October 8, 2012

D.I.Y. Teepee

Build Your Own Teepee
With Jonathan gone this past week, I picked up a few projects I had been wanting to attempt recently, including a teepee for the kids' playroom. Though it ended up being more expensive and time-consuming than I originally expected, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out... and watching the wee ones play in their new "fort" has been pretty priceless. So for all of the do-it-yourselfers out there, here's how I made the newest addition to our home.

1. Gather materials. We used: six wooden closet rods (7' each), canvas painter's drop cloth (9'x12'), piece of thin rope (12" is sufficient), leather cord (longer the better), 1 roll of no sew hem tape, 1 roll of ribbon, 1 large safety pin, needle, thread, scissors, iron.

2. Lay poles gathered together on the floor. Approximately 12" from the end, tie them together tightly with the rope. (The rope will be removed later so don't worry about how it looks at this point.) Stand the poles up and arrange until stable.

3. Drape canvas over the poles the way that you want it to lay. Near the rope, attach a safety pin securely to hold the "doors" on the canvas in place.

4. Using the scissors, cut the extra canvas from around the base of the poles, leaving at least 3" to turn under later.

5. Remove the canvas from the poles. Place the no hem tape near the bottom and turn the remainder of the canvas under. Follow the directions on the package and iron the hem til the entire base is finished.

6. Wrap the canvas around the teepee again and secure it with the safety pin. Cut two lengths of ribbon. Sew the ribbon at the top of the canvas and tie to attach. Remove the pin. Repeat halfway down the front of the teepee.

7. Knot one end of the leather cord around one pole just above the rope. Securely wrap each pole with the cord and tie it off once the original pole is reached to provide extra security. Cut a length of ribbon and do the same with the ribbon, covering the leather cord and tying off in a bow. Remove the rope.

8. Break out the camera and camp out until your kids discover their awesome new toy.

Note: After going through the process of making this, I would definitely advise setting it up wherever you want it to be on a permanent basis. Moving this sucker is not easy and can require repeating step 7 since the rope or leather cord can shift when it is moved. Also, young kids may not understand that they shouldn't play with the poles so please remember to supervise little children while they are using this!