DIY Playtent for Kids

DIY Playtent for Kids

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There’s still summer left! Panu made these playtents for the kids already some time ago. We have them in the living room, but in the heat of the summer you can also set them up on the patio or back yard. Making the playtent is pretty simple, you need wooden laths or trims and twine. I threw thrifted curtains on one frame and a colorful tablecloth on the other. If you are a more enthusiastic sewer, you could sew them into shape, but for us this will do.

DIY playtent for the kids

Material needed:

  • 4 x wooden laths or trims, 120 cm (47 inches) long
  • A saw
  • A drill
  • A knife
  • Sand paper
  • Twine
  • Fabric

DIY playtent insides

DIY playtent insides


  1. Measure and saw the trims 120 cm (about 47 inches) long. Sand the ends smooth. Carve the upper ends rounder to make ends meet better.
  2. Drill two holes for the twine on the top ends of each trim.
  3. On two trims, drill one hole 30 cm (11,8 inches) from the top end. These will make the doorway. On the other trims, drill two holes 70 cm (27,5 inches) from the top.
  4. Thread the twine through the holes. Start from the top and tie all trims together. Make sure the ones that make the doorway are next to each other.
  5. Next, thread a twine through the lower holes. The distance of the twine from one trim to the next should be about 50 cm (20 inches). The length of the doorway twine is about 20 cm (8 inches).
  6. Cover the frame with a nice fabric. And you’re ready!

Thanks to the removable fabric and twines the playtent is easy to take down and put back up again.

Our kids wanted to decorate their playtents and made a chimney from an empty cream carton. Some orange drawing paper and brick pattern… And there’s your chimney!

Chimney my kid made for the tent

DIY playtent for the kids

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    Malisha Mishel

    How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The DIY Play Tent made me stop and crazy to make it asap for my loving son! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck Jutta! :)

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