Our Generation (Target brand) DIY Doll TeePee
My girls are obsessed with dolls. They are 5 and 8 so it’s understandable. We have got American Girl doll books in the mail a few times (no idea why because I’ve never shopped there) and they love to look at them and pick things out the
luckily many stores now make the “off-brand dolls and accessories“. They have LOTS of dolls and furniture my dad bought them last Christmas. So while strolling through Target recently my lovely 8-year-old spotted this doll teepee. Mom, I want that! I am putting that on my Christmas list for Santa in shopping so I just yea ok Lilly and didn’t pay much attention. So later that day I get online to buy, I mean doll teepee from Santa that’s simple enough right? Then I see the price $56! What in the world? I can buy a full-size child’s teepee for that price! that’s just crazy. Me being the frugal person I am there is just no way I’d be willing to pay that. Well, Santa doesn’t buy toys he makes them right so whats a mom to do? DIY it that’s what! So I was off to Walmart to see what I could find.
Me being the frugal person I am there is just no way I’d be willing to pay that. Well, Santa doesn’t buy toys he makes them right so whats a mom to do? DIY it that’s what! So I was off to Walmart to see what I could find. Right there in the craft isle, I found everything I needed to make this cute little doll teepee for just $10! Yay, I love saving money. Now I made mine as close to the target one as possible because that’s what Lilly asked Santa bring but you can be as creative as you’d like with yours! Here’s how I made mine.
What you need
- wood dowels
- thin ribbon
- 1-yard fabric of your choice
- hot glue gun
- hot glue sticks
- wood glue
- safety pins
- Drill bit
I drilled holes at the ends of the wooden dowels then threaded the thin ribbon through the holes to look just like the store version. You do not have to do this step you could simply wrap your ribbon around the top and hot glue it. It’s up to you.
First, you will need to place your dowels like a teepee. There is not a wrong way to do this so don’t overthink it. Just make sure they are all even. When your ready add a little hot glue to secure them in place.
If you threaded ribbon through holes you can tie them tightly.
Now use the wood glue to really get them good and secure and let dry.
Once wood glue is dried drape your fabric over the teepee and secure in the front where you want your opening to be with a safety pin to hold your fabric in place. Then you will start pinning the fabric around the poles. I did one pin near the top and one mid way down. Move to the next pole being sure to pull the fabric tight as you go.
Once you have pinned the fabric around all the poles you should be looking like this. I have a ton of extra fabric at the bottom of mine because I started with 2 yards. That was the way too much and I wasted a lot that why I said to use just 1 yard of fabric. That should be plenty. If you have excess at the bottom you can trim it now, Leave 1-2 inches so you can do the bottom edges.I will talk about this later in the post.
Plug in that hot glue gun! Left is what the inside corn should look like. Remove your pins from your pole add a thin line of hot glue down the pole and secure the fabric. Now add another line of hot glue down the inside corner fabric and squeeze fabric together (be careful not to burn your fingers!) after you should have a nice clean line like on the right. Do this on all 4 poles.
Starting to look like a teepee now
Now you need to trim the bottom edges if you haven’t already. You just fold the edge under and do a thin line of hot glue to secure it. Do this all the way around your tee-pee. It should look like this.
now all you need to do is add your ribbon to the sides for tie backs and then add bow at the top of the opening and you are done! That simple yall!
Let me know how your DIY teepee looks in the comments.
Have a very Merry Christmas all!