How to Waterproof a Tipi

Updated April 17, 2017

A tepee is a tented structure that is used for shelter. Originally popularised by the Plains Indians, they are still used today for camping and outdoor refuge when needed. Tepees used to be universally constructed with a waterproof finish, but today that is not always the case. If you make your own tepee, or purchase one that is solely intended for occasional use, you may find that it is missing the waterproof component. Thankfully there are a few things that may be done in order to prepare your tepee for the less-than-kind weather conditions that may arise.

Purchase a roll of waterproof fabric. Choose cotton duck canvas or a durable fabric that has an acrylic coating. These can be found at any camping supply store or fabric outlet.

Using shears, cut the fabric to size. Trim it until it is at least 3 inches larger than your tepee's original drapery on each side.

Loosely drape the waterproof covering over your tepee.

Using metal pegs and a hammer, secure each side of the new covering to the ground.

Apply a coat of outdoor fabric waterproofing spray (found at any camping supply store) to the cover for added protection.

Things You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Metal camping pegs
  • Waterproof fabric
  • Shears
  • Outdoor Fabric Waterproofing Spray
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Lucy Clarke has been a freelance writer since 2007, generating creative content for the publications of each college she has attended. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Fine Art in illustration and fashion design from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a creative writing diploma from George Brown College.