Make a kids tent

Not everyone has the space or is inclined to camp in their garden, but it’s still fun to pitch a tent indoors and Rubyellen of the blog Cakies has designed and built a beautiful indoor a-frame kids tent and has shared this project with us.



4 of pine strips 20 x 44mm lengths of 1200mm
1 of 19mm diameter dowel, 1200mm length
Drill/Driver and 19mm spade bit
Tape measure
Pencil (marker)





I was going to use the twine to make sure the timber stayed in place, but I no longer needed to because the hole already had such a tight grip on the dowel.

1. From the top of each of the pine strips, measure and mark 150mm down with your pencil.

2. With the spade bit, drill a hole at your mark. Try to centre the hole on your timber by placing two strips on top of each other, making sure the holes are lined up.

3. Push dowel through the holes of the two strips. The hole should have a pretty tight grip and keep the dowel in place.

4. Repeat step 3 and put together the other side with the two remaining strips.

Materials for tent cover:
Fabric large enough to cover frame (approx. 1,2 x 2,2 metres unhemmed)
Matching thread

1. Hem the perimeter of the rectangular fabric using a straight stitch with a 12mm hem. Desired size of the cover is 1120 x 2120mm.

2. Cut 4 of 12cm elastic strips.

3. Fold elastic over and pin in place at each corner of the tent cover.

4. Sew elastic onto the corner of the tent cover. Repeat with the remaining 3 corners.

5. Drape cover over the A-frame and loop elastic to the bottom of wooden tent leg.

6. Arrange and straighten fabric cover. Then, spread frame to desired height and width of tent opening. Call your kids over and enjoy!!! This tent can easily be taken apart and stored, since there are no screws or nails involved. In addition, the tent cover is easy enough to recreate in different patterns. The sizing is similar to a twin bed sheet, so if you get one of those to use the project just got a whole lot easier! It is a great place for reading, napping, and pretending, but most importantly making memories!