Thursday, September 19, 2013

DIY teepee

We used to have a backyard full of bamboo that made our home feel like an oasis.

Unfortunately, the roots were appearing in droves in the neighbor's yard and in trying to be good neighbors, we had all the bamboo removed.

It's not as magical out back anymore...there's not as much shade.

But it's not all gloom and doom as we have upcycled some of the bamboo to make our very own teepee! (Did you know there's like 6 ways to spell teepee??!!)

Here's the how-to:

Backyard Teepee

materials needed:
6, 7 ft tall bamboo polls (procured from yard or store)
hack saw
drop cloth or other cloth material
wet rag
zip ties

1. If you don't have someone cutting your bamboo for you, cut the bamboo into 6 equal pieces using a hacksaw (our polls were 7 feet tall.

2. sand down bamboo. Bamboo (at least the kind we had) has these crazy microscopic filaments that stick to you like splinters. They are quite painful. Once you sand your bamboo, go over it with a wet wash cloth to wipe filaments away.

3. Tie the structure together using rope. Begin by tying two poles together at the top securely. Then keep adding til all 6 are tied together.

4. Fold drop cloth in half lengthwise. Tie a 6 foot piece of string to a sharpie. Have one of you stand by the top middle of the drop cloth and hold the tip of the string while the other person pulls the sharpie to the center. Person number one holds the string taut and person number two draws a perfect semi circle (the string makes it perfect!)

5. Draw a smaller circle at the top of the drop cloth. This is where the poles will poke through at the top of the teepee. Be conservative with the size of the hole; you can always make it bigger.

6. Drape the drop cloth over the teepee.

7. Decide where you want your door to be and pull the drop cloth taut.

8. We poked holes in the drop cloth and then placed a zip tie around each pole (and section of drop cloth covering the pole) in order to keep the fabric nice and tight.

9. Once you do this, there will be a lot of drop cloth slack where you want your door to be. Using scissors, slice a triangular shape in the drop cloth, cutting away all the extra fabric you don't need. You should be left with a nice slit for your opening.

10. Feel free to have kids paint teepee! (we haven't gotten this far yet, but we plan on it!)

The dog likes is:

Doodle likes it:

Mr. P. and his merry band of friends like it!

We also installed a battery operated lantern in there so the kids can read in the teepee at night. 

Next up, perhaps a handwoven teepee rug made out of wild grass....haha

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