DIY 10 Minute Teepee

DIY Teepee in under 10 minutes for under $16

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!

Prep It:

Do It:

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.

DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20! DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20!

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.

DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20!

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.

DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20! DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20! DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20! DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20! DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20! DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20! DIY 10 minute teepee for under $20!

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

4 pieces of wood at $0.87 each: $3.48
Jute twine: $2.33
Canvas drop cloth: $9.97
The rest I had on hand already.

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.



  1. Julie Lytle
    May 8, 2016 / 12:36 am

    Saw this on Pinterest and make two today, one for each of my children. They love them! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love how simple and affordable it was.

    • Jenny Bess
      May 10, 2016 / 10:59 am

      I’m so glad they love them! It’s such a fun DIY! 🙂

  2. Danaa
    September 4, 2016 / 12:08 am

    Beautiful😻 Did you purchase the wood already cut? Or did they cut it for you? Thank you for the tutorial!

    • Jenny Bess
      September 4, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      Thanks! They cut it for me.

  3. Jenna
    October 1, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I’ve been working on one for a few weeks and can’t get it right. I can’t get the wood to stay in place. Even when I tie the rope around, it’s not enough to hold them in place and keep them stable. It’s like they need to be nailed together or something. I don’t want my son to knock one pole and then the whole thing falls over… Do you have any ideas or suggestions for what I might be doing wrong? Is yours unwavering or is this how it is? Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Jenny Bess
      October 2, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      With the rope, make sure you are tying it around each individual piece of wood and then around all of the pieces of wood. My teepee is sitting on carpet and the back pieces of wood (where they touch the floor) are up against a wall. I think this is what helps my teepee stay up and together. If yours is still falling apart, I would drill holes in the pieces of wood and loop the rope inside each hole. This tutorial: shows how to do that. I hope this helped!!

  4. Kayla
    October 14, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    Where did you find the cloth at?! Do you think it would be sturdy enough to let a 1 year old crawl around in it?

    • Jenny Bess
      October 16, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      It’s canvas drop cloth from Walmart. It’s usually near the paint aisle. My dogs are crazy and always run around in and out of mine and it hasn’t collapsed on them, but I would test yours out first before letting your 1 year old in it just to be safe.

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