DIY Teepee

Okay, so this is the last post about Buddy’s birthday. Then I can move on to other fun things. But birthdays are so the most fun!
I have been wanting to make Buddy some type of playhouse or tent for a while. My original idea was to make a felt playhouse, but then I got sick and lost an entire week so I didn’t have as much time as originally planned. I have had my eye on this teepee tutorial for a while, and decided to go with that instead. I’m glad I did because the boys really love it and it looks great on our sun-porch.
I made a few modifications as I went along. Instead of purchasing canvas by the yard, I used a large painter’s drop cloth and saved a few dollars. I cut it to 72″ x 144″ and then followed the instructions for folding and cutting. It was a little big at first, so I had to do some trimming. But I’d rather have it a little big than too short like some people were saying in the comments. 
Also, instead of doing the rings to hold the bamboo poles in place, I sewed in long “pockets” for the rods to slide through. I thought that would hold up a little better. 
Also, I do not own a grommet setting kit, so I just played around with the folds at the top, pinned them in place and sewed them together. It was really easy to make and only took a few hours. I wasn’t going to paint it at first, but I wanted to add some color. I was afraid I would mess it up, but I like the way it turned out. And most importantly, the boys LOVE it! 
I had some leftover canvas and had the idea to make a miniature version of the teepee for his little toys. I used dowel rods and created it the same way I did the larger one. I had a few issues getting the placement of the rod pockets correct, but after a little trial and error, it all worked out.
Two blogs that I follow had a joint crafting theme last month called Celebrate the Boy, where they showcased crafts and ideas for boys. When I saw this bandolier, I knew I had to make one for buddy. He is a collector and loves to carry around little things with him all day. I made modifications to add an extra pocket and a place for him to hook his carabiners (which he so fondly calls his “hookers”).  I couldn’t wait to make it and give it to him! 
And he hates it! He refuses to wear it. I had to bribe him with M&M’s just so I could get a picture. 
I told him if he didn’t wear it, I would give it to another little boy. He said, “Okay Mommy.” Go figure. Maybe Little Man will like it when he gets older. 
So that is the end of my birthday crafting. I think I am going to take a little crafting break for a week or two. My blogging is about to head in the direction of homeschooling, actually “home pre-schooling”. I have been doing TONS of reading and formulating my “philosophy” of early childhood education for the past year, and I can’t wait to start sharing my plans and ideas. 
Hope you are having a great week!
(For other great DIY Teepee ideas, check out this link.)


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  1. It’s wonderful! I’ve been eyeing up teepees online…I would really love to make one for the kids this summer. I’m not sure if I have the sewing skills to pull this off, but heck, it’s worth a try!
    xo maureen

  2. Maureen…it was easier to make than I thought it would be. If you follow the tutorial that I linked, there is actually no sewing required. You are so crafty that I am SURE you can pull it off!

  3. How adorable! Every kid needs their own teepee!

  4. Love the teepee. I’ve been wanting to turn one of our old quilts into a teepee. Maybe someday…

  5. I love this! I want to make one for my boys to play with in the yard this summer. great idea to make a mini version…my 3 year old is really getting into little toys, he would love this!

  6. I love the tee pee, I had one when I was a kid. I’m going to have to check out the tutorial

  7. This is so adorable! you did a awesome job!

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