Oh my goodness y’all, today’s DIY is SO easy and fun & I’m super pumped with how it turned out in only 8 steps! The best thing about these trending little teepees is how versatile and customizable they are for almost any event or purpose. This one in particular is perfect for bridal showers, baby showers, reading nooks, pet corners, or even just for looking super cute in your living room or home office – priorities, right? This DIY teepee is super stable and requires no sewing and zero hardware. As J and I do not have children, and Toby is pretty small, I chose not to secure the wooden dowels with additional hardware. However, if you do have children in your home, I definitely recommend using a drill and adding hardware to ensure additional stability of the teepee. Ready to get started? Me too!
Safety Pins x 2
Step 1: Get out two of your dowels, and make an “X” toward the top. Wrap your twine around and in between the dowels, then tie a knot to secure them together. (If you aren’t sure the height you want your teepee to be, stand the dowels up and adjust the X before tying the twine around them)
Step 2: Plug in your hot glue gun (be sure to put a piece of cardboard or a couple paper plates under the nozzle so that glue doesn’t drip everywhere!) Dab a couple dots of hot glue underneath the twine on the “X” to secure the knot.
Steps 3 & 4: Stand up the dowels and add in the third and fourth dowel. Before securing, make sure the angles are what you prefer – then repeat steps 1 & 2 for each additional dowel. Add in dowels 5 & 6 following the same steps. Once all have been added, wrap twine around all of the dowels and secure with hot glue.
Step 5: Get out your lace tablecloth. Holding opposite parallel corners, begin draping the lace around the teepee frame. (One benefit of unfinished poplar dowels that is particularly awesome for this is that the lace will lightly catch on the wood – making it a lot easier to drape it around the teepee by without extra help!)
Step 6: Taking the two safety pins, secure the ends of the tablecloth together a few inches below where the teepee frame was tied off with twine. Don’t worry about the pins affecting the look of the teepee – they won’t show when you begin adding your garland and flowers.
Step 7: It’s garland and flower time – but first garland time! This is the really fun part, because there are soooo many different options here, from what colors you choose to use to what types of flowers/leaves you want to use, the possibilities are endless. Wrap the garland around the frame first before adding flowers. Slide one strand of it in between the dowels and allow each end to drape down the front of the teepee opening. Your safety pins should now be covered completely by the garland.
Step 8: Begin adding your flowers in! I used a couple of these sprays from Hobby Lobby, and then these long stem roses – which were so easy to secure thanks to tiny openings in the lace! Just take the stem and poke it through where you want the rose to be, then bend the stem so that the rose will stay in place. Continue with leaves and flowers until desired look is reached.
That’s it! Now you can stage and set up the inside of the teepee for whatever you choose! If using it as a reading or pet nook, some faux fur rugs (I love these) and a couple soft pillows are perfect to finish the look! If you’re using it for a shower or similar event, this teepee will be the perfect touch of rustic glam for photos, or even a very sweet spot to have guests place their gifts for the bride or mom-to-be 🙂
If you want to make the teepee opening a bit smaller, you can tie the lace off about a foot down from where you put the safety pin. Then add a flower or some extra twine to keep the rustic vibe going. Here’s what it will look like if you decide to do that:
By the way, Toby is loving this spot. Seriously, I can’t even handle this little nugget sometimes, he makes my heart so full – keep scrolling to see what I mean 🙂
Ugh all the heart eyes for that little pup. Are you completing this DIY with your own twist? I would seriously love to see! Please comment below or tag me in the completed project so I can see your dreamy new DIY teepee!