Make a Collapsible Play Tent for the Kids

2 Hours

All kids love a magical place where they can play and let their imaginations run wild. We made this simple A-frame tent using electrical conduit and brightly colored bandanas.
All you need are some bandanas, PVC conduit pipe, PVC connectors, spray paint and ribbon or string
To make the frame use a hack saw to cut the conduit pipe into four pieces for the sides of the tent and another longer piece for the top
Use the PVC connectors to join all the PVC pipes together to create the frame of the tent.

For the tent cover, sew the bandanas together to form a big square. I Used 16 banadas in total
All that’s left to do is tie the tent cover to the PVC pipe frame using some ribbons and the kids can start playing.
Only our fur kids were home when I took the photos, but they love, love, love the tent. Now I can't wait for the human kids to come home and play.

P.S. You can find the full tutorial and a list of supplied on the blog. Come say hi if you get a chance

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Michelle Leslie

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  • Gsl2220668
    on Apr 12, 2017

    What is he measurement of the highest point?
    • Michelle Leslie
      on Apr 12, 2017

      Hi there, it's about 85 cm high (about 33.5"). Our 2 year old niece can walk in easily without having to duck down if that helps. Let me know if you need any more info
  • Mary Jane Blumenstein
    on May 26, 2017

    Where did you buy bandannas that large?
    • Debbie A. Davenport
      on Sep 28, 2019

      M J, I really don't think it matters what size the bandanas are or the fabric; you can make your tent basically any size you need. What size are the kids (or animals) ? just had more bandanas, if they're smaller. If it's a girls tent... add ruffles! It's fun to create!!

  • Will Hudson
    on May 23, 2020

    Did you by chance do any type of water proofing?

    • Michelle Leslie
      on May 24, 2020

      Hi there Will, we didn't waterproof the play tent but you can use something like Rust-Oleum's Neverwet and spray it on afterwards.

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