Monday, September 12, 2011

DIY Play Tent

I have been trying to look around our house with a child's eye view lately, and I have been thinking about what it would be like to be less than three feet tall and live in a home with 10 foot ceilings. One of the homeschool curriculums that I have looked at recommended making a space that would feel cozy and den-like for a child to relax and play in. One of my own favorite memories was building play forts as a child! When I saw this tent tutorial on Ana White's website, I thought that Dmitri would love it! I also felt that form could meet function, and that I could make a tent that was child-friendly and fun, yet I would not be embarrassed to set up in my living room. I was lucky to have leftover fabric from my master bedroom curtains, and I used a drop cloth for the sides. Here it is:

From the front
 A side view

Dmitri loves it!

 Peeking out

Sookie does not want to miss out on the action! Also, her favorite sleeping chair is inside...

Total cost: about $20 (we already had the paint & some of the fabric on hand)
Total time: 3-4 hours 
Tools required: Drill/Electric screwdriver, Wrench, Staple gun, Iron (or sewing machine if you would prefer not to use stitch-witchery...as for me, I find any excuse to skip a needle and thread!)

I hope that the boys get to enjoy the little child-sized magical space of their own.





P.S. I linked up at the Weekend Wrap Up! 

+Update+

I have been asked about how I did the front of the tent...After I measured and cut the fabric into a triangle, I cut a slit down the middle of the bottom for the opening. I then "hemmed" the bottom and both sides of the slit with stitch-witchery (the iron-able hemming tape). I stapled the sides to the inside of the tent. And badabing. That's it! Does that make sense? Feel free to ask more questions. I usually respond via email, unless your email is set to a "no-reply".

39 comments:

Smallgood said...

It's adorable. I always loved hideaway spots in the house...little nooks, under the Christmas tree, tiny corners, and of course forts.

Mandi @ My Perfect Mess said...

This is adorable!! I love it! If we weren't moving I'd make one for Maddy too!

Sarah (Mrs. Ruffled Flats) said...

So cute! This brings back so many memories because my aunt made me a play tent just like this when I was growing up. I used it all the time! I think my parents still have it - so I can't wait to give it to my future children!! Your boys will have lots of fun in it for many years to come!

Mama Gone Green said...

it came out great!

Sarah said...

This looks like SO much fun for your boys (Well, just one boy for now. :)! It's really cute and it's totally making me want kids to spoil!

mrs.sanders said...

cuteness x 10!! Can I just pay you to make me one?! ;)

Bromeliad said...

How fun and stylish.

Clandestine Road said...

I love it! I love the idea of getting down to a three year-old's point of view.

Christy said...

What a great idea! So much better than buying an expensive or cheaply made (and easily breakable) tents. I'm sure he'll love playing in it and usually his imagination lots.

Hannah Jacklyn said...

So cute! I dont have kids but I still sort of want one of those in my house! a little bigger for a reading nook for myself.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

This turned out great! Love it.

Sew Delicious said...

That is fantastic! Great job!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this is so adorable and looks like so much fun!!

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Love the modern look of this rather than the Elmo/Toy Story ones that adorn my front room.

I just shared this on my pinterest.

Saw this at TT&J...

paige said...

This is a fabulous idea - it's so cute I wouldn't mind have it set up in my living room all the time. I'd love for you to link up to my new linky party -

Creative Genius @ http://www.thecreativepaige.com

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

Super Cute!!

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

This is darling!!I LOVE it! I must make one!

xoxo Jamielyn-I ♥ Nap Time

Mindie Hilton said...

My boys would love this. So glad I saw it on T.T. and Jello. I love the colors u used.
I would love for you to share it at my linky party fri-mon

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

I loooove it! Where can you buy drop cloth? Do you think I could use scrap cotton for the front or would I need something heavier? I don't have any curtains :(

Ashley said...

Comment for follow ups

JennyLynn said...

This one is different from most that I have seen. I like it.

Julie said...

It looks like fun! I would have to consider making one for the grand kids, (or the cats).

Shiloh said...

I used to love making forts too. I love this idea.:) Hehe, you can hide a lot of junk, I mean toys in a tent too.:) I'm a new follower from the Weekend Wrap up.:)

Shirley said...

Awesome tent! My kids would live in this thing LOL!

craftmoxie said...

love this idea and love your take on the original! how did you put up the front piece (that your son is peeking through)? is it stapled or tacked on there? thanks!

michelle said...

This is so cute and so fun!! I love the photos and how cute is he having fun in the tent!!
xo

DomesticatedMama said...

I was also wondering how you did the front! I LOVE it and want to make this for my kids for Christmas. I hope you wouldn't mind sharing...Thanks!!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your tent is too cute (and so is your wee one), I've got this linked to my play tents post too today - for inspiration!

Ana Star said...

Looks great! How did you attach the material at the top?

The Feminist Housewife said...

To attach all of the fabric I used a staple gun! It was pretty easy, although for most of it I needed a second pair of hands. = )

nina said...

adorei... gostaria de saber se essas bases são de ferro ou de madeira? e como foi feito para colocar a paerte da frente, se foi colado ou grampeado?
desde á agradeço.

The Feminist Housewife said...

Nina

-The base is made of wood (de madeira).

-It is connected with staples (grampeado).

Hope that helps! = )

Los Mundos de Momó said...

Thanks for the tutorial...it is fantastic!! And very nice picture....

Stephanie Bentz said...

I prefer your solid sides (at the top) - any short cuts or secrets to get that right? Love yours- going to make a girly version all floral and stripes for my girls ! thanks !! xx

HOUSE OF ROWAN said...

Hi there, I would like to make this awesome tent, and I love the idea of a front fabric door like you did. Can you tell me the measurements for the widest part of the fabric front? At the bottom, so I know how much fabric to buy? I need to make sure my fabric choice fits, as it has a horizontal scene, and it may only be 44 inches wide, is that too short width wise, or does the tent open up that wide, or less, or more? Thanks, anyway, the long and short of it is, can you tell me the widest measurement at the bottom for the fabric door, such as how far the tent opens wide. Thanks so much!
Nitasia

Melody Queen said...

I absolutely love this tent! I have been looking for things that I can make for my 15 month old daughter.
We just moved into an apartment, and her room is just so bare and empty and white. I really want to make her room her's, and into some place where she can have fun, and grow and play, and imagine.
I love this little hideaway. I can't wait to make this. I am so excited.
Thank you so much for posting this.

Melly Queen, the mommy of one little munchkin who is about to get the best tent EVER!

Sherry said...

I love this tent. I just made one for my grand kids. It is a big hit. Thanks for sharing and for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

I made this tent but love the idea of the front panel and making one for the back thanks :)

cstoufflet said...

this is perfect! I have been looking at replacing a cardboard castle in my daughter's room for awhile now. She loves it and I am tired of looking at it. I LOVE Anna White plans!