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A-Frame Play Tent

Your kids won't want to leave these DIY play tents that are just for the kids, no adults allowed. A tent can become a magical world where your child is in charge of it all and can make-believe all day long. Making your own DIY play tent or fort is a great way to save money. You can buy one at the store for over $100 and it won't be as good of quality as one you can make yourself.

If you can drill a hole in wood, then you make this DIY play tent. You'll use dowels and moulding to make an A-frame and then fabric to make the tent cover. There are also some tips here on how to paint your tent frame to match your fabric. I love that this simple a-frame tent folds flat to tuck away. Plus, with no sewing or major power tools required, this DIY project is a breeze for even a beginning crafter. And if you want to make it in under an hour, just skip the paint!


  • (3) wooden dowels (1/2" x 48" each)
  • 1"x2" wood board (comes in 8' lengths, get 2 boards cut into 4' sections at the hardware store)
  • 1/2" spade drill bit
  • Drill
  • Painter's tape
  • Foam paint brush
  • Acrylic or craft paint in a variety of colors
  • 2 1/2 yards of patterned fabric (I found my star fabric at Joann's)
  • Wood glue
  • Iron
  • 3 yards iron-on velcro
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • White paint marker 
A-Frame Play Tent
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