Project: Tepee

Published by Lori Pickert on October 4, 2007 at 10:14 PM


I whipped up a tepee for younger son yesterday. He was talking about how much he wants a treehouse, and I pointed out that the upstairs deck is very much like a treehouse.

He was quite dubious.

I bought three six-foot-long pieces of bamboo a couple years ago for about $7.00. I was planning on making a tepee for school — maybe out by the garden, or maybe an inside tepee for a special reading nook.

So today I fetched those never-used pieces of bamboo, rooted around in the closet for an old canvas duvet cover, produced a pair of scissors and announced I could make him something cool, something super-cool, that would be even better than a treehouse.

tipi2.jpgThe pieces of bamboo were tied together with twine in three spots. I removed two of the twine "bracelets" and left the remaining one to hold the top of the tepee together.

I cut one corner off the duvet (did I mention this is a no-sew project?) and popped it over the top, then cut along one seam so it would be tepee-shaped.

tipi4.jpgI cut straight up one seam to make the door, then I cut out a window and rolled it up, securing it with a little clamp. (I traced a magazine to make a more-or-less rectangular window.)

We threw an old pillow on the floor and younger son found a plastic bin to hold art supplies and a pair of binoculars; he was delighted that the bin also made him a little table.

tipi5.jpgFinal result: For $7.00, we have a fantastic play structure that will entertain him all fall. And if it rains, we can pop the fabric in the washing machine and dryer. (The pillow comes in at night.)

He says it's better than a treehouse, for sure.


More tent & tepee goodness:

Eren's cowboy camp on her blog, This Vintage Chica

Plains Indian Tepee

HGTV's much more complicated DIY tepee

Grow a Beanpole Tepee


Comment by Stefani on October 5, 2007 at 05:26 PM

Ugh!!! Fantastic! I will definitely be stealing your idea!

Comment by Teri on October 5, 2007 at 07:25 PM

Great teepee!

Comment by Eren on October 5, 2007 at 10:44 PM

I love, love this so much. I love to sew, but quick no sew ones are so great for impatient little monkeys. These are great links! Thanks for the mention.

Comment by Lori Pickert on October 5, 2007 at 11:38 PM

thanks, you guys, you're so good to me.

what a fun project. eren, thanks for inspiring me to actually *do* it, instead of just think about it for another 6 months! lol

stefani .. to be fair, i did steal it from the native americans first. ;^)

Comment by Stefani on October 6, 2007 at 12:40 AM

Well yes, there's that :-) I thought of you today, when we were out on the lake. We were cruising on the boat and came across this house, I've seen it before, but had forgotten about it. It is MONSTROUS, and they must be blessed with an equally monstrous bottom line, if you know what I mean. Anyhow, they have this amazing Wild West Fort/Treehouse, and about 40 yards away, a life size Teepee. Seriously lucky little ones must live there... or a seriously lucky BIG kid at heart!

Comment by Lori Pickert on October 6, 2007 at 01:07 AM

cowboys & indians for the mcmansion types!

"you'd better get out there and play in that fort, young man, it cost more than my first car!"

Comment by molly on October 12, 2007 at 01:23 AM

I love your teepee. I have a teepee that my aunt made over thirty years ago, and I would love to make more for friends and family. I like the bamboo idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

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