Monday, February 6, 2012

a teepee for the littlest lady.

when i saw jenloveskev's diy teepee awhile back, i knew stella had to have one for her upcoming 2nd birthday. i started pinning as many tutorials and photos as i could find to get started. as you can see above, i obviously couldn't make it five minutes before i folded and handed it over to her over a month early. 
jen's instructions and links to the tutorials she found seemed really helpful, but i am mildly craft retarded and i respond well to LOTS of photos, instructions, and a pattern - yes, a pattern really helped! i enlisted my friend amy (she did most the work, haha) to help me, well, cause she is a crafty genius and makes beautiful things. we got to work early the morning of superbowl and finished just in time for the half time show. once we got going it seemed to come together really easy!
the pattern called for pvc pipes, but there was no way i was using that - i just didn't think it looked very good, and since this was going to be a inside thing i went for the upgraded 1x1 poles. we checked out dowel options but everywhere was carrying them for $7 a piece which would have put this project way over the top.
the pattern called for the poles to basically be sewn into the canvas - but since we opted for the square 1x1's, this wasn't a option. we also skipped adding ties to keep the poles connected to the material, but now that i see it slips around a bit, i am going to go back in and add some ribbon to secure it.
i wanted to change up the doors a little from the pattern, but poor planning and having to alter the door pattern piece led to the smaller than preferred entry, but i love it and think it makes it that much more quaint and "for the kids". i had fallen in love with this pom stuff the other day when hunting down supplies for jessica - it adds so much to the doors!
i would suggest picking up a bottle of fray stop - it really helped in keeping the canvas from totally falling apart on up. canvas = not the easiest stuff in the world to work with.


supplies and cost:
9x12 light weight canvas drop cloth (home depot $22)
6 1x1 posts, since i wasn't going to pay lowes $7 price per dowel ($1.20 each)
2 yards of door fabric, alexander henry from joann's ($12.99 per yard on sale for $9)
3 yards of pom garland ($3.49 a yard)
2 yards of cream, thin cording ($1.79 yard)
12 2mm wooden beads ($3.00)
total: $70

(does anyone else hate that it always cost double what pintrest says a diy will cost?)

i know, i know - that is a lot for a teepee, but if you look online that is a great price compared to some retail versions. and? it looks freaking amazing! i am now on the mad hunt for giant and fluffy pillows to fill the inside up with and christmas lights, those are a must too!
this was really so easy to make - and if you are questioning your ability at all...buy the pattern! 

13 comments:

Amy Bailey said...

I love how it looks in there!! This morning I was scrubbing fray check off my leg. Haha-

melissa rohr said...

super adorable!  my girls would love this!  :)

melissa rohr said...

thanks!!

melissa rohr said...

haha, i have to give most of the credit to my friend :) i would be happy to loan you the pattern though!

melissa rohr said...

So amazing! Will you make me one? :)

melissa rohr said...

this turned out really cute!

melissa rohr said...

How cool! :) 

melissa rohr said...

thanks!!

melissa rohr said...

thanks :) we still need to paint stella's vintage bed too the same color. stay tuned for a major revamp of their room this/next month!

melissa rohr said...

i kept thinking how, 'i had this perfect space' for it - when i got it home, it was huge. haha, it takes up a huge area of their room - i think we'll need to do some re-arranging ;)

melissa rohr said...

I love this idea! I saw ohdeardrea did a tee-pee too that turned out great, so cute! PS - I see that blue bed.....and I love it! I'm converting an old Jenny Lind I got on Craigslist last year as we speak! It's kind of a gray/blueish!

melissa rohr said...

Looooove this! So stinking cute!

melissa rohr said...

That looks great! I've seen them around and would love to build one someday. Right now, we are short on space!