20+ Simple DIY Kids Teepee Your Kids Will Love

No nursery or kids room seems to be complete without a kids teepee proudly standing in the corner of the room.

There is plenty available online in all sizes, colours and styles, but lets be honest – nothing feel as special as something you make with your own hands.

These kids teepees are actually incredibly easy and cheap to make and some of these designs do not require any sewing skills (or sewing machine for that fact).

You can get inspired by the store-available models and try to match it with your DIY skills and available materials, or follow one of the 20+ DIY teepee tutorials we collected below.

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20+ Simple DIY Kids Teepee Ideas

1. Enchanting Colorful Teepee for Magical Play

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2. Cozy Reading Nook Teepee for Little Bookworms

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3. Explorer’s Castle Teepee for Adventurous Kids

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4. Glamping Teepee for a Touch of Luxury

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5. DIY No-Sew Teepee for Easy Assembly

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6. Simple A-Tent for a Classic Look

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7. Garden Picnic Teepee for Al Fresco Fun

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8. Garden Vibes Teepee with Flower Patterns

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9. Heart-Shaped Patchwork Teepee

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10. DIY Painted Teepee with Artistic Flair

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11. Monochrome Minimalist Teepee for Modern Tots

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12. Whimsical Fairy Lights to Illuminate Imagination

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13. Festival-Themed Teepee with Bright Buntings

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14. Boho Chic Teepee with Fringe and Feathers

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15. Dreamy Lace Teepee for Princess Pretend Play

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16. Under-the-Sky Teepee with Stars Pattern

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17. Rustic Canvas Teepee for Outdoor Adventures

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18. Nature-Inspired Teepee with Leafy Patterns

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19. Cuddle-Up Corner: Teepee with Throw Pillows

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20. Rainbow Stripes for a Bright and Cheerful Hideaway

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21. Storybook Teepee with Best Friend

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22. Super Explorer Hideout Teepee for Action-Packed Fun

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23. Story Time Magic in a Starry Night Teepee

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24. Mystical Forest Teepee with Woodland Creatures

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25. Adventure Reading Teepee

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26. Colorful Patchwork Teepee for Vibrant Playtime

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How to Make Kids Teepee

A cozy and imaginative space can be created easily and inexpensively for little ones. A DIY teepee would absolutely be one of the best ideas for your child’s room or in your playroom, ensuring that it’s a fun place to read, play, or just chill.

Follow this simple and enjoyable guide to produce a lovely kids’ teepee using simple materials and easy-to-implement techniques.

Whether you’re quite the seasoned DIY die-hard or a rank beginner, these tips and goodies will help you make a teepee that your kids are sure to adore.

Materials Required

Let’s get right into the process; firstly, let’s gather all the necessary materials.

  • Four wooden dowels—each about 6 feet long
  • A large piece of fabric—approximately 5 x 5 feet
  • Some rope or twine
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabric paint or markers (you can also skip it)
  • A cushion/blanket for the base

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Preparation of the Framework

The first step in order to construct your teepee is to create a sturdy frame. Follow these steps:

Measure and Cut the Dowels

Measure all the four wooden dowels into equal length. If need be, use a saw to cut to the length you desire. Generally, around 6 feet for a normal teepee is good.

Form the Teepee Base

Lay the dowels on the ground, forming a square or triangular formation. These will be your teepee base.

Secure the Top

Collect the tops of the dowels and tie them together, making sure they’re tightly secured with rope or twine. The teepee should stand without wobbling; make sure the structure is stable.

Step 2: Make the Teepee Cover

With the frame now complete, it’s time to make the covering for your teepee.

Measure the Fabric

Lay the fabric out flat on the ground. Open up your fabric, so it is lying flat on the ground. Measure the distance between your dowels and cut the material accordingly, leaving some extra material at the perimeter to provide hemming. Allow for a small hem along the edge.

Cut the Material into Shape

Cut the fabric in the shape of a big triangle so that it can wrap around the dowels. Do not hesitate to use more than one piece if your fabric is not wide enough.

Attach the Fabric

Starting at the highest point, place the fabric over the dowels. Call your child or use a hot-glue gun to attach the edges of the fabric to the dowels. Make sure the fabric is taut and appear evenly spread on the frame.

Make a Door

Disc the slit in the front fabric to act as an entrance. Hem the edges of this fabric to prevent the material from fraying.

Step 3: Add Personality

The teepee part is just the beginning. How you choose to make your teepee pretty and personal is really up to you and your little ones. Here are some ideas:

Decorate the fabric

Cover the teepee with fabric paint or markers for some designs, patterns, or even your child’s name. This step is important to make your teepee personal and unique to you.

Attach Trim and Tassels

Glue some decorative trim or some tassels along the edges of the fabric for a boho-chic look.

Create a Cozy Base

Inside the tent, place a soft blanket or cushion for a comfortable haven for your kids to sit, relax, and muck around.

Personalize It: Make it safe and sturdy – A few things to consider

Stability Check

Ensure that the teepee is stable and will not easily topple over. If any of the dowels are askew or if the top of the rope is loose, twist the dowels back into place and tighten the rope at the top.

Stabilize the Base

If you are going to place the teepee on a smooth surface, consider adding some non-slip pads on the bottom of the dowels to avoid the structure from sliding.

No Sharp Objects

There should not be any sharp edges or loose parts that may be hazardous to your child.

Tips and Hacks to Make Your DIY Process Easier

Easy to Build

Use PVC pipes or sturdy bamboo sticks instead of wooden dowels. They are equally light and easy to manipulate.

No-Sew Option

If you don’t know how to sew, worry not. Instead of using a needle and thread, hem the edges of the fabric and attach it to the dowels using fabric glue. This process is really quick and easy.

Easy to Disassemble

Make your teepee easily disassembled to magnify the convenience of storage and transportation. Instead of using glue, try attaching the fabric to the dowels using Velcro strips or ties. This way, you can disassemble and reassemble the structure whenever you want.

Themed Decorations

Your teepee can become a themed wonderland. Turn it into a pirate ship, a fairy castle, or even a jungle hideout—just to name a few. You can customize any decorations that fit your child’s favorite themes. Use themed fabric, stickers, and accessories to add value to the theme.

Involve Your Kids

Make it a fun family activity by involving your kids in the process. Let them help paint the fabric, choose the decorations, and even assemble the fabric structure. It won’t just make the teepees more special but also create lasting memories.

Conclusion

This DIY teepee for kids is one of the most playful and rewarding projects, as it will give your dear kids endless fun. Just follow these easy steps with some creative hacks, and magically craft a space where your kids will lose themselves in their ceaseless imaginations. Fun should be the real essence of any successful DIY project, after all. So make sure to enjoy yourself!

In no time, your kids will be running around playing in the beautiful and functional teepee you will have crafted for them. It will be a very nice addition to their play area—a special place where they can explore, learn, and play. So gather your materials, roll up sleeves, and craft your very own DIY kids’ teepee today!

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Julie Higgins
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Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.

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