How to make a Teepee for less than £10

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…

How to build a kids play teepee tent 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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…
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The rest of the sheet should then drape to the floor (or close enough!)
  7. Secure with as many pegs as you like (or as many as they like… it’s a fun task in itself)
  8. 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!

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23 Comments

  1. kerry norris
    August 7, 2015 / 8:34 am

    What a fab idea! I may now think about making my own! Thanks so much for this post. Kerry x

    • August 7, 2015 / 11:15 am

      Thanks Kerry, let me know if you do! It’s fun to make too! x

  2. @loz83g
    August 11, 2015 / 7:51 am

    Ah aren’t you clever – I’ve often looked at the teepees but have never been able to justify their large price tag so I’m loving your DIY version, thanks for sharing. #twinklytuesday

  3. Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby
    August 11, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Wow! That’s very resourceful and creative of you! I’ve always wanted one for my kids but they are rather expensive…. Thanks for sharing! #TwinklyTuesday

  4. Helen
    August 11, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    This sounds brilliant – I wish I’d read this post a couple of weeks ago as I bought a wigwam for my daughter and it was much more than £10! #TwinklyTuesday

    Helen x

  5. mummascribbles
    August 14, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Teepees bought new are so darn expensive for what they are! Such a great guide here I’ll have to see what I have! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  6. January 17, 2018 / 11:31 am

    This is genius! I was actually looking online yesterday for kids teepees as Small Boy loves sitting under a blanket, draped over my head and arms, which gets a bit tiring. I’ve seen them listed for up to £60 so this is brilliant. Going to try it. #FortheLoveofBlog

  7. January 17, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    What a clever idea! My daughter got a teepee for Christmas and I’m sure it cost a lot more than a tenner! #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. January 17, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    I love this. I had a camp theme party for my 11 year old daughter last year and wanted to make one of these myself but didn’t have the time or energy. Instead we just put up a normal tent. Thanks for sharing – will keep for future.#fortheloveofBLOG

  9. January 17, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    I’ve wanted one of these for ages. I just might have to make one now! Thank you! #fortheloveofblog

  10. January 17, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Great idea! I find the shop bought stuff goes to pot quickly #fortheloveBLOG

  11. January 17, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    Fabulous!! The cost of teepee’s is ridiculous, but it’s the storage space thing for me. Whereas if I’ve used a few bits from the garden and a sheet then it isn’t going to take up extra room in the long run #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. January 18, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    We did something similar over the summer as my eldest was trying to create a den! Great little hideaway for them.
    #fortheloveofblog

  13. January 19, 2018 / 12:34 am

    How awesome! And so much cheaper than the ready to go teepee kits. #fortheloveofBLOG

  14. January 19, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Ha you’re a genius! I’ve just bookmarked this for the Summer. I bloody love those fancy Teepees that cost 100 quid but it’s crazy to spend that much on something that will inevitably get covered in mud and ice cream! #fortheloveofBLOG

  15. January 19, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    My dream bedroom for Amelia includes a little tee pee for her to play in or read her books. My other half loves making things and as soon as I said it he said he would make one!! This is perfect!! #fortheloveofBLOG

  16. January 19, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    This is such a bargain!! Little man has just started imaginary play – currently cooking and eating from his toy kitchen, and I think come the summer this would be something he’d love and it would also keep the twins out of the sun!
    Thanks for the tip! #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. January 20, 2018 / 11:15 am

    We haven’t created a teepee before mainly as we use our ball pool as a tent (turned upside down) but I love the look of them.#fortheloveofBLOG

  18. January 21, 2018 / 7:47 am

    I am definitely going to try this! I’ve often admired the teepees you can buy but they are expensive! #fortheloveofBLOG

  19. January 22, 2018 / 8:00 pm

    This is so clever!!! Small girl would love a little library teepee and they are quite expensive!! I may be brave and have a go at this!! #fortheloveofBLOG

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