Do It Yourself Play Tent


My daughter loved to build blanket forts, but unfortunately our cat would quickly destroy them by jumping into the middle of them. I believe I found a solution to this problem. It was to make my daughter her own play tent, her own personalized little fort. It’s perfect for reading, napping or just hanging out in. The cat and all the other animals really seemed to like hanging out in it too!

What you’ll need

  • Four 1-by-2-inch wood pieces that are 48 inches long
  • A ¾-inch wood dowel that is 48 inches long
  • Sanding paper
  • A drill with a ¾-inch drill bit
  • A twin-size bedsheet or material that is the size of a twin sheet
  • Four elastic 5-inch to 6-inch strips
  • A sewing machine or needle and thread

What to do

  1. To get started you will need four 48-inch-long pieces of wood. I picked mine up at the local hardware store. If you don’t have a way to cut your wood to size, most hardware stores will do a few cuts for free of charge or at a very low price. You will want to sand your wood pieces down.

  2. About 6 inches down on each wood piece, you will want to drill your ¾-inch hole with your drill bit. Try to keep your hole in the center of your wood.

  3. Place two of your wood pieces together, matching the holes, and slide the dowel in. It may be a tight fit but that will mean it won’t move as much.

  4. Repeat the last two steps to the other two pieces of wood and place them at the other end of the dowel. At this point you should be able to stand your tent up and spread the legs apart to make an A-frame shape.

  5. For the twin bedsheet, I took my sewing machine and hemmed the sheet slightly on the top and bottom.

  6. Take the elastic strips and fold them in half to make a loop. Sew one onto each corner of the sheet with the loop sticking out.

  7. Drape the cover over the top of your tent frame and loop the elastic to the bottom of each of the wood tent legs to help the sheet stay in place.


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