HOW TO MAKE A FUN AND EASY DIY NO SEW PLAY TEEPEE

Vivienne’s first birthday is coming up this June and I decided to build her a DIY (no sew) teepee for her (early) big gift.

This week I finally found some time to put it all together. It was fun, easier than I ever expected and very inexpensive.

Warning: I am not a big measurer and just like go with the flow on projects like these. If you want to be very precise and measure and sew your fabric, go for it.

I am sure there are other DIY teepees directions out there with instructions on how to do so.

Here are the materials you will need:

If you already have a lot of extra fabric on hand (and like the mix and match look) – perfect. This project will run you less than $10 total. If you have to buy the fabric expect to pay more, obvs. 🙂

You can also do this project with one kind of fabric if you prefer a more simple/monotone look. The possibilities are endless.

supplies make a diy teepee
Start off by measuring 12″ down on the wood boards and marking the center area with a marker/pen.

Once all six boards are measured and marked take your drill and drill a hole over the marker. The white wood is pretty lightweight and very easy to drill through.
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Next, ask someone to help you place the wood where you want it (this step requires two people). Take your wood and evenly space it out into the shape of a teepee. Don’t try to be perfect – you can perfect and adjust later.

Tie a knot in the end of the cord so that it can’t fit through the hole and begin stringing your cord through all of the holes in the wood, connecting them.

There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just make sure all boards are secured together well. We strung ours together a little too tightly and had to loosen the cord later.

You will want to  have some give in the cord so you can move the wood at the base around reasonably easy.

Next pull out the ends of the wood until you are happy with the placement and shape of the teepee.

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If you are doing this project on hard wood floors, I recommend placing blankets and/or rugs down first. This will keep the teepee from moving around on you. Once you are happy with the shape of the teepee, it is time to wrap it with the fabric (I tore my fabric to give it an imperfect look).
make a diy teepee

Don’t try and be perfect, just get started and slowly add more fabric as you see fit. Take your hot glue gun and attach the fabric to the slats, pull the fabric somewhat tightly around and glue every slat or two, but not too tight.

Once you do one row of fabric you’ll get the hang of it pretty easily. Also you don’t have to glue as much as I expected for the fabric to hold.

Just glue it as you see fit. I wanted my teepee to have a bunchy fabric look, so I kept my fabric loose and didn’t worry about being perfect.
If you want more of a clean, streamlined teepee just pull your fabric tighter.

I guesstimate that I used about 15 mini sticks of glue on the project. Also the top of the teepee makes a great glue gun holder. 🙂

make a diy teepee

Repeat this step with the glue different pieces of fabric until you make it to the bottom of your teepee.

I thought my different fabrics were getting a little too busy, so I decided to stop a little over half way down and stick to some white stretchy fabric for the bottom part (the stretchy fabric was so easy to work with!) If you are happy with the way yours is looking go for it.
How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!
I played with the entrance area a bit until I was happy with it. I love the way the flouncy fabric drapes and creates a little “awning.”
Just for an added detail, I chose to use some extra cord to hang feathers from the top.

And finally here is the end product (which stands about 7 feet tall and is about 4.5-5 feet wide).

How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!

I also covered the inside exposed poles with some extra fabric to give it a splash of color. I would say that it took me about four hours from start to finish.
How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!
How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!

How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!

How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!

How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!

How to make a cute and easy DIY play teepee  – perfect for a kid's bedroom, playroom, or reading nook! Ours is still a hit 6 years later!

I really enjoyed making the teepee and just as I hoped…Vivi really loves it already.

It was super easy to fold up and transport upstairs to Vivi’s bedroom and it unfolded exactly as it was originally. This will help when I want to store it down the road.

If you decide to build a teepee of your own, please share the final product in the comments below.

I’d love to see what you come up with. 🙂
xoxoxo

Update: 6 years later this teepee is still a hit with our 7 year old. It’s in her playroom in our current home.

10 thoughts on “HOW TO MAKE A FUN AND EASY DIY NO SEW PLAY TEEPEE”

  1. I am doing this for my classroom for Thanksgiving. I was going to have them decorate a white sheet and then use that as the fabric. I wonder if that would be enough fabric??

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