Doll tents are popular accessories for indoor and outdoor play. In addition to being an inspiration for creativity, doll tents give the doll a special resting place indoors and helps protect them outdoors. However, buying a doll tent for your average fashion or baby doll can cost much more than the object is worth. If you want to save money but still obtain a quality tent, try making it yourself. With some cardboard, waterproof fabric and tape, you can create a fancy doll tent that opens and closes with ease.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Razor knife
- Thick tape
- Waterproof fabric
- Craft glue
Draw two rectangles, 20 inches by 15 inches each, on the cardboard. Use the razor knife to carefully cut out the rectangles. Place the two pieces of cardboard in an inverted "V" shape so the 20-inch ends are flat on the table. Stretch a piece of sturdy tape down the board meeting point to create the top of the doll tent.
Place the cardboard pieces flat on the table so that the taped side faces downward. Add a few long strips of tape along the inner seam of the doll tent "hinge." Flip the cardboard pieces back over and place them back in the inverted "V" shape. Add a few long strips of tape along the top of the hinge. Make sure the hinge is securely taped so the two pieces remain connected and create a tent shape.
Cut a piece of waterproof fabric 20 inches by 17 inches. Place the fabric across the floor of the cardboard doll tent shape so the fabric lines up with the tent in front and back, but 1 inch of fabric sticks out from each side of the shape. Cover the left 1-inch tab of fabric with glue and fold it up to secure the floor to the bottom side of the tent. Repeat process with right tab. Let dry. This should create a floor that prevents the tent from opening too much but still allows it to fold closed.
Cut a piece of 20-inch by 32-inch waterproof fabric to create the top covering for the doll tent. Glue a 1-inch tab of fabric to the bottom-left side of the tent floor. Cover the outside of the cardboard pieces with glue. Pull the fabric flat against the first board, over the top of the tent, flat against the second board and glue the last 1- inch of fabric to the bottom-right side of the tent floor. Let dry.
Check that the fabric stays in place when you open and close the tent. If any fabric pops loose, add some more glue to the backside, press it against the cardboard and let dry. Decorate the inside of tent, add curtains or sew some matching sleeping bags as needed.