How to Make a Kid's Tent With PVC Pipes

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How to Make a Kid's Tent With PVC Pipes
Design your own tent. (Tent image by Einar Bog from

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes serve as easy-to-work-with, malleable tools that make building simple. Because of the ease of working with PVC piping, children can help create their own tents. PVC pipes make an affordable, durable tent. Add a sheet or tarp to your tent piping to create an inexpensive tent cover. Tents give children a fun, private place to play. For extra flair, use sheets with a fun pattern or cartoon design.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sheet or plastic tarp
  • 9 PVC pipes, 36 inches long
  • 4 PVC pipes, 34 inches long
  • 4 PVC pipes, 24 inches long
  • 6 three-way PVC connectors
  • 4 four-way PVC connectors

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  1. 1

    Use four three-way connectors to connect two 36-inch pipes to two 34-inch pipes. Form a 36-inch by 34-inch rectangle with the middle hole of each three-way connector facing up. Set this rectangle on the floor.

  2. 2

    Insert the poles of the tent by placing a 36-inch pipe in each of the open connectors that face upwards.

  3. 3

    Construct a second 36- by 34-inch rectangle. Attach two 34-inch pipes and two 36-inch pipes using four way connectors. Connect this rectangle to the top of the tent pipes to create the square frame.

  4. 4

    Use a three-way connector to connect two 24-inch pipes. Leave the middle hole open. Repeat this step with the remaining two 24-inch pipes into the remaining three-way connector. Connect these two pieces by inserting a 36-inch pipe into the open holes in the pipes. Attach this piece to the top of the tent using the open holes of the four-way connectors on the rectangular top of the tent frame.

  5. 5

    Cover the tent with a tarp or sheet.

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