How to make a teepee

Use these easy steps to find out how to make a teepee and you'll have a space to entertain the kids that's also a super stylish addition to your home...

how to make a teepee: Tipi with fairy lights fairy from Lights4fun
(Image credit: Lights4fun)

Want to learn how to make a teepee? We've been seeing these all over Instagram recently and despite being made with kids (or pets) in mind we actually think they make a super stylish (grown up approved) addition to a playroom, bedroom or even the corner of your living room. Plus, you can use it as a giant toy storage box to quickly hide away toy clutter at the end of the day.

You can actually DIY your own tipi, too, or get the kids involved and make it a weekend project. It's super easy, inexpensive and it means you can pick out a fabric that perfectly suits your space. 

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You will need:

How to make a tipi

(Image credit: Annabelle Short)

Step one: prep the wooden dowels 

Drill holes in the wooden dowels, 25cm from the top. Ensure the holes are equal to or larger than the thickness of your rope. Lay the dowels on the floor, side by side, then thread the rope through the holes; tie a knot with either end of the rope to secure the dowels together in a tight bunch.

Step two: arrange the wooden dowels 

Stand the dowels up and arrange them into a teepee shape. Then, wrap the remaining rope around dowels and finish with a double knot to hold them in place.

Step three: Create the outside of the teepee

Measure the length, top, and bottom width of each triangle created by the dowels standing upright. Add seam and hem allowances all round to these measurements; 2cm to 5cm will be enough.

Cut your fabric to these measurements then sew the panels together, right sides out, allowing for a 2cm seam inside. Hem top and bottom, allowing around 2cm for the hem fold. The hem should go on the wrong side of the fabric.

Step four: sew slits for the dowels

Now cut and hem slits into the top of each fabric triangle for the dowels to poke through. If you are not sure about the size, place your fabric around the dowel and mark. Decorate your door if you like – or just sew on some fabric ties or ribbon so that the door can be lightly secured.

Step five: assemble your teepee

Assemble! Lay your dowels down, thread dowels through the slits and then stand them upright and arrange. Done!

This craft project was supplied by Annabelle Short. Check out her craft blog for more ideas and inspiration. 

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Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.