How to Make a Teepee

1 hour easy no sew teepee tutorial. Get the easy DIY details of this wigwam play tent that's a fun addition for a bedroom or playroom!

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Ani’s birthday is just a week after Christmas, which makes gift-giving nearly impossible for her. We are fortunate to have a home full of toys, books, games & clothes. Still, I want her birthday to feel special, regardless of the date. I thought about what I loved as a child & remembered a tent that was securely placed on my bed for months on end. It was almost magical as a child to read books & play with my dolls in there. My love for licensed merchandise ended with my youth & I wanted to create something beautiful that she could leave up – a fixture in her room, like Adalyn’s play table. I decided on a teepee. After researching them, I was taken aback by the cost & couldn’t find the “perfect” teepee to fit the color palette & style of her room. That’s how most of my DIY projects begin – with a “need” to fill & no source to fill it. You guessed it, today I’m sharing how to make a teepee! This simple do-it-yourself project is a true no sew teepee you can create in less than an hour for $60.

No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee

Don’t let the instructions intimidate you…it’s like washing your hair: lather, rinse, repeat.

 

Teepee Supplies:

4 1¾’x6′ poplar dowels

3/8″ sisal rope

6×9′ canvas drop cloth

3 screws

3 washers

Additional Supplies:

scissors

lighter

drill

Teepee Instructions:

  1. Cut a large length of rope & burn the end.
  2. Drill hole in first pole at 5″.
  3. String rope through the hole & tie a knot where it meets the pole. Easy step-by-step tutorial to make a no sew teepee in less than an hour Easy step-by-step tutorial to make a no sew teepee in less than an hour!
  4. Create a faux teepee with your poles to see how they need to lay to be stable. Using 4 poles, it’s best to have the front wider & the back of the teepee more narrow. See how pole #2 lies to meet pole #1 & drill a hole at that distance. how-to-build-a-teepee-7-2
  5. Feed the rope through pole #2, then wrap it around a couple times in various directions to stabilize it. No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee
  6. Add pole #3, testing where to place it, drill hole, feed rope & wrap.
  7. Repeat for pole #4. Wrap the rope over & under, then around the teepee several times. No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee
    No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee
  8. Open your drop cloth horizontally & find the middle. Start draping it from the back of the teepee & secure at the top of your teepee {where the poles meet} with one screw. Drill a hole through the pole first, add a washer to your screw & insert screw through both fabric & pole. No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee
    No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee
  9. Continue draping your fabric around the sides as it falls naturally, tucking excess at the floor under, trying to keep it tight & uniform where your poles meet. Adjust your poles slightly if needed, then use a screw on each side {same method} to secure the fabric. Easy step-by-step tutorial to make a no sew teepee in less than an hour!
  10. Optional: roll or cut the excess fabric in the interior. We chose to roll.

Time: 30-45 minutes.

No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee

Before starting this project, I was a bit overwhelmed & worried it wouldn’t work. All of the methods I found demonstrated how to create no sew teepees with stitch witchery or by weaving fabric. We wanted to create a teepee that would stand the test of time & show durability for our 3 toddlers. It can easily fold up & stow away or taken outdoors, but is also the perfect size for a bedroom. The 3 girls fit in it well & have spent hours reading, playing with Ani’s new lantern & playing dolls. I’m so thankful we took the leap & made a teepee for Ani. I hope they share the same fond memories I did as a child.

No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee

Because our girls are little, I decided not to do ties. The heavy canvas folds back beautifully & stays without effort.

No measure, no cut, no fuss teepee tutorial - get the details for this easy DIY teepee

The heavy canvas drop cloth is durable, making it a great long-term teepee that’s stable as well.

1 hour easy no sew teepee tutorial. Get the easy DIY details of this wigwam play tent that's a fun addition for a bedroom or playroom!

1 hour easy no sew teepee tutorial. Get the easy DIY details of this wigwam play tent that's a fun addition for a bedroom or playroom!

I added battery operated lights through the top of the teepee to make it even more enchanting!

1 hour easy no sew teepee tutorial. Get the easy DIY details of this wigwam play tent that's a fun addition for a bedroom or playroom!

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1 hour easy no sew teepee tutorial. Get the easy DIY details of this wigwam play tent that's a fun addition for a bedroom or playroom!

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