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Make a Collapsible Play Tent for the Kids

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 to make a kids A-Frame tent

What you need to make a kids A-frame tent

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.

Cut the pipe and spray

Cut the pipe and spray

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.

lock ring inside the circular 2 way box

Close up of the lock ring inside the circular 2-way 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 😎

Putting it all together

Putting it all together

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.

Zia keeping watch over the bandana tent cover

Zia keeping watch over the bandana tent cover

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.

Attaching the ribbon to the tent cover

Attaching the ribbon to the tent cover

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.

Tie the canvas to the tent poles

Tie the canvas to the tent poles

Our fur kids love the tent!!

Our furry kids having a ball

Our furry kids having a ball

And the human kids have a little place they can call their own where their imaginations can go wild!!!

A perfect little hide-away for the kids

A perfect little hide-away for the kids

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 🙂

Easy to take down and store

Easy to take down and store

I’m so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait for all the little ones to come play.

A Crafty Mix

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………

 

 

 

Categories:   DIY Crafty Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts

Comments

  • Posted: January 21, 2018 18:42

    Shirley

    This is wonderful for the little ones! I would go one step further and make a mat that is waterproof for the floor of the tent. I know my grand babies and little nieces and nephews will just love this!
    • Posted: January 22, 2018 06:47

      acraftymix

      That's such a great idea Shirley. It's the perfect way to make the play that little bit more special
  • Posted: March 5, 2016 13:20

    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    What a super cute idea this is! I've never seen one made from bandannas before.
    • Posted: March 5, 2016 13:54

      acraftymix

      Lol :-) We had a ton of bandanas left from a conference we did, and they've been lying in the cupboard begging to be used.
  • Posted: March 4, 2016 19:44

    Michelle @ Lively Chicken

    This is such a great idea and it looks so easy to put together! My nieces would love this in the summer.
    • Posted: March 5, 2016 06:54

      acraftymix

      Thanks for your lovely comments Michelle :-) and it is really easy to put up and take down
  • Posted: March 4, 2016 17:24

    Tanya @ Motherly Adventures

    This is great!!! Now we just need for some warm weather to arrive in Montreal!
    • Posted: March 5, 2016 06:59

      acraftymix

      Thank you Tanya. I'll try send you some warm weather from South Africa 8-)
  • Posted: March 4, 2016 16:44

    Rich @ CashSavvyTips

    That's fantastic! Looks really great and my 2 year old would absolutely love it. He's got a tent already that I previously bought but this puts that one to shame lol
  • Posted: March 3, 2016 16:35

    DazzleWhileFrazzled

    This is so great! My kids would love this, esp. here in Arizona with our hot (hot, hot) sun. Visiting from Hometalk.
    • Posted: March 3, 2016 17:08

      acraftymix

      I know that hot, hot feeling. The sun in South Africa can be a killer and the tent is perfect for protecting the little ones. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. HomeTalk rocks!!!!
  • Posted: March 3, 2016 10:59

    JoJo Tabares

    What a great idea! Something they'll play with for yrs.
    • Posted: March 3, 2016 11:29

      acraftymix

      Thank you JoJo :-)
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