Every kid should have the fun experience of having their own teepee. They make a great addition to any bedroom or playroom. Your child can spend time playing, reading or napping in their very own teepee. They fold so that you can easily store them or transport them outside for an outdoor adventure. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a store-bought teepee. With this quick and easy, no-sew method, you’ll only need about sixty dollars and an hour or so of your time. Even the less crafty parent can follow these simple steps and make a perfectly safe teepee for their child to play in.
What You’ll Need
- 4 screws
- 4 washers
- 3/8″ rope
- 4 6’x1¾’ poplar dowels
- 6’×9′ canvas drop cloth
- Velcro strips(optional)
8 Steps to Making a Kid’s Teepee Tent
- Start by cutting a large length of rope. Using your lighter burn the end of the rope to keep it from fraying. This piece will eventually be threaded through all of the dowels and used to secure the teepee. Make sure you cut at least 3 to 4 feet of rope so that you have plenty to work with. You will be able to trim the excess rope at the end of the project.
- Drill a hole in dowel #1, about five inches from the top. Thread the rope through the hole and secure it with a knot, where it meets the pole.
- Take the other three dowels and create a makeshift teepee. This step can be tricky; you may need an extra set of hands to hold the dowels in place. Remember to keep the front entryway wider than the back of the teepee.
- Once you have the dowels situated and stable, drill a hole in dowel #2 where it meets dowel #1. Thread the rope through dowel #2 and wrap it around dowel #1. Make sure you loop it around in different directions to make it snug and stable.
- Next, add dowel #3. Drill a hole where the dowel meets the existing dowels, thread the rope through the hole and wrap it around as you did in the previous step. Repeat the same steps for dowel #4. Drill, thread and wrap the rope. Make sure you go over and under all the dowels and then finish by wrapping the rope around the teepee several times. Secure the end of the rope and trim any excess with your scissors.
- Now you need to open your drop cloth. Open it horizontally and find the center. Start by draping your drop cloth over the back portion of your teepee. You’ll need to secure the cloth to the top of your teepee, where the dowels meet. To do this place a washer onto a screw and drill through the fabric and dowel.
- Continue draping the drop cloth around your teepee. Make sure that it is as tight and uniform as possible, especially where the dowels meet. During this step you can adjust your dowels, if needed, to make them level. Secure the drop cloth with the remaining screws and washers, as in the previous step. Use one screw and one washer on each dowel.
- You can either roll or tuck the excess cloth at the floor of the teepee or cut it off with scissors. If you are trimming the excess fabric with scissors, make sure you don’t cut too much. The drop cloth should just barely touch the floor. The canvas at the entrance of the teepee can easily be rolled back, or you can attach velcro strips to keep it drawn back and in place.
Because this teepee is built with a heavy canvas drop cloth, it is durable and will last a long time. This teepee can comfortably fit three or four toddler-sized children and will offer years of creative play. Let your child get creative with their teepee. You could let them paint the canvas both inside and out in order to make their own, one-of-a-kind teepee. String lights inside your child’s teepee to make it a perfect, cozy reading nook. Place pillows on the floor of the teepee for a peaceful napping getaway. The possibilities are as endless as your child’s imagination. They will love being able to have a little place to call their own, and you’ll love the fact that it is inexpensive, safe, and built to last.