Having children inspire many of us to create things from scratch in order to expose our little ones to new activities to further their development and just help them have fun and exercise their own imagination and creativity.
Indoor teepees are one of the most common DIY project ideas that most parents can get behind and it’s actually possible to make it happen without any major sewing skills.
Play tents that you find in the store or online can cost around $200, but making your own indoor teepee can cost you a lot less than that, so here are 15 amazing and beautiful no-sew, indoor teepee DIY ideas for you to keep in mind:
#1 from Project Nursery
This indoor teepee DIY activity will cost you around $60 and here are all the supplies you’ll need:
- Six 3/4″ x 10′ thick-walled PVC pipes
- Six 3/4″ PVC couplings
- Six 3/4″ PVC caps
- 9′ x 12′ canvas drop cloth
- Woodgrain Con-Tact Paper
- Super Heat’n Bond iron-on adhesive
- One package (8 count) of 5/8″ heavy duty snaps/tools
- 1/4″ of sisal rope
- Duck Tape
- A saw
- An iron
- Hot glue
- Fabric scissors
- A hammer
Now, for the construction process, you’ll have to head to this link and follow the instructions along. You’ll see that every step is very detailed and well-explained. What’s more, they provide images to guide your hand.
The best part is that the only kind of sewing you’ll have to do is a bit of hemming, so it’s nothing you can’t handle! Another very cool thing about this design is that, if you choose, it can be collapsible, which will allow you to move it around or tuck it away whenever you need. I personally loved this project because it allows you to be creative since you can paint your teepee however you see it!
#2 from Julie Blanner
Julie Blanner’s teepee is a bit smaller than the first model but it’s super adorable and it’s also very easy to make. These are the materials you’ll need:
- 4 1¾’x6′ poplar dowels
- 3/8″ sisal rope
- 6×9′ canvas drop cloth
- 3 screws
- 3 washers
According to Julie, this little project won’t take you more than an hour, tops. To begin, cut a large length of rope and burn the end. Drill a hole in the first pole at 5”, string the rope through and tie a knot. Make the form of a teepee with the poles and figure out how to position them in a stable way. Make sure that you keep the front of the teepee wide and the back narrow.
Observe how the first and the second pole align and drill a hole at that distance. Feed the rope through the second pole and wrap it around a few times to stabilize it. Get your third pole, place it correctly, drill a hole, feed the rope and wrap it again. Repeat the same process for pole number four and wrap the pole around the teepee several times.
It’s time to open the cloth horizontally and find the middle so you can start draping it from the back of the teepee and secure it with a screw. Drape the fabric around the sides and let it fall naturally. Tuck the excess fabric and adjust your poles. Use a screw on each side to secure the fabric and your teepee will be ready.
#3 from Home Stories A to Z
The next DIY teepee comes from Home Stories A to Z and here are the materials you’ll need:
- Six yards of Waverly Inspirations Fabric
- Waverly Inspirations Ribbon (optional)
- Four 1″x 6′ PVC pipes
- Nylon ⅜” rope
- Drill and bits
- Binder clips
- Hot glue and glue gun
- To get started with the construction process, cut the PVC pipes, then measure 6 inches down on each pipe and drill a hole. The next thing you’ll need to do is set your pipes into an “X” shape, line up the holes, and run the rope through.
- Now you’ll want to tie a knot to secure the rope and then wrap it in a figure 8 pattern around the pipes while keeping the end of the raup taut. To continue, add the two other pipes to either side of the X and thread rope through the holes.
- You’ll have to wrap and then knot the rope until the structure is secure. Grab your measuring tape and decide how wide you want the base of your teepee to be. Create an even square with the base and mark the floor where each pole should be.
- Wrap your fabric around the tepee and secure it with a clip, Home Stories From A to Z refers to this fabric as the “teepee shawl” because this piece will determine the placement of all the others.
- Now, wrap the front piece of fabric around the front of the teepee and clip it. Cut the excess fabric near the poles and cut a slip up the middle. Grab your hot glue gun and secure the fabric around the poles. Do the same thing on the back of the tepee.
Click on this link, so you can get more detailed instructions and follow along with the pictures.
#4 fromRachel and Wave
The next teepee DIY idea is provided by Smile and Wave and it’s super simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Six 8 foot 1″ x 2″ x 8′ pieces of pine
- One 9′ x 12′ canvas drop cloth
- One tube of acrylic paint
- One paint brush
- Two rolls of cream satin ribbon 3/4″ wide
- 15″ of 1/4″ elastic
- Thrifted yarn
- Long cut of canvas
- To get started, grab the 8’ poles, measure 12” from the top and drill holes using a ⅛” bit. Tie them together with a slack and stand them up to decide how you want to place the poles.
- The next step is to lay out the canvas and start at the bottom by measuring 38” and marking it, from the center of this, measure 80” upwards and make a mark, then move on to measure 2″ on each side of the center of that last mark to get 4″ at the top.
- Use two yard sticks taped together or tack down some yarn at one edge of the top and pull it taught to meet the bottom edge of the same side. Cut out the first panel and use it as a template for the rest. After all of your pieces are cut out it’s time to sew the five large panels together at the sides.
- Now it’s time to assemble the front panel, so hem the door panels and pin them to the top part of the panel. Sew them together, and add some back stitching where the panels meet.
- Fold the top edge down towards the inside of the teepee ½” and stitch. Use a safety pin to string some elastic through, then stitch one end down and then pull taught before stitching the other end down.
- Once you do this, sew together the last long sides of the teepee together and then fold the bottom edge in ½” twice to form the bottom hem. Hand-stitch three 12” cuts of ribbon on the inside seams of each panel and also hand-stitch three sets of ribbon ties to your door panels.
- To finish, slip the canvas over your poles, straighten, and you’re done!
Make sure to go to the source site to get more detailed instructions to guide your hand.
#5 from The Handmade Home
The following indoor teepee DIY idea comes from The Handmade Home and it’s another no-sew lovely project for you to please your kids without too much trouble. Here are the materials you’ll need:
- Six 1x2x8 wood poles.
- A Drill
- Two large drop cloths
- Hot glue
- Now, to get started with the process, the first thing you’ll need to do is measure one foot down each piece of wood and drill a hole in the center for the jute to hold everything together. Once you’ve made all the holes, position the poles into a teepee and then strung the jute through the holes and secure it. To cover your teepee, you can use drop cloth or any other kind of fabric that you have at hand.
- The Handmade Home makes a point of using fabric that they had laying around unused, and if you have fabric that you’re not using, then this is the time to use it. You can let your creativity fly and you can even combine different fabrics with different colors and patterns to make a really fun teepee.
- The Handmade Home also makes a point not to focus on perfection; this is a really simple project and there’s no need to fret about making sure that everything is flawless. Do the best you can and secure your teepee tightly, but it doesn’t have to be a perfect teepee. Especially if this is the first time you’re doing something like this; just to do your best and make sure it won’t fall down.
Click on the link so you can read The Handmade Home’s original article and find a few extra tips to put into practice while you’re making your teepee.
#6 from Fawn Over Baby
Our next indoor teepee DIY idea comes from Fawn Over Baby and it’s simple yet gorgeous. These are the materials you will need
- Five 11/16″ X11/16″ X 8ft wooden poles
- Tape Measure
- 9X12 Painter’s Canvas Cloth
- 10 count Grommet packet with kit
- Boot String bundle
- The making process of this teepee is divided in two, so we will start with the structure first. Start by marking the center 18” from the top of each one of the wooden poles and then drill a ¼” hole through each of the marks.
- Once you do that, string the twine through each of the holes and tie a knot on each of them. Then, stand the poles up, align the holes and then tie them with a loose knot. Now you’ll have to start positioning the poles to create the width and height of your teepee, then wrap the top of the teepee with the twine and make sure it’s tightly secure.
- Now that the structure is ready, you’ll be able to move on to the covering.
To do this, click on this link and follow Fawn Over Baby’s instructions. You’ll also find visual aid for most of the process, which will make the task a bit easier.
#7 Play Tent from Centsational Style
Okay, yes, this is not a teepee, but I wanted to show you an incredibly practical way to give your children a unique space at home. I encourage you to try any of the teepee ideas we’ve seen so far, but if your DIY abilities are still elementary and making a teepee is a bit too much, give this play tent a try. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Enough fabric to cover the tabletop all the way down and around.
- Fabric to create the windows and/or door accents.
- A sewing machine
- In the Centsational Style, it’s recommended to get drapery liner for this because the fabric is thick, affordable and it’s 54” wide. Apparently, if you find it on sale it can cost as little as $5, so keep that in mind.
- Measure the table you will be using for this and make sure you get enough fabric to cover the table all the way down and around. Once you do that, the construction is very simple. Cut the top piece first and then hem the additional fabric to the edges of the top, turning it at the corners.
- Once everything is stitched together, pin the bottom and hem it. To make the entrance of the tent, take some scrap fabric, hem the edges and stitch a flap to the tent.
That’s basically all there is to it! Click on this link so you can see the pictures of the process and to learn how to make some windows for your tent as well. This play tent is super affordable and it won’t take you much time to set up! The only real challenge will be keeping your kids from being under the table all the time.
#8 Indoor Tent from Ducklings In A Row
Here’s another DIY project that’s not a teepee, but it’s super adorable and simple. This will take a bit of sewing, but nothing too complicated, I promise! Here are the supplies you’ll need to gather:
- Three yards of the fabric of your choosing
- A dowel of about ⅜”
- The Wood shim of 48″
- Stitch witchery & an iron (or a sewing machine)
- Shower curtain rod holder set
- All purpose adhesive
- Two screws
- A level
- A pencil
- A drill
- To get started, determine the desired height of your tent and install shower curtain brackets on either side of the nook. For the front panels, divide the width of your tent by two and then sew or stitch witch the two vertical sides and the bottom. For the top, sew or stitch with a “sleeve” for the rod to go through.
- Now it’s time to determine the desired height for the back of the tent, so measure the distance from the spot you selected on the wall to the front of your tent where you already installed your shower curtain rod holder. Make sure to add 6” to the front 3” to the back.
- After this, sew or stitch witch all sides and make sure the width is the same as your tent. You’ll also need to sew or stitch witch three loops, on in the center and one of each end on the underside of the awning where it will meet the rod and front panels.
- For the back of the awning, glue the fabric to the flat shim and let it dry, then drill through the wood into the wall. Thread the round dowel first through the end loop of the awning, through a front panel, and then to the center loop of the awning, followed by the second panel and final loop. To finish, insert the rod into the shower curtain holders.
Make sure to click on this link to get more detailed instructions and to get visual aid!
#9 Viking Play Tent from Adventure In A Box
This is another alternative to the teepee, but this is actually an option for those of you out there who are a bit more skilled in the art of making things with your bare hands. Adventure In A Box came up with this Viking Play Tent and I just can’t exclude it from this list, it’s too cool! Here are all the materials you’ll need:
- Six pine boards (1x4x4”)
- Three long dowels (4′ long, with a diameter of 1-1/4”)
- One long dowel (4′ long, with a diameter of 1/2”)
- A hand saw
- A drill with drill-bits of two sizes; 1-1/4” and 1/2”
- A vise for holding the wood in place
- 5 meters of fabric
- 30-60-90° triangle
- A measuring tape or a yardstick
- To get started, the first thing you need to know is that there are equilateral triangles at the ends of the tent and all the boards forming the sides will have the same length, which is 4’, and the angle between the boards should be 60°.
- Grab your hand saw and cut the edges of all the boards to a 60° angle. Then take one of the boards and drill a 1 ½” hole about an inch above the end of the board. The holes need to match on the overlapping boards, so keep this in mind.
- Now take the dowels and hold them in place, cut twelve wooden nails out of them of 3” long. Then, drill holes in the poles, 3” away from each end and glue six of the dowels in the holes. Once it dries, drill another set of holes close to the ends of the dowels.
- Assemble the tent, then insert the rest of the wooden nails in the holes and close the ends of the dowels to secure the boards in place. To cover the tent, cut a rectangle and sew the ends into tubes for the lower poles to pass through.
I know this seems like a lot, but the extra work is completely worth it. Make sure to click on this link to get more detailed instructions and pictures of the entire process.
#10 Play Canopy from Making Lemonade
The final alternative to a teepee that doesn’t require major skills comes from The Making Lemonade Blog and here’s everything you’ll need:
- 2 shower curtains
- Extra large binder rings or ring shower hooks
- A hula hoop
- Braided nylon rope
- Felt & velcro
- Heavy duty hooks with anchors for the ceiling
- To get started drill four holes in the hula hoop. Use one of the shower or binder rings and add each shower curtain one after the other.
- Then, cut four pieces of nylon rope and pull them through the holes in the hula hoop.
- Next, gather all eight ends of the rope and pull through the top ring in the center of the shower curtains. Tie off to create the tent part of the canopy and leave a long tail so you can attach it to the ceiling.
- Now you’ll have to install the ceiling hook and hang the tent, for any further instructions, click on this link so you can check out the entire process!
Any of these DIY projects will be so much fun all around! It will be fun (and a bit challenging) to make these teepees and tents, and it will also be a lot of fun for your children to have this little unique place to gather in and enjoy their free time.