DIY No-Sew Teepee

What kid (or adult) doesn’t like to play in a fort, tent or secret hideaway?! This teepee was so incredibly easy to make, I was able to construct it in about 5 minutes, just after the sun came up and before my girls awoke. Breakfast in a teepee anyone?

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What you need:

  •  6 x 72 in. bamboo stakes ($3-$4 for a pack of 6 at Home Depot)
  • twine
  • 10-12 clothes pins
  • a large bed sheet (I used a king-sized one, queen would probably work too)

First, arrange the stakes in a circle, pushing them about an inch or two into the ground. Leave one opening a little wider than the others, making room for the door.

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Second, tie your twine in a knot around one bamboo stake. Gather the stakes at the top, one-by-one wrapping the twine in-and-out and around. (It’s much harder to explain than it is to actually do!) After the last stake has been gathered and wrapped, tie a bow so it is easy to undo when your teepee is ready to come down.

 

Next, wrap the sheet around the teepee frame and clip a clothespin in the middle to secure it at the top.

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Then, starting at the front and the top, clip the sheet to the stakes using the clothespins. Make sure you keep enough fabric up front for a “door.” As you clip the tops of the stakes and the bottoms, smooth out the sheet and pull it taut. Tuck any excess fabric under at the bottom.

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And there you have it…a teepee in under $10 and under 10 minutes! Not only did L eat breakfast in her teepee, she read books, colored, and played with her dolls for HOURS! The teepee’s been going up and down for a couple weeks now…it’s about time to put it away and out of sight for a couple months so it doesn’t lose its luster. Perhaps we’ll bring it out again this Autumn for a special lunch among the colorful falling leaves!

 

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