March 21, 2013

DIY Play Tent

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.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

And I’d be lying if I said I haven’t spent my fair share amount of time in it.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

The design is pretty simple, being an a-frame, but we followed this tutorial for anyone else looking to build their own.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

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.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

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.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

Much better.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

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.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

And for anyone looking to recreate the look, there’s a quick source list below.

DIY Play Tent | Cape27Blog.com

Tent Fabric. Yellow Pillow. Flamingo Pillow (new from Ikea, not online). Black & White Pillow. Basket. Faux Sheepskins.

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14 thoughts on “DIY Play Tent

  1. anonymous

    Out of curiosity…… Why will the girls share a room? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I shared a room with my younger sister too! :)

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      We’ve always loved the idea of having the girls share a room. They’re only 16 months apart, so we’re hoping that they’ll be really close and sharing a room could be a lot of fun for them. Plus, we’re hoping to make one bedroom an office or playroom (still up in the air) so that only leaves one other bedroom for future kiddos, even with them sharing a space. So, I guess lots of reasons, haha!

      xo,
      Jessie

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  2. Jenny @ We G Three

    This is lovely (and perfect timing)! My daughter, Ruby, is turning one in just over a month, and I’ve been toying with the idea of making her a play tent or teepee. She, too, seems like she loves “forts”! I love yours with that floral fabric, it’s perfect.

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  3. wilma

    unrelated question…(though great play tent, by the way!)…can i ask why you would like your girls to share a room? i’m only asking because i have two boys, just over two years apart (youngest is 1.5), and i’m thinking i might like them to share, eventually, and i’m wondering about the pros and cons–i haven’t fully thought it through!

    thanks! wilma

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    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Seems like a popular question today! We’re just hoping that they’ll be best buds and really love sharing a space. And we won’t have an abundance of extra bedrooms, as we hope to turn one into an office or playroom. We’ll definitely share the details as we make the transition! I’m sure it’ll be a wild ride :)

      xo,
      Jessie

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  4. [email protected]

    So cute! And the flamingo pillow is officially on my shopping list :)

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  5. bridget

    I have a question about the fabric it says online there is purple in it but i don’t see it…is the darker blue a purple? I have light violet walls with some red furniture and was looking for something to tie them together.
    By the way I love your blog, your style is perfect! I always look forward to your posts :-)

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