How to Make Kids' Tents With PVC Piping

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A PVC pipe play tent for kids is quick and easy to make with inexpensive supplies that can be found at your local hardware store. You don't need to be a master builder to construct a play tent that will bring hours of fun and imaginative play. Plastic pipes are lightweight but sturdy enough for rough use. Once the pieces are cut to size, the tent can even be assembled by kids and broken down for storage.

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Things you need

  • PVC pipe, 25 feet
  • 2 three-way pipe connectors
  • 4 caps (optional)
  • Hacksaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Marking pen
  • Tarp or blanket
  • Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Cut the PVC pipe into five 5-foot sections with a hacksaw. You will need four legs and one ridge poll.

  2. 2

    Attach a three-way connector to either end of the ridge poll. Insert tent legs into the two remaining holes, forming a triangle shape. Push together firmly. Cover the ends of the legs with caps if desired.

  3. 3

    Drape the tent frame with a tarp, blanket or old sheet. Fasten the covering to the frame by wrapping the edge of the cover around the leg poles and securing with safety pins.

Tips and warnings

  • A play tent can be used indoors or out.
  • The size of the tent can be adjusted larger or smaller to accommodate the height (or number) of children who will play with the tent.
  • If your hardware store doesn't stock three-way connectors, you can find them online.

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