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What can be better than surprising your tot with a homemade teepee? In this instructable, I'll show you how I made a whimsical teepee using some fabric, 4 dowels, and creativity. Did I mention there is zero sewing involved?

Let's get started!

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Step 1: Materials

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For this project I used:

2.5 yards of white and gold polka dot cotton fabric

1 yard of polka dot mesh fabric (I used this so that when cut, it would not fray. Did I mention this is a no-sew project??)

4 dowels (I opted for 6 foot long dowels found in the molding department of lowes, rather than the typical 4 foot dowels so that the entire teepee would have more square footage inside)

6 yards of white 3/4 inch ribbon

2.5 yards of 1/2 inch sisal rope


zip tie (totally optional)

staple gun (with plenty of light duty staples)

hot glue gun (with about 4 long sticks of glue)

tape measure


**I also made a tassel banner that went around the teepee, but I didn't take any pictures of that process.

Step 2: Initial Framing

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Stand all of your dowels up and using a zip tie, or loosely fitted rope, tie them all together about 1 foot from the top. Gently begin to twist all four dowels in the same direction around the axis (aka zip tie.) Do this until the bottom portion begins to fan out allowing the entire structure to free stand.

I used a loose zip tie here because I wanted the dowels to still be able to shift slightly as I made final adjustments, more on this next.

Step 3: Establish Equal Spacing

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We'll want to get the framing of the teepee as equal as possible, and to do that, I simply measured the distances around each of the dowel "legs". I decided that I was happy with a 34 inch spacing, allowing the structure to stand comfortably on its own, without fear of tipping over or collapsing in on itself.

mikeasaurus11 months ago
I'd like an adult-sized version

I had one of these as a kid that I played with all the time! Mine was just plain canvas though, this one is very cute!

Flash6712 months ago
Wow! I've never heard of anything like it!
sjohnson12312 months ago
I am so excited to make this! I'll let you know how it turns out.