All kids love a magical place where they can play and let their imaginations run wild. We made a simple A-frame tent using electrical conduit and brightly colored bandanas.
What you need
- 16 bandanas (if you can’t find any bandanas you can use a sheet or tarpaulin at least 2 m long and 1.06 m wide or 2 1/4 yards long and 41 3/4″ wide)
- electrical conduit fittings
- 25 mm or 3/4″ electrical PVC conduit pipe. You need enough to cut four pieces measuring 104 cm or 41″ and one piece measuring 106 cm or 41 3/4″
- 2 PVC male ends with lock rings (25 mm or 3/4″)
- 2 PVC circular lids
- 2 x 2-way PVC circular boxes (25 mm or 3/4″)
- Spray paint
- Some ribbon or string
Making the Frame
Use a hack saw to cut the conduit pipe into four pieces measuring 104 m and one piece measuring 106 cm. Make a hole in the top of the 2-way circular boxes and insert the male ends into the holes from the outside. Push the longer electrical pipe into the male end and secure the male ends inside the circular boxes with the lock ring. Spray all the electrical bits (pipes, male ends, circular lids and 2-way boxes) in any bright happy colour.
Here’s a close up of the lock ring inside the 2-way circular boxes. The lock ring screws onto the male end, which is inserted into the circular box and the longer PVC pipe fits into the male end which is outside the box.
To finish off the frame push the shorter pieces into the 2-way circular box and screw on the circular lids. I have no idea how a box can be circular but that’s what it’s called 😎
Making the Tent Cover
Sew all the bandanas together to form a large square, four bandanas by four bandanas. I didn’t want the seams to show where I joined the bandanas, so I folded the large square of bandanas in half and sewed the long end closed. If you’re using a piece of material then you don’t need to worry about this step.
Cut the ribbon or string into ten pieces that are 18 cm or 7″ long and sew them to the tent cover as shown below.
Putting it all together
All that’s left to do is tie the tent cover to the PVC pipe A-frame and the kids can start playing.
Our fur kids love the tent!!
And the human kids have a little place they can call their own where their imaginations can go wild!!!
This A-frame tent is really easy to assemble and when the kids aren’t playing just take the frame apart and roll it up or you can use the tent cover as a play mat 🙂
I’m so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait for all the little ones to come play.
P.S I tried to give the measurements in both mm and inches to make it easier for all the beautiful people from the States who come and visit the blog. Please double check my inches and yards if you want to make the tent. It took me longer to figure what the correct measurements should be, but you guys are worth it!! In fact it was quicker making the tent, putting it up, taking the photos and taking it down again. Go figure………