Instead of making your kids play inside during the hot, summer months, let them play outside, in their very own play tent. The play tent stays cooler and blocks out the sun. With a needle and thread, you can make the tent into anything you like. Create a tent that matches the colours of your flowers and landscaping or make one that mimics the theme of your child's bedroom. Don't be surprised if your kids invite their friends over constantly, just to play in their own tent.
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A table tent is one of the easiest tents you can make at home. Use an old card table or any type of old table that's large enough for your child. Drape a large piece of fabric over the top and mark where the tabletop ends. Add at least one inch and then cut along this line. Create darts in the fabric and cut out an entrance for the tent. Sew this back onto the top piece of the fabric and drape back over the table. Customise the tent in any way you like, cutting out spaces for windows or decorating the outside with sequins, bows or small toys.
Create a canvas play tent in your backyard, using PVC piping and canvas. You need five pieces of piping: four for the legs and one for the central piece. Cut the four legs into equal size pieces, trimming the top on an angle. Glue the angled sides of the pipes together to create two separate legs. Attach the central piece to the two separate legs, using glue or simply tying the pieces together. Push the legs of the tent into the ground, making sure each one is secure. Cover the top of your frame with the canvas.
Start your wigwam style tent with six pieces of PVC piping. Hold the pipes together, as you wrap a rubber band around the top, about two inches down. Pull on the ends of the pipes, causing them to spread out. Insert the end of each pipe into the ground for security, keeping the tied ends at the top. Alternatively, use bamboo poles or sticks. Measure the size around the bottom of the wigwam and cut fabric to the correct width and height. Wrap your fabric around the outside of the tent, leaving an opening at the front for entering. Use a second rubber band to keep the fabric taut at the top of the tent.
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