Children love to have a spot where they can hide and congregate with each other. Making a teepee can be a lot of fun. It can be inexpensive and easy, as well as used indoor and outdoor.
Indoor Teepees Provide the Perfect Hideout for an Imaginative Adventure
Indoor teepees can be used as a play area, a book nook, stick a sleeping bag (or two) inside and have an indoor camp out, or just use it for play. Play teepees are easily bought, but it could be really fun to make one yourself, not to mention, creative.
If you’re like me and not super crafty, but like to pretend to be creative, this is a great idea for an indoor teepee.
Pick up a drying rack and put some fabric on it. If you want to get super crafty, you can use your hot glue gun to keep the fabric stable. The directions to this aren’t in English, but it seems pretty self-explanatory.
Another really cool and easy-to-make play teepee is found on Heart and Habit. This fun teepee is no-sew and the materials are all easily found.
Here is a list of materials as found on Smile and Wave. You can also find a different list of materials for a teepee at SewMamaSew. This teepee could easily be made for indoor or outdoor depending on the sturdiness of your materials.
- 6 – eight foot 1″ x 2″ x 8′ pieces of pine from Lowe’s @ about $1.75 each (I’d go with the next grade of wood if you’re going to make this for rambunctious little Indians)
- 1 – 9′ x 12′ canvas drop cloth from Ace Hardware (although I’m sure I could’ve picked this up at Lowe’s had I been more efficient with my errands)
- 1 tube of acrylic paint
- 1 paint brush
- 2 rolls of cream satin ribbon 3/4″ wide
- 15″ of 1/4″ elastic
How to Build a Teepee Video Demonstration
Outdoor Kids’ Teepees
Using a shower curtain or canvas, either one of the last two teepees could easily be made into an outdoor teepee.
Up next, this one isn’t exactly a teepee, but within the spirit of the teepee, this willow house is a charming play area for your backyard. See the tutorial at Kleas.
Build a pole bean teepee in your garden big enough for the kids to play inside. This is fun and healthy!
Teepee inspired crafts can be fun too. Use it in place of fresh flowers to give your home a nature-inspired feel.
Teepees are a historical and fun way to introduce your child to the beauty of quiet space. Teepees inspire inner peace, tranquility, and creativity. Using some ingenuity and honoring space for your children is a great way to inspire yourself to build a fun and decorative teepee.
You can even create a indoor/outdoor playhouse with materials from your house or local hobby store!