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DIY A-Frame Play Tent

Introduction: DIY A-Frame Play Tent

With school threatening to start and summer passing us by a lot quicker than I’d like to admit, we are trying to soak up the last of these long, lazy days any way that we can. As a result, today I am sharing the perfect DIY project for a summer weekend, this fun A-Frame Tent! This little cutie is just right for cozying up with a stack of books to make the most of summer reading, or for watching movies after dark while there’s still no school to get up early for the next day.

This tent was surprisingly simple to make (if you can drill 4 holes, you can make it!) and folds up for easy storage. Plus, we used the insanely gorgeous new Waverly Inspirations line (available now, exclusively at Walmart!) to take it to the next level with bold printed fabrics and a perfectly coordinated palette of super vibrant paint colors. This line is inspired by the stylish Waverly Inspirations Fabric and along with paint, includes coordinating brushes, tools, stencils and more! It’s all gorgeous. Here’s how we used our Waverly Inspirations supplies and built our tent:

Supplies

To build the tent:

  • 3 – 3/4″ x 48″ Poplar Dowels
  • 4 – 1″ x 2″ x 48″ Wood Moulding
  • Drill with a 3/4″ Spade Bit

For the Tent Cover:

  • 84″ x 51″ Waverly Inspirations Fabric (both the floral and the stripe I used are available at Walmart!)
  • Sewing Machine or Heat ‘N Bond
  • Glue Gun/Glue Sticks

To Paint the Tent:

  • Waverly Super Premium Paint and Brushes

Step 1: Build the Tent Frame

  • From the top of each moulding, measure and mark 6″ down.
  • With your drill and 3/4″ spade bit, drill a hole at your mark. Try to center the hole on your moulding. These holes will be for the top of your A-frame tent.
  • From the opposite end of your moulding, measure and mark 1.5″ down with your pencil.
  • With your drill and 3/4″ spade bit, drill a hole at your mark. Try to center the hole on your moulding. These holes will be for the bottom of your A-frame tent.

Step 2: Paint the Frame

  • After you have drilled all of your holes, it’s time to paint! Using the Waverly Inspirations Super Premium Paint and brushes makes this so easy since it covers beautifully. Start by painting your dowels and mouldings white. Let dry completely.
  • Tape off the top of the mouldings just above the drill holes. Paint with your accent color to create a dipped effect and let dry completely before removing the tape.

Step 3: Assemble the Tent

  • Cut your main fabric (in my case, the floral) into two 34″ x 51″ panels (this gives about a 2″ seam allowance). Cut the accent fabric (in my case, the stripe) into a 22″ x 51″ panel (this also gives about a 2″ seam allowance). Using a sewing machine or Heat N’ Bond and an iron, connect the three panels, with the accent fabric in the middle. Once connected, the panel should measure around 51″ x 84″.
  • Group dowels into pairs and line up the top holes. Push dowel through the holes of the top moulding (6″ down from top). The hole should have a pretty tight grip and keep the dowel in place. Repeat with the mouldings for the opposite end. Drape your tent cover on top.
  • Take the remaining dowels and push through the holes on the bottom of the mouldings. Apply hot glue to the bottom dowel on one side and roll fabric around the dowel until secure. Repeat with second dowel on the opposite side.

Step 4: Enjoy!

That’s it! Now it’s time to get lots of pillows and blankets and get cozy!

DIY A-Frame Play Tent: With school threatening to start and summer passing us by a lot quicker than I’d like to admit, we are trying to soak up the last of these long, lazy days any way that we can. As a result, today I am sharing the perfect DIY project for a summer we…

Build a Beautiful Indoor A-Frame Kids Tent

We love camping and have no shortage of beautiful places to pitch a tent here in California. We also have fond memories as a child of camping at home. Setting up a tent in the backyard and reading books with a flashlight and eating hotdogs and drinking soda (a treat).

Not everyone has the space or is inclined to “camp” in their yard, but it’s still fun to pitch a tent indoors and Rubyellen of the blog Cakies has designed and built a beautiful indoor a-frame kids tent and has shared this project with us.

Let’s start with the plan

Building the Frame
Materials for the A-frame:

4- 1” x 2” x 48” whitewood moulding
1- 3/4” x 48” poplar dowel
drill with a 3/4” spade bit
measuring tape
pencil (marker)
(I was going to use the twine to make sure the mouldings stayed in place, but I no longer needed to because the hole already had such a tight grip on the dowel).

1. From the top of each of the 4 mouldings, measure and mark 6” down with your pencil.

2. With your drill and 3/4” spade bit, drill a hole at your mark. Try to center the hole on your moulding by placing 2 mouldings on top of each other, make sure the holes are lined up.

3. Push dowel through the holes of the two mouldings. The hole should have a pretty tight grip and keep the dowel in place.

4. Repeat step 3 and put together the other side with the two remaining mouldings.

Building the Tent Cover

Materials for tent cover:
– fabric large enough to cover frame (approx. 46” x 85.5” un-hemmed; 44” x 83.5” hemmed)
– coordinating thread
– elastic
– scissors

1. Hem the perimeter of the rectangular fabric using a straight stitch with a 1/2” hem. Desired size of the cover is 44” x 83.5”.

2. Cut 4- 5” inch elastic strips.

3. Fold elastic over and pin in place at each corner of the tent cover.

4. Sew elastic onto the corner of the tent cover. Repeat with the remaining 3 corners.

5. Drape cover over the A-frame and loop elastic to the bottom of wooden tent leg.

6. Arrange and straighten fabric cover. Then, spread frame to desired height and width of tent opening. Call your kids over and enjoy.

This tent can easily be taken apart and stored, since there are no screws or nails involved. In addition, the tent cover is easy enough to recreate in different patterns. The sizing is similar to a twin bed sheet, so if you get one of those to use (I used a vintage twin sheet), the project just got a whole lot easier!

It is a great place for reading, napping, and pretending, but most importantly making memories!

Project and photos courtesy of Rubyellen Bratcher of the awesome blog Cakies

Go camping indoors with this easy to build A-frame tent