Love the idea of making teepees with your little ones but don’t want to spend a fortune (or have it in your living room forever)?
When Georgia was little, I decided to build a sensory teepee as a place for her to have a kick about and be surrounded by lots of lovely things…
Instead of heading online and purchasing an albeit very lovely teepees with a price tag of £50+, I decided to do it myself for less than £10.
So, with a few simple materials and VERY basic skills, here’s how to make a teepee for less than £10…
Materials to make a play tent teepee
- 5 x 6 foot bamboo canes (£1.50 for 5)
- Cane Support Wigwam holder (less than £3)
- String (50p)
- Clothes pegs (£1)
- Sheet – either double duvet or flat sheet – I used an old one from the cupboard!
Chances are, you’ll have at least some of the above items somewhere in your house, so it’ll be even cheaper to make!
For those that don’t know what a cane support wigwam holder looks like:
How to make your play tent teepee
- Take your 5 bamboo canes and push them through the wigwam cane holder – I used the bigger holes as the canes I had were quite chunky! This will leave one hole spare, which will be the entrance.
- Pull the canes apart to create your teepee shape – make sure you’re happy with the finished size before the next step, so place in your desired location now.
- Use the string and go mad with it to secure the canes in place by going under, over, through and around! I used the wigwam holder too for extra support. Don’t worry about it looking messy as it’ll be hidden later. Blame it on the kids if it does look messy…
- Using the pegs and the sheet, start with a corner and peg to the cane above the string – the rest of the sheet should then drape to the floor, following the line of the cane. Secure with another peg (or as many as you like…) further down. As a tip, I pushed the pegs round to the inside of the tents so they weren’t sticking out of the entrance.
- Pull the sheet around the teepee so that it’s tight against the top and secure in place again on the opposite side with another peg – I secured this to the green wigwam holder.
- The rest of the sheet should then drape to the floor (or close enough!)
- Secure with as many pegs as you like (or as many as they like… it’s a fun task in itself)
- Decorate your tent! I used some foam play mats on our laminate floor, cushions and a soft blanket…
As the tent is only made from canes, string and pegs (and of course a sheet…), it can be taken up and down really easily for a quick bit of fun.
If you build your own teepee, let me know how you get on and what you’re using it for!