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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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!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.

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!

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

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!

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. 
    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!
  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.  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!
  5. Feed the rope through pole #2, then wrap it around a couple times in various directions to stabilize it. 
  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. 

    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!
  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. 
    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!
  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. 
  10. 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!Optional: roll or cut the excess fabric in the interior. We chose to roll.

Time: 30-45 minutes.

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!

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.

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!

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

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!The heavy canvas drop cloth is durable, making it a great long-term teepee that’s stable as well. I added battery operated lights through the top of the teepee to make it even more enchanting!

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