Tiny Treehouses Are Meticulously Handcrafted Within Bonsai Trees of All Sizes

Bonsai Treehouses by Dave Creek

Animator and artist Dave Creek sadly passed away after a skydiving accident in January 2021. A man of many talents, he was perhaps best known as the lead character designer on the beloved animated show Bob's Burgers. But beyond animation, he had a second creative passion: building miniature treehouses within bonsai trees. In celebration of his work, we want to showcase these incredible handcrafted worlds.

Bonsai trees have long been symbols of harmony and contemplation. Originating from China, the small twisted trees are often kept in pots as a way for people to celebrate and study their beauty. Bonsais have always had a certain magical charm—a quality which is elevated in Creek’s treehouses. Each handcrafted sculpture looks like its own little ecosystem, where tiny, otherworldly creatures might call home.

Creek created many bonsai treehouses throughout his life and documented the process on Instagram. Each one took many months and thousands of hours to complete; the artist sometimes spent years perfecting a single wooden display. Every piece—featuring handcrafted miniature houses, balconies, ladders, and steps—complements the natural shape of the bonsai. The architectural elements are nested within the trees’ branches and sometimes even appear to grow and twist through the roofs and walls.

From tiny roof tiles to little hand-cut windows, every treehouse holds an incredible amount of detail and showcases Creek’s tremendous artistic talent and patience. Check out his bonsai tree houses below.

Artist Dave Creek sadly passed away in early 2021, but he'll be remembered for his incredible bonsai tree houses.

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The artist was also a lead character designer for the animated show Bob's Burgers.

Bonsai Treehouses by Dave Creek

Building miniature treehouses was a hobby he worked on at home.

Bonsai Treehouses by Dave Creek

Each detailed piece took thousands and hours to complete.

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Dave Creek: Instagram

All images via Dave Creek.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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