If you know me, you know that I love to recreate expensive things for little to nothing. I hate spending money, especially on something that is overpriced. When I started to see all these kid teepees popping up, I really wanted one. That was until I found out they are well over $100 and that is just for the fabric. I opted for an easier and cheaper option: making my own. How hard could it be? The answer to that question is not hard at all. I created my own teepee in under 10 minutes and for under $16. Keep reading to see how I did it!
- 4 pieces of wood cut to 6′ in length (I used 1″x 2″x 8′ but you can use any round, square, or rectangular shaped pieces)
- Jute twine
- Canvas drop cloth (6′ x 9′)
- 1 pin or nail
- Cushion (optional but I used a papasan cushion wrapped in drop cloth)
- Lights (optional)
So the first step in this tutorial is to line up your pieces of wood in the way you want them to sit for the teepee. You can use whatever shaped wood you can find. I wanted to use round sticks but could not find any anywhere so I settled for these that I found at Home Depot, they work just as good.
After you have your pieces lined up, start to wrap the twine around thinnest part of all four pieces. I didn’t drill any holes in my wood, all I did was wrap the twine around multiple times until I felt like it was secure enough. If you want, you can drill holes in the pieces and put the twine through the holes. Either way will work.
All I did for the drop cloth was drape it around the wood. Starting on the right side of the teepee, just wrap the cloth around the back of the teepee then pin the top of the cloth to the front right piece of wood like in the picture below. I also pinned this part to keep the lights up.
To do the draping in the front just take the bottom left corner of the drop cloth and fold over once and set it over the front right piece of wood. I didn’t pin this part or anything, it just stays put. You can pin it if you want. Mine has not fallen since I’ve made this.
I made this teepee pretty much for my pups. We used to have a papasan chair in that corner that Colt would always lay in but it kept marking up the wall. I didn’t just want to put a dog bed in the corner either since it would be really plain. The dogs LOVE the teepee and I love the way it looks. It’s perfect for dogs since it is kind of like a cave and makes them feel secure. But don’t get me wrong, it is perfect for humans too! The day after I made the teepee I took a nap in it with my pups, LOL.
The cost breakdown
Total spent: $15.78 (plus tax)
Oh and that TV table was made by yours truly with the help of my boyfriend and his dad. OK, mainly my boyfriend and his dad…but I will have a DIY tutorial coming up on my blog for it sometime in the near future!
See my spoon clock tutorial here.