15 Ways to make tent (DIY tent and teepee for kids)

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Make tent (DIY play tent). Kids are so fascinated by tepee (teepee, tipi), playhouse and canopy. They love the adventures of camping in their home.

Today, to help you make tents on a budget. I am sharing 15 ways you can make DIY tent. Some of them have very nice tutorials too.

15 Ways to make tent (DIY tents)


So let’s get started, the list includes:



DIY canopy bed using 10-inch embroidery hoop and at least 96-inches long fabric panel. Unscrew the embroidery hoop and slide two 44-inches wide panels rod-pocket panels. Screw it back together or sew your own patterned fabric curtains. Tie the ribbon with double knot on each side and hang the embroidery hoop with a pot-rack hook into your ceiling. Make a statement space in your room for rest during the day.

Buy: Canopy bed



Make a no sew tepee, using bamboo and thread strings.

Sewing children tents is so much fun. Make a quick one with bamboo and drop fabric over. It is great for a few hours of fun for the kids.

Buy: Kids Teepee Tent



Make reading canopy for kids room. Hang fabric on a quilting hoop. Use fish wire to hang the canopy with a hook in the ceiling.

Buy: Reading canopy


Summer playhouse for kids


Make an outdoor tent using PVC pipes and sheets of fabric. Great tip to ask Home Depot service to assist you in cutting the pieces as per your desired design, making it easy to fix the pieces together and make the structure.

Buy: Large Tenting castle


Making outdoor playhouse for summer with PVC pipes cut to custom size.


Making a clothesline play tent. Easiest DIY playhouse ever! A fort I can live with by hanging a retractable stainless steel heavy duty clothesline and dropping bed sheet on top.



Using dowels and wood panels make this play tent. Draw the tent design with your kids to show how to make this tent.

Then use drawstrings to cover the structure. Play house is ready for fun!

Buy: Indoor canvas tent


Kids play tent. A canopy made using hola hoop and fabric to help you sew this one here’s a Kids play tent tutorial.

Buy: Portable pop up tent


Use mesh to make front entrance and windows for the tepee. Make doors of net for ventilation in kids tepee. And windows of vinyl.

A nice way to create a space for kids so their stuff is out of sight out of mind.

Buy: Kids Castle Play Tent

More ways to construct tent


Turn a clotheshorse (clothes rack) into DIY tent.


Make a summer reading teepee. Use a teepee stabilizer anti-collapse system or make one for support.

Reading tent teepee tutorial



My favorite DIY tepe so far! Construct your own play teepee using lace fabric and wood panels as a tepee.

Buy: Natural Play Teepee or Lace Fabric Tipi



Another handmade tepee with rod pockets sewn in fabric outside. Nice instructions to make one of your own using PVC pipes.

Buy: Your own play teepee



Easy play tepee tutorial. Sew your tepee smaller than the wood frame. And hang it to the wood frame using drawstrings.

Buy: Boho seating area canopy

Easy way to make indoor tents


Make a tented indoor reading nook. Following a tutorial from the top.

This one is big enough to store a sofa inside. Such a great place for reading.

By house and home

Buy: Cotton tent or double wall glamping tent


DIY kids playhouse with crafted windows and door. This is a great inspiration for sewing creative tents at home.

Buy: The Playhouse Kid.


Now how dreamy is this reading outdoor lounging space!

Make it as easy as passing fabric over a clothesline in your backyard. Great for summers.

I really wish I could find the original source.

Buy: Recycled Vintage Silk Sari Tents

Get inspired to recycle your fabric collection.


Use scraps or strips of fabric in various patterns to Make tepee.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of 15 ways to make DIY tents.

These DIY teepee and canopy have absolutely put me in the mood to make one.

How about you?

Please note some original sources were missing. If you come across them leave a comment.


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  1. This is such a great round up! Tents are so popular right now and I’m wishing we had one!! And we don’t even have kiddos; I just want to lounge in one all day and read!! 😀

  2. Hal says:

    Wow! That’s a great idea. I did not think it’s possible to make the tent. I always looking for some ready made tent. Looking for the more creative idea for outdoor tent making.

  3. profile cheezburger says:

    Very interesting details you have noted, thank you for putting up.

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