How to Make a Children's Teepee

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How to Make a Children's Teepee
A series of tepees (tepees image by Jeff from Fotolia.com)

Children love having play shelters they can hideaway in. Make your kids a tepee for the backyard or even indoors. They'll love having a play tent of their own. Making your own allows you and the kids to customise it as you want and saves money in the process.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 6 6-foot bamboo poles
  • 3 sturdy rubberbands
  • 3 yards of 60-inch wide white painter's canvas
  • Fabric pencil or marker
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Straight pins
  • 6 plastic 1½-inch rings
  • Embroidery floss
  • Sewing needle
  • 12 large grommets and grommet setting kit
  • 3 yards of ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Take all six bamboo poles in your hand at once. Wrap three rubberbands around the top of the poles about four inches down. Stand the poles up and separate them so they stand alone in a tepee shape.

  2. 2

    Lay the canvas fabric out flat. Fold it in half lengthwise. Then fold in half diagonally so it forms a triangle. With a fabric marker or pencil draw a half-circle on the top of the triangle. Draw a matching smaller half-circle at the bottom.

  3. 3

    Cut along the lines you drew for the half-circles. Cut away the excess fabric. Unfold the fabric and lay out flat. Decorate the canvas fabric with paint as you wish. Let the paint dry.

  4. 4

    Drape the fabric over the bamboo posts and position so it fits all the way around. Use straight pins to hold in place. Measure eight inches up from the bottom of the fabric and place a straight pin in place to mark the spot. Do this for the material along all six posts. Remove the fabric from the posts and place on a flat surface. Sew plastic rings into place with embroidery floss where the straight pins were placed.

  5. 5

    Measure down an inch from the top edge of the tepee fabric and an inch inward and make a mark with a fabric pencil. Make a total of six marks two inches apart down the side of the tepee. Repeat on the opposite side of the tepee entrance flap. These marks are for the grommets.

  6. 6

    Cut the holes for the grommets and set in place. Lace ribbon through the grommet holes. Place the fabric over the bamboo poles. Stick the bottom of the bamboo poles through the plastic rings on the inside of the canvas fabric. Tighten the ribbon and tie in a bow to hold the fabric in place.

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