Well, in order to have a camping or summer retreat party, the first thing you will need are retreats, right?!
These are great because they give they kids a space of their own to escape to when they need a little break from all the activity.
Even if you're not hosting a formal party or playdate make one of these! The kids will love the space for reading, coloring or simply resting away from the summer sun!
And the best part is that these are incredible easy and economical to make.
How To Make a Teepee
You need a queen or king size sheet (if you don't have one you are willing to part with Goodwill sells them for about $3)
6' wooden or bamboo garden stakes (I brought mine at a national garden center for under $2 a piece)
a glue gun (optional)
Step 1: Cut a 5-6' length of rope
Step 2: Hold your stakes at the top and fan out the bottom portion so that they create a rectangle. (This is easiest to do on the grass or carpet so that the stakes don't slip out of position)
Step 3: Tie one end of your rope around the top of one stake and then weave the rope in and round all of the stakes. There is no right way to do this but I did find that looping it around each stake before weaving it to the next stake did help with stability.
Step 4: If you would like to ensure extended use of your teepee, you can liberally gun the rope to the stakes using a hot glue gun.
Step 5: With the bones of your teepee standing up in what will be their final spread position, take your sheet and drape it over the top of your structure.
Step 6: Position the sheet so that the left and right sides are even and the back of the sheet will touch the ground once the hole is cut for the stakes to pop through
Step 7: With your scissor, cut a hole in the center section of the sheet which is over the stakes.
Step 8: Pull the sheet down around the stakes. Cut as needed but try not to make the hole any bigger than necessary
Step 9: Standing outside of your tent stretch the sheet tight across the back side of the structure. Position a bit of the sheet under each leg and pin the sheet around each of the two back legs to secure it. Then go inside the tent and hot glue the sheet to the legs.
Step 10: On each side, fold the excess material over and pin so that the sides are taut. Then pin the sheet around each leg and glue as you did with the back legs.
Step 11: Move to the front of your tent. You can either cut a slit up the front for a doorway or roll up the front section and pin it at an appropriate height.
And there you have it! Teepee fun!
I know that it sounds like a lot, but please don't be intimidated. They are actually incredible easy to make and each one only took me about 30 minutes to create.
And the kids have tons of fun dropping by and visiting each other...
And trust me the fun is endless. We not only used them for this playdate party but for 4th of July and several other get togethers since!