Cedar Play Teepee: A How-To

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With only a few days left until Christmas, we finished up our biggest present just in time! I knew for a while that I wanted to build a playhouse for my girls, but I wasn’t sure exactly what it should be. At first it was a traditional playhouse, then I decided on a teepee. But, what kind? I thought cloth wouldn’t be durable enough. So I set out to research how to build it out of wood. All I found were finished images, no tutorials. A little brainstorming with my husband led us to this design.

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For a durable, sturdy outdoor structure I chose cedar. I’m not a fan of treated wood, especially when there are little ones involved. This was simple enough to construct with cedar 4×4’s, 2×4’s, 2×2’s and fence pickets. Things you can find at your local hardware store or lumber yard.

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So, how big is it? I wanted it to be large enough to feel spacious and real for the kids, and something an adult can stand in too. The entrance is just tall enough that all you have to do is duck your head a bit to get inside.

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I even made a little fire ring with some rocks and firewood. Dad’s teaching Charlie how you warm your hands by the fire 🙂

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You may be wondering, why the slats? While the structure itself is very solid and heavy, we do get some heavy winds here in Central Texas. These will allow the gusts to blow through without providing a solid wall of resistance. Hopefully this will keep it from toppling over during a bad storm.

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We also left gaps at the top for even more circulation, and to hopefully prevent too many wasps from nesting in here. Also, you know, stargazing!

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I placed it in Charlie’s play area, by the dry creek bed we made with leftover rock from our house siding. It was an area that washed out during heavy rains, so instead of battling the moving mulch we just covered up the bald spots with rock. I love the setting it gives. A little teepee by the creek.

Anyway, enough babbling. Are you ready to learn how to build one of your own? Here we go!

*disclaimer* I am not a professional builder. I am a novice. A mom with some tools and ideas. This is not a guaranteed plan. This is just me sharing how I built something for my family, in hopes it can inspire you to do your own. So if you see any flaws, please share. And build at your own risk.

 

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11 thoughts on “Cedar Play Teepee: A How-To

  1. Never mind when I was young… Is it wrong to want to build one for myself now?!

    Just added you on Twitter so I can check out more cool stuff! Hope to see you there sometime!

  2. Just found this when googling how to make an outdoor teepee and yours is easily the best I’ve seen! So unique and I bet she loves her teepee! Maybe one day I’ll make one and hope it looks as good as yours 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you Kathryn! She really does enjoy it, it’s a lot of fun. It’s been almost a year since we’ve built it and is staying very strong, so I’m looking forward to it seeing years and years of use!

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