Quick and easy teepee for kids

teepee

Olivia had her first birthday the other day. The fact is that I didn’t think too much about her birthday until two days before just because life’s been so busy. But when I was looking up some party decorations, I was inspired!

I’ve always wanted to make one of these teepee’s or tents but didn’t know where to find the supplies in Germany.
A few weeks ago we had a party for my sister and threw together a ‘photo booth backdrop’ made out of PVC  pipe and shower curtains. So now we had all this pipe and nothing to do with it. Aha!

olivia-in-teepee

So in a few hours we collectively whipped up a teepee. Here’s how:

We measured the size we thought would be not to big for the room but not to small that the girls would knock it over easily. We decided a four leg teepee would be best for stability but not to complicated.

Dad and Mo cut 64 inch pieces and drilled 2 holes 8 inches from the top.

cut-shower-curtains

  • The pieces ended up like a triangle with the top tip cut straight off.

teepee-dimentions

  • I cut three pieces the whole size of the triangle. The fourth side was easy enough to have the slit because I already had to angled pieces that would make up the whole. They just happened to have a hem where they met so I left it.  I sewed those two front pieces together until about half way down.

cut-strips

  • Then I cut four inches strips that would go the 54” length. I folded the fabric up several times to make cutting straighter and faster.

teepee

  • Then I pinned and sewed those 5 pieces together with right sides together. Next, I sewed the strips down the four corner seams leaving a pocket to side the pipes through.

rubber-feet

  • We put these rubberized feet on the bottoms of the pipe to keep them from sliding around too much. It was a little tough getting them on at first but I used a screw driver as a wedge. Use this method with care, not that you slip accidentally! Once they were around the edge, we used a hammer to push them all the way down.

pvc-pipe-teepee

  • I slipped the pipes through the fabric, threaded the pipes with twine and wrapped them together at the proper angle.

If I had more time, I was thinking to paint the pipes and hem the edges but I if you’re looking for a quick project, I don’t think the kids really cared.

girls-in-teepee

Let them have at it!

o-in-teepee

It might have been Olivia’s birthday but she had to wait for Emila’s nap time to have some time to herself with her teepee.

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I'm Kari, I blog about travel, faith, health, my family, etc.

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Right now I'm working on a Culture Expedition project with my family to learn more about different places in the world and the people that live there.
I'm Kari, I blog about travel, faith, health, my family, etc.