Make A Play Tent
Edited by Doug Collins, Eng, Inukshuk
I would like to thank Stacy Risenmay for the awesome video on how to DIY Make A Play Tent. I organized it into a wiki for anyone with a hearing impairment, or for those who just prefer to read the steps. Hope you enjoy it. :)
Hi, I'm Stacy and my website is Not Just A Housewife.
And today I'm going to show you how to make a play tent for your kid using a tarp, PVC pipe and duct tape.
The supplies needed are marker, pipe cutters, scissors, scotch duct tape, 12x16 trap, (7) 10ft PVC pipe, (4) T fittings, (4) 45-degree elbow fittings, (6) 3way fittings, measuring tape.
After you've gathered all of your supplies, the first thing that you need to do is measure and cut your pipe, today I'm going to be using pipe cutters, but if you prefer to use a hacksaw then you can do that as well.
I am going to need these pipes: (5) 6foot, (2) 5foot, (4) 36 3/4inches, (4) 2.5 feet, (4) 2 3/4 inches.
Using the 3-way fittings and the 5ft and 6ft pipes, build your base.
Once you get the base put together, in the corner you will find a three-way fittings, so in this part, there is an open on the top.
You will put the 2.5ft piece, it will be the beginning of your side, and you'll do that in each of the four corners.
Once you get the 2.5ft piece of PVC pipe in the corner, you'll put a 45-degree elbow piece.
And you will get the smallest piece and stick it in like that.
Then you'll get the T-piece and fit it on.
Once you've got the T-piece fixed, you can get one of the 6ft pipes and fit it into there, and now you've got your side completed and you are ready to work on the top.
In the other opening of the T-joint, you're going to put the 36 3/4ft piece in, for all the four corners.
Then you'll use another three angle fitting.
And that is to attach the top together.
Then, in this opening, you'll put another 6ft piece that will go all across to the top.
You will need 2 of the pointed pieces 5.5ft wide x 5foot 3 inches tall, and 12.5 ft x 6.5 ft.
To be able to get an accurate measurement, you're going to have to measure the structure after it's all put together to know how big the piece of the tarping to be.
Because of adding the fittings that will add a height to the PVC pipe.
When you're ready to tape the pieces of the tarp together, it's easier to get the big long piece and put it up and over the frame, and then tape the pointed piece to it.
First, I'm going to put the tape on this side so it's half way on this piece of the tarp and at least, half of the tape to go on the next piece of the tarp.
Then, I'm going to put these two pieces together and bring the tape around. Just make sure that they ride up against each other, and then bring the tape around.
Do that all the way down the side.
One thing that I suggest doing when you're done taping is to really push and rub along the tape to make sure that it appears all the way.
Also, I've taped from the inside the same way as well.
The last thing we did was that we've added the door and some Windows, we cut a slit to the flap.
Where ever we cut the tarp we added some tape to reinforce it so it won't fray, we did that with the Windows and the doors.
Now, it's ready for the kids to play in.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Doug Collins