We spent half term building tree houses at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. Our willow structures were inspired by this tree house Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott decorated for the Crown Princess Marie of Romania in 1897 – just a year before he started working on Blackwell!
Baillie Scott filled Blackwell with nature and whimsical details, making it the perfect holiday home for the Holt family and their five children. The minstrel gallery – with birds and trees carved into the woodwork – looks like an indoor tree house!
We started building tree houses by ‘planting’ willow rods into a polystyrene base. Then we used pipe cleaners, wire, and tape to bend and shape the flexible green willow into any structure we could think of! We decorated our tree houses with paper flowers – inspired by Baillie Scott’s description of the plants he hid throughout Blackwell. The resulting tree houses were impressive – the tallest reaching almost 5 feet! If you snapped a picture of your tree house, tweet @lakelandarts #Blackwell or post it on our facebook page.
A big thank you to everyone who joined in and helped out with this activity! We’re already looking forward to Blackwell’s Easter Egg Hunt, Family Dance Night, and Story Telling Week. Sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop!
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