Do you remember making forts when you were a kid like we do? Our hearts fluttered when we saw the A-Frame Pup Tent by Lindsay & Drew thinking about how much fun it would have been to have a fun little spot like that!
Time to bust out some power tools and make a tent! Next stop, a campfire with cowboys in the desert, or maybe we’ll be astronauts building a house on the Moon!
Please click here to visit Lindsay & Drew and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Amanda
Mission: Put my hubby to work (and his power tools) to create a playful little hide out that my kids will enjoy and will be easy to store.
- I busted out an old flannel flat sheet of my daughter’s for this project. In our house flat sheets are not our friends so we put it to good use. It was twin size and perfect for this project.
- I put my hubby in charge of purchasing the other supplies and although I was VERY specific he still felt the need to deviate and purchased a larger PVC tube. He of course gave that a try and realized that as usual I was correct in my original request. Never cross a momma on a mission!
- We ended with the same materials used in the original post plus a little coupling to hold the wood in place and keep the tent a little more stable.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
The coupling made a huge difference! I highly suggest it.
Also, it is key that you attach the inner wood piece to the inside of the A-frame and not the bottom. It will keep the whole thing more stable and may actually reduce the need for the coupling.
You may need to sand the inside of the whole slightly in order to fit the PVC inside it. That was our experience anyway.
The materials needed are fairly cheap and easy to find.
I felt it was such a bonus to use old sheets but I bet you could find them on the cheap at a second-hand store!
Think of all the fun your kids could have inside on a rainy day or outside when it is hot.
I am not all that comfy with power tools so I left that part up to my hubby.
I would be very interested in learning how to use them…maybe in my next life.
This was a huge success. Now to build two more so my kids will stop fighting over the one we have already built.
Reviewer #2 – Alicia
Mission: Create a cool, foldable tent for my kids!
I was super excited to give this a try- how hard could it be to make an A-frame tent?! Apparently HARD!!! Holy-heck this project was a pain in my rear.
I carefully read all the directions and set out to Home Depot for supplies.
- I guess I was totally not paying attention and purchased 3 1×1” boards (which required 1×2),
- ¾” PVC pipe, caps and my hubby’s brawn to saw and attach. Yeah right!
So we begin to drill and noticed that the PVC pipe is ¾” in the middle and about 1” total in diameter. My hubby has a ¾’ drill bit and there was no way, even with wiggling the drill bit back and forth, it would fit. Back to Home Depot to purchase a 1” drill bit at $15 bucks- oh gesh! At this point I think Mark is about to leave me- seriously!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Make sure, absolutely sure that you get all the correct boards and measurements for this job. It is pretty intense.
If you do purchase smaller boards, be careful not to split the wood with your drill (which totally happened to us). Home Depot loved us that week.
The final product is really cool.
It is a little advanced for me. Not as easy as I thought.
Also, this tent is huge. I mean 5 feet long HUGE, but it does fold up.
I think I bit off a little more than I could chew with this project. Mark pretty much took this project over from start to finish. I think I attached the caps and helped staple on the fabric. My kids’ absolutely love it, though. My son has been under this thing for days; he has even been sleeping under it.