Introduction: Build a Cheap and Easy Den or Playhouse

Build a quick and easy den for your kids or friends to play in...

Step 1: What You Need...

To start you will need:
//130 sheets of broad sheet newspaper
//A pair of scissors
//Some tape
//Coloured pens or paper
//A stapler
//Some paper plates
//Find a large open space  preferably indoors

Step 2: Lets Start

Roll two pices of the newspaper around a broom or mop handle, then tape it in place.
You need to make thirty tubes that are 58cm in length and thirty five that are 62cm in length.
Colour the 58cm tubes red, and the 62cm tubes green to help you remember which are which!

Step 3: Arrange

Arrange ten of the green (62cm) tubes in a shape like this.
Use a stapler to attach them together.
Next, lie out the tubes in the pattern(second picture), so that you form ten triangles.
The triangles need to be made from tubes of alternate colours, so make a triangle with two green sides, then one with two red sides, then green again - and so on.
The bases of the triangles will, of course, all be green.

Step 4: Build It Up

Now fold the triangles upwards and staple them together.
Next, staple ten red tubes horizontally so that the tops of the triangles are joined.
The topmost layer now has ten points. You now need to arrange tubes in an alternating fashion - two green from the first point, then one red, two green, then one red - all the way around.
Now join up the tops of the triangles - two greens and a red should meet each time.

Then repeat horizontal tubes again - five this time - using green.
Now use your last five red tubes to make the peak of the dome (which is actually called a geodesic dome) with one more row of triangles which should form a point at the top.
Stick paper plates over each join…
And if you like, use fabric, newspaper or whatever you fancy to cover up each of the panels.

Step 5: Finished

Remember to leave a space for you to climb in and out!
And that's it - finished!

The paper tubes are really strong, so enjoy the den!