Hilary’s and Steven’s little teepee engagement in the middle of a grassy field is the sweetest I’ve seen in awhile. I love the summer camping vibe with the red canisters, the lanterns, and the little feather in Hilary’s hair. And what’s camping without a handmade tent? Britty, the talented photographer behind the shoot, actually made the teepee from scratch! DIY instructions right after the photos.
That teepee looks soooo cozy, doesn’t it make you want to make one too? Well…no worries, Britty shared a quick DIY tutorial for how to make your very own teepee:
- six 1″x2″x8′ foot poles (I got mine from Lowes)
- drill and 3/8″ drill bit
- at least 13 yards of fabric (I got mine from JoAnn Fabric)
- approximately 3′ of rope
- sewing machine
- masking tape
- clothes pins
1. Measure down 9″ from the end of each pole and put a mark in the center. Drill a hole through each one.
2. Gather all the poles together and run the rope through all of them. Tie a knot at one end. Loosely wrap the rope around all the poles and tie another knot. Then spread out the poles so each one is equidistant from the next. Each pole should be approximately 40″ apart. You now have your teepee structure.
3. Next you’ll be working with the fabric. You’ll need to measure 5 equilateral triangles. These panels will later be sewn together. I made mine 85″ long and 42″ at their widest point.
4. Now you can sew these five panels together along their long sides. This is your draping.
5. Next you’ll make a 6th panel. This can be made using remnant fabric. It will only cover the upper portion of the teepee in order to leave the entrance open.
6. Sew the 6th panel to the draping, but only on one edge. You should now have 1 big draping with a smaller flap attached.
7. Wrap the draping all the way around your teepee structure. Attach the top to the rope with clothespins. Use masking tape to make sure each panel will stay with the proper pole. Secure the front flap to the pole with masking tape.
8. That’s it! You’ve completed your teepee!
Please note: Even if your measurements are exact, the teepee draping will fit differently each time. So don’t worry if things aren’t perfect! Just do your best and guesstimate .
Thank you so much Britty for sharing the Hilary’s and Steven’s engagement and the awesome DIY teepee! Check out more of Britty’s gorgeous photographs over on B Street Photo.