How to Create Your Own Party Tent

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Creating a party tent for your child's sleepover or birthday party is a great way to create fun-filled, lifelong memories. These tents can be indoors or outside, depending on the weather, and give you and your child a chance to really run away with your imagination and creativity. Party tents can also serve as a great remedy to cabin fever if you find yourselves stuck indoors for a long period of time due to weather, and if you're feeling up to it, you can even make them large enough for full-grown adults.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • PVC pipe
  • Blankets or tarps
  • Electrical extension cords
  • Portable furniture
  • Decorations

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Instructions

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    Build the tent's structure. If you have PVC pipe and connectors, these work great for creating a clean structure for the tent, especially if you're creating the tent outside and don't want to haul your furniture outdoors. If you don't have PVC pipe, you can always use pieces of furniture, such as bedposts, dining room chairs, or the ends of desks to create the structure and outline of your tent. If you're making the party tent to be geared more toward adults, you'll want to opt for using PVC pipe so you can make it tall enough.

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    Cover the tent with blankets or tarp material. Decide where the entrance will be and leave the blankets loose enough for people to get in and out. If the tent is outdoors, you may also want to lay down an old blanket or tarp on the floor of the tent to keep everything inside of it from getting dirty.

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    Lead an extension cord or two into the tent. This will give you an opportunity to have light inside the tent and a source of electricity for other entertainment such as a small television, a microphone or a laptop computer. If you don't want to overpower the tent with light, try lining Christmas lights along the top of the tent for a soft lighting effect.

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    Decorate the inside of your tent. If you choose a theme, add decorations according to that theme. For example, if you create a tent to be a princess tower for little girls, you can add lots of pink, flowery and magical decorations. If make a cave-man-themed tent, you could decorate it with pieces of wood, twigs and earth-toned fabric.

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    Add items for activities inside the tent. For example, if it's a movie-themed tent, you could place movies and a small television screen inside. For other themes or just general tents, you can put board games or toys inside.

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    Add furniture to the inside of the tent to complete it. Depending on the amount of space you have, this could range anywhere from pillows to sit on to lawn chairs or cots. If you like, you can drape bed sheets over the different pieces of furniture as an added way of giving your tent a majestic look.

Tips and warnings

  • You could also use a tent used for actual camping and decorate it on the inside instead of creating the structure yourself.

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