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DIY How to Make a Kids Play Tent

Updated on April 7, 2017

Kids love being creative and play tents are Awesome for pretend play! Whether you are looking for a simple no sew solution or a full on crafty project you can find some cool ideas that you and the kids can build together. We have a bunch of different options that can be indoors, outdoors or even as a permanent part of your kids room or play space. Personally I love the tipis but with a house full of boys you tend to lean with the crowd!

Get the kids off the couch and away from the TV with these creative projects the whole family can get involved with!

Are you ready to get started?

Get the kids & pick a project then!

Make a Reading Teepee!

I really like the idea of this for older kids. the design look pretty fantastic & it's nice to make something for the bigger kids every now & then.

There a fun DIY tutorial on the link below, plan on a couple hours & make the kids help a little. it will be a blast!

Get the Directions Here

Make Your Kid Their Very Own Play Teepee!

This adorable play tent will require a bit of sewing, nothing fancy just straight lines! The total cost for parts is about $20 (unless you scavenge around the house for old stuff), Making this project much cheaper than store bought variety. Per the directions it will take about 3-4 hours to build this.

Depending one what sheets you use this can go for either gender & be pretty customized. We have one similar to this that stays up all the time downstairs so the kids always have access to it. It's a bit big for their rooms (we have double occupancy around here) but if you only had one kiddo per room you might find it more doable for your family.

Get the directions here!

DIY Girly Play Nook - It's Fabulous!

If you have girly girls then this is one of those things they will flat out adore! It is a no sew project & the hardest part is installing the bar on the ceiling. This will be a permanent install so you will need to find a groovy corner in the kids room or play room before getting started.

This one requires lots of imagination & can really be decked out to match your kids personal style & taste. Go with solid colors, a fun theme or an eclectic mess! You'll want the kids in on this project because they get to pick out the parts. I also recommend some white twinkle lights or theme light strands to help create this relaxation nook.

Get the Directions Here!

Two Little Hooligans Play Tent

This is a fun canopy tent that can be easily move around so on nice days to can take it outside for the kids. You could also mount this permanently in your kids space. it doesn't take up much room & looks adorable.

You will need to do some sewing for this design. The design is flexible since you are using sheets so make a boy theme is as simple as buying different sheets. I'm sure most of us have all these parts laying around the house being go dig up some stuff before heading to the store.

Get the Directions Here!

No Sew Kids Play Tent!

This one is not only simple it's flipping adorable! Much of this project is going to be spent decorating your kids new tent. Plan on the kids getting really involves with this, use lots of bright colors & if you can have someone handy with a camara because this is going to be messy & fun!

Get the directions here!

DIY Fort Kit Gift!

Make one for their friends

This isn't really much of a thing for you to build, this is a thing to give as a gift! It's full directions on how to make a kits DIY fort kit for about $13. It's perfect for any kid & of course you can be creative & go with either gender on this project. Action heroes or My little pony...just find the right sheets to match the theme you want!

Basically the kit comes with everything a kid will need to make their own fort & use lots of imagination. This is definitely on my must do list for the next kids party I go to!

Get the Directions Here!

Create a Custom Bed Tent!

Ok, this one is so easy it would be a shame not to try it! All you basically need is a couple window panels & an embroidery hoop (there are a few more little parts too)! This could easily go around the bed or even make a reading nook with a chair inside it. No kid will be able to resist the cuteness of this fun craft project!

No sewing needed on this one & the skill level is super easy. The kids will have fun helping on this project. you should be able to do the entire thing in an hour.

Get the directions here!

Kids Reading or Play Tent

This fun project takes about an hour & can be made for less than $20. I assure you the kids will get plenty of happiness out of this project. The site features a full PDF of the instructions so you will be able to get going pretty quickly.

This will be something you keep up all the time in the kids room, it's really a cute idea!

Get the directions here!

Want Something Really Simple?

This is the ideal solution for those parents like me that simple gets tired of the house looking like a war zone. This super witty mom installed a retractable clothes line in her kids play room & whenever they need a fort fix she can just toss in some sheets!

She went thru lots of trial & error so be sure to check out her directions before heading to the store.

Get Directions Here

Girl's Dreamy Teepee

This could be the most adorable frilly girls tent I have ever seen...infinity. First the possibilities on the colors are endless & second OMG it's so fluffy! You will definitely want to keep this inside most of the time & frankly I don't see how you could not leave it out in the room all the time. It's just so fabulous.

As you can imagine this is a sewing project & it's going to take some time. This is totally worth every second of effort & beyond cute!

Get the Directions Right Here!

Simple Play Tents

Kids aren't that least not when it comes to tents! This swanky little tent is great as it is or can have a sheet tossed over it. Just find some fabulous material & your well on your way to parent of the year!

This is a sewing project so you should plan on a bit of effort...but it's a pretty quick project.

Get Directions Here!

The Basic A Frame

This cute little play tent is perfect for smaller kids, you can make an entire little set up in there!

The design is pretty simple & it's fairly easy to make. You just need some fabric & wood for this project. This one can go for either boys or girls, if you have both then go neutral on the color scheme.

Get Directions Here

PVC Mega Fort!

This is one of those projects that you can either do simple or go all out & sew up the "tent" to make it look super finished.

The basic materials cost about $25. This tent will be great for active kids that are often running around. You could also leave the PVC base outside & just take the tent skins out on nice days. Skys the limit on this fun design.

FYI if you are going to be sewing this then buy some mesh & sew in some windows, kids gotta have windows!

Get Directions Here

No Sew Kids Teepee

You can make this spiffy little nook for under $30 & it's no sew! This is the perfect solution to wanting great design & being on a budget. The end result is simply adorable. Swap the colors out to make a boys version!

Get Directions Here!

DIY Drop Cloth Play Tent

Even lowe's is getting in on this tent building craze! You can not only find these free directions handy but they also have a complete part list with all the proper part names...always good when going to the store!

This is a fairly simple design that will fold totally flat when the kids aren't playing with it. But be a little creative & get some paint on that drop cloth!

Get the directions Here

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    • Homeplace Series profile image

      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! Thanks for sharing! ;-)

    • Gwondo profile image


      5 years ago

      Kids would love this. Great lens!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Love all of your ideas here:) Thanks

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      marley101 lm 

      5 years ago

      Really Nice :)

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      Renee Dixon 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Great ideas, love these tents!

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      5 years ago

      That's very nice

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      5 years ago

      I saw a few I'd love even now!

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      pgallagher lm 

      5 years ago

      Wow... my daughters would lose their minds with this. This is super cool. thanks!

    • ismeedee profile image


      5 years ago

      Great ideas!! I really love the exotic look of those beautiful colourful draping fabrics (one next to fireplace)!

    • cocomoonbeams profile image


      5 years ago

      I am so going to make the bed tent for my daughter! Thanks for the ideas!!

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      Carol Houle 

      5 years ago from Montreal

      I love the yellow bed tent. Nice lens!

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      5 years ago

      nice lense, you worked good on it

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      Niagara Ghosts 

      5 years ago

      I love the Girly Play Nook. Great ideas!

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      5 years ago

      I used to make similar tens out of chairs and blankets. Great lense!

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      seleen fouad 

      5 years ago

      great idea, thank you

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      Valerie Bloom 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      GREAT IDEAS!!!! My boys love making forts, but sometimes the old blanket over the chairs doesn't quite do it. We have a few pop-up things, but some of these look like a lot more fun!

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      5 years ago

      wow! Awesome ideas! my kids would love these!

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      Melanie Wilcox 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I would love any of these for me! -eheh My favorite is the "girly play nook" cause it's beautiful and looks ultra cozy.

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      6 years ago

      A great amount of tents detailed here! Any child would be over the moon to have any of them!

    • angela-amor profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this, to see if my nephews want to make one in the attic.It is a great idea.

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      6 years ago

      These are so cute! I've been pinning some tent and fort ideas on pinterest for my kids, but I really like the reading tent one that you posted, seems very doable!

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      Heidi Vincent 

      6 years ago from GRENADA

      A diverse array of tents that any child would LOVE!

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      Merry Citarella 

      6 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I don't have young kids or grand kids but I still want one of these, they are so cute and such fun. I may have to make a kit or two for gifts. Love to see kids doing something that engages their imagination. Super lens!

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas. We'll have to try the indoor versions until it warms up outside a little!

    • TerriCarr profile image


      6 years ago

      Funny how tents and teepees always get a smile out of little children.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Fun ideas! pinned

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Loved this lens. I always made these with my sisters when we were kids. I would still play in some of these. :-)

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      6 years ago

      Oooh, I love these! I want one for myself!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      wow, these are amazing! love this idea!


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