Have you been thinking to yourself : “If there is one thing I need, it’s a tee-pee, so that, instead of sitting in my living room, I could sit in my tee-pee in my living room, or instead of sitting on my deck, I could sit in a tee-pee on my deck, etc.”?
Well today is your lucky day, because all your teepee desires will be fulfilled.
Yes, I’m going to tell you how to build your own wicked-cool “3 person” tee-pee. I put “3 person” in “quotations” because while getting blottzed last weekend we managed to fit 8 people in this tee-pee, but it was less than comfortable, and I’m pretty sure we almost destroyed the tee-pee.
But if you are looking for a semi-private location for three people to discuss politics and the socio-economic state of the world, say, while, doing shots of cinnamon whiskey, than this teepee is perfect.
I originally found my inspiration from Smile and Wave here, but made some modifications to make the tee-pee a big bigger and changed the design a little bittle. Ok so go to the hardware store/craft store/dollarstore and buy these:
- 6 x 8 foot framing beams (1″ x 2″)
- Biggest canvas drop cloth you can find (I bought a 9′ x 12′ and it still wasn’t big enough… had to go back and buy another)
- A bunch of ribbons
- Twine or leather lace
- Paint and a paintbrush
Here is my fancy tee-pee pattern. It’s pretty damn simple. Figure it out.
Now that you’ve cut out all your shizz, time to sew. Make sure that your sewing machine is not broken, because if it is broken, you’ll have to take it apart and put it back together after drinking two glasses of wine, and then the bobbin casing might get all fucked up due to your drunkenness, and the needle might get stuck and threaten breaking off into your skull or eyeball socket.
Remember that you are going to be sewing those ribbons to the INSIDE of the tee-pee (i.e. the seam-side) because you’ll want to tie them to the poles to keep them in place. I basically folded by ribbon pieces in half, and stuck the folded end through the front about 1/2 an inch. You can see it on the other side, but I think it looks all like cool and professional, like there are little tabs on the seams that I purposely put there. I think about things like this way too much.
Now lay out the tee-pee on the floor and marvel at your ability to make unnecessary things. Put your small dog on the tee-pee fabric shell to take a cute picture.
Then Instagram it.
Now it’s time to paint. I was inspired by some tee-pee I saw on Pinterest with like, black and white Aztec stuff all up on it, and I put this triangle-sun thing on the top. You know. Just bein’ bad ass and all.
Ok, let that dry and make sure you don’t step on it while wearing socks and then put your shoe on then discover several hours later that you have “paint-glued” your sock to the inside of your shoe.
Take your poles and drill a hole in the flat side about 6″ – 8″ inches from the end, then lace your leather or twine piece *loosely* through the holes and circle it around them to hold them in a triangle-ish type thing. You’ll need to keep them loose because you’ll need to finagle them around while you put your fabric on.
Throw your fabric over and tie the inner ribbons to the poles to hold it in place. I also tied twine between the poles at the very bottom of the structure to keep them equidistant and stable as drunken friends pile in.
NOW YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DECORATE IT MORE. With, like, beads and feathers…
And maybe a suede blanket and a furry sheepskin…
Now take a picture of it and Instagram it.