DIY Teepee for Toddlers
When my wife said she wanted to get our son a teepee for his room I thought it was a great idea. I remember as a kid always wanting to build a fort. Couch cushions, chairs, sheets, and any other household item that would give makeshift cover for my imaginary world to open up. Having a space to call my own, even at such a young age, seemed important. He would love it! Yep. I thought a teepee was a great idea until I saw the price tag! Are you kidding me? A hundred dollars for a piece of canvas and some sticks? I think those were my exact words to my wife too. She just rolled her eyes and said she thought it would be great for our son and didn’t know why I was being difficult. I quickly responded well, heck I could make a teepee for a lot less than $100! “Oh yeah?” she said. And that was the moment I realized what I had gotten myself into. Off to the home improvement store we went!
So here it is, my step-by-step guide to making your own no-sew teepee for less than $34.00. That’s right! I actually got it right this time and kind of proved the wife wrong. Or did I prove her, right? I think she got what she wanted either way and I’m a proud Daddy for being able to pull through on this.
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What you’ll need:
- Canvas Drop Cloth 5 ft. 9 in. x 8 ft. 9 in. 10 oz.
- 4 Pieces of 11/16″ Quarter Round Molding – found at any home improvement store
- Rope or Twine – I used cotton cooking twine we already had
- Safety Pins
- White string lights for chandelier
- Floor Pillow/Dog bed
- Throw Pillows – Bright Side Throw Pillow, Geo Line Sham
- Whale Crib Set Comforter
- Whale Throw/Blanket
- Plush Octopus Toy
This project was relatively easy once I figured out the placement of the quarter round and how I wanted to drape the drop cloth. After cutting down the eight-foot quarter round pieces to about six feet I made a square with the quarter round and figured out the height where I wanted to secure it with the twine.
It helps to have an extra pair of hands for this part. Wrap the twine multiple times around and under the quarter round until secure. Cut the end of the twine and fasten with a knot at the back.
Unfold the drop cloth and drape around the teepee frame until you are happy with the placement. Fasten the drop cloth at the top of the teepee with safety pins until secure. I used two heavy-duty safety pins.
That’s it! Teepee complete.
As an added touch you can decorate the teepee with white lights. I grouped a string of white lights together with twist ties and hung them inside the teepee to look like a chandelier.
This also acts as a reading light. I pulled the plug end of the lights through the top of the teepee and down the back side out of view to an outlet.
To make the inside area comfier, we added a new dog bed as a floor pillow and covered it with a blanket.
The blanket was actually the comforter to my son’s crib set that we never used. At least now it serves a purpose and it fits in with the rest of his room decor.
I also added some throw pillows that my wife found at Target, another blanket and a stuffed octopus he already had.
The best part about doing any project is the reveal when you get to see the reaction. It’s even better when it’s your kid! We told my son we were working on a surprise for him while he spent the whole day at his grandma’s. When he came home and we told him to come see what Daddy made for him the look of amazement on his face was priceless! His first words were “Whoah! That’s so cool! Look at my teepee Daddy!”
He loved it! I consider this project a “win”!
Have you tried a DIY teepee for your child? Please share below. I’d love to hear from you!