I made these diy lace tents for my nieces’ Christmas gifts, they were so easy and turned out so sweet! And since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought someone out there might want to make one of these for a gift.
This particular A-frame design is a child-size play tent.
I posted one of the tents on Instagram and it won a huge contest, then I started getting all these messages from adults that said they wanted one for themselves or maybe a lace teepee, how cute would that be?! I say, “more power to ya”, if you think squishing into a child size tent sounds fun, then this post is for you.
Ok, let’s begin. First, you will need to decide on your fabric type.
This diy lace tent can be made with any fabric or color options you can dream up, so don’t let the lace tablecloth get in the way of your plans. When I first got the idea, I was at my friend’s house for her little boy’s birthday party. It was a camping theme and she had made these tents in a more masculine style than I have done here.
Hopefully, you already have a lace tablecloth that would be perfect for this project. I had some hand me downs that I used, but you could easily find one at a thrift store. Mine measured 60″ x 80″. Here is a similar ones on Etsy.
The perfect size would have been 88″ x 44″, but I will show you how I made it work.
I bought my wood at Home Depot and had them cut it for me to save myself that step at home.
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Lace Tablecloth, see measurement notes above
4 Wood 1×2’s, each 48″ long
1 Wood 3/4″ Dowel, 48″ long
3 1/2 yards of 1″ ribbon for the ties
Drill with 3/4″ spade bit
Needle, Sewing Machine or Safety Pins
Start by sanding the rough edges, the corners on my 1×2’s were surprisingly very sharp, too sharp for children.
Paint the dowel and 1×2’s, if desired. I left mine raw.
Now, measure down 4 inches for one end on each of the 1×2’s and mark this spot with your pencil, make sure your dots are centered. Drill a 3/4″ hole in each of the 1×2’s for the dowel to fit through.
Assemble frame as pictured.
Note that the frame really needs to be set up on a rug or carpet, so the legs don’t slide. We just used a little quilt in this room.
The frame is finished, how easy was that?!
Now, cut your ribbon into 1 yard increments and put some Fray Check on each of the ends to keep the ribbon from fraying over time.
If you want to alter or hem your tablecloth, now would be the time. I had extra tablecloth on one end, but decided to leave it and let it be a doorway the could be tied shut. One end of the tent is open and the other can be closed.
Now, add the ties to the tent, I didn’t measure I just tried to make them even. If I do this again, I will make the bottom ties lower, it would help make the bottom edges of the tent straighter.
I quickly stitched them in place with my machine.
You could do it by hand, as well.
No Sew Option
One of my friend’s just used safety pins and called it good, but I didn’t want my sisters mad at me for injuries involving safety pins and toddlers. I might have to forfeit my “World’s Best Aunt” award if I cut this corner!
Tie the ribbons around the frame . . .
And, there you are! Now, just add some pillows, books, garland, a lantern or whatever else your little heart desires and get cozy.
So there you have it, such a memorable and unique gift for the little girls in your life. With just some simple wood pieces, ribbon and an old lace table cloth you can make a lovely hide out to encourage books, snacks and cozy movie nights.
Let me know if you have any questions!