This Kids PVC Pipe Tent is a favorite in our house and the PVC frame is extra sturdy for those active kiddos!
I built the original version of this kids PVC Pipe Tent a few years ago. It’s been a favorite play place for my kids ever since. Now I’m giving the kids’ bedroom a bit of an update. So, I decided to give the tent a new Camp Blanket look. What do you think?
I love sharing my plans with all of you. Especially when it’s for something this fun! This tent is big enough to hold 2 kids with lots of toys or books. But it’s small enough to push through standard door frames. So, no need to take it apart when you need to move it. Yea!
In fact, when I built this tent 3-years ago, I skipped the glue. But, eventually my kids figured out they could take it apart. So, I recommend using super glue or PVC cement now. Unless you want 30 pieces of PVC laying around your house. 😉
Let’s get started with this kids PVC pipe tent build!
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Materials for the Kids PVC Pipe Tent Build
- 5 – 40″ long pieces of 1/2″ PVC Pipe (sides on floor, sides of the roof and top of roof)
- 4 – 33″ long pieces of 1/2″ PVC Pipe (walls)
- 2 – 24 1/2″ long pieces of 1/2″ PVC Pipe (front and back floor pieces)
- 4 – 17 1/2″ long pieces of 1/2″ PVC Pipe (roof)
- 4 – 3/4″ long pieces of 1/2″ PVC Pipe (connects 2 fittings where walls and roof meet) (Not in Picture)
- 6 – 1/2″ 90-Degree PVC Sch 40 Side Outlet Elbow (all three sides non-threaded) (4 floors at corners and 2 at roof)
- 4 – 1/2″ 90-Degree PVC Sch 40 Tee (top of each wall, top of this gets half of the 3/4″ piece of pipe)
- 4 – 1/2″ 45-Degree PVC Sch 40 Slip Elbow (on top of each tee, connected to that 3/4″ piece of pipe)
Other items for the Kids PVC Pipe Tent Build
- A quick and easy pipe cutter
- Super glue, any of these should work
- Paint to match your cover and hide the writing on the PVC
- Spray Polyurethane
Directions for the Kids PVC Pipe Tent Build
- Make your cuts using the measurements above.
- Assemble the frame, without gluing, according to the notes on the measurements.
- Once you verify that everything fits together and looks correct. Super glue each piece together where they meet. No need to take it apart. Should hold up to normal use that way. If your kids love to take things apart, you can apply glue inside the joints too.
- Let the glue dry for 30 minutes or so.
- Spray paint the whole frame. This will probably take 4 different coats to cover each area.
- Then spray with the polyurethane to protect that paint finish
- Now you should have a completed frame.
Materials for the Canvas Cover for the Kids PVC Pipe Tent
Note: If you can’t sew, don’t have a sewing machine, or want to save time, I have 2 ideas for you! 1. You can just drape a large drop cloth over the frame, kids fort-style. 2. My original cover was fleece just tied together at the seems. Like the grey pillow cover below.
- 9′ x 12′ drop cloth canvas, 8 oz. or higher cotton
- A Sewing Machine, mine is extremely easy to use and set up. With a step by step picture guide for threading.
- Thread and Ribbon for sewing and decorating the tent
Directions for the Canvas Cover for the Kids PVC Pipe Tent
Note: My sewing skills are pretty average. I just sew straight lines. So, most people with a sewing machine should be able to do this. But, this isn’t a sewing skills lesson. So, this assumes you already have a general idea how to sew things. Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of pinning the cloth. It’s pretty basic. 🙂
- Wash the fabric on a gentle cycle and dry. This will get it clean for the kiddos and pre-shrink it.
- Cut one long strip of the drop cloth to cover the side walls and roof. Be sure to leave a few extra inches on each side and the bottom.
- Drape that strip bad side out, across the frame. Measure and cut a single piece for the back of the tent.
- Turn that back piece bad side out and pin it to the longer strip across the whole back area. You want it to fit somewhat loosely.
- Sew those 2 pieces together and remove pins
- Put the canvas back onto the frame, bad side out again.
- I cut the top section for the tent entrance from a part of the canvas that already had a hem. Saves you work and gives you a pretty hem to work with.
- I cut 2 sides to create the opening. I used the existing hem on the canvas again for the opening.
- Pin those sides to the top, then pin that to the original long strip to finish the tent.
- Sew and remove pins.
- Now, hang that tent on the frame, bad side out again. Pin a bottom hem all around.
- Sew your hem and remove pins.
- Now you can pick your favorite ribbons to mix and match and sew along the bottom of the tent.
If you are loving that tassel rope, I’ll post a full video tutorial for that in a few days, so stay tuned. 🙂
Build done. Step back, relax, and let the kids have fun! 😉
How about another easy DIY or Craft?
Try using felt to give Wall Art a fun and easy pop! I have 12 free patterns to get you started.
Or this Fun and Easy Red Truck DIY Christmas Centerpiece.
Feeling inspired? Now that you know how to build this fun PVC Tent, get out there and build your own. Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!