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The Plains Meet the Playroom

The early residents of the High Plains lived in teepees made of buffalo hides and other animal skins. While Native Americans used them for shelter from the elements, children have long been drawn to them as another kind of shelter – the kind that houses their imagination. Kasey Robinson-Tam, owner of Nest Interiors and The Nat Gallery & Collectibles shows how to construct a no-sew teepee for your child’s bedroom or playroom, giving your little one a magical place to rest, play, or curl up with a few good books.

5, 1x2-inch poles or scrap wood cut 6-feet tall
Drill and drill bit
Found blankets or scrap material
Ribbon or rope
Hot glue gun
Permanent fabric glue

Project difficulty: Medium
Project length: Three hours

1. Begin by sanding wood poles smooth to avoid splinters in little fingers.

2. Cut fabric into strips of various widths and lengths.

3. Drill holes 6 inches from the top of each pole. Thread ribbon through each hole and secure loosely.

4. Position poles into teepee shape, making sure one section is wider to allow for an opening for a door.

5. Beginning at the top of the teepee, wrap fabric around the structure, gluing it directly to the wood. Allow for the door by wrapping fabric around only the back three-fourths of the structure beginning at about the bottom half. A glue gun will quicken the process if you have limited time to complete the project, but fabric glue will give a longer-lasting result. Stagger different fabric patterns around the teepee for a bohemian look. The great thing about this project is that it doesn’t have to be perfect – the scraps and jagged edges will give it a more handcrafted, one-of-a-kind look.

6. When you’re finished covering the structure in fabric, glue two large scraps vertically at the door. Cover the rough edges with a tasseled piece of fabric.

7. Trim the door flaps for added flair.

8. Sew a coat hook to each door flap to hold the sides open.

by Jason Boyett

Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at
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