Getting your very own playhouse as a kid is like winning the lottery. What could possibly be better than having your very own space to store your toys, and hanging out with friends in a place that’s entirely yours? For most of us, having a playhouse meant having what was basically a large dog house that came in a box of 10 interlocking pieces from Home Depot. My playhouse as a kid was a shed in my backyard that was so full of dirt and bugs and lawn tools that I genuinely hated the place, but at least it was mine (well, mine and the rats’). Not all of us have YouTuber Once Upon a Workbench as our dads, so we had to make do with whatever was available.
Donovan (aka Once Upon a Workbench), an incredibly crafty dad, has made a slew of creations over the years that any kid would love. He’s created real-life versions of LEGO props like the Ninjago Scythe of Quakes, the Ninjago Sword of Fire, and the Ninjago Nunchucks of Lightning. He’s made custom Christmas decorations based off of his kids’ favorite shows and video games, he built a My Little Pony workbench – but to date, his most impressive and time-consuming project came in the form of a playhouse based off of Link’s Breath of the Wild house.
We have to give credit where credit’s due – this playhouse wasn’t based on Link’s home, Donovan freaking recreated the entire place down to decorations like the Master Sword and Majora’s Mask. He made the playhouse for his son’s birthday, and though he didn’t quite finish in time, it’s pretty much the best gift any kid could imagine (or, you know, the best gift anyone could imagine).
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The video’s caption explains, “It started a simple idea to make a playhouse, then became something epic as we built the ultimate Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild playhouse.”
The 16-minute long video details the process, but of course, it’s an extremely abridged version of everything that went into creating this masterpiece. Donovan posted more detailed pictures on his Instagram, and this absolute gem of a Zelda fan is selling an instruction manual in case you want to try your hand at creating your very own version.
Whether or not you plan to dedicate the next several years of your life to this insanely detailed project, the video is well worth a watch. The beginning even plays out like a video game cutscene, because of course, he’s also incredible at editing videos.