WHAT I USED:
6 – 1″x2″x8″ wood poles (75¢ each at Home Depot)
1 – 9′x12′ canvas tarp ($27 at Home Depot)
1/2 yard of fabric* (optional, $3 at Hobby Lobby)
stitch witchery* ($3 at Hobby Lobby)
1 roll of sturdy rope* ($5 at Hobby Lobby)
*some of these things were slightly cheaper using Hobby Lobby’s 40% off coupon!
When I started researching making my own teepee, I found a few GREAT tutorials but none with enough pictures, so a lot of this I improvised and it has a gazillion imperfections (don’t look too close), but overall I think it came out great!
Hopefully the pics are self explanatory, but just in case I’ll explain a few things.
1. Cut down the pieces of wood to the height you like. We cut ours down to 7′, as our ceilings are 8 feet tall. This works out perfectly! Also drill one hole about 10″-12″ from one end as seen above, and below…
2. Lie them flat on the ground and thread the rope through each of them. I had to rope one at a time.
3. When you’ve roped them one time, stand them up, loosely setting them a part from each other and tie a secure knot. You will be able to adjust your teepee’s shape and size like crazy later.
4. Once the knot is made space the poles a part they way you’d like them to fit. This will change a little if you move it around, but the next step will secure the overall width of your teepee. Use most, if not all of the rope to fasten the poles together by wrapping it around and around, and especially under the “wrapped” part, and between the poles themselves. 5. Pull the tarp over your teepee frame. This is the step that required a little bit of improvisation (is that a word?)… or winging it. You also want a piece of chalk handy. I used sidewalk chalk! Pull the tarp over each “triangle” of the teepee frame and trace it with the chalk. You will want half of a triangle for the front, if you want it to flap open as seen in the example at the very top of this post. Trace each triangle, and then cut, one by one. You can use the edge of the tarp (already hemmed!) for the front flaps. Some triangles may be wider, and some more narrow.
6. Cut each piece out as you trace it. Lay them out in the order you you cut them.
7. Begin sewing them together. Leave the halves unsewed… you will need this opening later.
9. Once all your triangles are sewed together, fit over the teepee to test it out, though you may want to test it along the way.10. Clip holes along the top half of the front flaps, to string the rope through. This will enable you to loosen or tighten up the teepee as you need.
11. I more or less placed the fabric against the front flaps and cut them, you might want to do this before stringing it together and placing it over the frame (it would have saved me a lot of time!) Use the stitch witchery (a.k.a. MAGIC!) to adhere it to your canvas tarp.
12. And you’re done!