Easy Tepee Crafts For Kids
Native Indian Tepee
Easy Kids Tepee Crafts
Time to Complete : 30 minutes
Difficulty : Easy Crafts Supplies
To Make A Kids Tepee.
1. Find four fairly straight sticks or twigs, each about 12 inches
2. Pack of toothpicks (4 or 5 per tepee)
3. Large paper grocery bag
4. Yarn or twine
7. Paints (Bright Red, Blue, Yellow, and Brown)
8. Hand held hole puncher
9. Pin or thumb tack Instructions
To Make A Kids Tepee.
1. Find four fairly straight sticks
or twigs each about 12 inches long.
2. Form the twigs into a four-point freestanding structure
and connecting them by weaving yarn or twine around the twigs at the top.
the length of your sticks from where they are connected to the point at which they touch the floor.
the bottom out of the paper bag, so that it lays flat forming a long rectangle.
5. You will cut out a half circle
that is as deep as the length of your sticks and twice as long as that number.
6. Cut out a rectangle
using the dimensions above.
the newly cut rectangle in half long ways.
8. Cut a deep quarter circle
from the bottom of the fold to the top of the outer perimeter.
9. When you open the paper bag half circle you will see your skin
or wrap for your tepee.
around the stick structure to make sure that it fits.
11. Lay your skin down and paint
Note : Native Indian tepees usually have geometrical shapes and mystical animals like deer, turtles, buffalo and use colors found in nature like reds, blues, yellows, and black.
12. Punch holes
about one inch apart around the bottom of the tepee or the around the circular part. Lace string through the holes to give the effect of how the Indians would attach it to the ground. Fold the ends of the skin under and paste it to seal.
13. Make a door
- Cut a circle out of the extra pieces. Draw an inner circle about half an inch in. Cut slits from the outer circle in about a centimeter apart. Cut along the inner circle every other section. Fold the existing sections in.
your skin around the twig structure with the overlap in front.
15. Poke holes
with a thumb tack on each side of the overlap. Make two above the door and two below.
16. With the toothpick
position above the door, put your tepee door loop through the toothpick (pin) before you poke it through the second hole.
17. Traditionally, Indians used pins to hold their tepee together, but we will use toothpicks. From inside the structure, poke a toothpick through the thumb tack holes and push the tooth pick down through the opposite hole.