We do a lot of camping, and I have a princess. This project was perfect for her. Obviously this isn’t a “camping” tent but it sure does pretty up our campsite and gives her a special little place all her own to hang out in. Of course you don’t need to camp to make and enjoy one of this cheap and easy hanging tents. They look just as lovely in your own back yard. Most of the things used to make this tent you can pick up at the dollar store. The only thing we used that wasn’t from the dollar store was the sheet. However, if you don’t have an old sheet lying around that you want to part with you can just pick up a shower curtain (or two depending on how big the hoop you use is) and that would work just as well.
Dollar Store Hanging Tent
What you need:
- 1 hula hoop
- 1 flat sheet or shower curtain (or two shower curtains if your hula hoop is big)
- needle and thread and/or safety pins
- ribbon for decoration
- twine or other string to hang the tent
This is really very simple. All you need to do is fold over the top edge of your sheet or shower curtain over the hula hoop. You can either hand stitch the hem closed (that’s what I did) or you can use safety pins to secure the edges together.
Cut pretty ribbon in various lengths and sew or pin them on the top edge of the tent.
Now tie a piece of twine or rope in three spots equally spaced around the hoops, bring them together in the middle and tie them together leaving about two feet of length above the top of the tent.
Next tie some additional length of twine so you have enough to toss over a tree branch. Secure the tent by tying the extra twine to a lower branch or just wrap it around the tree.
This tent will NOT stay put in very windy conditions but if you just have a slight breeze you can use picnic weights or beach towel pegs (also from the dollar store) to keep the bottom of the sheet from blowing around.
This is an easy project that your little one will love! Their own private oasis and a great way to make a little shade too!