

Carefully pop it!
The torch should now fit in the hole at the top of the structure, like this.
Now to make it more tree-like. For this, you'll need to make more newspaper twists!

Lie the Tree House down on its side and tape the twists around the entrance - but this time, do so that they stick out over the top and bottom. Use lots of tape for this!
When you stand the treehouse up, these sticky-out strips form the roots at the bottom of the tree and the branches at the top!
When you've covered the whole thing you'll end up with something that looks like this.

It should now be able to stand up on its own, and when you put the torch in at the top it will be hidden by the branches.
Now, to strengthen the whole thing up, paste a layer of PVA glue all over. This will make it easier to paint.

If you've left any gaps in the structure, you can stick extra bits of newspaper in them. But don't put on too much or you'll lose the tree-like texture!
When it's dry it will be hard and ready to paint.

Start by painting the inside of the Tree House with a light brown, or even yellow.

If you keep it bright, then it will reflect more light when you switch on the torch.
Paint the outside a wooden brown colour.
You can streak in some darker shades for a more realistic wood effect.
When you've finished painting, and the paint has dried, pop your toy or model inside, and place the torch in the top.
Here's another treehouse, this one fit for a princess!
And how about this one for your pet creepy crawlies!

Try it yourself!