Make Your Own Kid Sized Play Pup Tent {Indoor / Outdoor for Less than $9}

Make Your Own Kid Sized Play Pup Tent {Indoor / Outdoor for Less than $9}

To set the stage for my little guys Outdoor Adventure Party, a mini campsite complete with kid sized tents was simply a *must*. I have always been fond of the fabric teepee tents seen in catalogs but thought a ‘pup’ tent would be a little more fitting for our ‘camping’ theme. Coming in at just under $9 per tent, these little pretend play structures are sure to provide hours of make believe fun!
Begin with five 1 X 2 X 8ft furring strips. These can be found in the lumber section of your local hardware store – they are really inexpensive and run about $1.12 a piece.
You will need to make five cuts to the following dimensions:
Four 48 inch Pieces
{simply cut two of the 8ft strips in half}
and Three 66 inch Pieces
{from the other three strips}
From the four 48 inch pieces, make a 22.5 degree angle cut using a miter saw.
{this only needs to be done to one end of each piece}

Sand the rough edges of each cut piece – I used the Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler.

Taking two of the 48 inch pieces, align the angle cuts together at the top to form a triangle shape. {as shown below} Apply a some Gorilla Wood Glue near the edge…

…and nail the pieces together with finishing nails. You will have to do this step twice; one triangle for the front of the tent and the other for the back.

The other three 66 inch pieces will provide support for the tent frame. First, stand the triangle pieces vertical and place one of the 66 inch pieces flat across the top. {this will lay flat on top the cut angled pieces}. The other two 66 inch pieces go in-between the two triangle shapes, one on each side. Attach on the inside, 6 inches up from the bottom. Attach all pieces using Gorilla Wood Glue and finishing nails. It is important to use good wood glue prior to nailing, as it really helps to keep the tent frames stable.

{note} The bottom pieces of the frame can also be angled to sit flat on the ground. I bypassed this step as we originally were just going to use these as temporary structures for the party. They work fine either way, however for a more finished look this can certainly be done.

To cover the frames you will need one twin size flat sheet. {the dimensions of the frames were custom made to perfectly fit a standard twin sheet 66″ x 96″} You can find inexpensive cotton sheets, like the one shown above, in an array of colors at Walmart for under $3.00 a piece. Attach the sheets to the outside of the frame using a staple gun. No cuts will need to be made and the edges of the fabric will already be nicely hemmed.

I made simple burlap banners to hang from each side of every tent. {using the easy peasy no-sew method found here} {sign tutorial found here}

The kids had a blast crawling and playing around their own little campsite during the party. I was so pleased with how these turned out I decided to keep them in tact to use indoors this winter as a cool pretend play setting for our little guy. I think they will be perfect for next spring as well to use outdoors!

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more fun decor to complete the camping scene. Enjoy!


  1. HOW CUTE!! You are so darn crafty/creative! Any child would LOVE those!

    Would love for you to link up to my Catch a Glimpse party.

  2. Those are so fun and inexpensive. What a great idea! You are one mega creative chick!

  3. my boys room is “camping/woodsy” themed, and ive been wanting to put a little tent and pretend campfire in one of the little nooks of his room. this is awesome! is your “fire” just made with tissue paper?

  4. These are just beyond cute! My boy would be in heaven!

  5. So cute!! See, this is why I have issues with my party-throwing abilities. I am the LAME mom who has a complex… I never would have thought of this. Great job!

  6. Another very, very creative project! You are so talented, and I can see why the kids had a blast. Neat!


    Sheila 🙂

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the brilliant idea!
    You are definitely my fav and most creative person.

  8. Stephanie Lynn,
    This is just the cutest $9 tent…what a great Christmas gift it would make. Please come by next week and share it at my NIFTY THRUFTY TUESDAYS party…hope to see ya there:)


  9. Your talent amazes me! You are so very, very creative!

  10. Adorable! You always have such great unique ideas!

  11. Of course! You are a genius! I am totally lovin’ the camping theme . . . so original!

  12. These tents are so great!! I love the bunting – what a great touch.

  13. Thank you so much for the kind words and for the feature.I just love your blog and your parties and hope to be a regular for some time…..Again thanks ….. Greg

  14. Super cute! You did a great job on these tents. They look like so much fun I think I want one…for myself! 🙂 Found you from TT&J and am now following. Plz come check out LBT when you get a chance and maybe follow back. Much appreciated!!!!!!!!

  15. These are so cute. I found you on the weekend blog hop. Check me out if you get a chance

  16. That is amazing. So cute and creative.

  17. Hi there!! I am your newest follower. I found you on the crafty link up! I love finding new blogs and yours is lovely:) You can find me at

    LOve this idea! My son would love one of these

  18. What a great idea!!! I’m going to put this on my husband’s project list!

  19. these are so cute and they won’t fall down! If you have time come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings.

  20. This is just darling! No kids here, but I want one of these for myself! 😉

  21. Absolutely adorable! Want to make one of these so badly!

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  22. LOVE these little tents! My son actually spotted the picture on your blog sidebar earlier when I was checking out the linkup posts, I think I may have to make some of these now! 🙂

  23. So beautiful! I should have the opportunity to try, thank you give us such a creative way!

  24. These kind of post are always inspiring and I prefer to read quality content so I happy to find many good point here.


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