Thursday, February 2, 2017

Make Your Own Teepee

Make your own teepee

Let me just begin by stating that I made this teepee twice. 

The first time I made it was with a queen size bed sheet. It was ok, but I would have had to cut around the bottom to make it look more finished. It served its purpose and my grandbaby loved playing in it. Until I remembered that I had a huge piece of canvas I had bought off one of those facebook garage sales! :)

I have no idea how many yards of canvas this was but I was determined to make the teepee using mostly things I had on hand. I had the canvas, I had hot glue and glue gun, and a borrowed electric stapler. 

First I bought five 8 foot 1x2s white pine pieces cut down to 6 feet tall each. Then I had my son drill a hole about 3 inches down from the top big enough so that the rope would fit through. The rope is actually white nylon cord because I didn't want a messy rope. You take the rope and put it through all the holes and tie it up but not real tight. Just enough for you to shape the frame on the floor. Then I just measured each triangle shape from stick to stick, and cut the canvas. Some of it wasn't as tall as the frame, so I had to just cut and paste it. Remember, I had NEVER made one of these before. 

You can see above how I pieced it together. I used high temp glue to glue it to the wood frame. 
My reasoning was that if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be too hard to take it apart and start over. I continued until I had covered the entire frame then worked on the front entrance. 
You can see here how I kind of cut the entrance when I was first working with the sheet. 
I then decided I wanted to cut out a little window and add a window shade. I bought a yard of fabric that was on sale and decided to make the shade out of it. I also thought I'd put a piece of the fabric across the front just to dress it up a bit. 
I hot glued it as well. I then took the electric stapler and stapled the canvas to the frame being careful to leave a bit so I could fold over and cover the staples. Some of it I didn't do very well and you could still see the staples. I then got some burlap ribbon I had and decided to cover where the staples were on the frame. It looks nice! 

The window was a little tricky. I measured the fabric that was going to cover it and then cut the window out slightly smaller. There were frayed edges on the window, so I took some of my fabric and make some trim, again using hot glue. The window shade is made from a piece of canvas glued to the fabric to make it sturdier and easier to roll up and down. I had two wooden dowels I had bought at Hobby Lobby some time ago and I cut them down to fit. I simply hot glued a piece folded over to make a sleeve so the dowels could slide into. 
I also made some tie backs for the front from the same fabric and you guessed glue! 
I have to say it has held up very well! My 3 year old sweetie and I play together in her teepee every weekend and eventually it will go in her home so she can read in her bedroom. 

If you've ever wanted to make one I say go for it. Whether you use canvas or a sheet, heck even some curtains that you cut up, I bet your kid will love it. And best of all it was made by YOU.

Until next time.


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