How to Build a Gypsy Tent

Updated April 17, 2017

Gypsy tents, also known as Bender tents, were once used by the Roma Gypsies and are well-loved today at special events and celebrations. Materials to build a Gypsy tent are inexpensive and easy to find in your own backyard. Nomadic Gypsies were able to quickly assemble or take down their tents, easily carrying the supplies they needed on their journeys. Learn the simple steps to make this traditional Gypsy tent for your event.

Cut the tree branches into 10-foot pieces using your knife.

Push one end of a tree branch into the ground. Repeat this for the other nine branches, making two rows of five. Space each branch 2 feet apart. These are also called side poles.

Drill a set of two holes near each end of the wooden plank, called the ridge pole. Drill three more sets along the length of the plank, evenly spaced.

Slide the tops of the branches into the holes you drilled in the ridge pole. Each row of side poles enters from the opposite direction.

Push one end of each of the remaining side poles in the ground at one end of the rows of side poles. Gently bend each branch and arc it over the nearest side pole. Tuck it under the second-nearest side pole to hold it in place.

Spread blankets, canvas or tarps over the Gypsy tent frame. Cut holes in the fabric, if desired, and weave the side poles through the holes to hold the it in place.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 pliable tree branches
  • Knife
  • 2-inch-by-4-inch wood plank, 8 feet long
  • Drill
  • Fabric
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Kimberly Dyke is a Spanish interpreter with a B.A. in language and international trade from Clemson University. She began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in education, parenting and culture. Currently residing in South Carolina, Dyke has received certificates in photography and medical interpretation.