Sunday, September 16, 2012

How to make a teepee

I made these teepees for the kids for Christmas last year.
Aren't they neat? They stand about 5' tall and take up about 5' of the floor. 

I used this pattern for the fabric covering the poles:

Then I talked to my friends and found some bamboo on the outskirts of my town. My friend and I took a ride out there to pick it up and we walked around the property, there was TONS of bamboo out there! 

brought it all home and dried it out on some saw horses, and cleaned them up. I cut the bamboo all down to the same size (60") and sanded them by hand with sand paper sheets. That was quite the arm work out! I definitely recommend it lol. Then I wiped them down with a damp rag and put on a layer of lacquer. After a few days of drying and a reapplication of the lacquer, they were ready to go! 

My kids love them! They play in them for hours at a time out in the playroom.

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