DIY: Instant Children's Teepee, Summer Edition by

Issue 74 · The Kids Are All Right · May 31, 2013

DIY: Instant Children's Teepee, Summer Edition

Issue 74 · The Kids Are All Right · May 31, 2013

Last summer, I spotted a great looking teepee in the neighborhood that seemed like a perfectly do-able DIY. So much so, I was compelled to investigate. Greg Pitt had made if for his two young children, as the family likes to hang out in their front garden to catch the sun at the end of the day. While he and his wife, Kelly, enjoy cocktails, their two children play (and ideally repose) in the teepee. 

Greg told me that he put it all together in two hours with six bamboo poles, three large painters drop cloths, some nuts and bolts, a hole punch, and some rope. Read on for instructions.

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.

DIY canvas teepee: Remodelista

Above: "It's easiest to start at the top, then move around the frame to attach the cloth to the poles. 
I left the cloth a little bit longer for the door."

DIY canvas teepee: Remodelista

Above: "I used three painters drop cloths—15 feet by 20 feet—the bigger the better. Cut each one into a large triangular piece then take an angle off the top so that the pieces fit together."

DIY canvas teepee: Remodelista

Above: "Wrap the drop cloth around the bamboo pole and attach it to the next piece of drop cloth with a washer and a 1-inch bolt. Use a hole punch for making the holes in the fabric."

DIY canvas teepee: Remodelista

Above: "Use washers and bolts to attach the drop cloth to the poles."

DIY canvas teepee: Remodelista

Above: Gregg tied the six poles together at the top of the teepee with some rope.

DIY canvas teepee: Remodelista

Above: Tie the six poles together at the top with a piece of rope.

DIY canvas teepee: Remodelista

Above:  Here's what Greg has to say: "Create a frame out of six bamboo poles (12 to 15 feet are an ideal length). Use longer poles if you want a larger tent."

This summer, Greg is thinking about jazzing up the tent. He say, "I might put some Gesso on the outside and paint stripes around it. I have all this old house paint I could use. A cool lime green would look great." We're hoping the neighbors like it, too.

To see more on the Pitt's garden, check out our previous post on Gardenista.



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