Our home is what you call cozy — a nice way of saying it’s small. We love it though and we’re always finding projects to maximize space, which is always a wonderful challenge for us. Over the last few weekends, we’ve been updating Dahlia’s room and changing it from a baby nursery to a toddler room. We wanted to create a space where she could play, read and use her imagination. We finally took the crib out (sad face), bought a small loft bunk bed and moved around some other things. What we were left with was an open corner space that was yearning for some love and attention.
We felt like the space needed something. We were debating on buying a teepee, but couldn’t quite bite the bullet because the one at Target costs $79.99 and ones on Amazon were about the same price. Yikes! Then I got to thinking that we should get a canopy instead and while they were a cheaper option, we thought Dahlia might pull it out of the ceiling. So, what were we to do?
AHA! A lightbulb went off in my head. I mentioned to Jason that I would figure out a way to make a teepee and with so many tutorials on Pinterest, I knew my Sunday evening was devoted to making this project. And so I did!
I’m really happy with how this turned out. It’s super easy to make and didn’t take too long. You can also customize it to make it fit your space and needs and if Dahlia gets tired of it, I can change out the fabric, the lights, or the pillows.
What You’ll Need:
- 5 – 6′ Dowels (3/4” diameter – bought at Home Depot)
- Jute Twine (thick and thin)
- ~3 1/2 yards of fabric (I used a lightweight polyester fabric with scallops found at Joann’s Fabrics, you can even use a white bed sheet if you don’t want to buy new fabric)
- Elastic (Rubber band or hair ties)
- Optional: faux ferns and flowers
- Optional: string lights
- First, take your ruler and measure 12 inches from the top of each of the 5 dowels. Mark it with a pencil.
2. Next, drill a hole on your marking of each dowel. And yes I drilled these myself 🙂
3. Then, with your thin twine, place it in one hole and tie a knot and then weave more twine through the second dowel connecting the two and tie a knot. Continue until all the dowels are connected.
4. Next, stand your dowels up and arrange them like a teepee. Since they are tied together, they should be able to stand up on their own. Now, grab the bigger jute twine and wrap together and in many different directions until you feel like it’s secure.
5. Once you feel like it’s secure, start draping your fabric over the dowels. I tied the fabric together at the top using white hair ties leaving an opening space to enter.
6. You’re actually done with the basics! But from here, I wanted to add more to the teepee, so I grabbed some faux fern and flowers that I had leftover from previous projects and placed it at the top. I think it makes it look so pretty!
7. I also added lights and though the photos show the lights inside, I have since tried them atop the teepee and that may be a better look.
8. Lastly, add pillows, a bean bag, and some books and you’ve got your own little teepee for reading, lounging or whatever else you put your mind to!
Enjoy and happy making!