We’ve started somewhat of a tradition when it comes to the girls’ birthday presents around here. Granted, Zoey has only celebrated two and Lizzy just celebrate her first, but we’re definitely sensing a bit of a theme. DIY. Go figure, right? We built a play kitchen for Zoey’s first birthday and a train table (similar to this) for her second birthday, so when it came time for Lizzy’s first birthday we only assumed that we’d be getting our hands dirty.
So, what did we make? A play tent! The girls LOVES hiding under blankets and makeshift forts in the living room, so we only assumed a real tent would make all her wildest, one-year-old dreams come true. If you follow us on Instagram then you may have already gotten a sense of her reaction. She hearts it.
And I’d be lying if I said I haven’t spent my fair share amount of time in it.
The design is pretty simple, being an a-frame, but we followed this tutorial for anyone else looking to build their own.
I lined the inside with a few throw pillows and faux sheepskins for a soft place to land and a basket to coral books. The girls have already spent countless hours cuddling up inside here.
We did run into one tiny problem when constructing the tent – the fabric didn’t seem to fit as snuggly as we’d imagined. So I lined the supports and the edges of the fabric with velcro.
Lizzy’s room doesn’t quite have the space to accommodate the tent, so for now it’s in Zoey’s room. We plan to have them share a room in the near future, so we figure that’s best anyway.
And for anyone looking to recreate the look, there’s a quick source list below.