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How To Build A Teepee

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Make a teepee for your garden and your kids, for free. (instead of buying one for over $200.)
It's a great place to grow climbing plants, and a great place for the kids to hang out.
We've also noticed birds perching ontop of the teepee, which is fun to watch.

You will need:
Sticks
Twine, rope, or yarn.
Climbing plants: Squash, pumpkins, peas, beans, etc.
A shovel
Manure/ Compost.
A willing Toddler.
A white canvas drop cloth. (optional)
Paint and sharpies (optional)

 
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Step 1: Gather Sticks

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Gather some sticks. We have very large pine trees with dead bottom branches. We pulled them down to use them. We also used sticks that had already fallen, and a few small trees of an invasive species that we cut down. For the teepee we made, the sticks are about 8 feet long for the main structure. You will need at least three. Sticks with a v on one end make things easier. You can cut longer branches to be the right size.

Step 2: Make Main Support.

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Take your three big sticks, lay them down together. Wrap your rope around the branches, and tie it. Leave some rope hanging.
Stand it up, and spread out the sticks so that they stay up. This is where the V 's in the sticks really help.
Take the hanging rope and wrap it around the teepee to keep it all together.

Note:
This is not the official way to make a teepee. This is not how my Eagle Scout husband would make a teepee, and this method would not work great if you wanted to make a really big teepee. This is the Mom, while watching two toddlers, and trying not to injure anyone method, but it works.

Step 3: Make a door

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Picture the teepee to be more like a 3 sided pyramid, than a round teepee.
Decide what side you want an entrance. Take a long stick and put it vertical in the middle of the side you want the door. Just rest it in place.
triumphman2 years ago
Check out my 18 foot tall +, 50 foot circumf. +, Teepee from Cedar Trees! I recycled the dead ones around my home! Hope you like it! As ever, Triumphman
Goodhart2 years ago
I just came across this; and that looks great for light climbing plants like Morning Glories - bravo !
I dig it !~ Think I will make one with my daughter :-)
lemonie5 years ago
Nice work! A bit smaller than I was initially expecting (no fire in that one?) L
hints5 years ago
This will look awesome with vines climbing up the supports!
domestic_engineer (author)  hints5 years ago
that's the plan. hopefully they will grow.
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