It's Summer: Make a DIY A-Frame Tent!

created at: 06/08/2011

School's out for the summer and that means lots of time for little ones to grow restless.  Encourage some old school imaginative play, indoors and out, with this DIY a-frame tent!  

This simple summer project comes from Rubyellen Bratcher, a blogger and one heck of a crafter.  She created this hardware-free, perfectly kid-friendly tent as part of Grosgrain's "free pattern month" - and for that, we thank her!

created at: 06/08/2011

To get the kids involved with this project, I like the idea of letting them choose the fabric.  It's their tent, afterall (of course, I won't tell if you use it as your own retreat)!  Once you've decided on a fabric, it's time to gather the rest of your supplies.


  • 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)
  • fabric large enough to cover frame (approx. 46'' x 85.5'' un-hemmed; 44'' x 83.5'' hemmed)
  • coordinating thread
  • elastic
  • scissors


Materials at the ready?  Great!  Check out Rubyellen's step-by-step instrucions over on Cakies.

[via Centsational Girl]

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DesigningMom on Jun 09, 2011:

created at: 01/05/2011I'm old enough that most back yards had clothes lines so that's where we made our forts. Ahhhh.... the good old days.

CapreeK on Jun 09, 2011:

DM - I did the same thing as a kid!  Nothing beats the bedroom-turned-fort! :)

DesigningMom on Jun 09, 2011:

Too cute! Kids love tents. This is so much cuter than the ones my son made from sheets draped from every piece of furniture in his room.

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