You don't have to be a kid or on a camping adventure to enjoy a tent. In the Spring and Summer, a pup tent can be a nice place to lay outside and escape the sun. Make it a romantic little getaway shelter for a picnic with your one and only, or use it as a quiet place to read. With a few simple steps, I whipped up this DIY fabric pup tent, and you can too! Pick a cute patterned fabric and add some liveliness to your outdoor space.
What You'll Need
- Three yards of cotton fabric (upholstery weight is best)
- 20 half-inch finishing screws
- Power drill
- Four two- to three-inch wood screws
- Four six-feet-long boards, anywhere between four and six inches wide
- One one-inch square, five-foot-long board
- A friend who can hold the structure as you're building it
To find out how to do it,
- Measure your fabric. If you get three yards of fabric, each wall of your tent should be 54 inches long. Most fabric is around 56 inches wide as well.
- Mark your one-inch-square board so it has some overlap on each end with enough room in between for the width of your fabric. If your board is five feet long, that means you will have about two inches on either end for the board.
- Next, measure each of your six-foot-long boards and mark them at the length of half of the length of your fabric (if you get four yards of fabric, you should mark boards at 52 inches).
- Now, with your long screws, screw two boards so they form an X. (See photo.) Repeat on other two long boards. This will be the top of your structure.
- Now, have your friend hold one end of the two boards, while you hold the other. Place the one-inch-square board between the X in your boards.
- Move the one-inch-square board so the marks you made overlap the X. Now, screw this board into the notch of the X with the last two long screws. Your tent now has the basic structure finished. You can set it on the floor and it will stand up by itself.
- With your friend's help, drape the fabric over the pup tent structure. Make sure that it is even on each side Have your friend hold the fabric very taut. Then, with your short finishing screws and power drill, drill five screws, from top to bottom, into each edge of the fabric along the sides of the boards.
- You're done! Enjoy your pup tent!
- Note: You can increase or decrease the measurements of the tent to suit your needs.