My sister made my kids a play tent this year for Christmas. It is amazing! They use it all the time. It has been a tent to play camping, a hideout, a school, a coffee shop, and even a dinosaur den (I’m not sure if dinosaurs really had dens, but these kids would lead you to believe so!). It has really helped to spark their creativity and entertains them for hours! My only request when my sister mentioned that she was going to be making a play tent was that it would be huge! Like, big enough for half a dozen school aged kids to play in. She definitely delivered! Ours extends up to the ceiling in our basement, and takes up about a third of the floor area! But it is perfect!
When I saw this play tent tutorial, I knew I had to share it, because every kid NEEDS a play tent! They are THAT much fun! This one is super simple to make!
For the structure: Two flat beams in the front. Two in the back. Crossed over each other, with holes (the size of your dowel) drilled through the top cross, and the bottom of each flat beam. Bottom holes should be approximately two inches from the bottom of each. One large dowel, on top, going from the front to the back, placed through snug, drilled holes. And two large dowels on each side of the tent, placed through the bottom drilled holes. To secure the tent from sliding open and flat, there is an extra flat beam added in the back of the tent, with holes on each end to place over the bottom support dowels. To prevent the front of the tent from sliding, there are two small nails at the very top, with a rope tightly wrapped around them, holding the front in place.
For the tent cover: I used a vintage table cloth that I found while pregnant at a consignment store down the street. I had been (impatiently) waiting for the perfect project to use it in my home. I cut it to size, hemming the edges. To hold the cover in place, I opted to sew fabric ties on each corner of the fabric, giving it an even better and softer look. The fabric is placed over the top dowel, and wrapped around each bottom dowel before being tied in place. It even hides the bottom dowels and make creates an extra softness inside the tent, instead of having the wooden dowel exposed!
Oh Dear Drea is an awesome blog with so many great ideas! I hope you have a chance to make this for the kid in your life!