I’ve always wanted to build a tee-pee! Naturally Nova’s first birthday gave me the perfect deadline to achieve this childhood dream. Best of all I knew that I had all of the materials and resources lying around my home to make this a reality. I began putting an image together in my mind drawing inspiration once again from my garden as I reminisced on the tomato tee-pees I built a few Summers back.
Eager to get crafting I ran downstairs on a perfectly sunny Saturday afternoon and began collecting materials from around my yard and Alex’s workshop. I landed upon 5 bamboo’s about 6 feet tall, butchers string, carob pods from the tree in front of my home, scissors and a hand saw. I played some upbeat bossanova on Pandora and began assembling!
I had little to no challenges during the assembly as the structure is very basic. Once the structure was assembled and sturdy I brought it upstairs into Nova’s room. I paused for a moment to think about how I wanted to fill it in with fabric and what colors I wanted to use. Pulling out scraps of fabric from around my home and a quick trip to the fabric store I landed on the idea of using a jersey stretch to create an interactive tee-pee. I’m thrilled I chose to do this as Nova loves playing peekaboo through the strips of fabric and he even climbs between the strings to get in and out of the structure. I especially love when he hands me things through the layers or tries fitting shapes in-between the spaces.
Overall this project took me about 8 hours to complete but would have been faster without all of the feeding breaks, play, and contemplation that occurred throughout the process. I highly recommend you make a play tee-pee as it will bring much joy into your home! Bonus is lying underneath with the whole family looking up at the disco ball kaleidoscope hanging from above. It’s quickly become my favorite spot for naps, story time and play!
Also, if you are feeling extra crafty you can make matching pillows too… I couldn’t stop myself!!
Happy crEATing!!! On a side note, I love how that word creating has the word eat in it. Perhaps that’s because when we create we are in fact feeding ourselves as well as others. Creativity and love are the breath of life!